IEEE SSIT Lecture: Self-Driving Cars: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly


Prof Mary (Missy) Cummings (Director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC) at George Mason University, USA) will present "Self-Driving Cars: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" at 6pm (UTC+1) / 1pm EDT on 30 April '24. Click ( ( and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT are cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs including: New Jersey Coast Section SIGHT; New Jersey Coast IM/Computer Joint Chapter; IEEE Region 1; IEEE Region 2; Vancouver Section Jt. Chapter,TEM14/PC26/E25/SIT30; North Jersey Section SSIT Chapter; Susquehanna Section Computer Chapter; Southeast Michigan Section Vehicular Technology Chapter; Phoenix Section Computer Chapter; Vancouver Section Jt Transportation Chapter, (; (, ( and ( to organise this SSIT Lecture as a joint Webinar on 30 April '24. Registration IEEE and SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to ( and participate. IEEE Members should include their IEEE Membership Number when registering. Access to online Meeting ( will be provided with the link prior to the event. Guest Lecture Focus Self-driving cars have been a dream from almost the time the automobile was invented. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), this dream has seemingly become reality with driverless commercial operations already taking place in a handful of cities around the world. However, the recent tragic accident involving a pedestrian and a Cruise self-driving car, as well as a number of high-profile Tesla crashes, raise the possibility that such systems may not actually be as capable as envisioned, and questions have arisen about their safety both nationally and internationally. Given these concerns, it is important to step back and analyze both the actual safety records of these vehicles and just why AI is struggling to operate safely under all conditions in autonomous vehicles. This lecture will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of AI in self-driving cars, as well as in all safety-critical applications, and lay out a roadmap for safe integration of these technologies on public roadways. Speaker(s): Prof Missy Cummings, Agenda: 18:00 (UTC+1) Welcome and Introduction to Guest Speaker 18:05 Lecture 18:45 Questions and Discussions Virtual: