The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco (IAC), the premier autonomous racing car competition at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is gearing up to welcome thousands of fans. On October 23, 2021, 21 universities from 9 countries forming 9 teams will compete in this unique competition. The teams will compete for $ 1 million in prizes, which will be used to advance the education and research missions of the winning universities.
Organized by Energy Systems Network and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the primary goal of the IAC is to advance technology that can accelerate the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and the deployment of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) . These improvements will lead to increased safety and performance in motorsports as well as all modes of commercial transportation. In addition, the competition is a platform for students to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., one of the world’s largest philanthropic foundations, provided a grant to help Energy Systems Network grow the IAC and fund the IAC’s $ 1 million scholarship. The Endowment is committed to advancing STEM education and working to strengthen Indiana, including helping to attract exceptional talent to the state in advanced disciplines such as artificial intelligence (AI).
âThe IAC would not have been possible without the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, who have been committed partners from the start,â said Paul Mitchell, President and CEO of Energy Systems Network and co-organizer of the IAC. âThe prize money will go to the universities of the winning team to support their efforts to advance research and development of autonomous technologies. We know that the work done by our university IAC teams, alongside some of the best companies in the world, will certainly lead to the acceleration of Indiana’s AI and automation industries in the future.
The IAC also announces that Boston Dynamics’ agile mobile robot, SPOT, will serve as the official flag for the competition.
In addition, hundreds of high school STEM students, the next generation of innovators, representing more than 50 urban, rural and suburban Indiana school districts will be in attendance. Beyond networking with world-class innovators, high school students attending the event can receive help completing their FAFSA and can participate in Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 plan.
Autonomous Innovation Summit (by invitation only)
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
Hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and co-sponsored by Luminar, the Autonomous Innovation Summit will feature sessions on the autonomous driving industry, including accelerating commercialization, developing ideas and talent, and building promoting innovation by bringing together top leaders from academia, industry and government. .
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, US Senator Todd Young and US Under Secretary of Commerce Don Graves are among the summit speakers and panelists. Others include (in alphabetical order):
- Lee Baldwin, Director, Core Autonomy, AutonomouStuff / Hexagon
- Brooke Beier, Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Foundation
- Doug Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Brad Chambers, Indiana Commerce Secretary
- Sandra Chapman, President, Prince Media Group (Summit host)
- Karen Chupka, Executive Vice President-CES, Consumer Technology Association
- Bill Kohut, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales, Cisco
- Ricardo Juncos, Owner, Juncos Hollinger Racing
- Markus Lienkamp, ââprofessor, Technische UniversitÃ¤t MÃ¼nchen (TUM) School of Engineering and Design
- Paul Mitchell, President and CEO, Energy Systems Network
- Andrea Pontremoli, CEO, Dallara
- Austin Russell, Founder and CEO, Luminar
- Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
The invitation-only summit will be filmed and available on the IAC website for public viewing at a later date.
Showcase and technological demonstrations
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (open to the public)
Location: Gasoline Alley Garages, IMS
Academic IAC teams and industry leaders will showcase their autonomous technologies that have been the focus of the IAC competition. Industry participants include: Cisco, ADLINK, Autoware, Boston Dynamics, Aptiv, AutonomouStuff / Hexagon, Bridgestone, Clemson University International Automotive Research Center (CU-ICAR), Luminar, New Eagle, PWR, RTI and Schaeffler.
IAC competition and university teams
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
- AI racing technology, University of Hawaii, University of California San Diego
- Autonomous Tiger Race, Auburn University
- Black and Gold Autonomous Race, Purdue University, United States Military Academy at West Point, with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India), Universidad de San Buenaventura (Colombia)
- Autonomous racing rider, University of Virginia
- EuroRacing, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), University of Pisa (Italy), ETH ZÃ¼rich (Switzerland), Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
- KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
- MIT-PITT-RW, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo (Canada)
- PoliMOVE, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of Alabama
- Autonomous Motorsport TUM, Technische UniversitÃ¤t MÃ¼nchen (Germany)