Continental and the Department working together in the field of Artificial Intelligence

International technology company Continental and the Department of Engineering Science are now conducting joint research in the field of artificial intelligence. The partnership between Continental and the Department will focus on the possible uses and development of artificial intelligence algorithms, which have the potential to further enhance future mobility applications. These deep-learning algorithms have the potential to realise highly-reliable visual object detection and human–machine dialogue in the future.

Continental and Department Team
Team members from Continental and the Department of Engineering Science

The first phase of the envisaged three-year partnership began in early November 2016 and includes new postdoctoral research positions at Oxford. There are plans to extend the research scope and the time frame at a later date.

Cooperation between research and industry a factor in securing our future

‘Cooperating with leading research institutions is of the utmost importance to us. It is an important building block that will enable us to measure up to the persistent demands calling on us to shape the mobility of the future and acquire qualified employees and executives for tomorrow,’ explains Kurt Lehmann, Corporate Technology Officer at Continental. Continental expects the partnership to yield findings on the use of artificial intelligence methods, including in the areas of automated and autonomous driving, the improvement of future vehicle access systems, accident minimization through intelligent warning systems, and the sensitive dialog that will take place in the future between drivers and vehicles – between humans and their machines.

Artificial Intelligence will help shape the mobility of the future

Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, said: ‘I am delighted with this new, important collaboration between Continental and our world-leading Vision and Information Engineers.  I look forward to it underpinning technology developments for mobility of the future.’ 

Demetrio Aiello, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Continental, commented: ‘‘Our vision is a world in which the transportation of people and goods is fully automated and seamless, freeing up time and mental resources for other tasks. Continental will contribute its deep technological understanding and competence in the mobility world, while Oxford offers best-in-class algorithmic competence and an extremely innovative environment. With their help, we can transform our vision into reality; with our help, Oxford can see how their research is translated into new products and services for mobility of a future world.’

Professor Andrea Vedaldi, a principal investigator in the Visual Geometry Group, added: Recent advances of artificial intelligence can revolutionize key technological areas such as transportation. The Oxford Visual Geometry Group is thrilled to collaborate with Continental in applying its cutting-edge research in deep learning and computer vision to the important and demanding domain of assisted mobility.  We believe that, due to the extensive presence of Continental’s technology in the automotive sector, incorporating state-of-the-art artificial intelligence systems in their products has a significant transformative potential for this area.’

About Continental

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tyre manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 218,000 people in 55 countries.

About the Department of Engineering Science

The University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science has an international reputation for its research, being ranked number 3 in The Times Higher Education World University rankings and the best in Europe.  It is growing rapidly in three areas where it has global leadership: information engineering, vision and robotics; low carbon energy systems; and biomedical engineering. We place a strong emphasis on inter-disciplinary and collaborative work, both within engineering science and across the physical, medical and life sciences.  The Department has an excellent record of engagement with industry, with strategic relationships with many global companies.  The Department also has proven excellence of translating research results into real-world applications and has generated 8 spin-outs in the last two years alone.

Published on 11 November 2016