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Meet the 2020 IS Auto Americas Advisory Board

Smithers is once again proud to work with the following renowned experts to shape and guide this year's Image Sensors Auto Americas conference.

  • Robert Bloomquist

    Director - Automotive Marketing Xilinx

    Robert Bloomquist is Director of Automotive Marketing at Xilinx where he has a global role driving strategic opportunities directly with automotive OEMs, developing inbound and outbound marketing and supporting the sales team with the positioning of Xilinx’s key value propositions.

    He brings more than two decades of automotive expertise to his position at Xilinx. Prior to Xilinx, Bloomquist spent eight years at Texas Instruments where he lead an OEM-focused sales team that saw numerous industry-leading infotainment and ADAS design wins. Additionally, he held automotive positions at National Semiconductor and initially started at Maxim Integrated where he pioneered its entrance into the automotive market as a founding member of the company’s automotive business unit.

    Bloomquist sits on the 2019 IS Auto Americas advisory board where he helps to define the conference themes and speaker tracks. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Michigan.

  • Bahman Hadji

    Director of Business Development, SensL Division ON Semiconductor

    Bahman Hadji has over ten years of experience working with sensing devices for medical, consumer, and automotive applications. In his current role with the SensL Division of ON Semiconductor’s Intelligent Sensing Group, he is focused on bringing to market high-performance sensors used in LiDAR systems and enabling the LiDAR technology ecosystem to leverage ON’s product portfolio. Prior to joining ON Semiconductor in 2017, he held product engineering and product marketing management roles at Aptina Imaging and OmniVision Technologies. Bahman obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees both from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

  • Mayank Mangla

    ADAS Imaging Architect Texas Instruments, USA

    Mayank Mangla is ADAS imaging architect at Texas Instruments. He has been a key member of the TI imaging team since the early days of digital imaging. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of digital camera systems including color science, optics, software and calibration processes. Currently he is focused on ramping ISPs into automotive applications and enabling new imaging applications with versatile feature set TI SoCs such as the TDA3x.

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  • Ron Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers

    After several executive positions in B2B Sales and Marketing, Dr.-Ing. Ronald Mueller founded Vision Markets in 2014 with the mission to support companies to grow in the Imaging field. Quickly, Vision Markets became the leading Marketing and Management Consulting Company dedicated to the global Machine Vision industry. With a team of currently 8 co-workers Vision Markets has already supported over 55 SMEs as well as multi-billion dollar companies from Tokyo to Vancouver. The quality of the offerings derives from the technical know-how of imaging technologies, the market expertise built since 2002, and the executive management experience of its consultants. On this basis, Vision Markets enables its clients to grow with strategic consulting services in Marketing, Sales, Product Management, and Corporate Acquisitions. Operational outsourcing services like recruiting, public relations management, writing of marketing content, and digital marketing are complementing the portfolio. Furthermore, Ronald is member of several Machine Vision innovation award juries.

  • Abhay Rai

    VP of Product Marketing Visteon

    Abhay Rai is VP Product Marketing at Visteon. He was previously Head of Automotive Sensor Marketing, working at the Automotive Innovation center of Sony Electronics San Jose CA.

    Abhay has extensive experience in automotive sensing and systems. Abhay started his career as analog design architect, designing low power, low noise human interface sensors that touch millions of hands every day. Abhay has worked in 5 different countries and managed many design and system teams.

    Abhay received MSEE from Colorado State University and Executive MBA from University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of business.

  • Joshua Wise

    Hardware Consultant Accelerated Tech, Inc

    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. 

  • Senthil Yogamani

    Senior Technical Leader Valeo Vision Systems

    Senthil Yogamani is an Artificial Intelligence architect and technical leader at Valeo. He is currently focused on research and design of AI algorithms for various modules of autonomous driving systems. He has over 14 years of experience in computer vision and machine learning including 11 years of experience in industrial automotive systems. He is an author of 66 publications and 43 patents. He serves in the editorial board of various leading IEEE automotive conferences including ITSC, IV and ICVES and advisory board of various industry consortia including Khronos, Cognitive Vehicles and IS Auto. He is a recipient of best associate editor award at ITSC 2015 and best paper award at ITST 2012.  

  • Boyang Zhang

    Senior Camera Engineer Cruise

    Boyang Zhang is a senior camera engineer at Cruise. He is responsible for specification, validation, and development of camera sensors for Cruise’s autonomous vehicles.