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AI Science Café Series 2020 With Michal Čáp

Is autonomous driving an answer to reducing traffic congestion in our cities? With Michal Čáp!

Cities are overly congested with traffic and pollution. At present the most widely discussed solution is urban on-demand mobility based self-driving technology. The envisioned automated mobility-on-demand (AMoD) systems employ a centrally-controlled fleet of self-driving vehicles to provide on-demand point-to-point transportation to the users of the system. Such systems promise to revolutionise user behaviour and significantly improve the efficiency of urban transportation. As a case study, we will discuss and quantify the potential for car-sharing and ride-sharing to reduce the number of vehicles in the city of Prague, its application to other cities around the world and the implications for policy making.

The discussion after the presentation will be chaired by Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis.

Michal Čáp is a Technical Lead in isee AI, an MIT spin-off company developing self-driving technology, and a research associate in the Artificial Intelligence Centre at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He has studied information technology, agent technology and artificial intelligence and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and the Department of Cognitive Robotics, TU Delft, Netherlands. Motivated by the arrival of self-driving taxi companies, he recently became interested in the analysis of transportation systems that employ large fleets of self-driving cars.

Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Transport Systems and Logistics based in the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London. He also leads the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre within the Centre for Transport Studies. His work to date has spanned the areas of network optimisation, urban transport systems, logistics and maritime transport.

Artificial Intelligence is the new phenomenon of the 21st century and has evolved out of the realm of science fiction and at best, a few technologically advanced minds and IT professionals, to everyday topics of discussion and one of the key drivers of the future progress of humankind. The objective of the  AI Science Café series, which will consist of five presentations by high profile, world acclaimed experts, is to introduce, present and publicly discuss various topics that impact our professional as well as our personal lives. As AI topics clearly generate more questions than answers, the series will strive to unveil trends and expectations from the inevitable social and technological changes which the future will bring.

The AI Science Cafe Series  is kindly supported by AVAST.


February 25
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Czech Embassy Cinema
26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom


Czech Centre London
0207 836 3669


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