Thursday, June 29
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Live in San Francisco
Since the inception of the AV industry, companies have leveraged simulation and virtual testing to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles. With the deployment of driverless trucks in 2024, hyperrealistic worlds have become critical in verifying that autonomous technology is safe for the real world. Magnus Wrenninge, Director of Perception Simulation at Aurora, will discuss how Aurora has invested in cutting-edge AI, inspired by the visual effects community, to develop high-fidelity simulations that are testing autonomous trucks in safety-critical situations, like collisions. He will also explain how these simulations are essential in producing key evidence to advance toward driverless deployment.
As the Director of Perception Simulation, Magnus on simulation and synthetic data generation at Aurora, the self-driving company. Magnus joined Aurora when the company acquired his company, 7D Labs, a startup that focused on the use of high-fidelity computer graphics for machine learning and autonomous vehicle simulation. Before that, Magnus spent a decade at Pixar Animation Studios as a Principal Engineer and at Sony Imageworks working on visual effects in software engineering, technical direction, and effects supervision. He started his career in the visual effects industry at Digital Domain where he created fluid simulation and environment rendering software. Magnus serves on the Academy of Motion Pictures' Scientific and Technical Awards committee, and in 2015, he was awarded an Academy Technical Achievement Award of his own for his creation of the open-source project Field3D.