NVIDIA’s GPU-Horsepower in Autos Unleashed at GTC 2016

by Danny Shapiro

Hands off the steering wheel. Feet off the pedals. Sit back. Relax. We’ll take you on an eye-opening ride at next month’s GPU Technology Conference.

Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile). Touch-based operating philosophy.
Mercedes-Benz’s Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) with touch-based operating philosophy.

GTC 2016, set for April 4-7 in Silicon Valley, features an amazing collection of over 500 sessions and tutorials.

For the car-inclined, we’ll have an Automotive track with more than two dozen sessions on autonomous driving, driver assistance systems and next-generation human machine interfaces.

Our partners from around the globe — including Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Eyeris and Elektrobit — will tell stories of how the automotive industry is being transformed, and how GPUs and deep learning are leading the way.

We’ll also have some of the coolest super cars powered by NVIDIA at the San Jose Convention Center. You’ll also see hands-on demonstrations of what happens inside DRIVE PX 2, the brain of the self-driving car. Try out the latest VR headsets and be transported to other worlds. And Gill Pratt, one of the world’s leading figures in AI and CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, will deliver a keynote address on April 7.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the sessions that should get your adrenaline pumping:

  • Audi AG’s Marcus Kuehne and Thomas Zuchtriegel, in a talk called Audi VR Experience – A Look into the Future of Digital Retail, will share challenges and learnings from Audi’s work creating a VR-based showroom.

    Audi VR experience advanced setup
    Audi VR experience advanced setup.
  • Richard Membarth of DFKI and Christoph Lauer of Audi AG, in a talk on Safety-Critical Functions with High Reliability, will describe the new possibilities for crash prediction in embedded systems that are only possible by taking advantage of recent developments of embedded GPUs.
  • The Foundry’s Vilya Harvey will share how Mercedes-Benz worked with his firm on next-gen digital user experiences for drivers, in his talk Hollywood Under the Hood: The Mercedes Concept IAA.
  • Elektrobit’s Karsten Hoffmeister, speaking on Software Architectures for Autonomous Driving Vehicles, will discuss modern vehicle functions like advanced driver assistance systems and the rapidly growing demand for high performance computing power. He’ll also address the need for critical, highly reliable safety functions in the next generation of vehicle infrastructure platforms.
  • Modar Alaoui, CEO of Eyeris, will introduce attendees to vision software that reads facial micro-expressions in real time for use in driver monitoring systems. He’ll also include a live demo in his session, Driver Face Analytics & Emotion Recognition Using Deep Learning.

If you just attend a single conference this year, this is the one to experience.

Register for GTC today.