Bernhard Firner

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We trained a convolutional neural network (CNN) to map raw pixels from a single front-facing camera directly to steering commands. This end-to-end approach proved surprisingly powerful. With minimum training data from humans the system learns to drive in traffic on local roads with or without lane markings and on highways. It also operates in areas with(More)
Radio frequency based device-free passive localization has been proposed as an alternative to indoor localization because it does not require subjects to wear a radio device. This technique observes how people disturb the pattern of radio waves in an indoor space and derives their positions accordingly. The well-known multipath effect makes this problem(More)
Today, people have the opportunity to opt-in to usage-based automotive insurances for reduced premiums by allowing companies to monitor their driving behavior. Several companies claim to measure only speed data to preserve privacy. With our elastic pathing algorithm, we show that drivers can be tracked by merely collecting their speed data and knowing their(More)
Smartphones are excellent mobile sensing platforms, with the microphone in particular being exercised in several audio inference applications. We take smartphone audio inference a step further and demonstrate for the first time that it's possible to accurately estimate the number of people talking in a certain place -- with an average error distance of 1.5(More)
As part of a complete software stack for autonomous driving, NVIDIA has created a neural-network-based system, known as PilotNet, which outputs steering angles given images of the road ahead. PilotNet is trained using road images paired with the steering angles generated by a human driving a data-collection car. It derives the necessary domain knowledge by(More)
Asset tracking is an important application domain for wireless sensor networks. However, continuous tracking of a large number of items at the individual item level over a significant period of time is still not feasible. There are two main obstacles. The first is the need for efficient, lowpower communication protocols. Many current protocols employ(More)
Device-free passive localization (DfP) techniques can localize human subjects without wearing a radio tag. Being convenient and private, DfP can find many applications in ubiquitous/pervasive computing. Unfortunately, DfP techniques need frequent manual recalibration of the radio signal values, which can be cumbersome and costly. We present SenCam, a(More)
Radio frequency based device-free passive (DfP) localization techniques have shown great potentials in localizing individual human subjects, without requiring them to carry any radio devices. In this study, we extend the DfP technique to count and localize multiple subjects in indoor environments. To address the impact of multipath on indoor radio signals,(More)
A typical wireless sensor network consists of many small sensors that collect instrument data around their locations and forward it to a central location for data processing. These networks can be deployed to monitor livestock and agricultural assets, products in a store, patients in a hospital, and so on. In many cases sensors have to be densely deployed,(More)
In contrast to traditional sensor networks, the "Internet of Things" focuses on interactions between humans and physical objects rather than on sensing and reporting low level information. While several middle-ware systems have been created to simplify the task of managing and aggregating data from multiple sensor networks that use different hardware and(More)