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Autonomous Land Vehicle In a Neural Network (ALVINN)
This project is no longer active.
Head: Dean Pomerleau
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
ALVINN is a perception system which learns to control the NAVLAB vehicles by watching a person drive. ALVINN's architecture consists of a single hidden layer back-propagation network. The input layer of the network is a 30x32 unit two dimensional "retina" which receives input from the vehicles video camera. Each input unit is fully connected to a layer of five hidden units which are in turn fully connected to a layer of 30 output units. The output layer is a linear representation of the direction the vehicle should travel in order to keep the vehicle on the road.