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Processing sensor data remains a multi-industry, multi-million dollar challenge, especially for those trying to commercialize self-driving vehicles. Major technology companies, automakers, and startups are racing to master this data for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) as well as other use cases such as existing driver assist programs.


In a free, online webinar series, Civil Maps will lead discussions about working with sensor data, starting off with elementary topics while mixing in sample code and sample data for those with existing industry experience. We develop cognition for autonomous vehicles -- giving them contextual awareness and enabling them to crowdsource dynamic, 3D maps. Over the past few years collaborating with major automotive and railroad entities, we’ve gained significant experience working with a variety of sensors. 


Session Two: Tuesday, May 9th 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM EST): 

  • GPS and IMU how they work separately and together
  • How Civil Maps captures IMU data
  • Coordinate systems of IMU
  • Creating a vehicle trajectory from IMU data


After this session you will understand how GPS and IMU work in the context of capturing vehicle motion and a simple technique for creating a trajectory from a sample set of IMU data.


Work with real world data and learn from industry pros

Webinar Series by Civil Maps: 

 Getting Started with Sensor Data for Autonomous Cars

Sessions (50 minutes):

Session Three (Thursday, May 25th 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM EST): 

  •  General concepts of sensor fusion 
  •  Using 3d semantic maps in sensor fusion
  •  Hardware prerequisites of sensor fusion (spatial and temporal)
  • Code challenge involving Civil Maps cognition


This conversation covers general sensor fusion concepts. It begins with a discussion about using 3D semantic maps in sensor fusion. The talk also includes a look at hardware prerequisites (spatial and temporal). Near the end of the seminar, attendees will download some code. They’ll use that to work with Civil Maps cognition.



Session One: Thursday, March 30th 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM EST): 

  • What is LiDAR and how it works
  • How Civil Maps uses LiDAR
  • Reading LiDAR in from packet captures
  • LiDAR relationships to other existing vision sensors


After this session you will be able to understand how LiDAR works, read LiDAR data, and visualize a sample data set.


Session Four (Sensor Fusion Part 2): Thursday, June 29th 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM EST)


Our upcoming sensor fusion-themed webinar will be hosted by instructors Scott Harvey, Melody Li, and Michaela Gwynn. We will be covering these topics:


Demonstrate how an HD Semantic Map can be fused with other sensors for a self-driving car


Show how using HD Semantic Map information can help with route planning and controlling the vehicle for a better experience


Walk through Atlas Devkit and illustrate installation


If you missed any part of the "Getting Started with Sensor Data" series, we’ve got you covered with documentation, videos, and slides -- even some source code. You’ll find the content on GitHub.