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9:00am - 9:05am 5 mins
Chairperson's Opening Remarks
  • Scott McCormick - President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association
9:05am - 9:35am 30 mins
Will AVs Stop at the Big-City Line?

AVs are usually discussed in the context of ‘smart cities’ but how do we ensure that the safety & societal benefits of autonomous vehicles reach rural communities?

  • Understand what small towns & rural communities need to do in order to take advantage of self-driving technologies- addressing e.g. curb access, altered traffic flows, & 5G strategies
  • Learn what manufacturers and tech companies can do/are doing to help ensure the digital continuity of autonomous vehicles between big city and rural areas
  • Understand policy, infrastructure and revenue changes that will make small towns and rural communities ‘AV Friendly’, including preparing planners and policymakers for the transition
  • Moderator Dale Neef - Strategic Technology Consultant, Dale Neef
  • Speaker Amanda Roraff - Operations Manager, PlanetM
  • Speaker Valerie Sathe Brugeman - Senior Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research
  • Speaker Adam Hopps - Communications and Program Manager, National Operations Center of Excellence
9:35am - 10:05am 30 mins
Edge Cases and Autonomous Vehicle Safety
  • Speaker Philip Koopman - Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
10:05am - 10:35am 30 mins
AI & ML in the development of Autonomous Vehicles

Take a look at the real-world applications for automotive AI, understand the nuances of AI, machine learning, deep learning, etc so you know what best applies to your projects.


  • Speaker Gaurav Kumar Singh - Machine Learning and Deep Learning Researcher, Ford Motor Company
10:35am - 11:05am 30 mins
Mapping An Autonomous World

Autonomous vehicles require highly accurate, up-to-date maps for a safe and smooth driving experience. Explore how AVs can access real-time maps with minimal latency.

  • Grid modelling, feature mapping, HD mapping; evaluate the attributes of the latest mapping solutions to focus in on the technology that meets your mapping needs
  • Enhance interoperability between sensor data and mapping through heightened in-vehicle computation to create the required data for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
  • Analyze how to deliver the highly accurate, up-to-date maps needed for autonomy - accessible with minimal latency - through e.g. fast-cycle HD mapping systems
  • Speaker Curtis Hay - Technical Fellow, GPS & Maps, General Motors
11:05am - 11:35am 30 mins
Coffee Break
11:35am - 12:05pm 30 mins
Automated Mobility on Demand: The Future of Transportation?

Automated Mobility on Demand (AMoD) is the brains that will drive the revolution towards self-driving cars.

  • Identify the technology needed for an automated shared vehicle e.g LiDAR, radar and vision, AD algorithms, sensor fusion to provide a fully AMoD service
  • Scrutinize existing AMoD pilots eg Lyft and Aptiv’s deployment of self-driving cars and the challenges they face
  • Assess the role shared AVs will play within the wider transportation network & the value of sharing vehicle data to feed back info incl. traffic & to optimize supply/demand
  • Speaker JD Hassan - Associate Partner, PTOLEMUS Consulting Group
12:05pm - 12:35pm 30 mins
Hitting the Sensor Suite Spot

Camera, ultrasonic, radar, LiDAR, infra-red. With such an overabundance of sensors now available, it’s time to look at what capabilities can be brought to the vehicle.

  • Less is more! Debate the pros and cons of each respective sensor to identify the smallest combination that meets all your specifications at the lowest financial outlay
  • Consider how a combination of V2X and sensors can enable collaborative perception across a vehicle network to link connected and legacy vehicles
  • Analyze how machine learning can be applied as a fusion technique to bypass the traditional math for feature extraction
  • Speaker Radovan Miucic - Technical Specialist, Changan US R&D Center, Inc
12:35pm - 1:05pm 30 mins
Presentation from ClimaCell

ClimaCell® are on a mission to map all of the weather data in the world. They're building the ultimate weather engine by pioneering the use of new weather sensing technologies and combining them with the best existing sources of data. This presentation will show why weather is critical in the development of Autonomous Vehicles.

  • Speaker Yuval Gonczarowski - VP of New Technologies, ClimaCell
1:05pm - 2:30pm 85 mins
Lunch Break
2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
Adversarial Images: a New Security Threat for Autonomous Vehicles

Neural networks are becoming ubiquitous in solving the perception problems in ADAS and self-driving cars. In addition to the classical use of the neural networks for sign recognition, they are increasingly used in other areas, such as semantic segmentation, traffic lane recognition, etc.

  • Understand how neural networks can be fooled by adversarial images and get to grips with different types of images
  • Learn what are the adversarial images that may present a serious security threat for self-driving cars e.g can be used to hide/create obstacles, change traffic direction, falsify speed limits, forge priorities at intersections, block/open path options, cause object misclassification
  • Find out how these adversarial images can be easily manufactured, why these attacks pose a new type of security threats and cannot be caught by traditional cybersecurity methods.
  • Speaker Dr. Alexander Kreines - Senior Principal Engineer & Data Scientist, Automotive Cybersecurity, Harman
3:00pm - 3:30pm 30 mins
Consumer Panel – Does Your Tech Make the Cut?

Consumer research shows that safety is one of the biggest, if not the biggest concern about autonomous vehicles. While ADAS will most likely play a big role in overcoming those concerns, it will take a lot more than that to convince consumers of the safety and benefits of autonomous driving.  Together with a panel of millennials, we will explore the concerns and the role that they see for ADAS in overcoming them.

  • Learn about the safety concerns of a key future customer demographic when it comes to autonomous driving. What are the reasons for those concerns?
  • What are potential solutions and what will it take to get them comfortable with AVs?
  • Find out what millennials think about the role of ADAS and how it could fit into a larger strategy of making autonomous driving safe for everybody.



  • Moderator Stephan Schroeder - VP Business Development, Morpace
3:30pm - 4:00pm 30 mins
Coffee & Networking