How to Make Self-Driving Vehicles Smarter, Bolder

Autonomous vehicles that can maneuver themselves around any city are already out on our public roads, says Yannis Paschalidis, but operating off-road remains a challenge. “These vehicles are designed for very structured environments, within roads and lanes,” says Paschalidis, a College of Engineering professor of biomedical, systems, and electrical and computer engineering, who uses data science and machine learning to develop new software algorithms and control systems. “They are only programmed to recognize a small number of different types of objects.”