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Impressions from CSCS 2017

Computer Science in Car Symposium was the first conference around automotive research
and applications from industry and academic research held in Munich on July, 7th.

We are thankful to our guests, students, speakers and supporters!
If you are interested in videos and topics covered at CSCS 2017, you find them at our vimeo Channel soon.

We had a great time and are looking forward to CSCS 2018

Here are some impressions from CSCS we want to share with you:


Your Team of  ACM Chapters

CSCS Speaker Announcement: Eyal Amir



Commonsense for Cars


Cars increasingly are equipped with sensors that can sense their surroundings and insides. These sensors are about to be connected to the cloud in an online fashion, promising to deliver a new era of connectivity and information flow between cars. Cars of the future increasingly would enable autonomous driving, and so need to know and understand more than before. Common sense, such as understanding the meaning of a ball stuck under a parked car, or the possible intentions of a kid hiding behind that parked car, is traditionally easy for people and hard for computers and artificial intelligence. This kind of understanding and commonsense is necessary to ensure safe driving and safe co-existence of humans with those AI cars. In this presentation, I will describe the tools already developed in AI and those that still need to be developed to reach this goal of common sense for cars.


Eyal Amir is CEO and Chief Data Scientist at Ai Incube (Parknav) and a professor of computer science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ai Incube is an AI company that distills real-time data about the world from IoT data, licensing this to automotive OEMs and mobile-payment companies. Parknav is Ai Incube’s first home-run data stream, providing precise large-scale estimates of street parking availability.

Eyal’s research focuses on combining AI and Machine Learning, and his data science specializes in using geo-dynamic data. Previously, he received tenure and Associate Professor at UIUC in 2009, joined UIUC in 2004, and was a researcher at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in mathematics and computer science from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is co-author of more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed papers, was chosen by IEEE as one of the „10 to watch in AI“ (2006), awarded the Arthur L. Samuel award for best Computer Science Ph.D. thesis (2001-2002) at Stanford University, and received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He splits his time between San Francisco, CA and Munich, Germany.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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CSCS Speaker Announcement: Robert Bücher

Robert Bücher



Limitations of Inside-Out-Tracking in industrial applications


The traditional way of tracking is limited to visibility of the markers. ART discusses a new approach of markerless solutions for industrial use and introduces its solutions.


Robert Bücher holds a degree in Industrial Engineering for Production Technologies from the University of Aachen (RWTH) and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He has worked in the Automotive Industries as Product Manager for assemblies and later on as consultant for innovation and new technologies. He holds patents in diverse business fields, so in optoelectronics. His positions in optoelectronics and human machine interfaces distinguishes him as an expert in AR. With the company Physoptics he was involved in the development of natural 3D glasses with integrated physiognomic eye tracking.  He designed interactive video transmission and surveillance systems with long-range remote functionality. Since 2017 he is responsible as Business Development Manager for markerless tracking applications at ART GmbH, Weilheim, a leading developer of tracking technologies.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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CSCS Speaker Announcement: Chih-Hong Cheng and Georg Nührenberg



Formal Methods for Dependable Neural Networks


The deployment of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) in safety-critical applications poses a number of new verification and certification challenges. For scenarios such as autonomous driving, it is important to establish sound claims on safety properties over the demonstrated behavior of ANNs. Examples include the absence of tendencies to change to occupied lanes, and resilience of ANNs to noisy or even maliciously manipulated sensory input. In this talk, we highlight some developments as an initial step towards realizing the full potential of formal methods for ANNs and their deployment in new safety-critical functionalities such as self-driving cars. Concretely, we demonstrate concepts such as (1) how to perform automatic verification of ANNs via a reduction to solving mixed integer optimization problems (MIP), and (2) how to monitor and regulate decisions generated by ANNs, by overlaying ANNs with formally synthesized maximal pervasive controllers.


Dr. Chih-Hong Cheng studied Computer Science at Technical University of Munich and obtained his PhD on game-based software synthesis in 2012. After two years working in ABB corporate research as a research scientist, he joined fortiss and is now head of the Software Dependability department. He manages various research projects such as cloud for mission-critical infrastructures, formal methods for dependable machine learning, and techniques for automating software engineering processes.

Georg Nührenberg got a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at ETH Zurich, where he focused on theoretical computer science and mathematical optimization. He wrote his Master’s Thesis at IBM Research Zurich. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at FU Berlin. Since November 2016, Georg Nührenberg works in the Software Dependability department of fortiss. His research interests include formal methods for autonomous systems and verification of machine learning algorithms.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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CSCS Speaker Announcement: Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers

Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers


Computer Vision for Autonomous Driving


Over the last years, the field of Computer Vision has matured from a fairly small niche area in computer science to one of the hottest topics in technological development today.  In my presentation, I will sketch a number of recent developments in computer vision and in particular in 3D reconstruction from moving cameras.  These methods for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) can accurately localize the camera and recover the observed 3D world.  They will form a central building block of future self-driving cars.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers obtained a PhD in
Computer Science from the University of Mannheim, Germany.
Subsequently he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher
at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and one year as
a permanent researcher at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton,
NJ. From 2005 until 2009 he was associate professor at the University
of Bonn, Germany. Since 2009 he holds the chair for Computer Vision
and Pattern Recognition at the Technical University, Munich. His
publications received numerous awards, including the ‚Best Paper of
the Year 2003‘ (Int. Pattern Recognition Society), the ‚Olympus Award
2004‘ (German Soc. for Pattern Recognition) and the ‚2005 UCLA
Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research‘. For pioneering research
he received a Starting Grant (2009), a Proof of Concept Grant (2014)
and a Consolidator Grant (2015) by the European Research Council. In
December 2010 he was listed among „Germany’s top 40 researchers below
40“ (Capital). Prof. Cremers received the Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz
Award 2016, the most important research award in German academia.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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CSCS Speaker Announcement: Dr. Sudipta Bhattacharjee

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Dr. Sudipta Bhattacharjee (KPIT Technologies Ltd.)


Impact of quality of training dataset on pedestrian detection for autonomous driving


In autonomous driving, the perception task is a key piece requiring object detectors like pedestrian detection and vehicle detection among other. These object detectors are typically implemented using machine learning algorithms involving pipeline of classifiers or using deep learning networks. Special considerations are required for training dataset for each classifier in the pipeline. The performance of generated classifier models depends not just the size of the dataset but also the on quality of the training dataset in terms of coverage of scenarios. This work also presents the impact of ratio of positive and negative training samples sizes towards improving the performance of different types of classifiers in the pipeline.


Sudipta Bhattacharjee is Associate Solution Architect at the KPIT Technologies Ltd. for ADAS practice. He did his Ph. D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has more than 10 years of experience for conducting industrial R&D work. His areas of work includes computer vision techniques, machine learning, data analytics, wireless sensor network, electronic system design & integration. He has filed 5 patents, and published 1 book, 9 journals and 11 conference papers. He is the winner of scholarship A for 2014 ISRM International Symposium (ARMS8), Sapporo, Japan. He is the peer reviewer of IEEE transactions on industrial electronics, Journal of optics & lasers in engineering, IEEE sensor journal and IEEE wireless communication magazine.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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CSCS Speaker Announcement: Dr. Mario Fritz


Dr. Mario Fritz (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)



Towards Anticipation in Traffic Scene Understanding


Scene understanding e.g. in terms of semantic segmentations and object detections has made great advances in recent years. In order to facilitate safe autonomous or assisted driving in real-world scene, we have to go beyond assessing the current traffic scene and rather predict possible consequences and future states.

I will present our latest work in this direction that aims at „predicting the future“. In particular, we have been developing Deep Learning techniques that encode prior observations and decode them in a recursive fashion and thereby extrapolate them into the future.


Mario Fritz is senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. He is heading a group on Scalable Learning and Perception. His research interest are centred around computer vision and machine learning but extend to natural language processing, robotics, graphics, HCI, privacy and more general challenges in AI. He did his postdoc at the International Computer Science Institute as well as UC Berkeley on a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He received his PhD from TU Darmstadt and graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017

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ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium 2017
Munich, Germany | July 6, 2017

>> Event Details

>> Get your Ticket here

Position Papers and Posters

We invite PhD and master students to submit position papers that will be compiled into proceedings of the event that will be available online on the Web pages. Each accepted position paper will be presented as a poster or might be selected for a short oral presentation. We plan also to invite the top ranked position papers and invited speakers to submit long papers for publication in a special issue of an international journal.

Submission information: Position papers should have the length of 2-4 pages in LNCS style formatting1. Please submit your position papers as PDF- file to the following email address:


  • Deadline for position papers:  June 6th, 2017

  • Notifications: June 14th, 2017

  • Event: July 6th, 2017


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CSCS 2017


ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium
CSCS 2017
Munich, Germany | July 6, 2017

A collaboration of German ACM Chapters:
• German Chapter of the ACM
• Munich ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter
• ACM Munich Computer Science Student Club

Call for Position Papers and Posters

Submit your position papers as PDF- file to:
Submission Deadline: June 6th, 2017

>> Details here


Students, Members of any ACM Organization/Chapters: € 29

Professionals: € 72

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Werk 1
Grafinger Str. 6

81671 Munich

Aim of the event

Innovation in cars is increasingly- “driven” by new technology from computer science. Examples are abundant: Autonomous driving, assistance system, in-vehicle entertainment, and many others. Cars equipped with such technology are likely to become the next big thing which will result in changes how cars are produced and used but will also influence our future mobility and thus our society. This disruption in automotive industry creates many opportunities but also challenges. They can best be addressed by bringing together key people who jointly discuss novel ideas from research but in the practical context of industrial applications.

We are pleased to announce the first German Computer Science and Cars Symposium (CSCS). CSCS aims to create bridges between academic research on the one hand and practitioners from the automotive industry on the other. The one day event combines a single track programme with keynote and invited presentations and ample opportunities for discussions and networking. An open call for position papers will present the latest ideas, results, and challenges from academia and industry in poster sessions.


The event includes, but is not limited to the following topics around automotive and Car-IT research and applications:

  • Motion Recognition, Modelling, Synthesis, and Prediction
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning, specifically Deep Learning
  • Computer Graphics and Visualization
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR/VR)
  • HCI (Human Computer Interaction)
  • Communication, Security, Safety, Privacy
  • Advanced Sensing and Intelligent Vehicle Control


Speaker Announcement:

Tentative CSCS Program

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee and registration
09:30 -09:40 Opening remarks
09:40 -10:00 Invited Talk: Thomas Harbers (CEO Greenpost GmbH)
Volkswagen Press Conference 2017 Geneva Auto Show
10:00 -10:30 Invited Talk: Robert Bücher (ART)
Limitations of Inside-Out-Tracking in industrial applications
10:30 -11:00 Invited Talk: Dr. Alexey Dosovitskiy (Intel)
Learning sensorimotor control from experience and demonstration
11:00 – 11:30 Invited Talk: Chih-Hong Cheng and Georg Nührenberg (fortiss)
Formal Methods for Dependable Neural Networks
11:30 – 12:00 Invited Talk: Dr. Mario Fritz (MPI)
Towards Anticipation in Traffic Scene Understanding
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch & Posters
13:30 – 14:00 Invited Talk: Prof. Dr. Michael Haller (MIL)
Imperceptible Textile Interfaces in automotive use cases
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote: Mario Tokarz (BMW Group) , Björn Brücher (Intel)
15:00 – 15:30 Invited Talk: Dr. Sudipta Bhattacharjee (KPIT Technologies Ltd.)
Impact of quality of training dataset on pedestrian detection for autonomous driving
15:30 – 16:15 Coffee Break & Posters
16:15 – 17:15 Keynote: Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers (TUM)
Computer Vision for Autonomous Driving
17:15 – 17:45 InvitedTalk: Guy Satat, RameshRaskar (MIT CameraCulture Group)
Seeing through Optical Barriers Using Visible Light
17:45 – 18:15 Invited Talk: Eyal Amir, (CEO of Parknav and Adjunct Associate
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign) Commonsense for Cars
From 18:15 Social Event & Posters

Social Event & Posters

We are very happy to welcome you to join us for a get together with the students for a poster session and with the speakers from 18:15 PM.

Sponsors- / Exhibition

We invite companies and research labs to contribute to the summit also by presenting their latest results as demos with a small booth. The booth is free for academic research groups. A booth is also included for sponsors of the event.

We are thankful to our generous supporters:



Organizing Commitee

  • Martin Böckenfeld (Munich ACM SIGGRAPH, Invenio GmbH)
  • Cornelia Denk (Munich ACM SIGGRAPH, German Chapter of the ACM, BMW Group), chair
  • Klaus Fischer (DFKI)
  • Oliver Grau (ACM Europe Council, Intel Deutschland GmbH), co-chair
  • Raphael Hoheisel (Munich ACM Computer Science Student Club)
  • Hans-Joachim Hof (German Chapter of the ACM, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt), co-chair
  • Philipp Slusallek (DFKI), co-chair


Impressionen vom Event mit Paul Debevec und Mat Beck

Hier ein paar Eindrücke von unseren letzten Events mit Paul Debevec und Mat Beck, die wir mit euch teilen möchten: Bilder


Wir bedanken uns herzlich bei den Speakern und allen Teilnehmern-
von Vereinsmitgliedern und die, die es werden möchten, sowie bei bei allen Helfern die dieses spontane Event möglich gemacht haben.

Insbesondere gilt der Dank an Charlie Nedeltschev von Videocation für das Sponsoring der die Projektionstechnik, sowie an Lily Ivanova die die Speaker nach München gebracht hat!

Wir hatten eine schöne Zeit und freuen uns schon auf weitere Events dieses Jahr!

Euer Munich ACM SIGGRAPH Team