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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Join us for Café Scientifique on Monday, Aug. 7.


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Brian Zajac

Director of Hardware Engineering


The Future of Urban Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Join Uber Engineer Brian Zajac as he discusses "The Future of Urban Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles."

The future of transportation in the United States is one of autonomous vehicles and computer-assisted commutes. As cities increase in population density, urban planning and development teams look to computers to aid humans in the construction of safe and expedient methods of transportation. Brian Zajac, Director of Hardware engineering at Uber, is working to shape that future. Join Zajac and Carnegie Science Center as we discuss his work with artificial intelligence and the future of autonomous vehicles.

Zajac holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He has over a decade of experience designing robotic systems for corporations and government agencies, including Shell Oil, Oshkosh Corporation, Anglo American, the US Army, and DARPA. His systems have operated on military bases, offshore oil refineries, and in underground mines around the world. At Carnegie Mellon University, he led the hardware team that developed CHIMP, a 400-pound humanoid robot, which took 3rd place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

An original member of the Advanced Technologies Group, Zajac joined Uber in 2015 when the ATG was founded. As an engineer, he designed the custom cameras on ATG’s first data collect cars and architected the configuration of cameras, LiDAR, radars, and other sensors on its first autonomous vehicles. He has also led the hardware teams that designed ATG’s fleet of autonomous Volvo XC90s and built partnerships with industry leaders to take the system to large scale production, and is working towards building self-driving vehicles at scale and expanding the system’s capabilities through next generation hardware technologies.

Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm

NOTE: Register here to let us know you're coming, even if you don't plan to buy food.


A la carte menu:

Pre-made deli sandwiches and salads
Chips and cookies
Bottled Beverages
Beer and wine

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