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This State Estimation and Localization for Self-Driving Cars offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Toronto is part of the Self-Driving Cars Specialization.
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Welcome to State Estimation and Localization for Self-Driving Cars, the second course in University of Toronto’s Self-Driving Cars Specialization. We recommend you take the first course in the Specialization prior to taking this course. 

This State Estimation and Localization for Self-Driving Cars offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Toronto will introduce you to the different sensors and how we can use them for state estimation and localization in a self-driving car. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key methods for parameter and state estimation used for autonomous driving, such as the method of least-squares
  • Develop a model for typical vehicle localization sensors, including GPS and IMUs
  • Apply extended and unscented Kalman Filters to a vehicle state estimation problem
  • Understand LIDAR scan matching and the Iterative Closest Point algorithm 
  • Apply these tools to fuse multiple sensor streams into a single state estimate for a self-driving car 

For the final project in this course, you will implement the Error-State Extended Kalman Filter (ES-EKF) to localize a vehicle using data from the CARLA simulator. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 25 hours to complete
      • Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-6 hours per week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Welcome to Course: State Estimation and Localization for Self-Driving Cars
  • Least Squares
  • State Estimation - Linear and Nonlinear Kalman Filters
  • GNSS/INS Sensing for Pose Estimation
  • LIDAR Sensing
  • Putting It together - An Autonomous Vehicle State Estimator

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English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Advanced Level

  • This is an advanced course, intended for learners with a background in mechanical engineering, computer and electrical engineering, or robotics.

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