2018 IS Auto America Speakers: Exclusive Content from Technical Experts

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

The 2018 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.

  • Nazre Batool

    Development Engineer Automotive Transport Solutions Pre-Development & Research Scania

    Nazre Batool received her B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2004, M.Sc. (Honors) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University Technology PETRONAS, Tronoh, Malaysia in 2008 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA in 2014 . Ms. Batool was awarded the university merit scholarship for her Bachelor’s degree and graduate fellowship for her Master’s degrees. She is also a recipient of the 5 year Fulbright PhD scholarship from Pakistan. Nazre joined AYIN team at INRIA Sophia Antipolis in February, 2014.  At the end of 2015, she was awarded the IEEE CLEMENTINA SADUWA 2016 prize. She is currently the Development Engineer, Automotive Transport Solutions Pre-Development & Research at Scania

  • Rudy Burger

    Managing Partner Woodside Capital Partners

    Rudy is the Managing Partner of Woodside Capital Partners, a technology specialist M&A advisory firm, and is a leading expert on M&A transactions within the digital media technologies sector.  Prior to founding Woodside Capital Partners, Rudy was the founding CEO of the MIT Media Lab Europe, a joint venture between MIT and the Irish government.  For over 25 years, Rudy Burger has worked with computer vision, digital imaging and embedded camera technologies as a founder, operating executive and advisor. He has developed both a deep technical expertise and an awareness of market opportunity dynamics in these sectors that he leverages to guide his clients towards strategic successes. He currently focuses on ADAS, consumer electronic and security applications of imaging technology and has written several industry research reports to profile the leading and emerging technologies and outline the market landscape.  Rudy has founded five technology companies in the U.S., run a European public company, and served as a senior executive for two global 500 companies.  Rudy serves on the boards of Seeing Machines plc (AIM:SEE), a UK listed company in the driver monitoring market. Rudy has a BSc and MSc from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University. 

  • Sumanth Chennupati

    Computer Vision Systems Engineer R&D Valeo North America

    Sumanth Chennupati is a Computer Vision Systems Engineer at R&D department of Valeo North America Inc. He has been with Valeo since 2016 and currently responsible for development of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems. He holds extensive academic and industrial research experience in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Sumanth is an author for several academic publications and serves as a reviewer for various IEEE conferences. His areas of interests include Visual Perception, Sensor Fusion and Domain Adaptation. Sumanth has a Master's degree in Computer Engineering with Specialization in Deep Learning from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.

  • Kenneth Funes Mora

    CEO and Co-founder Eyeware

    Kenneth Funes Mora is the CEO and Co-founder of Eyeware, Swiss startup developing 3D eye tracking software. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2015, while being a research assistant at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland. During his PhD he developed techniques for 3D eye-gaze estimation using consumer RGB-D sensors. He is the author of 10 papers in international journals and conferences, and 2 filed patents, and has won multiple awards and competitions in both academic and entrepreneurial settings. At Eyeware, Kenneth holds the role of CEO, managing the team and the company strategy, pushing forward Eyeware’s vision to humanize machine interaction through attention sensing.

  • Anand Gopalan

    CTO Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.

    Anand Gopalan is Velodyne LiDAR's Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity he is responsible for the advanced product development and technology development that will power Velodyne's next generation LIDAR products.

    Anand is a seasoned technology executive with experience building and leading world-wide engineering organizations for the development of products in consumer, networking and enterprise domains. He has grown and managed organizations through deep and dynamic business model transitions and successfully delivered on a wide array of high-speed mixed signal, optical and RF products.

    Anand comes to Velodyne from Rambus where he was the VP of Engineering responsible for all chip and IP development activities for the Memory and Interfaced Division. In that capacity he was responsible for a global engineering team spread across multiple locations in North America and India that developed a variety of IP and products for Tier 1 ASIC and OEM customers. Prior to Rambus Anand spear-headed world-wide analog/Mixed signal design at Megachips Inc.

    Anand holds a BE degree in Electronics from Mumbai University as well as MS and PhD from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical engineering and Microsystems engineering.

  • Junli Gu

    VP of Autonomous Driving XMotors.ai

    Junli joined XMotors.ai in October 2017 and currently serves as VP of autonomous driving department. One of her main focus areas is leading the effort to build the self-driving solutions on XMotors’ massive production of electric vehicles. (Also known as XPeng EV cars in China.)

    Before joining XMotors, Junli was the senior staff machine learning engineer in Tesla and she built and led the machine learning team to create the AI roadmap, innovate the algorithms and implement the technology for Tesla Autopilot 2.0 project.

    Junli Holds a Ph.D of Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University and also the research scholar in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Lauren Guajardo

    Field Applications Engineering Leader Teradyne

    Lauren started her career in testing in 2007 but found her niche in 2011 in image sensor testing at Teradyne as a field applications engineer. In the field, she provided automated test equipment applications testing services and support to a diverse sensor base. As an engineering lead she manages customer accounts and projects which includes various sensor output types for military, medical, automotive and consumer electronic application sensors.

  • Carl Jackson

    CTO and Founder SensL Division, OnSemi

    Carl Jackson is founder and CTO of SensL. Carl holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Clemson University (USA) and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Cork in Microelectronics. His doctoral research work was carried out at the Tyndall National Institute and focused on the development of the core CMOS-compatible, low-light sensor which SensL has commercialized. Carl has over 50 publications and patents in the area of low-light sensors and he is a recognized leader in the area of solid-state silicon photomultipliers and photon-counting technology.

    After completion of his research at the Tyndall National Institute in 2002, Carl founded Photon Detection Systems which carried out further development of his solid-state sensor technology and productizing of the core detector. Additionally, Photon Detection Systems provided detector module design for commercial OEM and research customers. In 2004, Carl realized that a significant commercial opportunity existed for the core low-light sensor technology and SensL was founded to exploit the opportunity. All of the technology from Photon Detection Systems was transferred into SensL at this time.

    Carl is the technology visionary of SensL and has lead the development of the core technology from single diode sensors at the research level, to full commercial implementation with millions of light sensors per system combined with high performance packaging, electronics and software.

  • Ronald Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    Dr.-Ing. Ronald Müller studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Munich University of Technology and received the doctoral degree for his pioneer research on GPU optimized face analysis algorithms in 2008. Thereafter, he was building up and heading a Business Unit for engineering consulting services in the Automotive sector at the European market leader ALTRAN. From 2010 to 2014 Ronald was responsible for all marketing activities of the FRAMOS group. He additionally built up the company's first sales branch in North America. Late 2014 he has founded Vision Markets which quickly became the leading Marketing and Management Consulting Company dedicated to the global Imaging and Photonics industry. With a team of currently 6 co-workers Vision Markets is supporting SMEs as well as multi-billion dollar companies with a variety of services from Corporate Identity Management over Product Management Consulting to Content Marketing. Ronald’s latest endeavor, the platform www.Imaging.market, supports the global imaging community with an online product finder of professional imaging components and software.

  • Dr. Tomoko Ohtsuki

    Product Line Manager Lumentum

    Dr. Tomoko Ohtsuki is the Product Line Manager at Lumentum responsible for diode lasers for automotive 3DS and industrial laser applications. Prior to joining Lumentum, she was a Marketing Manager and R&D Manager with a broad background in lasers, optics and material science at Lucent Technologies for the telecommunications market, and at Nikon in the area of laser applications for semiconductor lithography. She was responsible for the technical marketing of several innovative products.

  • Sravan Puttagunta

    CEO and Co-founder Civil Maps

    Sravan is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Civil Maps, an autonomous vehicle technology company that enables cars to have Cognition through AI, 3D mapping, advanced localization, and crowdsourcing.  As CEO, Sravan is executing on a vision for safer, smarter, fully autonomous driving. With his direction, the company has raised $11 million from investors such as Ford, SAIC, and the Stanford-StartX fund. It is on track to triple revenue from last year and is providing key technology to several major automakers. Sravan sets the business direction and leads the company’s technology teams, who are developing innovative ways for cars to localize in six dimensions (6D) and crowdsource 3D maps at continental scale. In his previous work, Sravan invented video fingerprinting for linear broadcast TV to track viewing habits and developed software that runs in more than 160 million TVs. He has written substantial portions of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for cars which map the world in 3D. Sravan holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Abhay Rai

    Head of Automotive Sensor Marketing Sony Electronics

    Abhay Rai is Head of Automotive Sensor Marketing and works at 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.

  • Patrice Roulet Fontani

    Vice President,Technology and Co-Founder ImmerVision

    Based in Canada, Patrice heads ImmerVision’s engineering as well as, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of ImmerVision’s 360° panomorph technology by global corporations.

    Recently, he has led the miniaturisation of the panomorph 360° technology for smartphones, tablets, wearables and IoT devices. Patrice has lead the integration of 360⁰ imaging technology in consumer electronics, surveillance, automotive, aerospace, medical and broadcast products.

    Back in 2000 in France, after completing his Master’s degree in image processing and computer graphics, Patrice joined the INRIA and contributed to their research in robotic surgery simulation field. In parallel, he co-founded ImmerVision, a company dedicated to 360° optics and imaging technology. With his conviction that 360° technology could be applied everywhere, he contributed to the development of 360° panomorph optical and imaging technology.\

    Beyond technology, Patrice believes that innovation is propelled by human beings, partnerships and alliances - he has collaborated with a large ecosystem of partners in the optics industry like Fujifilm, CBC Computar, Tamron and Kolen, and in the silicon industry like Marvel, Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung, HiSilicon, NXP and OmniVision.

    In addition, Patrice is an avid surfer, international traveler and always seeks to make new connections.

  • Aditya Srinivasan

    Innoviz General Manager, North America

    Aditya is a seasoned professional who has held senior-level roles with several technology companies, including Rebaca Technologies, Nuelight Corp, Connex Technology, Sage, Genesis Microchip. He also served for eight years as the president of Tamscin Corporation, a technology sales company, and is on the board of directors for SensThys, an RFID reader company. 

    Prior to joining Innoviz as General Manager, North America, Aditya Srinivasan had a long career in the semiconductor industry taking video processing technology to market. He participated in early LCD Monitor and LCD TV development and in the application of video compression to Broadcast Encoders and Sports Cameras. Aditya has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Computer Science from IIT, Bombay.

  • Dr. Allan Steinhardt

    Chief Scientist AEye, Inc.

    Dr. Steinhardt is among the world’s most widely esteemed defense scientists. An IEEE fellow, Steinhardt is a sought-after expert on radar, missile defense, GMTI and space surveillance. He was Chief Scientist for DARPA, co-author of a book on adaptive radar, and assistant professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, where he performed funded research on sensor arrays and optimal detection capabilities. Dr. Steinhardt has also served as chief scientist at Booz Allen, the radar project lead at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and director of signal processing for the defense Industry with BAE/Alphatech. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  • Haran Thanigasalam

    Chair of Imaging and Camera Work Group MIPI Senior Platform Architect and Independent Contributor

    Haran Thanigasalam is chair of the MIPI Camera Working Group and is a distinguished Senior Platform Architect at Intel, leading key areas of imaging conduit development for products across multiple business units. He has 15 years' experience developing solutions for various technologies such as networking, storage, graphics and imaging. Haran grew up in Alberta and greatly enjoys spending time in the Canadian Rockies

  • Dr. Daniel Winters

    CEO Trioptics

    Dr. Daniel Winters, CEO, Trioptics