b'94HARD SCIENCEImage Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon UniversityIn its partnership with Carnegie Mellons Robotics Institute, Argo AI marries cutting-edge research with real-world engineering.HowdidPittsburgh a place synonymous with heavyindustrybecomeanepicenterforself-driving research? It all started with Carnegie Mellon University, which established the worlds first PhD program in robot-ics in 1989. In the three decades since, CMU has gone on to revolutionize the field of robotics and autonomy. Its no coincidence that the founders of Argo AI chose to base their company within miles of the school. Argo believes that to build a robotic system that can operateintherealworld,amassiveamountofinfra-structure is needed for continuous software integration, large-scalesensordatacollectionandprocessing,and fleet maintenance and refinement. Neither academic in-stitutions nor industry can do this alone. So in 2019, Argo established the CMU Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research, pledging $15 million over five years to fund a team of five world-renowned faculty members led by Deva Ramanan, associate professor in the Robotics In-stitute and principal scientist at Argo AI. The goal of the partnership is to tie industry and ac-ademia closer together, resulting in breakthroughs in the fields supporting autonomy, from computer vision and perceptiontomachinelearningandneuralnetworks. Argo provides CMU students with access to data, infra-structure, and platforms, and has committed to keeping research, software, and datasets open for use by the re-search community at large. In the two years since the centers founding, students have published papers in the fields of smart sensor fusion, 3D scene understanding, urban scene simulation, map-based perception, imitation and reinforcement learning, behavioral prediction, and robust validation of software. Here are five standouts.FullBook_Mar24.indb 94 4/25/21 6:43 PM'