Juan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) will give the fall CEE Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. Dr. Argote is the Transportation Research Lead within the Uber Advanced Technologies Group.
He will speak on "The Pathway Towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology."
The lecture will take place at 4-5pm (NEW TIME) in Sutardja Dai's Banatao Auditorium with a reception following in the adjoining atrium.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
This lecture will provide an overview of the current state of Self-Driving Vehicle technology, delving into the role that Transportation Engineering and Operations Research will play in the path towards commercialization.
The speaker graduated from Berkeley's Transportation Engineering program in 2014, around the time efforts to develop Self-Driving Vehicle technology became a fixture in mainstream media. In the years since, interest and funding devoted to this technology have continued to grow. Multiple companies are currently testing operations on public roads, but the transition towards large-scale commercial operations will require innovative solutions from multi-disciplinary teams in order to overcome existing barriers towards widespread adoption.
As the Transportation Research Lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Juan Argote leads a team of data scientists with backgrounds in Transportation Engineering and Econometrics to inform Uber's self-driving vehicle strategies. Dr. Argote's interests lay at the intersection of technology, simulation, and transportation operations.
Prior to joining Uber, Dr. Argote was a Senior Software Engineer for Aimsun Inc., a firm that develops a widely used transportation simulation software; as well as the Assistant Director for UCCONNECT, a regional University Transportation Center headquartered at UC Berkeley.
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