2016 IS Auto America Speakers: Exclusive Content from Technical Experts

High level program featuring world leading experts in automotive imaging- Meet a few of this year's speakers.

The 2016 agenda is entirely market-tested, researched and updated to ensure we deliver exactly what our delegates want to hear. We also have an  Advisory Board  made up of industry experts who provide program direction.

  • Amer Aijaz

    Senior Director Volvo Cars R&D Center

    Amer Aijaz is a senior director at Volvo Cars R&D Center in Sweden and is responsible for technology research and advance engineering in the area of automotive electronics, with particular focus on Connected & Autonomous vehicles. Some of the topics he oversees include making Car a part of Internet of Things and leveraging car sensor data to deliver up-to-date HD Maps, live real time traffic & road safety alerts etc.

    Before joining Volvo Cars in Sweden, Amer was Electronics Strategy Manager at Volkswagen of America, where he was responsible for electronic innovations in the VW cars. Prior to that, Amer worked as technical specialist at Volkswagen Group’s R&D Center in Germany for six years where he oversaw various R&D projects such as Car-to-Car Communication & Connected Infotainment.

  • Jerry Albright

    Principal, Advisory, Autonomous Vehicles and Insurance Task Force Co-Leader KPMG’s Insurance Advisory

    Jerry Albright is principal in KPMG’s Insurance Advisory practice, and has over twenty-five years of providing business advice to leading companies worldwide.  He focuses on the intersection of business strategy, operational performance, and market regulation.  With extensive experience in transformational change programs, Jerry has been able to leverage a broad perspective on and depth of experience in insurance operations.  He is located in KPMG’s Chicago office, and is lead partner on a major financial services client.

    Jerry co-leads KPMG’s task force that has researched the potential implications of autonomous vehicle technology on insurance.   The task force conducted a survey of industry executives to gauge readiness for the potential disruptive technology, and issued a summary report in the summer of 2015.  A few months later, the team issued a seminal white paper – Marketplace of Change:  Automobile Insurance in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles.  Since the paper was issued, the research and associated findings have been covered by over 50 leading newspapers and periodicals, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian, Bloomberg, and Car and Driver.  Jerry has consulted on the topic with numerous insurance company executive teams, conducted lectures at universities, and given speeches on the topic at industry forums like the Detroit Auto Show.

    Jerry graduated from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) with a degree in accounting and economics.  He also has graduate degrees from both Dartmouth College (MBA) and Harvard University (MPA).  He is an avid gardener, and enjoys studying architecture and design.  Each year he takes an extended adventure hike, and has recently explored the trails of Iceland, Patagonia, and Austria. 

  • Dr. Chaminda Basnayake

    principal engineer Renesas Electronics America

    Dr. Chaminda Basnayake is a principal engineer with Renesas Electronics America, where he leads all Renesas V2X/Connected Vehicle activities in North America. He has more than ten years of experience in automotive telematics and V2X/Connected Vehicle technology development.

    As the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technical expert of the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) automotive OEM consortium until 2010, Dr. Basnayake developed the V2X positioning technology concepts used in the current SAE J2735 standard and ongoing deployments. Prior to joining Renesas, he was senior engineer with General Motors R&D and GM OnStar. He holds more than 20 patents, and is a frequent author and speaker on GNSS, V2X, and telematics systems. He was also recognized as a nominee for GPS World magazine’s 50 Leaders to Watch in the GNSS industry. Dr. Basnayake holds a Ph.D. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

  • Jeff Bier

    President BDTI

    Jeff Bier is president of BDTI.  For over 20 years BDTI has helped hundreds of companies choose the right processors and develop optimized software for demanding applications in audio, video and computer vision.  If you are choosing between a CPU, GPU, DSP or FPGA for your next design, or need to fit demanding algorithms into a small cost/size/power envelope, BDTI can help.  Jeff also oversees the Embedded Vision Alliance, a partnership of 50 technology companies that works to enable the widespread use of practical computer vision.  Jeff is a frequent keynote and invited speaker at industry conferences, and writes the popular monthly column “Impulse Response”. 

  • Dr. Philip Chen

    System Engineer, Function Owner - Comfort and Driving Assistance Valeo

    Philip has been working on computer vision and machine learning for over 15 years and is currently the function owner for several vision functions at Valeo.


  • Tim Droz

    SVP & General Manager U.S. Operations SoftKinetic

    Tim joined SoftKinetic in 2011 after 10 years at Canesta (acquired by Microsoft) where he was VP of Platform Engineering and Head of the Entertainment Solutions Business Unit (ESBU). Before then, Tim was Senior Director of Engineering at Cylink Corporation (now SafeNet) where his team developed and supported Cylink’s core LAN and WAN hardware encryption products in multinational finance and government institutions. Tim earlier led hardware development efforts in embedded and web-based signature capture payment terminals at pos.com. And he also held engineering positions at EDJ Enterprises and IBM, concentrating on design and development of network infrastructure products and store system (point-of-sale) products. Tim’s expertise is in program execution and delivery of hardware and software systems, leading the industry in gesture and natural user interfaces. Tim earned a BSEE from the University of Virginia and a Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

  • Paul Drysch

    Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC Region RideCell

    Paul Drysch is the Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC Region at RideCell. In this role, Paul is responsible for all sales and growth initiatives for new mobility services. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Paul has deep expertise in the connected vehicle and IoT markets. 

    Most recently he served as the Global Director at Cisco Jasper where he was responsible for building the company’s worldwide sales for Connected Vehicles. Before joining Cisco Jasper, Paul led the automotive telematics business at Aeris Communications for 9 years and was a founding member of the WirelessCar North America management team leading sales and marketing for the company. Early in his career, he worked in sales and management roles at Honda Motor, Parker Hannifin and Ingram Micro.  

    He has also successfully co-founded and sold a technology startup and serves on the board for several non-profit corporations.


  • Yves Dzialowski

    Executive Chairman Princeton Lightwave

    Yves Dzialowski is Executive Chairman of Princeton Lightwave, a company specialized in Geiger-mode LiDARs and sensor technologies for automotive, mapping and security applications.

    Princeton Lightwave’s Geiger-mode LiDARs are based on the ability to detect single photons and achieve eye-safe, long range 3D visualization with high data density collection. PLI is vertically integrated from laser and detector semiconductors, read-out and optical system integration up to the Geiger-mode image processing. This allows flexibility in offering short-range and long-range LiDARs on a variety of optical platforms.

    Before joining PLI, Yves was Senior Vice-President for Strategy and Business Development at JDSU, which he joined following JDSU’s acquisition of EPITAXX. Under his leadership, EPITAXX had become the leading global supplier of high speed detectors and receivers for optical communications.

    He holds a Doctorate in Optics from the University of Paris.

  • Dr. Steve Eglash

    Executive Director Stanford AI Lab-Toyota Center for Artificial Intelligence Research

    Steve Eglash is executive director of the Stanford Data Science Initiative (Stanford’s university-wide program on big data), Artificial Intelligence Lab, Secure Internet of Things Project, and Stanford AI Lab-Toyota Center for Artificial Intelligence Research.  Steve structures and manages research programs, bridging research and industry, working to improve the impact and relevance of academic research at Stanford.  Previously, he was the founding executive director of Stanford’s Energy & Environment Affiliates Program.  Prior to joining Stanford, Steve was president and CEO of the solar energy company Cyrium Technologies, consultant for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the US Department of Energy, venture capitalist at Worldview Technology Partners, vice president at SDL (JDSU), and member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  As vice president at semiconductor laser company SDL Inc. Steve was part of the management team that grew this company to annual revenue of $1 billion and engineered one of the largest high-tech acquisitions in history.  He has published more than forty papers in peer-reviewed journals and has four patents.  Steve received a PhD and MS from Stanford University, and a BS from the University of California at Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering.  Steve is a Fellow of the SPIE, a former Board member of the MRS, and a member of ACM, IEEE, and OSA.  Steve is chair of the Santa Clara University College of Arts & Sciences Leadership Board.  Steve is a former Utilities Commissioner for the City of Palo Alto.

  • Louay Eldada

    CEO and co-founder Quanergy Systems, Inc.

    Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc., which offers solid state LiDAR sensors and sensing systems for real-time capture and processing of 3D mapping data, and object detection, tracking and classification. Its solutions support smart automation in numerous industries (automotive, mining, agriculture, robotics, manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure, security, smart homes) where they improve safety, efficiency and performance. Prior to Quanergy, Dr. Eldada was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which he sold to SK Energy. He was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.

  • Jeff Ernat

    Large Platform Autonomy Team Leader for the Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR) U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)

    Mr. Jeff Ernat is the Large Platform Autonomy Team Leader for the Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR) at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).  TARDEC develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions for all manned and unmanned Department of Defense ground systems and combat support systems. GVR is responsible for developing all ground robotics technologies and solutions for the U.S. Army.

    Mr. Ernat has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of Hybrid Electric vehicles, Robotic technology and system integration for combat vehicles.  During this time he was Program Manager of multiple army programs, including Safe Operations of Unmanned systems for Reconnaissance in Complex Environments (SOURCE) and Autonomous Ground Resupply (AGR) Science Technology Objective (STO).

    From 2005-2006, Mr. Ernat served as TARDEC’s Liaison to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research & Technology, Chief Scientist (DASA-RT) at the Pentagon.  In that role he was responsible for ensuring that TARDEC’s mission was accurately portrayed within Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA).

    Mr. Ernat earned a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Detroit2 and also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Walsh University.  He is Defense Acquisition University certified at Level III in Systems Engineering.

  • Boyd Fowler

    VP of Marketing OmniVision Technologies

    After finishing his Ph.D. Boyd Fowler stayed at Stanford University as a research associate in the Electrical Engineering Information Systems Laboratory until 1998.  In 1998 he founded Pixel Devices International in Sunnyvale California.   

    Between 2005 and 2013, Boyd was the CTO and VP of Technology at Fairchild Imaging. He is currently at OmniVision Technologies leading the marketing department. He has authored numerous technical papers, book chapters and patents. His current research interests include CMOS image sensors, low noise image sensors, noise analysis, data compression, machine learning and vision.

  • Stephen Harris

    Sr. Manager – Automotive Ecosystem, Image Sensor Group ON Semiconductor

    Stephen Harris leads ecosystem development for the ON Semiconductor’s Automotive Image Sensor Group. He joined Aptina in June 2012 where he was the Product Line Manager for the security image sensor product line. During his three years as the Product Line Manager for security he oversaw a 3x growth in revenue, achieving number one market share. After the ON Semiconductor acquisition of Aptina, he transitioned into the Automotive Solutions Division as the ecosystem development manager, working with partners ranging from software, optics, SerDes vendors, and SoCs to achieve seamless operation across the image pipeline.

    Prior to Aptina / ON Semiconductor, Stephen worked at Cypress Semiconductor as the lead Product Marketing Manager for USB 3.0 devices.   This is where Stephen developed his passion for the imaging industry, as these devices were interfacing primarily with image sensors. He studied at the University of Colorado-Boulder, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering.   

  • Tim Johnson

    Director NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center

    Since 2012, Tim has been a member of the senior executive service at the U.S.  Department of Transportation, and in July 2015 was named as the Director of NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center which is located near Columbus, Ohio.   

    As the VRTC Director, Tim has responsibility for carrying out applied research to support agency programs in several key areas including: 

    • Intelligent Technologies: including radar and camera-based crash avoidance systems as well as vehicle-to-vehicle communications
    • Human Factors, including driver distraction
    • Heavy Vehicle research
    • Electronic Control Systems Safety and Cybersecurity
    • Emerging Technologies such as Automated Vehicles.
    • Defects Investigations   

    Prior to moving to Ohio, Tim was located in the Washington DC area for 22 years and has held several technical lead and management positions within the federal government, most recently as the Director of NHTSA’s Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research Office.  

    Education:  Tim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1992. 

  • Liz Kerton

    Executive Director Autotech Council

    Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing.  Building on 15 years experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.

  • Akhilesh Kona

    Senior Analyst, Automotive Electronics & Semiconductor IHS Markit Technology

    Akhilesh Kona covers the area of automotive semiconductors and sensors with a focus on autonomous cars, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and body electronics. He is primarily responsible for market research on sensors and semiconductors content including various technology trends and architectural developments in the field of autonomous cars. Before joining IHS, Akhilesh worked in the automotive semiconductor industry at Freescale and also on embedded systems for industrial automation at CMC Limited. Akhilesh has a Master's degree graduate in Electrical Engineering from Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

  • Dr. Subrata Kundu

    Senior Researcher & Team Leader Automotive Products Research Laboratory Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI-NA) Hitachi America, Ltd.

    Dr. Subrata Kundu is a senior researcher and team leader at R&D division of Hitachi America, Ltd. He has been with Hitachi since 2013 and involves in the research and development of applications for advanced driver assistance systems. Prior to Hitachi, Dr. Kundu worked as a Postdoc Fellow at the Toyota Technological Institute and University of Tokyo, Japan. He has completed his Ph.D. degree from Saga University, Japan and his research interests include ADAS, robotics, and biomechatronics.  

  • Ashok Moghe

    Principal Engerineer, Engineering Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Principal Engerineer,  Engineering; Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Kari Pulli

    Senior Principal Engineer, Imaging and Camera Technologies Group Intel, USA

    Dr Kari Pulli is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel, working in the Imaging and Camera Technologies Group. He has a long history in Computational Photography, Computer Vision, and Computer Graphics (earlier jobs include VP of Computational Imaging at Light, Sr. Director at NVIDIA Research, Nokia Fellow), with numerous publications (h-index = 29). Kari has a PhD from University of Washington, Seattle, he has also been a researcher / lecturer at Stanford, MIT, and University of Oulu. He has contributed to many multimedia standards at the Khronos Group, including OpenVX, and is a regular speaker and contributor at SIGGRAPH, CVPR, Eurographics, and many other conferences.

  • Ralf-Peter Schäfer

    Vice President Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit and Fellow TomTom, Germany

    In January 2014 Ralf-Peter was nominated to lead the Product Unit Traffic and Travel Information where he holds global responsibility within TomTom for content and services around the journey as traffic, speedcam, parking,fuel prices, weather and other content&services.

    From January 2012 til December 2013 Ralf-Peter Schäfer was leading the TomTom Traffic Product Unit. He is responsible for the global product development for traffic in the TomTom Group incl. engineering, product and program management as well as sales and marketing support.

    He joined TomTom in August 2006 and started to work in a position of the Research Director of TomTom’s Mobility Solution Department and as the Head of the TomTom R&D Centre in Berlin. In 2010 he got awarded as a Fellow the highest technical ladder within TomTom.

    His major scope from 2006 was the development of the TomTom traffic portfolio incl. algorithms and software for the real-time traffic information service HD Traffic and  the historic speed profile product IQ Routes. With his team he also developed the dynamic location referencing technology OpenLR to allow cost efficient transmission and exchange of map location.

    Ralf-Peter Schäfer studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany and since 1991 he worked in several research organisations as the German Academy of Sciences, the German Center for Computer Science, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) before he joined TomTom in 2006.

  • Bodo Seifert

    Director, Advanced Engineering Magna Electronics Inc.

    Bodo Seifert received his Masters of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University GH Siegen in 1994. He has been working in the automotive industry since 1999 for companies like GM, Audi and FCA (formerly Chrysler) supporting the electronic control unit development and test process. At Audi he was responsible to run large global test fleets to collect vehicle performance data. His team developed the software and infrastructure for the data collection and tested over the air software updates several years ago. At Magna Electronics in Auburn Hills, MI, he is leading the Advanced Engineering Research and Development department and is responsible to develop functions and technologies that will emerge in the automotive field in several years. 


  • Dr. Ivan Sucharski

    Sr. Data Scientist HERE

    Ivan is a data scientist at HERE, a location based data and mapping company with deep ties to many of the automotive OEMs. He works in the office of the CTO focusing on data strategy including data monetization, governance and privacy. His past work has focused on data instrumentation, business intelligence, and predictive analytics, as well as promoting and fostering data oriented cultures.  Ivan holds a PhD in social psychology and strives to combine his loves of human behavior, statistics, experimental design and data with the technologies that now allow behavioral (human and machine) measurement at massive scale.

  • Jeff VanWashenova

    Director of Automotive Market Segment CEVA Inc., USA

    Jeff is Director of Automotive Market Segment at CEVA, focusing on expanding CEVA’s imaging and vision product line into active safety and autonomous driving applications. Jeff is responsible for working within the automotive ecosystem to drive CEVA IP to meet and exceed the performance needs of vision IP in next generation automotive silicon. Jeff is utilizing his fifteen years of experience in automotive to understand customers’ needs from a HW, SW, and process tool standpoint and collaboratively create differentiating IP.  He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

  • Joshua Wise

    Image Signal Processor Architect NVIDIA Corporation

    Joshua is an architect in the image signal processor and video input group at NVIDIA.  He is responsible for research and development on various units within the ISP itself, as well as the design of the surrounding crossbar logic that receives data from the rest of the system.  His experience working in the automotive environment drives his view of a system as a whole, rather than as a set of individual parts.  Joshua holds a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

  • Alvin K. Wong

    Vice President, Automotive Innovation Center Sony

    Alvin Wong is Vice President for Sony’s Automotive Innovation Center located in Silicon Valley.  Wong has over 20 years of management experience leading business units in the semiconductor market segments.   Most recently, he lead the marketing efforts for the Automotive Scanning Division at ON Semiconductor (acquired Aptina Imaging) and achieved the #1 Automotive market share for CMOS Image Sensors.  Prior experiences include VP of Marketing and Business Development for Spansion in which he developed a corporate human machine interface strategy and was also VP/GM of Leadis Technologies (acquired by IDT) where he ran the Touch Business Unit and introduced the world’s first 1 layer ITO with multi-touch capabilities for capacitive touch screens.   Wong has also held vice president positions at Xceive Corporation and Infineon Technologies, along with several key positions at Philips Semiconductor. He completed his Executive Management Program at Indiana University Graduate School of Business and holds a B.S.E.E. from San Jose State University.

  • Dietmar Wueller

    CEO Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG

    Dietmar Wueller studied photographic technology at the Cologne University of applied sciences. He is the founder of Image Engineering, an independent test lab that tests all kinds of cameras for magazines as well as for manufacturers. Over the past 20 years the company has also developed to one of the world’s leading suppliers of test equipment for cameras. Dietmar Wueller is the German chair of the DIN standardization committee for photographic equipment and also active in ISO, the IEEE CPIQ (Cellphone Image Quality) group, and other standardization activities.

  • Young-Jun Yoo

    Director Strategic Marketing Department Nextchip

    Mr Yoo has been with Nextchip since 2009. He is responsible for strategic planning, R&D & overall Sales and manages the company’s automotive business roadmap at both the technology and product level.

    He is responsible for business development and product marketing in the automotive sector (OEM & Tier 1) in Europe, American, Japan, China and Korea and handles global partnerships for image sensors, SoC, memory and solution/IP providers, among others.

     Mr Yoo has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering.