AV’s face many challenging situations as they strive towards L4/L5 operation. Difficult “edge cases” such as unprotected left turns, debris in the road and partially obstructed views pose significant challenges to perception teams seeking to quickly detect and identify objects. Ultra-High Resolution, FMCW LiDAR with its high sensitivity and Doppler velocity measurement is helping solve these difficult cases enabling faster, more accurate object detection and classification.
Dr. Chris Wood manages Insight Lidar’s FMCW Lidar development. He has extensive familiarity with rugged, field-proven lasers, complex optical systems and FMCW lidar system design from previous jobs at KMLabs, Coherent Technologies and Lockheed Martin among others. Prior roles as CTO at KMLabs and Director of Business Development at Precision Photonics provide key skills to guide the development and new product release strategy for Insight Lidar. Dr. Wood has managed multiple SBIR programs, and was lead optical scientist on a rapid demonstration program for LM Space Systems Company that received multiple LM internal awards. Dr. Wood's career began as a graduate student at CU-Boulder (1990-1997) under the direction of Dr. Carl Wieman (2001 Physics Nobel Laureate). This work involved many high performance lasers to study extremely small parity-violating atomic effects, culminating in the 1998 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics by the American Physical Society. He then received a National Research Council post-doctoral fellowship position at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, with Dr. David Wineland (2012 Physics Nobel Laureate).