March Webinar by Eduardo Bendek

03 / 16 / 2018

BRT+ Centre of Excellence invites to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our January Webinar is:

“Optics for autonomous urban transportation” 

Presented by Eduardo Bendek, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, on March 28th, 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time. There will be sent all the information needed to connect to the platform.

To join the webinar you can register here.

For future webinars, you can register here to be noticed. Soon, at this post, you will find the Video and Slides from this webinar, and here from previous meetings.



Optics is experiencing an enormous growth as imaging and spatial awareness capabilities are becoming mainstream technologies that we use every day; smartphones, surveillance cameras, self-driving cars, drones, enhanced and virtual reality, among many other applications, are changing the way that we live at an incredible speed. The advancements of these technologies simultaneously with image recognition and artificial intelligence algorithms naturally pair and synergize optics and computer science as the drivers of the future. In this talk I will review main optical technologies and sensors that are enabling autonomous urban transportation.

Eduardo works at NASA Ames Research Center developing new technologies to detect exoplanets from ground and space. He is involved in the technology development and optical design of three different NASA’s future space telescopes.

He has more than 10 years of experience in advanced astronomical instrumentation development, such as Laser Adaptive Optics, Infrared optics, and optomechanics. He worked for three years at the MMT observatory in Arizona and for five years at the ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. He is also an entrepreneur and co-founded of Yx Ltda (Yx Wireless).

He received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering minoring in Astrophysics, and later graduated with Ph.D. in Optical Sciences and become a Fulbright Science and Technology Alumni. In 2015 he was awarded with the NASA’s Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his contributions to the agency on the development of exoplanet detection technologies.