Special Sessions


To submit a paper to a Special Session, please follow the regular submission procedure and send an email to the Program Chair Klaus Dietmayer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) indicating paper submission number and title as well as the title of the special session.


GNSS-centred Real-time High Precision Location for ITSS

Organizer: Xiaolin Meng
Affliliation: Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, University of Nottingham
Abstract: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, GLONASS, forthcoming European Galileo and Chinese COMPASS systems, and their complementary augmentation systems, are under rapid development or modernisation. These recent advancements make real-time location of vehicles at a centimetre level accuracy possible. The gaps between available GNSS positioning capacity and the demands of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITSS) applications as well as the adoption barriers need to be fully assessed. Some applications in ITSS that were not feasible previously, such as road user charging, collision avoidance, lane control, and congestion reduction, may be possible now or in the near future. Furthermore, the rich location data gathered with GNSS devices are useful asset to ease currently pervasive traffic congestion and environmental concerns. With these as the major objectives of this special session the leading researchers and manufacturers in relevant fields will join together to discuss how ITSS could exploit the high precision GNSS positioning for many emerging transport applications.


Applications of Parallel Computing in Intelligent Vehicles

Organizer: Jeff Ota
Affliliation: NVIDIA Corporation
Organizer: Jan Becker
Affliliation: Robert Bosch LLC
Abtract: With GPUs now able to perform parallel computing tasks efficiently, inexpensively, and easily, the landscape of both research lab and production vehicle compute has changed dramatically in the last few years. However, algorithms that process and fuse sensor data have very different execution characteristics on a variety of platforms. We have seen interesting work that utilizes parallel processing and the graphics-compute interoperation of the GPU to accelerate and enable new computer vision, occupancy grid, and template matching algorithms. This session aims to highlight both the best system-level implementations that optimize hardware and software for a particular application and algorithm performance analyses on a variety of hardware platforms. Survey papers that provide a snapshot of the current state of parallel processing applications in the intelligent vehicle community will also be considered.


Application of Advanced Technologies in Intelligent Vehicles

Organizer: Yuri Vershinin
Affliliation: Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Coventry University
Abstract: The aim of the Special Session is to provide results which are obtained by researches in academia and industrial organizations related to applications of advanced technologies in Intelligent Vehicles. Such examples can include the development, testing and implementation of lightweight vehicle structures; vehicle topology optimisation; vehicles with adaptive aerodynamics; optimal and self-tuning control systems; applications of fuzzy-logic, neural networks and artificial intelligence algorithms; semi-active and active suspension systems; automotive telemetry and telematics; intelligent transport systems; sensor/data fusion systems, the Kalman filter and observers for parameters estimation; sliding-mode control and hybrid systems. The emphasis on the development of environmentally friendly technologies for automobiles conducted as part of a Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project is given in this session.


State of the Art and Challenges of Autonomous Driving

Organizer: Sören Kammel, Jan Becker
Affliliation: Robert Bosch LLC
Abstract: In the year 2010 we have seen significant advances in the field of autonomous driving.
This special session aims at bringing active researchers working in the field together.
The authors for this special session shall report on
- their long-term research goals,
- the most significant challenges they have encountered,
- results that can be applied to improve vehicle safety and to enable robotic vehicles in urban environments.


New Technologies for Affordable and Reliable 3D Sensing for Autonomous Driving

Organizer: Sören Kammel, Jan Becker
Affliliation: Robert Bosch LLC
Abstract: Again, we have seen significant advances in the field of autonomous driving in 2010.
These advances can be attributed to algorithmic improvements, whereas environment sensing technology has not changed significantly since the Urban Challenge in 2007.
On the other hand, the past year has brought significant advances in affordable 3D sensor technologies for indoor environments, e.g. the Kinect sensor.
Reliable 3D sensing approaches with a near/mid-term potential for series production are still one of the missing components for the commercialization of autonomous vehicles.
We invite authors to contribute to this special session to explore new and alternative measurement principles for reliable 3D sensing for autonomous driving.