EventMohammad Umar Piracha

How to make a LiDAR for Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are one of the hottest applications of LiDARs nowadays and are expected to have a major impact on our society and our lifestyles. This talk will review different kinds of LiDAR implementations, and some of the fundamental design principles, trade-offs, and challenges that are involved in building lidars for self-driving cars.

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About The Speaker


Dr. Mohammad Umar Piracha received his Ph.D. from the College of Optics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, where he developed a LiDAR system using a mode-locked laser for high resolution ranging at tens of kilometers of distances. He has been involved with several startups, including Luminar Technologies, and IMEC, where he was responsible for leading their LiDAR development. Dr. Piracha has 32 conference and journal publications, and 3 patents. He serves as a reviewer for NSF’s SBIR program and is currently working as a Staff Lidar Systems Engineer at AEye, in California.