On June 24, the KI Data Tooling consortium presented its first research results at Volkswagen's Drive Forum in Berlin. The more than 100 visitors were given an overview of the current status of the project, initial results and further challenges in various presentations, discussions and posters at the event.
The event was opened by project coordinator Dr. Hans-Jörg Vögel (BMW) and Stefan Heidemann (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection) as representative of the funding body. In a subsequent keynote, which was shown via video recording, Norm Marks from Nvidia addressed in particular the importance of synthetic data for autonomous driving. This was followed by a panel discussion, in which Prof. Dr. Frank Köster (DLR), Dr. Thomas Stauner (BMW), Armin Koehler (Bosch), Dr. Gerhard Schunk (Valeo), PD Dr. Hardi Hungar (DLR), Prof. Dr. Christoph Stiller (FZI), Dr. Robert Bruckmeier (BMW), and André Rolfsmeier (dSpace) addressed the relevance of data and scenarios for the safety argumentation of autonomous driving systems. In a second keynote, Dr. Andreas Albrecht from Bosch presented the topic "Systematic data-driven engineering as the key to safe AD function development". Thus, the main topics of the project and their importance in the overall context of autonomous driving were all addressed in the morning.
Before the lunch break, the first results of KI Data Tooling on these topics were then presented - first in a short presentation on the Data Tooling Workflow, which was then discussed in detail by the subproject leaders through the various building blocks of the workflow. Visitors were also able to gain in-depth insights into the consortium's activities to date through a poster session, that could be visited during the breaks and parallel sessions, and three parallel presentations in the afternoon. In an interactive final discussion, the project coordinator and the subproject leaders were able to discuss and answer the visitors' questions, which had been collected throughout the day via a virtual tool. Through many interesting questions, it was possible to shed light on the work done so far as well as the upcoming challenges and goals of the project.
The importance of a complete data solution, which is the aim of the project, was once again confirmed by the event and the lively discussions. Thus, central questions for autonomous driving will continue to guide and push the work in the project in the coming months until project completion.
The agenda of the event can be found here: https://www.ki-datatooling.de/de/mid-term-presentation
Furthermore you can find the recording of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9SAd45_zFE