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Teaching the AI brains of autonomous vehicles to understand the world as humans do requires billions of miles of driving experience. The road to achieving this astronomical level of driving leads to the virtual world.

On the latest episode of the AI Podcast, Waabi CEO and founder Raquel Urtasun joins NVIDIA's Katie Burke Washabaugh to talk about the role simulation technology plays in developing production-level autonomous vehicles.

Waabi is an autonomous-vehicle system startup that uses powerful, high-fidelity simulation to run multiple scenarios simultaneously and tailor training to rare and dangerous situations that are difficult to encounter in the real world.

Urtasun is also a professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Before starting Waabi, she led the Uber Advanced Technologies Group as chief scientist and head of research and development.

NVIDIA co-authors are presenting a record 16 research papers at the year's most important graphics conference, pushing forward the fields of neural rendering, 3D simulation, holography and more.

NVIDIA's latest academic collaborations in graphics research have produced a reinforcement learning model that smoothly simulates athletic moves, ultra-thin holographic glasses for virtual reality, and a real-time rendering technique for objects illuminated by hidden light sources.

These projects - and over a dozen more - will be on display at SIGGRAPH 2022, taking place Aug. 8-11 in Vancouver and online. NVIDIA researchers have 16 technical papers accepted at the conference, representing work with 14 universities including Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and Tel Aviv University.

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