2018 IS Auto America Speakers: Exclusive Content from Technical Experts

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

The 2018 agenda was 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.

  • Miguel D. Acosta

    Chief Of The Autonomous Vehicles Branch California Department of Motor Vehicles

    Miguel D. Acosta joined the Autonomous Vehicles Branch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles on August 31, 2018. Prior to this Executive Appointment, Miguel’s assignments included: Chief of Customer Service and Program Support of Registration Operations (ROD), Assistant Deputy Director of Field Operations (FOD) and Chief of the Justice and Government Liaison Branch within the Communication Programs Division (CPD) of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Miguel believes in providing open communication, empowerment, training and development to staff to support and enable them to make independent, sound and effective decisions with an emphasis on quality customer service.
    Miguel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration from the California State University, Sacramento. Miguel studied law at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento and is a graduate of the DMV Executive Leadership Academy

  • Wade Appelman

    VP of Sales and Marketing SensL Technologies

    Wade joined SensL as VP of Sales and Marketing in January 2011 and is responsible for all customer and marketing activity on a worldwide basis. Wade has led sales and marketing efforts for five venture-backed startups with total exit valuations of $800 million. He launched Sitera (acquired by Vitesse), Zagros (Acquired by Altera), and Lightstorm Networks (Acquired by Broadcom), closing their first customers and most recently was VP of Sales and Marketing for material handling robotic pioneer Harvest Automation.

    Wade has also served as VP of Marketing for two publically traded corporations including Cabletron Systems where he led product marketing for the $1B switch and routing division and Vitesse Semiconductor where he led product marketing and product management for the 500-employee Advanced Networking Products Division. He has a B.S. from Wagner College in New York, NY.

  • Nazre Batool

    Development Engineer Automotive Transport Solutions Pre-Development & Research Scania

    Dr. Nazre Batool is a Development Engineer at Scania’s Autonomous Transport Solutions Pre-development & Research department. She is responsible for sensors data processing for scene perception contributing towards industrial and urban applications of Scania’s heavy duty vehicles. Nazre has substantial academic research experience in Computer Vision, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA and is a Fulbright scholar. Before joining Scania, she has been a post-doc scholar at Inria, France and KTH, Sweden.

  • 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. 

  • Chad Mowery

    Partner Roetzel and Andress

    As a partner at Roetzel and Andress, Chad Mowery focuses his practice on the representation of manufacturers in product liability and mass tort matters on both the local and national level.  Over time, this emphasis has led to the roles of serving as national counsel for a major tire manufacturer an industrial equipment manufacturer and local counsel for a heavy equipment manufacturer and medical device manufacturers.  He is also a leader on the firm’s E-Discovery team. Additionally, he represents local and national banks in trust and electronic banking litigation, as well as construction companies and electric utilities in a variety of litigation matters. 

    Chad received his B. A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • 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.

  • Brandon Collings

    CTO Lumentum

    Brandon Collings is CTO for Lumentum and is responsible for defining and driving the product and technology roadmaps and strategies.  He held this same role for JDSU’s Communication and Commercial Optical Products business unit which separated to become Lumentum in August 2015.  Prior to JDSU, he held optical network design and development positions at Ciena and Internet Photonics, and was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs performing research on advanced optical communication network designs and non-linear performance impairments.  He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering.

  • Alex Epstein

    Director of Transportation Safety National Safety Council

    Alex Epstein is a highly experienced public communications and policy development strategist and team leader.

    As Director of Transportation Safety, Alex works to develop and execute behavior and policy change initiatives, national public education campaigns, coalitions, road user outreach and other activities to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with the Council’s strategies addressing transportation safety. He serves as a key subject matter expert and spokesperson, building strong relationships within the transportation community, among state and federal government leaders, DMVs, court representatives and NSC corporate and affiliate members.  

    Alex continues in his role leading the Advanced Automotive Safety Technology initiative and its public facing MyCarDoesWhat national driver education campaign on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and vehicle automation. Previously, he developed and managed the DriveitHOME national education project for parents of new teen drivers.

     Alex has extensive broadcast TV news experience, having worked for the Gannett Corporation in the L.A. Bureau of the USA Today On TV national television news program, as well as for the Walt Disney Company as senior producer/special projects for KCAL-TV News Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced television programs, series, specials and mini-documentaries. For corporate work, he and his team were recognized by PR Week magazine for executive producing the Video News Release of the Year, and received the PR News Platinum award, North American Excellence Award in PR and others.

  • 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

    Chief Technology Officer 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.

  • Tsuyoshi Hara

    Automotive Solution Architect SONY electronic

    Tsuyoshi Hara is the Automotive Solution Architect at SONY electronics.

    After graduating from Chuo University in Tokyo Japan, Tsuyoshi started his career at SONY Japan in 2004 as an analog circuit designer, designing on-chip column ADCs and peripheral circuits. Over years, Tsuyoshi has spearheaded the development and deployment of industry leading sensors across different application areas like DSC, D-SLR, surveillance, mobile and automotive. In summer 2018 Tsuyoshi relocated to Bay area and he is leading the next-generation product definition and product roadmap for automotive sensing applications. Tsuyoshi is Sony’s internal expert in the functional and operational safety of automotive sensors and is AFSP certified.


  • Dr. Zhenhua Lai

    Lead Imaging Engineer Byton

    Dr. Zhenhua Lai joined Byton as Lead Imaging Engineer in June 2018, with a focus on the design, development, and implementation of in-cabin cameras used in Byton vehicles. Prior to joining Byton, Dr. Lai worked at Motorola as an Imaging Optics Systems Engineer. While at Motorola, he worked on the company’s cellphone cameras and led several projects including time-of-flight sensor, image quality orientated sensor characterization and internal software for camera tests.

    Dr. Lai holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and has published 13 scientific papers.

  • Ram Machness

    Vice President, Product Arbe Robotics

    Ram leads the product management and the engagement with key customers. He has over 25 years of experience in embedded systems and the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Arbe, Ram managed the business development, customer engagement and product marketing of several wireless connectivity product lines at Texas Instruments. His professional experience also includes roles in system engineering and R&D management.

  • Roger D. Melen

    Senior Advisor Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., Inc.

    Roger D. Melen is a Senior Advisor at Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., Inc. For fifteen years he has served providing advice related to the deployment of advanced connected car computer and networking technologies for future connected vehicle designs in both human-driven and robotic self-driving cars containing two-way vehicle wireless networks which promise to rapidly deliver and communicate with vigilance and positive outcomes accurate roadway situation data from within and beyond the typical 300 meters vehicle line-of-sight. .

    Previously he worked as Vice President R&D of Canon Research Center America for eleven years on the deployment of networked computers in CMOS office and photographic imaging systems.  Prior that that he was a founder of Cromemco Inc. an early and dynamic microcomputer company.  In his early work he pioneered CCD image sensors in his PhD research at Stanford University 1973 and while in industry has applied for 60 patents. He authored the widely respected IEEE book: CCD Technology and Applications.  He has served a member of the Technical Advisory Boards for Cypress Semiconductor Inc. related to cell phone CMOS image sensors, Lumicyte Inc on proteomic spectroscopy, Congral LLC on networked medical conferencing and Fiorano LLC on Internet services.

    In 1976 he founded and has since continuously taught t EE203, the Electrical Engineering class on entrepreneurship at Stanford University inspired by Stanford’s Frederick Terman.

  • Ron Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    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.

  • Roxie Paine

    Level 5 Hardware Technical Project Program Manager Lyft

    Level 5 Hardware Technical Project Program Manager, Lyft

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    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

  • Steve Vozar

    Co-Founder and CTO May Mobility

    Steve Vozar, PhD, is Co-Founder and CTO of May Mobility. Prior to founding May, Dr. Vozar was a Research Fellow with the APRIL laboratory at the University of Michigan, contributing to projects including Ford’s next-generation vehicle thrust and the DARPA Squad X core technologies program. Steve has previously worked at Johns Hopkins University, developing tele-robotic satellite servicing technology in collaboration with NASA. Steve was named a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer (2012) for his PhD work on tele-robotic mobile manipulation. Steve also co-founded and acted as VP of Technology for Absolute Nano, a university spin-off developing instruments for nanomaterials research, which won a 2009 R&D 100 Award.

  • Dr. Daniel Winters

    CEO Trioptics

    Dr. Daniel Winters, CEO, Trioptics