Driving towards the deployment of Higher Automation: Join Hi-Drive’s 1st International Summer School this September

Following a series of summer school events organised within the framework of PReVENT, HAVEit, interactIVe, AdaptIVe, and L3Pilot Integrated Projects, the flagship EU Project for automated driving, Hi-Drive is organising its 1st International Summer School on ‘Driving towards the deployment of Higher Automation’, which will take place on 06 – 07 September 2023, at the beautiful summer resort of Porto Heli in Greece (AKS Porto Heli Hotel), just a few hours away from Athens.


Participation to the Summer School is free, but spaces are limited and registration is compulsory.  Save your spot here by May 26th: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/hi-drive-1st-summer-school-tickets-623863581767


During this two-day event, prominent speakers from both academia and industry, as well as key experts from European projects and international initiatives in the field, will be invited to give lectures on the latest developments and main challenges in the field of Automated Driving (AD).

With a focus on the theory and practice of Automated Driving Implementation and Testing, Hi-Drive invites researchers, Ph.D. students, developers, technicians, and other professionals to explore the potentials of AD, expand their expertise and networks, and present their research work to a number of peers, academics and highly qualified professionals. The focus of the Hi-Drive 1st summer school will be on the latest findings and main challenges in the areas of AD testing and validation covering the following thematics: Learning-based AD perception and decision-making, AD system-theoretic safety analysis, Mixing real-world testing with simulation testing, Collaborative driving testing, Human-CAV interaction testing.

Day 1: Algorithms behind Autonomous Vehicles perception and decision making and system behaviour safety analysis

Key layers of an AD system architecture is the perception and the decision making layers (the quality of the latter depends on the first one). In the first session, we focus on probabilistic reasoning or learning-based algorithms that have recently been proposed for multi-modal perception and decision making. In the second session we investigate aspects of building up a safety argumentation appropriate for these AI-enabled time-critical systems.

Day 2: Trials and methods for CAD systems verification

As the complexity of automated driving functions rapidly increases, the requirements for test methods and tools are growing. Testing in virtual environments offers the advantage of completely controlled and reproducible environment conditions and it is the feasible way to follow if connected multi-agent setups have to be supported. In the third session of the summer school that opens Day 2, we first learn on CAD testbeds that have recently been developed for collaborative driving testing. In the following session, we dive into theory of AD verification and aspects of testing in real and virtual environments with the help of open-source standardized interfaces. Finally, the fifth and final session of the summer school will cast focus on the users who have to interact with CAD systems HMIs (control transition, eHMIs, augmented perception OBU) based on human-in-the-loop studies in the field.


Participants will familiarise themselves with new research directions in CAD testing related areas through a series of lectures held by international experts and will be given a chance to present their own work during a poster exhibition.

  • Network with other people working in the field, meet distinguished scholars, and establish contacts for potential future research collaborations;
  • Get inspired by some of the best of the best in AD RnD;
  • Meet and interact with experts and peers in the AD field;
  • Sneak a peek at the workings of the EU flagship project Hi-Drive;
  • Gain exposure to state-of-the-art techniques and methods and get familiar with international standards relevant to AD testing;
  • Attain deeper knowledge from new companies that came to assist the AD/automotive industry in the difficult task of meaningful testing and testing scaling-up;
  • Present your research work and receive feedback from academics and highly qualified professionals in the field;
  • Get fully prepared for the Hi-Drive 2nd Summer School in 2024!


A Student Poster exhibition (and optionally laptop-based demos) will be held in the reception hall during both days of the summer school. The poster exhibition is meant to host submissions by registered students offering them a place to discuss and disseminate their early work. All Ph.D. students, and young researchers that register to attend the summer school are encouraged to submit their posters to Sevi Christoforou (sevi.christoforou@iccs.gr) by 30 June 2023.

All poster submissions should include the final poster (A0 format – portrait), a title, a list of authors, and a short description of the work to be presented.

Note: If we receive more than 15 applications, participants will be selected based on their work area and background, geographic distribution, and date of application. Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 5th.

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