Starting the project

Topic: Starting the self-driving car project.

Summary: This group is dedicated to hackers, makers, and the next Edisons. Let's get together with a phenomenal speaker to discuss how we'll move forward with this project and what help we need as we develop our project.

Agenda:

  • 7:00pm – Hang-out, drinks, and food.
  • 7:45pm – Start of Meeting - Introduction slides by the organizer.
  • 8:00pm - Professor Tyler Folsom - Designing a self-driving car. Teleconference from Seattle.
  • 8:15pm - Professor Rick Anderson - Developing a simulated environment to test self-driven car models. Bonus Demo!
  • 8:30pm - Praful Mathur - Discussing how we'll move forward.
  • 9:00pm - Getting everyone setup.

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

 

Speakers background:

Professor Tyler Folsom is a project manager at Quest Integrated (www.qi2.com). He designed the stereo vision system for Team Sleipnir in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and was team leader for University of British Columbia in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.  He co-founded Cogneta (www.cogneta.com) to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology.

 

 

Professor Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University, Co-Director NJ Makerspaces, and Trustee of Fair Use Building and Research Labs. As Director of Virtual Worlds he has grown the Rutgers University Virtual World from a single sim in Second Life to 24 sims in Open Sim, and 8 sim in Second Life. These environments are showcased as part of Rutgers Day, where more than 50,000 people attend, and at least 5,000 people get to ring the Old Queens Virtual Bell. He's also an expert in 3D printing. Teaches basic electronics, Arduino, and soldering for people of all ages. He is also co-author of ProArduino, and wrote the multiplatform code that Arduino 1.5 uses, designed the original Arduino Test Suite, and is designer of the ChipKit FubarinoSD.

 

Praful Mathur started a company in Boston called Amp Idea that specialized in advertising technology and credit card payments in Boston cabs. During the course of the company, he built an awareness and understanding of how car computing occurs and the technology used to make cool car projects happen. Praful and his team built the technology in 6 months that took his competitors years to build.

 

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  • Praful M.

    Also, the next meetup is up, please sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Self-Driv...­

    June 12, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Let's move all future discussions to: http://discuss.derivatived.com­ + Sign up directly to the site, I'm still working on enabling sign-ups via FB, Twitter, ... + Check your spam folder, just put up the site so still need to setup a better e-mail service to send out notifications (it'll come from [masked]). If anyone wants to take over sysadmin/maintaining the site, please e-mail me: [masked] Thanks,
    Praful

    June 12, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Hi. I took some photos of this event. Feel free to check them out at http://www.flickr.com/photos/97...­

    1 · June 12, 2013

    • Marino H.

      "Some" photos?? You did fantastic! The demo wares photos really brings the event to life for those of us unable to attend, makes it look exciting. And the slides give some insight into the topics. It'll definitely attract more people to join in. Also the photo stream works great for viewing many photos at once. Thank you for this. ~Marino

      June 12, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Thanks!

      June 12, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Hey,

    I should have e-mailed everyone who responded to [masked] with their interest in the project. If I missed someone, please send me an e-mail.

    Finally, I think this event has had enough notifications/messages so I'm going to close it down. To keep track of all the presentations and videos from the event, check: https://delicious.com/derivative...­. Thanks,
    Praful

    June 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Can't wait for the Autonomous Vehicle? Build one yourself!
    http://driverlessauto.com/cant-...­

    June 10, 2013

  • jason

    Here's a more recent video of my autonomous RC car than the one that Rick showed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • Rick A.

      Thanks. I was looking for that one.

      June 8, 2013

    • Erik S.

      Very interesting, thanks Jason!

      June 10, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Has anyone hosted discourse? I'd like to use it as the message board but would like to avoid sysadmin tasks. Unless someone is willing to volunteer to manage the board. Email me [masked]

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very interesting project with a fast paced "first look" presentation and very exciting technical components. Love it!!

    Fortunately, as soon as I got home, I looked at the video at Driverless Auto (http://driverlessauto.com/live-...­) and it reminded me of a couple of questions that I have ...
    <which I will post as reply to this post, since I exceeded the 1000-char limit>

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am more inclined to get involved with the Software Design Team. Where's the sign-up sheet?

      In the mean time, I am looking into Udacity's "Artificial Intelligence for Robotics" by Sebastian Thrun. (It looks intense...)

      June 7, 2013

    • Praful M.

      Email me these questions and sign up: [masked]

      June 8, 2013

  • Ruslan K.

    It was good, but the presentations some technical difficulties, so was difficult to follow.

    June 8, 2013

    • Praful M.

      Next meetup will be much smoother, we're bringing on someone to manage events. Again, we really appreciate everyone's patience!

      June 8, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Hey,

    Thank you for everyone who's emailed me. Please note I'm reviewing all the e-mails and am thinking of a better discussion forum than the Meetup page. I'll get back to everyone who's e-mailed me tomorrow as we have some internal changes to make.

    Please continue to e-mail me suggestions at [masked]. Stay awesome,
    Praful

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I noticed that I was not able access anymore the elcano recumbent bike of Professor Tyler Folsom.

    I was telling a fellow techie about the meetup on Thursday, and I wanted to show the videos but I got a 404 (Not Found) error message.

    Q: Was the access to the streaming video a one-time access right only for the night of the Meetup?

    As far as I know the URLs are:
    http://www.envirotech.com/Elcan...­
    http://www.envirotech.com/Elcan...­

    June 8, 2013

    • Tyler F.

      You are confusing "tech" with "teach". The videos are on http://www.enviroteac...­
      http://www.enviroteac...­. This is temporary; they should move to www.ElcanoProject.org later this month. Also see the discussion group on this forum for coordinating with the Elcano Project.

      1 · June 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Tyler. I wrote it down wrong in my notes. Thank you very much for the correction.

      June 8, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Thank you Alex!
    I missed this exciting event last night...

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lee, you can find links to our streams and the recorded streams here: http://driverlessauto...­

      June 8, 2013

  • victor r.

    It was great!!!

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like. High level view is OK but presentations was way too fast -- OK, I'll blame on the technical glitches and the traffic jam at 287... :-) Looking forward to participating in the project.

    June 7, 2013

  • Asad aka A.

    Very productive.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    The project sounds great! I'd like to work on the simulator-- how should I go about requesting membership on the software team?

    June 7, 2013

  • Praful M.

    I know there's quite a few updates. This is the last one: We'll be posting some more information soon:
    + Next Event
    + Videos from last night
    + Schedule for the project
    + Overview of where we are and where we need to go
    + Where do we need the most help.

    Stay awesome everyone!
    Praful

    June 7, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Also, if you're going to tweet about the event from last night: + This group's hashtag is #SelfDrivingVehicle
    + Derivatived's handle is @derivatived
    + My personal handle is @dasickis
    + JuiceTank's handle is @JuiceTank

    Our Google+: gplus.to/derivatived
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/...­

    June 7, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Hey,

    For everyone interested in joining the project, please email me: [masked] with your name, team/project of interest, and a little description of what you'd like to work on. A few thanks:
    + Thanks to Rick & Tyler for spending time with us to explain what they're working on. + Thanks to Kevin for taking pictures. + Thanks to Alex, John, and Mark for reporting on driverlessauto.com, live streaming the event, and helping build a presence in NYC. + Thanks to everyone who attended despite the weather, traffic, and distance. We're excited to work with all of you. --Praful

    June 7, 2013

  • Tyler F.

    A few glitches with the remote link.

    June 7, 2013

  • Ed P.

    The start of an exciting adventure. Lets keep building the momentum and jump into the first phase pronto!

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you who can't make it to the meeting, driverlessauto.com is hosting two feeds live streaming on Ustream. Below is a link. If you can't hear or need us to adjust the volume, tweet us @DriverlessAuto or leave us a comment on our site.
    http://driverlessauto.com/live-...­

    June 6, 2013

  • Volodymyr M.

    Is it possible to arrange WebEx or GoToMeeting? I would like to join next meetup remotely?

    April 29, 2013

    • Marino H.

      What about Google Moderator? This way you can vote, chime in, and make requests.

      April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have two feeds live streaming. Here's a link: http://driverlessauto...­

      June 6, 2013

  • chandan S.

    Can't join in person. A web-ex link would be great.

    May 6, 2013

  • Marino H.

    Live stream the project itself as well! Record it from beginning to completion. Which certifies us as @teachOpen

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi thanks for your interest. We should talk about this, please send me an email at [masked] and we can figure out the best way to get the community discussion boards together.

      May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have two feeds live streaming. Here's a link: http://driverlessauto...­

      June 6, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Will there be a live stream? I would be interested.

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry but at this time there is no live stream. We will get that figured out soon.

      May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have two feeds live streaming. Here's a link: http://driverlessauto...­

      June 6, 2013

  • ProtoExchange

    Can we make this a hangout event?

    June 6, 2013

  • Marino H.

    I won't make it tonight either but look forward to video postings of the event!

    June 6, 2013

  • Praful M.

    I've gotten a bunch of requests to live stream the event. We're thinking about it, just keep leaving comments and RSVP "yes" on the event and we'll do it if there's enough interest.

    2 · April 29, 2013

    • Nicholas E.

      Unfortunately I can't make it there in time tonight. Would love a live stream.

      June 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have two feeds live streaming. Here's a link: http://driverlessauto...­

      June 6, 2013

  • Eric R.

    Unforutnately cannot make it tonight. Any plans for NYC meetings? Thanks for the Thrun course advice: very interesting. I'm looking forward to the postings of the video of the talks.

    June 6, 2013

  • Praful M.

    We're going to be picking people up from New Brunswick Train Station. Please call me at[masked] if you need a ride. Thanks!

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Marino H.

    If anyone from the Lehigh Valley area would like to carpool to the event, please let me know!

    June 6, 2013

  • Jay M.

    3rd generation car man on the move . . .

    June 6, 2013

  • Yuvraj S.

    Look forward to meeting you all

    June 5, 2013

  • ProtoExchange

    Although we cannot attend this meetup, we can provide much of the hardware that might be necessary via our Modeling, 3D Printing, and CNC network. I'll try to make it to future meetups - awesome project!

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward for this awesome meetup. Good Luck Praful.

    June 4, 2013

  • Praful M.

    There's a lot of requests to live stream the event and for this particular event we will not be officially live streaming. However, we will be video taping the entire event and putting it up on Vimeo for everyone to see. We'll also break up the videos into different sections:
    + Tyler's Presentation
    + Rick's Presentation
    + My Presentation
    + Q/A Finally, the internet at JuiceTank is great but we want to eliminate any issues for viewers. If we do a last minute live stream, we'll post it on the discussion boards before the event.

    June 4, 2013

  • James M.

    It's going to be awesome! Can't wait!

    June 4, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Hey,

    We need help for the event:

    1) Someone who can shoot video
    2) Someone who can take pictures
    3) Someone who can help sign people in at reception
    4) People on standby with cars that can help bring people from the train station (we should be pretty good on this one, but just in case) Thanks,
    Praful

    May 30, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Hi. I can do #2 or #3, or both.

      1 · June 1, 2013

    • Praful M.

      Kevin, perfect! We look forward to seeing you Thursday. You can take over photography.

      June 2, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    Hello everyone, we're asking you all to please take this udacity course on artificial intelligence for robots prior to the meetup. It's be Sebastian Thrun, who has led the Google development for their self-driving-car. Doing so will allow us to enter with a much higher basis of knowledge and will help everyone really hit the ground running.

    Here is the link-https://www.udacity.com/course/c...­

    3 · May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The course is focused on understanding the major algorithmic systems behind the self driving car. Whether or not you would like to focus on developing the AI or not the course will help you understand the goals of this project. As this project involves aspects of robotics, sensors, data collection, data modeling, AI, 3d environments and etc.. I'm sure no matter your current skill set you can be contribute significantly to the project.

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome course.

      June 1, 2013

  • Asad aka A.

    Looking forward to meeting good people.

    May 31, 2013

  • Marino H.

    I've placed a few invitations on communities of Google+ including to Open Source Photography, an excellent community of photographers dedicated to open source image editing. Please look at the info to make sure it's correct. https://plus.google.com/b/106481...­

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Ligon L.

    The ride from NJT station to meetup place -- may I ask if it's planned? When and where should people from NYC catch the ride? Thanks!

    May 29, 2013

    • Eric R.

      Ahhh... "doing rides" in a self-driving vehicle, now that would be the way to start the meeting off right.

      May 29, 2013

    • Thomas M.

      It's not at all hard to arrange the ride situation, just call Praful when you're near and we will get you here (and back even)

      May 30, 2013

  • Ben

    Sorry can't make the June 6th date. Have a great meeting!

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict. Look forward to your next meet.

    May 23, 2013

  • Praful M.

    Dear Hackers, I wanted to alert everyone our meetup is now a week after initially scheduled on June 6th. Our venue accidentally double booked us. We would love for all of you to attend. Please update your RSVP accordingly. Thanks,
    Praful, Sree, & TJ.

    May 22, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    Check out our blog about self-driving vehicles, this weeks post is about potential roadblock this technology may face in the future http://bit.ly/11L9007­

    May 17, 2013

  • Jay M.

    Concerning the potential roadblocks to this great project . . . just remember, that "road blocks" are opposition . . . along with need to overcome being the Mother of Invention . . . don't we just love to overcome road blocks . . . hello, everybody!

    3 · May 19, 2013

  • Helder R.

    Are there technical details of the project, software/hardware stacks, etc. somewhere? Is the goal to start a long-term open source UGV project or is the focus more about the local community building a prototype as a learning exercise?

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Praful M.

      > We're going to be putting up the next tasks on Github soon and we'll send out a link. > We want to build a long-term open source project.

      1 · May 16, 2013

    • Josh

      Are you available for freelance consulting projects?

      May 16, 2013

  • Ligon L.

    Does the meeting place have public transit access? If not, will there be a car picking up hackers from the nearest NJT station (Bound Brook)?

    May 8, 2013

    • Thomas M.

      We can set that up, The New Brunswick train station is about 10 minutes from here. Send us an email and we will make it happen.

      2 · May 8, 2013

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