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Wednesday 1st March 2023

Isaac Newton Institute

United Kingdom

This Open for Business workshop on Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Software will feature technical talks exploring the mathematics, statistics and computing (machine learning and artificial intelligence) underlying world-leading AV technologies. It is taking place within the INI Programme on The Mathematical and Statistical Foundation of Future Data-driven Engineering and is being delivered as part of a Deep Dive session entitled Optimal Control and Inference. Technical talks will be given by three leading speakers from Oxford University spin-out Oxbotica.


Oxbotica, founded in 2014, is building the software that is driving the next generation of autonomous vehicles for real-world application both on- and off-road.
Drawing from computer science, AI and ML, software engineering, physics, robotics and maths, its Universal Autonomy platform is sensor and vehicle agnostic, so any vehicle can drive itself, in any domain or environment, safely and sustainably. In May 2022, the company reached a major milestone when it completed the first deployment of a zero-occupancy, fully autonomous
vehicle on a publicly accessible road in Europe.
Because of the complexity of safety and operational requirements for AVs, large-scale and diverse testing is an integral part of software development at Oxbotica. The company tests in many ways, using both established industry best practices and new techniques appropriate for a product as advanced and complex as AV software. The ways in which they test, verify and validate the software are as innovative as the AV software itself. For example, Oxbotica MetaDriver harnesses AI and onboard data to synthesise simulated scenarios with real-world driving miles. It’s capable of validating most of a customer’s environment without driving an actual vehicle in it, and can
detect ‘edge cases’ more than 1,000 times faster than traditional technology.

Aims and Objectives

The workshop will explore:
1. the underlying maths of the various technologies developed by Oxbotica, including the Metaverse-tested MetaDriver.
2. the applications of (and challenges faced by) these technologies
3. the curation and use of data from both physical and synthetic sources
4. the synthesis of physics informed (dynamic systems) and data centric approaches.


The Programme is being finalised and timings will be available soon.
In the mid-1990s Professor Paul Newman set out the fundamental algorithms that underpin many modern autonomy systems. From the outset, Oxbotica has shared Newman’s focus on taking AV technology from basic research and out into the market. This workshop is a chance to hear how Oxbotica develops solutions for the many challenges involved in building, testing and proving out complex, fast-changing technology that must meet stringent criteria for both physical safety and, given the volume of data generated, robust cyber security provisions.
This workshop will connect mathematicians and statisticians with Oxbotica engineers Professor Paul Newman; Ben Upcroft, VP of Technology; and Ryan Smith, VP of Technology Solutions.


Deniz Akyildiz - Imperial College London
Benjamin Boys - University of Cambridge
Lawrence A. Bull - University of Cambridge
Domenic Di Francesco - Alan Turing Institute
Mark Girolami - Alan Turing Institute
Alex Glyn-Davies - University of Cambridge
Susana Gomes - University of Warwick
Ieva Kazlauskaite - University of Cambridge
Sebastian Reich - Universität Potsdam
Zack Xuereb Conti - Alan Turing Institute

Registration and Venue

To enable participants to engage in discussion with the speakers, attendance will be limited. If you would like to express your interest in attending, please follow the link in the left-hand panel and we will confirm if a place is available
This event is free to attend and will take place at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Please visit the Isaac Newton Institute website for further information about the venue.
To maximise networking opportunities and interaction with speakers and other participants, we strongly encourage in-person attendance to this workshop. However, this event will also be hosted as hybrid via Zoom – please indicate whether you plan to join in-person or virtually when registering.