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The Future is Now: Self-driving Vehicles Are a Reality

November 3, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The lecture

Nissan has achieved the technological advancements necessary to begin to make the fiction of autonomous cars a reality. The automaker’s goal is to have commercially viable autonomous-drive vehicles on the road by 2020. Dr. Maarten Sierhuis, leader of Nissan’s research efforts to develop autonomous vehicles, will discuss his company’s roadmap for bringing AVs to market, as well as how his team is researching the human-centered development of the self-driving cars.

The speaker

Maarten Sierhuis is Director of the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley, leading the center’s research efforts in the areas of autonomous driving, connected cars, and human-machine interaction. Dr. Sierhuis has more than 25 years of experience in artificial intelligence research and setting research strategy. He was previously the director of the Knowledge, Language and Interaction group at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); a senior scientist for over a decade in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center; and founder and CTO of the startup, Ejenta, a San Francisco-based startup developing an intelligent agent platform with applications in healthcare, insurance and government.

Dr. Sierhuis has a PhD in artificial intelligence and cognitive science from the University of Amsterdam and an engineering degree in informatics from The Hague University, the Netherlands.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Can’t make it to the lecture in person? Watch live from your desktop or mobile device via livestream.com.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Door open at 6:00 p.m.


November 3, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, 64110 United States
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