The Drive for All Chair is pleased to invite you to the Seminar “Some Autonomous Vehicle with a Canadian Flavor: From Current Project Initiatives to Testing, Validation and Challenges in Artificial Intelligence.” Denis Gingras, Director of the Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory (LIV) at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. The seminar will take place on Tuesday 9 May at MINES ParisTech from 15:00 to 16:00.
Dr Gingras has more than 35 years of a unique experience in the fields of information processing, AI and embedded intelligent systems applied to road transportation. In 1980, he was already working as a junior engineer at the BOSCH Research Center in Schwieberdingen-Stuttgart, Germany, on energy recovery dynamic braking control systems for electrical vehicles. In 1990, he founded and directed for nine years the Digital and Optical Systems Division at INO (Institut National d’Optique) in Quebec City, supervising the development of ITS technologies such as fiber optics weight sensors for trucks or intelligent video monitoring systems for
automated road traffic analysis. In 2000, Dr Gingras was appointed Director General of the Intelligent Materials and Systems Institute (IMSI) at Université de Sherbrooke and full professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. During that time, he was also head of the Canadian research program “Intelligent systems and sensors” in the federal AUTO21 Network of Centers of Excellence (NCE) for 15 years. From 2003 to 2008, he was Group Leader of the Intelligent Vehicles Group in the ATLANTIC International Network (Canada-US-Europe). He is a member of different boards and committees such as the board of the CAHR Council (Canadian Automotive Human Resources) or the board of INNOV-ÉÉ in Quebec. He is a member of the APMA Connected Vehicle Working Group and the ITS Canada Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He was the instigator and Chair of the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership-CCSIP- Committee on “Intelligent Vehicles and Transportation Systems”, allowing Canadian PhDs and postdoc students to complete internships in Californian automotive firms and universities. He was a member of advisory committees of the ANR in France (French Research Agency) on transportation and mobility from 2009 to 2011. He founded the Laboratory on Intelligent Vehicles (LIV) at Sherbrooke in 2012 involved in various R&D industrial projects related to intelligent vehicles (http://www.gel.usherbrooke.ca/LIV). He is a senior associate member of the Canadian Autonomous Vehicle Center of Excellence (CAVCOE) since 2013. Over the years, Pr. Gingras has been invited professor and a guest researcher in various universities across the world (France, US, Mexico, Australia). He was awarded in 2008 a Foreign Researcher Fellowship from the City of Paris, France, working at IFSTTAR at the Intelligent Vehicle Laboratory (LIVIC). As invited guest professor, lecturing a graduate course on intelligent vehicles at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California in 2015. He was also visiting the CAOR at Mines Paristech in 2016. Throughout his career, Dr Gingras has published 2 books and has co-authored more than hundred publications, most of them related to the road transportation arena. He is regularly invited to give talks on the subject at various organizations, such as the Centre Jacques-Cartier in Lyon,or the Canadian Board of Insurance Companies. His research interests cover information processing, telecommunications, multi-sensor fusion and intelligent systems applied to automobile.