Wonderlust at Belgrade Community Library

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Location: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Online or catalog registration form

TOPIC:  Driverless Cars: The Evolution of the Revolution

Date: Thursday, May 31

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The concept of a driverless car has been around almost as long as the car itself. Research in this area was continuous through the years, but relatively low-scale. Research picked up in the 1970s, with machine vision technology, and leapt ahead in the 1990s with the advent of GPS, radar, and lidar. This presentation will cover work on driverless vehicles from the 1950s through today, and will include a current status report and a tutorial on how driverless cars “work.” The program will conclude with a discussion of what’s next for driverless cars – and their passengers.

Presenter: Craig Shankwitz

ShankwitzCraig Shankwitz is a Senior Research Scientist at Western Transportation Institute, MSU. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering in the area of control theory, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Before coming to MSU, he worked as a principal research and development engineer for MTS Corporation and as Director of the University of Minnesota Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory.





Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust