a reply to: DonVoigt
I am an electrical engineer by education (MSEE) but work as a computer scientist in practice. The independent research and development projects I
have been a principle investigator on, over the years, are typically spearheaded by PhDs but I'm far too lazy to go to school to earn the moniker.
So anyway... I've been developing embedded AI software for a long time for the military for autonomous drones but since 2011 I've been developing
similar AI for the automotive industry in the ADAS/autonomous vehicle area.
My present role is taking the complex radar data coming from short-range and long-range sensors in the bumpers of vehicles and turning them into a
real world model of the world. It's called the "environment model" and my team uses complex mathematical algorithms, fuzzy logic, and neural nets to
do the data processing. The software determines where other vehicles, pedestrians, guard rails, trees, etc....then performs sensor fusion with
cameras which see road signs, road lines, bumpers (lights etc) in real time. Once you have all that data and combine it with other vehicle telemetry
you enter the realm of performing functions such as lane keeping/warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control etc....and on into
experimental self-driving vehicles.
I had to move from the defense applications which I was focused on in the 90's and 00's (which were very interesting and I had a blast working with
the folks from Carnegie Mellon, MIT, JPL, etc) to this rather mundane commercial application of AI in cars (yawn) due to Obama's cuts in defense
("thanks Obama!"). I used to make autonomous drone robots (UGV and UAV)... fun stuff...you know, the terminators that will kill us all one day when
google (skynet) becomes self-aware. hahahaha Actually not that funny and probably likely but I digress.
I've worked in a few other areas too but as you can imagine I can't get into any details.
I find this thread interesting too, because over the many years I have been a member of this site I have seen plenty of pseudo-science and BS. Also,
I have seen many claims that all the members on here are uneducated...which is also clearly BS. I do believe in many conspiracy theories and am not
such a pragmatist that I don't believe in the many meta-physical aspects of this world including UFOs, ghosts, ESP, etc.
I basically quit posting on this site in 2011 because the site became more about politics which gets my blood boiling and a couple times I almost got
kicked off for having some strong opinions...like that ObamaCare if passed would cause medical prices to go up.... guess what, I was right, they have
gone up. I won't use the language I used back in 2011 as I don't want to get the red flag of death again and have to apologize to the moderators.
Glad to meet you.
edit on 16-9-2016 by JonInMichigan because: typos