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Florida Poly Hosts Part Two of #STEMTalks, a Google+ Hangout Series

September 22, 2015 News

Florida Polytechnic University will host #STEMTalks: Rise of the Machines – Autonomous Vehicles, the second installment in a four-part virtual Google+ Hangout series.  The online event will feature a panel of industry experts and Florida Poly faculty to discuss the rise of self-driving cars, in-car intelligence, human factors and future innovations in machine intelligence.

Participants are encouraged to submit questions to panelists before and during the live event via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag, #STEMTalks. Questions may also be submitted to the Google+ Hangout page where the forum will be hosted. To learn more and register, visit

Florida Poly Director of Marketing and Communications Crystal L. Lauderdale will moderate the virtual event and welcome expert panelists:

  • Kaushik Raghu, Senior Staff Engineer, Electronic Research Laboratory, Audi of America. Audi’s piloted driving concept is a leader in the industry. In 2014, the German auto manufacturer tested its “Connect” driverless car prototype on Tampa’s Selmon Expressway, recreating a traffic jam to determine the capabilities of the vehicle’s sensors. Raghu has been a leader on many of Audi’s autonomous vehicle projects and has co-authored multiple industry standards. He has been a subject matter expert on driverless vehicles for NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Bloomberg TV and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Dr. Dean Bushey, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Florida Polytechnic University College of Innovation and Technology. Dr. Bushey has extensive experience in machine intelligence and robotics, having spearheaded the first-ever military academy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) training and education program. Most recently, he was in charge of unmanned aircraft systems development, deployment and application for U.S. Air Forces Europe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7 p.m.

Register for this virtual event at

Crystal L. Lauderdale, Director, Marketing and Communications, 863.874.8444,

About #STEMTalks:
#STEMTalks explores the future of high technology and the vital role of a core education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each month this fall, the series will feature a new panel of industry experts, Florida Poly faculty and representatives from the student body. Upcoming topics include How STEM will Transform Florida and Ask Me Anything. Past episodes and future archived episodes can be found on, on iTunes at and on Sound Cloud at ‪

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