Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: HD Live Map for Automated Driving: An AI Approach

Join the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering to welcome Xin Chen, Director of Engineering at HERE Technologies, and to attend his lecture, “HD Live Map for Automated Driving: An AI Approach.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 11, at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Rettaliata Engineering Center, Auditorium 104.


HD Maps, one of the key components of automated driving and a life-saving safety feature, serve as the hub for sensing, perception and decision. Making and maintaining a near-real time HD map on a global scale is an extremely challenging task.  Chen will present how we apply AI technologies to automate the creation of HD Live Maps using both industrial capture and crowd-sourced based data collection. Quality Index is introduced to provide automated driving customers with the confidence of HD map accuracy and reliability in a dynamic world. We implement low power and high throughput edge perception as a reference implementation to enable crowd-sourced based HD map maintenance. Finally, Chen will share best practices to democratize AI in our engineering organization and transition research into production in the creation of continental scale HD maps.


Xin Chen is a Director of Engineering at HERE Technologies, whose team is completing pioneering work to achieve the automation of next generation map creation using computer vision and machine learning technologies. He has over 50 U.S. Patents in LIDAR and image analysis for mapping, and he has served on an NSF (National Science Foundation) panel to evaluate and award funding to multi-million dollar projects advancing research in these areas. Chen has been awarded 2010 and 2011 IMPACT awards to recognize “Employees Making Outstanding Contributions,” an award recognizing “Significant Intellectual Property Contributors” for 2011-2012, 2013 and 2014 company-wide Hack Week top awards, and 2015 Berkeley Office Hackathon top award. He has numerous publications at CVPR and CVIU. Chen is an adjunct faculty member and Ph.D. advisor at Northwestern University and Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching “Geospatial Vision and Visualization” and “Biometrics” courses. Chen obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.