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Toyota Research Institute Supports Development of Open-Source Automated Driving Simulator


Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is furthering its support of open source platforms by donating $100,000 to the Computer Vision Center (CVC) to accelerate its development of an open source simulator for automated driving, Car Learning to Act (CARLA).

“Technological advances and growth are made possible through collaboration and community support,” said Vangelis Kokkevis, director of Driving Simulation at TRI. “Fostering the development of a common open simulation platform will allow TRI and its academic and industrial partners to better exchange code, information and data.”

CARLA is hosted on Github, and its development is directed by the CVC at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. The non-profit, open source simulator is for the development, training and validation of automated urban driving systems. It is designed to ensure the stability of automated vehicles in myriad situations that are not always testable in the real world. With flexibility and realism in mind, CARLA offers a multitude of environmental conditions and is designed to be extended and easily modified to fit specific project needs.

The team behind CARLA plans on using TRI’s gift to expand its engineering team and the simulator’s capabilities.

Dr. Antonio López, responsible for the project at CVC, said “CARLA is born to democratize research on automated driving, supporting training and testing of AI drivers beyond real-world limitations. The joint work of CARLA engineers, artists and scientists is making this possible. Obviously, we need to keep working to allow CARLA reach its full maturity, and this is why the sponsorship from Toyota is highly valuable.”

CARLA is another major commitment by TRI to an open source platform. TRI has made significant donations for two consecutive years to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which offers the global robotics community access to open source robotics software and development tools. TRI is also the primary contributor to Drake, an open source C++ toolbox created by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) for analyzing the dynamics of robots and building control systems.

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INNOBRAIN: optimizing the cognitive rehabilitation of neurological and psychiatric patients


The Catalan consortia INNOBRAIN explores computer-human interaction and artificial intelligence algorithms to predict intervention results. The initiative is part of NEXTHEALTH, the RIS3CAT community participated by CVC which is aimed to innovation in Health coordinated by Biocat and supported by ACCIÓ.

A new technological platform will facilitate the stimulation and congitive rehabilitation of people with cognitive impairment as a consequence of a neurological or psychiatric disease, dementia or development disorders. This project, in which CVC is actively working with the participacion of Dr. Sergio Escalera, forms part of NextHealth, a RIS3CAT community lead by Biocat, supported by ACCIÓ and the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund.

The INNOBRAIN consortia Works to integrate new technologies in the cognitive rehabilitation and stimulation of neurological and psychiatric patients, as is human-computer interaction, tracking emotional expressions with artificial vision, or artificial intelligence algorithms to predict the end result of interventions and improve treatment personalization, among other innovative elements.

Dr. Sergio Escalera, Principal Researcher within this project at CVC, will be implementing computer vision technology in order to recognise emotional expressions of both children and adults which have suffered from neurological disorders or disease. In this way, clinicians will be able to monitor neurorehabilitation and its evolution, in some cases with the use of videogames, by measuring level of attention, distraction, frustration and engagement.

The aim of the consortia is to boost strategic industrial research activities in order to improve usability, efficiency, effectiveness, the generation of knowledge and the personalization of treatments, as added value elements in cognitive rehabilitation and stimulation”, as explained by the Research coordinator at Guttmann, Dr. Josep M. Tormos.

The INNOBRAIN consortia is integrated by the Guttmann Institute, EURECAT, the Institut d’Investigació en Intel·ligència Artificial (IIIA-CSIC), the Computer Vision Center, the Sanitary Corporation Parc Taulí from Sabadell, the Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Girona (IdibGI), the Institut d’Assistència Sanitària (IAS), the Fundació Salut i Envelliment UAB ; the Institut ‘Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS); and the businesses Starlab, specialist in neuroestimulation; SKY&EARTH, specialist in digital interactive vídeos, and ICA, a Technology services provider.

More information at the project’s website:


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