Asst. Prof. Fatma Güney from our Department of Computer Engineering has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC), one of Europe’s most prestigious scientific research supports, with her project titled “ENSURE: ENabling Self-Driving in Uncertain Real Environments”. In ENSURE, Dr. Güney aims to anticipate uncertain scenarios that autonomous vehicle may encounter in future and take it into account while taking an action.

In ENSURE, the goal is to understand the dynamics of driving with different types of uncertainty to achieve safe self-driving in complex real world situations. These include uncertainties due to unknown intentions of other agents such as negotiation scenarios at intersections as well as uncertainties due to modelling errors, for example failing to predict future correctly due to an unknown object on the road. The 5-year project prioritizes safety and explainability of self-driving technology to increase its applicability in real world with state of the art deep learning techniques.

Wholehearted congratulations to Asst. Prof. Fatma Güney for this outstanding accomplishment and best wishes for her continued success.