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BRT+ Monthly Webinar: Optics for autonomous urban transportation

This session of BRT webinar will be presented by Eduardo Bendek on Wednesday 28th March at 17:00 EST.

Optics is experiencing an enormous growth as imaging and spatial awareness capabilities are becoming mainstream technologies that we use every day; smartphones, surveillance cameras, self-driving cars, drones, enhanced and virtual reality, among many other applications, are changing the way that we live at an incredible speed. The advancements of these technologies simultaneously with image recognition and artificial intelligence algorithms naturally pair and synergize optics and computer science as the drivers of the future. In this talk I will review main optical technologies and sensors that are enabling autonomous urban transportation.

Eduardo Bendek works at NASA Ames Research Center developing new technologies to detect exoplanets from ground and space. He is involved in the technology development and optical design of three different NASA's future space telescopes.

He has more than 10 years of experience in advanced astronomical instrumentation development, such as Laser Adaptive Optics, Infrared optics, and optomechanics. He worked for three years at the MMTobservatory in Arizona and for five years at the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. He is also an entrepreneur and co-founded of Yx Ltda (Yx Wireless).

He received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering minoring in Astrophysics, and later graduated withPh.D. in Optical Sciences and become a Fulbright Science and Technology Alumni. In 2015 he was awarded with the NASA's Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his contributions to the agency on the development of exoplanet detection technologies. 


Event: BRT+ Webinar: BusAssist: Optics for autonomous urban transportation

When: Wednesday 28th Marchat 17:00 EST

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