Infrared Camera for ADAS and Autonomous Sensing C1934

Topics: Advanced Technologies

Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle technologies have disrupted the traditional automotive industry with potential to increase safety and optimize the cost of car ownership. Among the challenges are those of sensing the environment in and around the vehicle. Infrared camera sensing is seeing a rapid growth and adoption in the industry. The applications and illumination architecture options continue to evolve. This course will provide the foundation on which to build near infrared camera technologies for automotive applications.

The course will begin with a review of infrared basics - electromagnetic spectrum, spectral irradiance, night vision and eye safety. The content includes an in-depth calculation for infrared camera illumination and eye safety with focus on driver monitoring for interior and machine vision for exterior. Participants will receive insights into rolling and global shutter imagers, wavelength selection, use of secondary optics, continuous vs pulsed IRED operation, thermal design, power consumption, eye safety certification and HMI considerations. Also included is a brief review of iris recognition, cabin monitoring and face recognition and a discussion on trends and challenges facing optical sensing in autonomous vehicles.

The course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this course, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate of achievement and the $5 participant CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Give examples of market forces, regulation and technology in the eco system
  • Comprehend electromagnetic spectrum, spectral irradiance, night vision and eye safety
  • Prescribe infrared camera requirements with a comprehension of key variables
  • Apply monitoring calculations for illumination, eye safety and power consumption
  • Practice exterior infrared (IR) camera calculations for illumination, eye safety and power consumption
  • Define iris recognition, face recognition, cabin monitoring and gesture recognition
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for sensing trends in ADAS and AV

Who Should Attend

Mechanical, lead, application, and electrical engineers, along with head of innovation and BOM family owner will benefit from this course. Those involved in driver monitoring, exterior IR camera for machine vision and other IR camera applications will also gain valuable sensing insights.


An undergraduate engineering degree or a strong technical background is highly recommended. A basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and a basic awareness of infrared camera applications in ADAS and autonomous vehicles will be beneficial.


You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Rajeev Thakur

Rajeev ThakurRajeev Thakur is currently senior technical sales manager at Aeva – responsible for sales and business development of FMCW lidar technology. He previously was director – sales technical support at Ouster – responsible for providing technical support to North American Sales – across all industries. He also was director automotive programs at Velodyne Lidar. In this role he supported OEM customers to select, design-in, and launch Velodyne’ s wide LIDAR portfolio for autonomous vehicles and ADAS functions. Prior to this, he was at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors as regional marketing manager for infrared product management and business development in the NAFTA automotive market. His focus was on LIDAR, driver monitoring, night vision, blind spot detection, and other ADAS applications. He has been in the Detroit automotive industry since 1990 – working for companies such as Bosch, Johnson Controls, and Chrysler. He holds a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Guindy Engineering College in Chennai, India. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds several patents on occupant sensing. He is also a member of the SAE Active Safety Standards Development Committee.

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Fees: $729.00

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