On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics

When Milliseconds Count: The Impact of Adaptive Lidar on Perception Improvements


For autonomous systems to coexist with human drivers on highways, adequate reaction times are required for safe path planning. Hardware-centric lidars offer passive performance for redundancy but don’t optimize data to reduce the perception systems' reaction times based on operational domains. This 30-minute Webinar will examine how adaptive lidar can optimize output and allow higher-speed vehicle operation with graceful braking.

Topics include:

  • The importance of reaction times, with a comparison of human and machine processing cycles
  • A step-by-step overview of lidar-based perception systems
  • A look at inherent limitations of hardware-centric passive lidar systems
  • The benefits of adaptive, high performance, software-configurable lidar in point density at long ranges
  • The passenger impact of optimized 3D data

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.


Michael Kosubek, Point Cloud Algorithm Component and Product Owner, Continental

Michael Kosubek serves as the technical lead of an international development team focused on point cloud algorithm components for flash and scanning lidar applications for Continental. He manages cross-department and component-related issues and planning for the future point cloud algorithm—concerning high-flash lidar generations—and manages roadmap planning, feature planning, simulation tracking, and embedded algorithm development. Michael holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, information technology, and computer engineering from RWTH Aachen University.

Mrinal Sood, Director of Technical Marketing, AEye

Mrinal Sood has a decade of automotive design, manufacturing, and go-to-market experience. Prior to his current role as Director of Technical Marketing for AEye, he led technical sales and marketing at Innoviz and Sense Photonics, where he created their go-to-market strategy for lidar and led expansion across automotive, smart cities, and off-highway markets. Mrinal also previously designed and validated powertrain and telematics products for passenger vehicles at Continental Automotive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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