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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Canada Takes a Big
Stake in the Driver-less Future

Steven Waslander,University of Waterloo

With worldwide R&D investment exceeding tens of billions of dollars, self-driving vehicles are fast approaching. Yet it is still unclear how these vehicles will handle truly Canadian weather. Dr. Waslander will present recent work at the University of Waterloo to create Canada's first university-led, all-weather, self-driving vehicle. He will also share his perspectives on the state of the autonomous driving industry, the forward-looking legislation that has enabled large scale research testing and the vibrant ecosystem now growing up around this technology in Canada. Building on its strong position in artificial intelligence, Canada can now play a unique role in bringing self-driving vehicles to the public.


Prof. Steven Waslander is a leading authority on autonomous aerial and ground vehicles, and in localization and 3-D object detection in multi-vehicle systems. An Associate Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, at the University of Waterloo, he received his B.Sc.E. from Queen’s University, and his masters and doctorate from Stanford University in
Aeronautics and Astronautics, where as a graduate student he created the Stanford Testbed of Autonomous Rotorcraft for Multi-Agent Control (STARMAC), the world’s most capable outdoor multi-vehicle quadrotor platform at the time. He was recruited to Waterloo in 2008, where he founded and he still directs the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory (WAVELab).

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

Patrons:
The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after February 12, 2018.

Register now

Contact information: Donna Boag, pagse@rsc-src.ca, 613-991-6369