Abstract submission opens
1 June
 Early submission deadline 15 July
 Journal-first deadline
15 July
 Priority submission deadline 12 Aug
 Registration opens 1 Oct
 Manuscripts due for fast track
23 Nov

 Early registration ends 4 Jan
 Hotel reservation deadline
7 Jan
 Symposium begins
17 Jan
 All manuscripts due
8 Feb

Autonomous Vehicles and Machines 2021

Conference keywords: autonomous vehicles, perception, machine learning, deep learning, sensors and processors

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NOTE that in recognition of the current world situation, IS&T plans to allow accepted registered authors to provide remote presentations.

Conference Overview

Advancements in sensing, computing, image processing, and computer vision technologies are enabling unprecedented growth and interest in autonomous vehicles and intelligent machines, from self-driving cars to unmanned drones, to personal service robots. These new capabilities have the potential to fundamentally change the way people live, work, commute, and connect with each other, and will undoubtedly provoke entirely new applications and commercial opportunities for generations to come.

The main focus of AVM is perception. This begins with sensing. While imaging continues to be an essential emphasis in all EI conferences, AVM also embraces other sensing modalities important to autonomous navigation, including radar, LiDAR, and time of flight. Realization of autonomous systems also includes purpose-built processors, e.g., ISPs, vision processors, DNN accelerators, as well core image processing and computer vision algorithms, system design and architecture, simulation, and image/video quality. AVM topics are at the intersection of these multi-disciplinary areas. AVM is the Perception Conference that bridges the imaging and vision communities, connecting the dots for the entire software and hardware stack for perception, helping people design globally optimized algorithms, processors, and systems for intelligent “eyes” for vehicles and machines.

In 2021, the conference seeks high-quality papers featuring novel research in areas intersecting sensing, imaging, vision and perception with applications including, but not limited to, autonomous cars, ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), drones, robots, and industrial automation. Due to high demand from AVM 2018 and 2019 participants, we are in particular interested in topics related to new forms of sensors like LiDAR, Radar, and multi-modal sensor fusion, validation for autonomous vehicles and the perception related processors and algorithms, and the evolution of Image Signal Processor (ISP) with new techniques such as CNN. AVM welcomes both academic researchers and industrial experts to join the discussion. In addition to technical presentations, AVM will include open forum discussions, moderated panel discussions, demonstrations, and exhibits.

2021 Conference Topics

  • Perception for autonomous vehicles
  • Computer vision, machine vision, analytics
  • Multi-modal sensing (Radar, Lidar, Imager, etc.) and sensor configurations
  • Sensor fusion (Radar, Lidar, camera, ultrasound, GPS, thermal, TOF, etc.)
  • Mapping and localization; High Definition maps for autonomous vehicles
  • Artificial intelligence; Deep convolutional neural networks; Machine learning
  • Image processing algorithms, human vision related to autonomous machines
  • 3D reconstruction; Surround perception
  • Image signal processors (ISP); Vision processors; DNN accelerators
  • The evolution of ISP with new techniques such as CNN; Vision pipeline
  • Autonomous driving and sensor simulation
  • Validation of autonomous vehicles
  • Validation of perception processors and algorithms
  • Autonomous driving system architecture

2021 Special Sessions

For Autonomous Vehicles and Machines 2021, submissions are particularly encouraged for the planned special sessions.

Image Quality for Autonomous Vehicles

(hosted jointly with the Image Quality and System Performance conference)

Session Organizing Chair:
Robin JenkinNvidia Corporation (United States)


Best Paper Award
Best Student Paper Award

Past winners

2020 Best Student Paper
Michael Feller and Jae-Sang Hyun (Purdue University) for their work on  "Active stereo vision for precise autonomous vehicle control."
2019 Best Paper
Willem Sanberg, Gijs Dubbelman, and Peter de With (Eindhoven University of Technology) for their work titled "From stixels to asteroids: A collision warning system using stereo vision."
2018 Best Paper
Ziguo Zhang, Stanley Liu, Manu Mathew, and Aish Dubey (Texas Instruments) for their work on  "Camera Radar Fusion for Increased Reliability in ADAS Applications."
2018 Best Student Paper
Hao Xu (University of Southern California) for his work on  "Semantic image segmentation using encoder-decoder architecture assisted by global and local attention models (EDA-GLAM)."

2021 Committee

Conference Chairs

Robin Jenkin, NVIDIA Corporation (United States)
Patrick Denny, Valeo (Ireland)
Peter J. van Beek, Intel Corporation (United States)

Program Committee

Umit Batur, Rivian Automotive (United States)
Alexander Braun, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf (Germany)
Zhigang Fan, Apple Inc. (United States)
Ching Hung, NVIDIA Corporation (United States)
Dave Jasinski, ON Semiconductor (United States)
Darnell Moore, Texas Instruments (United States)
Bo Mu, Omnivision Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Binu M. Nair, United Technologies Research Center (United States)
Dietrich Paulus, Universitӓt Koblenz-Landau (Germany)
Pavan Shastry, Continental (Germany)
Luc Vincent, Lyft (United States)
Weibao Wang, (United States)
Yi Zhang, Argo AI, LLC (United States)

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