Tutorials/Short Courses

We are pleased to announce that the following Tutorials will integrate the Technical Program of ITSC 2016 on November 1, 2016.


T01: “Next Generation Sensor Fusion and Environment Perception for Automotive Intelligent Systems” (PDF)


  • Bharanidhar Duraisamy (Daimler AG, Germany)
  • Ting Yuan (Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, USA)
  • Tilo Schwarz (Daimler AG, Germany)
  • Martin Fritzsche (Daimler AG, Germany)

Target Audience

University students, researchers from academia, researchers and developers from the industry and also everyone, who is interested to get to know the different automotive environment perception and fusion systems used in the intelligent vehicles sector.


This tutorial is focused towards the stringent requirements, foundations, development and testing of sensor fusion algorithms meant for advanced driver assistance functions and driverless applications in automotive vehicle systems. There are different kinds of environment perception sensors that are needed to fulfill the requirements. The granularity and the quality of the information obtained from these sensors differs from a sensor to sensor depending upon the underlying measurement principle and the generation of the sensor technology. The attendees can see the different representations of the surrounding environment as observed by the heterogeneous environment perception sensors e.g. different radars, stereo camera and lidar. The relevant state estimation algorithms, sensor fusion frameworks and the evaluation procedures with reference ground truth are presented in detail. The audience can get a first ever glimpse of the data set obtained from a sensor configuration that would be used in the future Mercedes Benz autonomous vehicles. The interesting part of the tutorial is covered on the different challenging and important practical aspects such as fusion with incomplete information, data association, etc. related to fusion and target tracking in automotive setting. Fusion and management of the different extended target representations of heterogeneous nature obtained from sensors with different resolution is presented with examples. More than one art of intelligent vehicular sensor fusion framework dealing with tracked objects i.e. track level fusion and raw sensor measurements i.e. measurement level fusion, with results obtained using several real world data sets that contains various static and dynamic targets would be presented in this tutorial. The complete tutorial is oriented towards the interesting aspects of target tracking and sensor fusion in the intelligent vehicles arena. Aspects such as integration of out of sequence objects, influence of time synchronization, management of static and dynamic objects in the tracking and sensor fusion framework are also covered. The content of this tutorial originates from several conference articles, technical reports, research and real time projects of the authors.

Presenters’ Biographies

Bharanidhar Duraisamy has been with Daimler’s department of environment perception for the past five years. His work is in the area of automotive multi-level sensor fusion with active and passive environment perception sensors, state estimation and signal processing designed for automotive intelligent vehicular applications, classification-fusion of relevant objects, multi-sensor data association, target tracking and detection . He has completed his master studies in robotics and automation from the Dortmund university of technology, Germany and he is at present working towards his doctoral degree.

Dr. Ting Yuan is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA within the Autonomous Driving Department, where his fields of endeavor lie in detection, classification and tracking of moving/static objects using information from camera, Radar and Lidar systems, as well as data fusion for the multi-sensor systems. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 2013. He is an invited presenter on Automotive Radar System at 2016 IEEE Radar Conference, Philadelphia, PA. His research interests include target tracking, data fusion and multiple-model analysis.

Dr. Tilo Schwarz has received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1995 and the Doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Kiel in 2000. He has worked from 1996-1999 as PhD student and from 2000 till today as a senior research scientist in the Environment Perception and Sensor Fusion departments of the Daimler Research and Advanced Engineering in Ulm. His scientific interests are in the domains of computer vision, machine learning, signal processing and sensor fusion with primary applications in the field of machine vision and driver assistance systems

Dr. Martin Fritzsche has received his diploma in Geophysics and his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering both fro the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is with Daimler’s research and development department for the past two decades. He has worked on several sensor fusion focussed active and passive safety oriented in-house and public funded projects related to intelligent vehicles. He has held lecture and keynote series in many conferences and events specific to intelligent vehicles, automotive safety research and applications. His core research interests are in the domains of pattern recognition, signal processing, state estimation, sensor fusion, target detection and tracking.


T02: “The Impact of 5G on Connected Vehicle Technology”


  • Mary Lynne Nielsen (IEEE Standards Association, USA)
  • Bill Ash (IEEE Standards Association, USA)


5G is the latest buzzword in ITC. It’s not just the next evolution of 4G technology; it’s a paradigm shift. 5G is evolutionary—providing higher bandwidth and lower latency than current-generation technology—but more importantly, 5G is revolutionary. It is expected to enable fundamentally new applications with much more stringent requirements in latency (e.g., real time) and bandwidth (e.g., streaming).

5G will impact every aspect of our technologically integrated lives, including our intelligent vehicles. Vehicles could be alerted to dangerous situations in real time and prevent crashes with intelligent emergency braking or steering systems. 5G will undergird smart cities in which intelligent stoplights monitor and control traffic, parking facility systems guide drivers to the best parking spaces, and proactive emergency management systems are enabled.

As both the fields of intelligent transport and 5G connectivity continue to evolve, the challenges of integration, usage, and adoption are growing, and the need for standards to address those challenges is becoming apparent. This tutorial will explore the current state of the art for 5G as well as the challenges and opportunities for intelligent vehicle ITS communication structures through a series of keynotes and an interactive panel discussion.

Presenters’ Biographies

Ash Bill
Bill Ash is the Strategic Technology Program Director for the IEEE Standards Association. Bill received his BSEE from Rutgers University School of Engineering. His background is in the RF industry, where he worked as an applications engineer on wireless communications systems. Bill has been with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) for over 13 years, working with standards development groups covering technologies such as RF emissions, distributive energy resources, smart grid, and the National Electrical Safety Code®. He has been working in the standards area for smart grid technology since 2008. He is currently overseeing activities related to the smart grid, smart city, and eHealth for the IEEE-SA.

André Noll Barreto has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Dresden, Germany, in 2001, and MSc and engineering degrees from the Catholic University (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is currently a Professor at the University of Brasília, and he is the cofounder of Ektrum, having previously worked at Nokia Technology Institute, Claro, and IBM Zurich Research Lab in several roles as a researcher and telecommunications engineer. He has experience with several wireless communications technologies, such as GSM, WCDMA, WiFi, WiMax, LTE, VLC, and 5G, and his current interests are in the air interface of 5G and IoT technologies.

Dr. James Irvine is a Reader at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he leads the Mobile Communications Group. He is research focuses on cellular resource management and cryptography, with applications to transport and power networks. He served as vice-chair of Working Group A of the Wireless World Research Forum, and was active for many years in the UK Mobile VCE research program, as academic co-ordinator of three work programs. Prior to this, he led the system architecture work on the EU MOSTRAIN project for communications to high-speed trains.
A co-author of two books, seven patents, and over 150 technical papers, Dr. Irvine has given evidence in the UK High Court in three cases involving 2G, 3G, and 4G technology disputes, and has acted as a non-testifying expert in the US and Germany.
Dr. Irvine has served on three of the major boards of the IEEE: Technical Activities, Publications, and Educational Activities. He is currently on the executive board of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, having served as president in 2008-9 and vice president for publications from 2010 to 2015. He is also a member of the IEEE Standards Education Committee, which he chaired in 2014-5, as well as the recently formed 5G Initiative Steering Group.

Roberto de Marca
J. Roberto de Marca was 2014 President of the IEEE. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He has been on the faculty of Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro (PUC/Rio), since 1978, where he has held several leadership and administrative positions including associate academic vice president for sponsored research.
Twice while on leave Dr. de Marca served as scientific consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has been a visiting Professor at Politecnico di Torino and at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and was a guest scientist at the NEC Europe Research Labs. He was founding president of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society. In 1990, Professor de Marca was appointed scientific director of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq), where he approved the initial funding for the national research network that opened the way for the widespread use of internet in Brazil.
He is an IEEE Fellow and a full member of both the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Brazilian National Academy of Engineering. He has received several national and international recognitions for his professional and volunteer activities.

Mary Lynne Nielsen
Mary Lynne Nielsen has worked in the standards field for over 25 years, supporting the creation of industry consensus at the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). Currently, she is the Global Operations and Outreach Program Director for the IEEE-SA, developing and leading effective coordination and collaboration for successful IEEE-SA outreach efforts with national, regional, and global organizations.
As a leader for IEEE-SA’s technology policy and international activities program, Mary Lynne provides thought leadership, planning, and execution of outreach programs that work with IEEE-SA functions, existing and new programs, and opportunities to increase the global presence of the IEEE-SA. Her particular geographic areas of focus are North, Central, and South America.
Mary Lynne also acts as a catalyst for collaboration within IEEE and between IEEE and others in advancing emerging and converging technologies and supporting multistakeholder discussions. A graduate of Indiana University, Mary Lynne has also completed executive education at Cornell University. She is the recipient of an IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation as well as an Appreciation Award from the IEEE-SA Standards Board.

Roberto Yukio Nishimura
Roberto Yukio Nishimura has almost 30 years of experience working with information technology. He is currently Business Development Manager and coordinator of the innovation group in Sercomtel, having served as an IT manager there for 11 years. He has been an associate professor in database disciplines at UNIFIL for 18 years and has been teaching UNOPAR mode EAD for 8 years. Roberto is a visiting professor of postgraduate students at UNIFIL, UNOPAR, SENAI, UNIVEL, UTFPR-Medianeira, and Pato Branco and has authored three books on databases.

Program (November 1, 2016)

9:00-9:15 Welcome Comments
J. Roberto de Marca, IEEE Past President
9:15-9:30 Introduction to IEEE-SA
Bill Ash, Mary Lynne Nielsen, IEEE Standards Association
9:30-10:30 Part I
Keynote: Smart City Impact on IoT in Vehicles
Roberto Nishimura, New Business Manager, Sercomtel
Keynote: Overview of IEEE 5G activities
Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, IEEE Standards Association
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 -12:20 Part II
Keynote: Impact of 5G on the Vehicle Technology of Autonomous Driving
James Irvine, Reader, University of Strathclyde
Interactive Panel: The Impact of 5G on Connected Vehicle Technology
Mary Lynne Nielsen, Global Operations and Outreach Program Director, IEEE Standards Association (Moderator)
André Noll Barreto, Professor, University of Brasilia
Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, IEEE Standards Association
James Irvine, Reader, University of Strathclyde
Roberto Nishimura, New Business Manager, Sercomtelr
12:20-12:30 Wrap-up
Bill Ash, Mary Lynne Nielsen, IEEE Standards Association