Autonomy, in the context of autonomous vehicles, is the ability of a vehicle to operate without the intervention of a human operator. Such vehicles constitute a very broad spectrum of shapes and sizes including, for instance, vacuum cleaning robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) operating on factory floors and warehouses, and robot taxis etc.
The objective of the course is to give students knowledge in the area of autonomous vehicles, by participating in an autonomous-vehicles project. This can either be an applied project in the form of participation in an autonomous-vehicles competition, or a research project on an advanced sub-area of autonomous vehicles research.
Information about project types
The student is (in small teams, or independently) expected to work on the applied/research project agreed-upon with supervisor.
The projects can be of several types, for example:
1. The students can take up a project related to our life-size Autonomous-Driving-Lab (ADL) Lexus vehicle. The projects can be of many types, for example getting Autoware.Auto or Baidu Apollo working with the Lexus etc. See the "ADP Project" page for more details.
2. The students can take up participation in small-scale autonomous vehicles competition in DeltaX. In the competition, 1:10 scale vehicles equipped with vision sensing, compete in autonomous driving. Main prize 1000 euros.
Read about the tasks on competition webpage: https://courses.cs.ut.ee/t/DeltaXSelfDriving/
The DonkeyCar platform used in DeltaX Self-Driving competition and for other student projects.
3. The students can take up a research project in different areas of autonomous driving, such as behaviour modeling and prediction, road-user interaction, mapping etc. The same DonkeyCar 1:10 scale platfrom is avaibable for projects also beyond the competition, e.g. for developing and testing traffic sign or traffic light detection. Alternatively, one can work in simulation or on a static dataset without actually trying anything in the real world.
For projects based on participation in DeltaX, and research projects, the assessment is based on an intermediate and final presentation, report, (and where applicable) demonstration and code. For precise deliverables on ADL projects, please refer to the "ADL Project" page.