Alex G Cunningham

Welcome

I am a autonomy researcher working on behavior, motion planning and control at Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor Michigan. I was previously a research investigator in the Dept. of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI working on perception and decision-making in autonomous vehicles. My research interests include autonomous driving, robust perception, control of high-performance robots, and probabilistic inference in graphical models.



Position at Toyota Research Institute, Ann Arbor

posted Oct 30, 2016, 8:08 PM by Alex Cunningham

Toyota Research InstituteSeveral months ago I took a position as an autonomy researcher at the newly formed Toyota Research Institute, a research spin-off of Toyota, at the newly formed office in Ann Arbor, MI. The Ann Arbor office is the third office for TRI, after the Palo Alto and Cambridge offices, and has been the center of autonomous car testing and development in the rapidly expanding company. 

Autonomous Driving in the Snow!

posted Jan 11, 2016, 8:25 AM by Alex Cunningham   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 8:26 AM ]

We were out on Mcity earlier this fall with two of our autonomous Ford Fusions during a snow storm to test our system in more challenging conditions and Ford has just put out some of the video from the day's testing: 

Impressively enough, autonomous driving actually worked on the first try without any substantial changes from our typical demos. There's still some work to go to make sensing invariant to weather conditions, but the system worked a lot better than even we had expected. 

Press Release for NGV Project Cars on Mcity

posted Nov 13, 2015, 8:02 AM by Alex Cunningham   [ updated Nov 13, 2015, 8:03 AM ]

We've been working for the past few months to get our autonomous vehicles driving on Mcity, and now have some publicly available footage in a new Ford press release and a video that includes as a test engineer as we drive around the urban area of Mcity


At ICRA 2015 in Seattle this week!

posted May 26, 2015, 5:38 PM by Alex Cunningham   [ updated May 26, 2015, 5:41 PM ]

I'm at ICRA2015 this week, with two regular papers with my UMich colleagues: 

MPDM: Multipolicy Decision Making in Dynamic, Uncertain Environments for Autonomous DrivingAlexander G. Cunningham, Enric Galceran, Ryan Eustice, Edwin Olson. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Seattle, USA, May 2015)[pdf]

Cooperative Localization by Factor Composition with Faulty Low-Bandwidth Communication Channels. Jeffrey Walls, Alexander G. Cunningham, Ryan Eustice.  2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Seattle, USA, May 2015)[pdf]

I'm also on two workshop papers appearing at ICRA as well: 

Factor-based Underwater Cooperative Localization over a Low-Bandwidth Communication Channel.
Jeffery Walls, Alexander G. Cunningham, Ryan Eustice. Taxonomies of Interconnected Systems: Asymmetric Interactions in Distributed Robotics (Seattle, USA, May 2015).

Understanding the Past to Predict the Future: Multipolicy Decision-Making using Changepoints for Autonomous Driving. Enric Galceran, Alexander G. Cunningham, Ryan M. Eustice and Edwin Olson. 2015 ICRA Workshop: Beyond Geometric Constraints: Planning for Solving Complex Tasks, Reducing Uncertainty, and Generating Informative Paths & Policies (Seattle, USA, May 2015).

RSS Multipolicy Paper Accepted!

posted May 13, 2015, 5:35 AM by Alex Cunningham

Our latest multipolicy decision-making paper for autonomous driving was accepted to the 2015 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference in Rome, Italy. This paper follows up our ICRA 2015 conference paper with an integrated behavioral prediction system.

MCity Test Track

posted Feb 9, 2015, 8:31 AM by Alex Cunningham

The new autonomous and connected vehicle test track on north campus is almost ready for use, and has gotten a writeup by the university here. The new area will have 32 acres of urban and highway test areas and will be conveniently located adjacent NCRC and UMTRI. Here is the promo video: 

MCity Promo Video


ICRA 2015 Papers Accepted

posted Feb 2, 2015, 11:26 AM by Alex Cunningham

The following papers were accepted to appear at the 2015 IEEE Conference for Robotics and Automation in Seattle, Washington:
  • MPDM: Multipolicy Decision Making in Dynamic, Uncertain Environments for Autonomous Driving. Alexander G. Cunningham, Enric Galceran, Ryan Eustice, Edwin Olson.
  • Cooperative Localization by Factor Composition with Faulty Low-Bandwidth Communication Channels. Jeffrey Walls, Alexander G. Cunningham, Ryan Eustice. 

Graduated and a Real Postdoc!

posted Sep 14, 2014, 6:06 AM by Alex Cunningham

I finally defended and graduated with my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech this past May after six years of work.  Thanks to my advisor Dr. Frank Dellaert and Co-Advisor Dr. Ayanna Howard to all of the help through my time at Georgia Tech.










Now in Ann Arbor, MI!

posted Sep 16, 2013, 8:28 PM by Alex Cunningham

I recently accepted an (early) postdoctoral researcher position in Ann Arbor, MI at the University of Michigan working on a vehicle-based sensor fusion and control project with Ryan Eustice and Edwin Olson.  

ICRA 2013 Slides Posted

posted May 10, 2013, 2:33 AM by Alex Cunningham   [ updated May 10, 2013, 2:39 AM ]

For those who were not able to see the presentation at ICRA, I've posted a slightly extended version of my presentation, created through Preszi. The presentation is available here

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