Ryan McMichael is the Sr. Manager of Sensors and Systems Engineering for Advanced Hardware at Zoox. He’s been at Zoox since February 2016; as part of his current role, he enjoys leading engineering teams to specify, design, build and test sensors for Zoox’s autonomous vehicle platform.
Prior to joining Zoox, Ryan had the opportunity to work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab where he focused on optical design of space instruments. Although Ryan has left JHUAPL, he continues to teach two courses in the JHU Space Systems Engineering graduate program.
Ryan obtained his BS/MS in Optics from the University of Rochester. He has co-authored two publications and has been listed as an inventor on over 60 patent applications. Outside of work, you can find Ryan singing and songwriting on the piano and guitar.
This talk will provide an overview of an approach to determine the sensor architecture on an autonomous vehicle platform. Then, the talk will go into details about the pros and cons of specific sensors, as well as opportunities to improve the performance of these sensors in the future.