Paul Furgale was the Deputy Director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). His research focused on long-term autonomy for mobile robotic systems, including perception, mapping, localization, and planning over long timescales and in highly dynamic environments. He was the scientific coordinator for V-Charge, a European project and industry/academic collaboration that seeks to develop automated valet parking and charging of electric vehicles in mixed traffic. He received a PhD (2011) from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) where he developed algorithms to support over-the-horizon sample return for planetary exploration rovers as part of the Autonomous Space Robotics Lab. His PhD work was field tested in the Canadian High Arctic and subsequently integrated into several Canadian Space Agency rover prototypes.
My student, Luc Oth, was awarded the ETH Medal for his Master's thesis.
The Canadian Space Agency is in the news showing off its new fleet of rovers.