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2019 Agenda | IS Auto Americas

Get the latest on imaging and auto sensors, autonomous vehicles, and AI and more.

October 17, 2019 | Day 1

Registration and Welcome

  1. Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Ronald Mueller, Associate Consultant, Smithers Apex

Session I: Autonomy in Action

This session will feature presentations from companies that have successfully deployed autonomous vehicles

  1. Beyond Trajectory Planning: A year on public roads with Multipolicy Decision Making (MPDM)

    Steve Vozar | Co-Founder and CTO of May Mobility

    Multipolicy Decision Making (MPDM) is a fundamentally different approach for self-driving vehicles to make behavioral decisions. Rather than select from trajectories that pass through anticipated free space, MPDM selects from a relatively small set of closed-loop controllers, or "policies" that are informed by real-time simulation onboard the vehicle, taking interactions between multiple agents into account. The result is an autonomous vehicle with extremely smooth, human-like behavior that reacts to agents in real time with emergent behavior that would not be possible with traditional planning approaches. MPDM has been powering May Mobility's fleet of self-driving shuttles in public road deployments since June of 2018, having carried more than 90,000 passengers in 4 cities as of August 2019. May Mobility CTO and co-founder Dr. Steve Vozar will share the basics of how MPDM works, as well as real world observations from May Mobility's deployments on practical considerations for sensors and behavioral planning.        

  2. Car Share: Future Mobility Trends

    Romain Clement | Technology Strategist of Lyft, Level 5 Autonomous Vehicle Division

    Abstract to come!

  3. LeddarTech and Coast Autonomous Collaborate on Lidar Technology for Autonomous Shuttles

    Pierre Olivier, CTO of LeddarTech & Pierre Lefevre, CTO of Coast Autonomous


    • Pierre Olivier, CTO, LeddarTech
    • Pierre Lefevre, CTO, Coast Autonomous

    Join Pierre Olivier – CTO at LeddarTech, and Pierre Lefèvre – CTO at Coast Autonomous as they take a deep dive into a real-world use-case for LiDAR technology deployment in autonomous shuttles. Attendees will walk out of this session with the answers to the following key questions:

    • Why is LiDAR required to ensure safety in autonomous shuttles for both passengers and vulnerable road users?
    • How will autonomous shuttles positively impact busy urban centers?
    • What goes into the decision-making process when choosing the technology required in an autonomous shuttle? 
    • Why is a mix of solutions required (e.g.: LiDAR and Camera)?

    This session will also touch base on Pixell: LeddarTech's LiDAR Cocoon product, and how it was developed collaboratively to address a growing market gap.

  4. Networking Break

  5. Making Mobility: Learn how a Digital OEM harnesses disruptive models to usher our transportation industry into an autonomous world

    John B. Rogers, Jr | Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Local Motors

    Most automotive companies of today are stuck in the past – they’re inefficient, and don’t readily deliver what consumers want or need. LM Industries’ process, which is founded on local microfactories coupled with the power of co-creation, exceptional safety testing and legislative lobbying, is connecting our outdated mobility industry with the future of autonomy, today. This keynote will explore how an innovative digital OEM is leading the way in bringing autonomous mobility into our daily lives. Jay Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of LM Industries, will point to use cases to bolster this presentation.

Session II: Market Update and Industry Trends

In this session, delegates will hear the latest industry developments and opportunities for automotive image sensors. Where is the market currently, where is it headed? 

  1. ADAS and AV Market and Sensor Overview

    Phil Amsrud | Senior Principal Analyst, Automotive Electronics & Semiconductor of IHS Markit

    • Market Overviews and Trends Impacting Sensors
    • Growing Importance of Software and Artificial Intelligence
    • Initial Sensor Technologies for ADAS/AD
    • Next Wave of Sensor Technologies (AD Enablers)
  2. Depth Sensing Trends in Transportation

    Bahman Hadji | Director of Business Development, SensL Division of ON Semiconductor

    Autonomous transportation requires a fusion of sensors to fulfill the required capabilities and redundancy. ON Semiconductor is already the market share leader for automotive image sensors and is now positioned to deliver the critical components for LiDAR and radar. This ‘triple play’ of sensor modalities is already well proven and is employed in a number of current autonomous transportation applications. This talk will cover the trends for different sensor modalities and their fusion, predications for future performance and an overview of ON Semiconductor’s technology roadmap for addressing these performance challenges.

  3. 5 Different Ways of Getting an HDR Image in Automotive Imaging

    Ron Mueller | CEO of Vision Markets of Associate Consultant of Smithers

    Image sensors with a linear pixel and a typical exposure time provide a limited dynamic range and are not sufficient for the challenging scenarios in automotive imaging, such as alleys in sunlight, frontal sun, or tunnel entries and exits. The human eye can see a much higher contrast. There are a handful of different methods to get the large contrast range in an image. We briefly introduce the technology behind the different methods and provide real image captures from modern image sensors utilizing beforementioned technologies. The presentation provides an overview of the benefits, limitations, and considerations when selecting an HDR image sensor for the next car generations.

  4. Networking Lunch

Session III: Driver Monitoring and Beyond: Enhancing Camera Quality

  1. Driver Monitoring Cameras - Improving Robustness through all-in-one filters

    John Wheatley | Division Scientist, Display Materials & Systems Division of 3M

    Driver monitoring cameras are a critical component to automated vehicle safety systems. However, interference from sunlight can cause significant performance and reliability issues. Presented will be new optical components that, in a thin film, provide both wavelength and angular filtration to reduce interference from noise light and improve system performance. These materials can also reduce overall system thickness in addition to the optical performance advantages. Specific properties of these materials will be discussed as will analytical and experimental analyses.

  2. Driver Monitoring: Transition to Fully Autonomous Cars

    Dr. Petronel Bigioi | CTO, Imaging and General Manager of FotoNation of Xperi Corporation

    The presentation will discuss various aspects of driver monitoring systems dynamics in context of fully autonomous cars transition and proliferation.

    Will the driver monitoring systems technology, infrastructure and know-how be lost by fully autonomous cars wide scale adoption?

  3. ISP optimization for ML/CV automotive applications

    Dr Alexis Lluis Gomez | Director, Image Quality of ARM

    This presentation describes how ISPs can be optimised for automotive ML/CV applications on algorithmic level. Why we need ISP in the first place and what kind of advantages it is going to provide for autonomous driving systems. What exactly is different in processing for human and computer vision, which stages are required and to which level of complexity.

  4. Networking Break

  5. DMS Panel

    Panel Includes: Xilinx, 3M, Xperi Corporation, and ARM

    Moderator: Robert Bloomquist, Director Automotive Marketing of Xilinx


    • John Wheatley, Division Scientist, Display Materials & Systems Division of 3M
    • Dr. Petronel Bigioi, CTO, Imaging and General Manager of FotoNation of Xperi Corporation
    • Dr. Alexis Lluis Gomez, Director, Image Quality of ARM

Session IV: Improving Precision and Performance, Challenges

  1. The Key Specification of Image Sensor for Automotive Safety

    Marius Evensen | Head of Automotive Marketing of SONY Electronics

    Recently the number of cameras installed automotive is increasing for both sensing and viewing purpose. In addition to the basic image sensor characteristics such as low light performance and wide dynamic range, it is important to take measures against the flicker of LED light sources. (LFM; LED Flicker Mitigation) In this presentation, we will discuss the basic performance and LFM coexistence and consideration of the image sensor structure that realizes it.

  2. Challenges of AI for the ADAS/AD Development

    Lawrence Vivolo | Sr. Business Development Manager - Automotive & EDA of Dell EMC

    After briefly introducing Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, the talk will focus on the common workflow of applying AI to the lifecycle of automotive product development: Data Collection & Acquisition phase, Data annotation phase, Quality checks and finally constructing the network with its test and validation in a last step.

    The audience will:

    •  Understand the common workflow + basics of ADAS/AD product development
    •   Get sensitive for typical challenges / problems and how to avoid and counter them
    •  Learn how to build up a scalable AI architecture
    • A feeling about how many miles must be driven, how many images annotated and the massive investment in terms of effort for test and validation
  3. Networking Reception

October 18, 2019 | Day 2

Registration and Welcome

  1. Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

  2. Opening Remarks

Session V: Ecosystem: Progress, Wants, Needs

  1. Autonomous Vehicles in California

    Miguel D. Acosta | Chief Of The Autonomous Vehicles Branch of California Department of Motor Vehicles

    The presentation will provide an overview of Autonomous Vehicles regulations in California, including testing and deployment requirements, and the CA DMV’s Autonomous Vehicles Program

  2. Evolution of MIPI Imaging Conduit Solution

    Haran Thanigasalam | Senior Architect & Independent Contributor (Intel) Chair of Imaging and Camera Workgroup of MIPI Alliance

    Aligned with emerging use cases and applications, discuss the pathway to advancing MIPI imaging conduit targeting multiple product platforms including Mobile, Content Creation, IoT, and Autonomous systems. Provide detailed overview of features and capabilities targeting Machine Awareness and Advanced Driver Assisted Systems.

  3. Keynote: Outlook of Image Sensor Technology for Fully Autonomous Vehicles

    Boyang Zhang | Senior Camera Engineer of Cruise

    Autonomous driving is on its way to completely reshape modern transportation systems. As an industry leader, Cruise is constantly exploring the best vision technology systems for autonomous vehicles. We find that the image sensor technologies on today’s market, which are primarily designed for human vision, do not have optimal performance for the needs of autonomous driving. In this presentation, we will discuss the outlook of future image sensors for fully autonomous vehicles.  

  4. Networking Break

Session VI: LiDAR, Cameras, Radar, Auto Sensors, Autonomous Vehicles, and AI

  1. Silicon Eats Industries, Lidar is Next

    Angus Pacala | CEO and Co-Founder of Ouster, Inc.

    Silicon has transformed the consumer tech industry over the past few decades by enabling higher performance while lowering tech cost. Ouster has engineered the optimal lidar by using a unique combination of silicon CMOS detectors and SPADs/VCSELs, and custom designing silicon ASICs. These components are on an exponential improvement curve, much like Moore's Law, and are still far from maturity with potential for 10x improvement in just a few years. This talk will dive into the implications of introducing silicon to lidar, expected improvements, and performance roadmap.

  2. Long Wave Infrared Cameras for Automotive Safety

    Ethan Frantz | Sr Software Engineer of FLIR

    Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) Cameras are poised to improve auto safety. As a truly passive sensor, LWIR excels in challenging environments such as high contrast, clutter, driving into the sun, fog, dust and smoke. FLIR has already deployed over 600,000 LWIR cameras in passenger cars, extending the drivers vision at night beyond the range of the headlights. 

    With the emergence of machine learning, LWIR will improve automotive safety by providing an orthogonal and redundant sensor. This talk will show how LWIR cameras complement the other sensor used in automotive application particularly in challenging conditions.

  3. Using Cooperative V2X Communications For Sharing Vehicle Sensor IOT Recalibration and Validation Data

    Roger D. Melen | Senior Advisor of Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., Inc.

    Many future vehicles will have many cameras and radars viewing the roadway providing data to driving assistance systems.  These imaging systems are vulnerable to degradation from impacts with roadway bugs and dirt.   The vehicle images may monitored and compared with data received from nearby cars using V2X communications.  Sensor cleanliness problems noted by a comparison of the images may be reported to on board systems and possibly corrected by automated on-board cleaning equipment and data processing methods

  4. Networking Lunch

  5. Shifting Next Generation Radar into High Gear

    Bert Fransis | SR. DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT of Arbe

    Autonomous driving is no longer just a vision, but a reality already shaping the automotive industry and culture. Arbe is disrupting autonomous driving sensor development by bridging the gap between radar and optics with its proprietary imaging radar solution that provides optic sensor resolution with the reliability and maturity of radar technology for all levels of vehicle autonomy. As the world’s first company to demonstrate ultra-high-resolution 4D imaging radar with post-processing and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), a missing link in technology for level three and higher in vehicle evolution, Arbe's patented radar is changing the future of mobility.

  6. Automotive cyber security trends, vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies

    Jesse Sultanik | Business Development Manager of Argus Cyber Security, Ltd.

    Coming Soon!

  7. Software-definable Perception: the Key to Safe Autonomy

    John Stockton | SVP of Operations and Technology Strategy of Aeye

    What is the safest, most cost-effective, and most efficient way to design an intelligent perception solution for autonomous vehicles? AEye believes that a truly intelligent perception solution begins with how the data is collected, and that the solution must be software-definable. In this session, AEye SVP of Operations and Tech Strategy John Stockton discusses individual use cases and driving scenarios which are particularly difficult for conventional automotive perception solutions to handle, and how a software-definable perception system can ensure the overall safety and efficiency of autonomous vehicles. 

  8. Sensing x AI

    Tomoo Mitsunaga | General Manager of Sony

    In past and present products and services, sensing technology has acquired various information so that mechatronics and Audio-Visual technologies produce movements, images and sounds based on analyzing the information. Recently, sensing technology is going to be associated with AI technology for more intelligent information analysis.

    The presenter introduces present and future collaborations of AI and sensing technologies.

  9. An integrated optical engine for next-gen FMCW Lidar

    Dr. Barrie P. Keyworth | Product and Technology Strategy of Lumentum

       Significant progress has been made toward commercialization of Time-of-Flight Lidar systems for early deployment in autonomous shuttles, robotaxis, and high-end, ADAS level 2-3 consumer vehicles.  Recently, coherent FMCW lidar has emerged as a lead contender for next-gen, wide-scale applications of fully autonomous ADAS level 4-5 vehicles that require extended range 3D sensing, better immunity to interference, and ability to report instantaneous velocity.  To meet stringent requirements of performance, size, cost and reliability, a practical and scalable approach to photonic integration is required.

       We describe an integrated Lidar optical subassembly which forms the optical engine of an FMCW Lidar, capable of high detection probability for a low reflectivity target at 200m range.

  10. Title to be Confirmed

    Mahabir Gupta | Solutions & Products Consultant - IoT, Mobility & Data Security of Volvo

  11. Closing Remarks and Farewell Advisory Board