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A Sensor-Fusion Drivable-Region and Lane-Detection System for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in Challenging Road Scenarios, originally published in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology in 2014.

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Awards Committee will honor Shaw and his team with the 2018 Best Land Transportation Paper Award, which recognizes the best propagation paper published in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology in the past 5 years. The award will be presented to his Shaw and research collaborators on August 29, at the Fall 2018 Vehicular Technology Conference in Chicago.

A Sensor-Fusion Drivable-Region and Lane-Detection System for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in Challenging Road Scenarios demonstrates a novel real-time optimal-drivable region and lane detection system for autonomous driving, based on both the fusion of light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and vision data. Multiple sensors cover the most drivable areas in front of an autonomous vehicle, and then a conditional lane detection algorithm selects optimal route. Shih-Lung and research collaborators demonstrate the effectiveness of this system on both structured and unstructured roads, a challenge autonomous vehicles face in real urban environments.



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Shannon Spencer from the Office of Sponsored Programs was awarded the 2017 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Travel Award. The Southeast Region of NCURA issues an annual $1,000 Travel Award to support a member to attend the region’s annual conference. These awards are issued through a competitive application process and awardees are selected based on service and contribution to the organization and professional development/institutional financial need. This is the first travel award the university has received from NCURA.
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  • Joan Cronan, former women’s athletics director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named the first recipient of the newly established NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award recognizing an individual in the Association’s membership for positively influencing college athletes and their experiences through the individual’s career long commitment to advocating for college sports.

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