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2019 IS Auto America Speakers

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

  • 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

  • Phil Amsrud

    Senior Principal Analyst, Automotive Electronics & Semiconductor IHS Markit

    Coming soon!

  • Dr. Petronel Bigioi

    CTO, Imaging and General Manager of FotoNation Xperi Corporation

    Dr. Petronel Bigioi is CTO, Imaging of Xperi Corporation and general manager of FotoNation, a business unit of Xperi. In this role, he leads a 100+ engineering team developing image processing solutions to address various problems in the digital still camera, mobile phone, automotive and other related markets. FotoNation technology can be found in more than 3.6 billion imaging devices worldwide.

    Petronel got his B.Sc. in electronics engineering (1997) from Transilvania University, Brasov. Petronel also holds a couple of master degrees in ASIC design (Transilvania University, Brasov, 1998) and Networks and Communications (National University of Ireland, Galway, 2000). Petronel obtained his Ph.D. in electronics from Transilvania University (2005), his work being recognized by Romanian academy of science with a “Gheorghe Cartianu” award.


    Petronel has over 40 presented and published papers and more than 500 granted and published U.S. and international patents to date. Petronel is a IEEE fellow with over 20 years of experience in the digital still camera and mobile phone industries, working in both image processing and connectivity. A co-founder of several succesfull companies (including FotoNation), he is also a pioneer of digital camera connectivity, a co-author and actively involved in the picture transfer protocol (PTP) and PTP-over-IP networks communication standards.


    Married, father of four, Petronel enjoys photography, playing ping pong and is a music aficionado in his spare time.

  • 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.

  • Romain Clement

    Technology Strategist Lyft, Level 5 Autonomous Vehicle Division

    Rom Clement is a Principal Engineer at Lyft who leads the technology strategy for Lyft’s self-driving division, Lyft Level 5. As one of the first employees of Level 5, Rom established and grew the hardware engineering and operations teams. Prior to Lyft, Rom spent more than a decade at Google Maps and Google Fiber leading hardware teams. In particular, he led all hardware designs of the Google Maps Street View cars from 2008 to 2017. As an Aerospace Systems Engineer by training, Rom has extensive experience developing multi-disciplinary teams for projects involving photonics and optics for harsh environments.

  • Marius Evensen

    Head of Automotive Marketing SONY Electronics

    Coming soon! 

  • Bert Fransis


    Bert has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, holding leading roles in R&D, product line management, product marketing and strategy. Prior to joining Arbe, Bert has held senior management roles in product marketing and strategy at Global Foundries, Atmel (acquired by Microchip) and Amalfi Semiconductor (acquired by Qorvo). Prior to that, he co-founded, built and led the chip development team of RF Magic, a company that went public on Nasdaq in 2007. Bert holds a MBA degree from IE business School / NYU Stern and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium).

  • Ethan Frantz

    Sr Software Engineer FLIR

    Ethan Frantz is a Sr Software Engineer at FLIR. He has extensive experience in developing and deploying robotics in unstructured environments. He hold a Bachelors and Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

  • Mahabir Gupta

    Solutions & Products Consultant - IoT, Mobility & Data Security Volvo

     Mahabir Gupta is Solutions & Products Consultant - IoT, Mobility & Data Security at Volvo - having more than 5 years of experience in software development and security evaluator experience in a broad range of industries including automobile, healthcare, construction, e-commerce, banking, IOT, and mobile gaming. He has solid understanding of full mobile and software development life cycles, penetration testing, EMVCo & PCI guidelines, security threat and agile methodologies. He is mobile passionate with extensive knowledge in defining project scope, requirement, technical specification and designing security threat of the architecture of the application.

  • 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.

  • Peter Hodgins

    Automotive Product Marketing Director Optimal Plus

    Peter leads the automotive product marketing initiatives at Optimal+, bringing big data and ML/AI to companies blazing the Industry 4.0 trail.  Before joining Optimal+, he worked for a wide array of imaging systems companies, such as the automotive divisions of ON Semiconductor and OminVision, holding positions from process and design engineering to product management and marketing.

  • Dr. Barrie P. Keyworth

    Product and Technology Strategy Lumentum

    Dr. Barrie P. Keyworth received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie).  He joined Telecommunications Research Laboratories (TRLabs) in 1991 as Photonics Program Manager.  During this period he was also an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and a principal investigator with the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR).

    In 1996, he joined JDS Fitel Inc. (which became JDS Uniphase and now Lumentum) in Ottawa, Canada.  Over a 10 year period, as Director of Exploratory Research, he was involved in emerging technology assessment,  product strategy,  forward-looking technology and product development, M&A technical due diligence, IP management and external partnerships.  He led the design and development of a suite of enabling building blocks for next generation reconfigurable WDM networks culminating in the Wavelength Selective Switch family which has been a flagship product for over 14 years and is a key element of virtually every modern telecommunications network globally.

    In 2007, Dr. Keyworth formed KeyTech Consulting, providing forward-looking product and technology roadmap guidance with continued association with Lumentum.  He is a former Member of the Board of CMC Microsystems. 

    Most recently, his efforts are focused on technology development for medium & long range LiDAR. Dr. Keyworth holds over 30 patents and patents pending.

  • Pierre Lefèvre

    Chief Technical Officer COAST Autonomous

    Pierre Lefèvre has more than thirty years of automation, communications, and software development experience. At COAST, Pierre leads an elite team developing commercial-ready vehicle automation, remote supervision, and intelligent vehicle fleet systems on various vehicle platforms. Operating self-driving shuttles in public demonstrations and pilots throughout Europe, Asia and the US since 2010, Pierre has demonstrated autonomous vehicle expertise by competing in the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge and going on to develop the first commercial driverless passenger vehicle.

  • Dr Alexis Lluis Gomez

    Director, Image Quality ARM

    Alexis has experience in multiple disciplines in the emerging field of image processing, from academia to commercial R&D. He joined ARM in May 2016 after spending the previous 4 years with Apical, where he was responsible for the R&D of advanced image processing models, computational algorithms and tuning for end-to-end ISP performance. Prior to that he was a researcher at Loughborough University where he studied a PhD in vision, imaging and autonomous systems, and an MSc in computer science.

  • 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.

  • Tomoo Mitsunaga

    General Manager Sony

    Tomoo Mitsunaga received his B.E. and M.E. degree in biophysical engineering from Osaka University, Japan, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He has been working for Sony Corporation since 1991. He studied computer vision and computational photography as a visiting scholar with Prof. Shree Nayar in Columbia University from 1997 to 1999.

    Since 2016 he is appointed General Manager and leads a team of development on signal processing for image sensors.

  • 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.

  • Pierre Olivier

    Chief Technology Officer LeddarTech

    Recognized for his technical expertise as well as his vision, Pierre has numerous years’ experience in the development of high-tech products.

    Upon graduating from university in 1991, he joined CML Technologies, where very early on, his ability to manage projects in a pragmatic and efficient manner became clear. He quickly moved up the corporate ladder, while developing his management skills. Pierre has also designed a number of innovative, adaptable, practical and robust products that are used worldwide in strategic applications such as emergency dispatch and air traffic control, and he holds several patents for his work. He then continued his career at Adept Technology Canada and at DAP Technologies before joining the LeddarTech team in 2010.

    Pierre Olivier holds a degree in electrical engineering from Université Laval and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Québec’s order of professional engineers).

  • Angus Pacala

    CEO and Co-Founder Ouster, Inc.

    Angus Pacala is CEO and co-founder of Ouster, Inc., a technology company located in San Francisco, CA developing advanced safety systems employing 3D sensing technology for the automotive market. Previously, he was the Director of Engineering and co-founder at Quanergy Systems, Inc and a battery engineer at Amprius, Inc. Angus received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • John Stockton

    SVP of Operations and Technology Strategy Aeye

    John Stockton is an entrepreneur and seasoned semiconductor executive with a track record of taking products to market and scaling production. His past CEO roles include ARC International, a semiconductor intellectual property company; Synergy Semiconductor, a maker of high-speed bipolar ICs; and Stream Machine, an MPEG-2 codec maker. He was also the founder of SVision, as well as a fellow at VLSI, where he co-created the company's PC Chip-Set Division, and organized ARM Ltd., a UK-based processor design and intellectual property licensing company. Stockton has been a venture partner at both Mayfield Fund and Autotech Ventures, where he focused on semiconductor/MEMS/EDA and automotive sectors, respectively. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in nuclear and electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jesse Sultanik

    Business Development Manager Argus Cyber Security, Ltd.

    Jesse is on the business development team leading new markets at Argus. Jesse joined Argus as one of its first employees and has seen the startup grow into a 200 person company following its acquisition by Continental. With five years experience in the automotive cyber security industry, Jesse has participated in diverse cyber security projects for automotive and aviation OEMs, Tier 1s and fleet operators.

    Leading new markets at Argus, Jesse has experience in cyber security applications for various IoT verticals including automotive, aviation, locomotive and maritime.  A former founder of an Israeli Hi-Tech firm, Jesse holds a MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He serves on the board of non-profit organizations in both the US and Israel.  

  • 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

  • Lawrence Vivolo

    Sr. Business Development Manager - Automotive & EDA Dell EMC

    Lawrence Vivolo brings more than 30 years in high-technology design, marketing and business expertise to his role as Automotive and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Business Development Manager for Dell EMC. Prior to joining Dell EMC, he held various Marketing Director and management positions for EDA and Enterprise Computing products at Atrenta, Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Intergraph Computer Systems.  He began his career as an semiconductor chip design engineer in the high-performance supercomputing industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

  • 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.

  • John Wheatley

    Division Scientist, Display Materials & Systems Division 3M

    John Wheatley is a Division Scientist in the Display Materials & Systems Division of 3M Company where his responsibilities include new platform development, intellectual property, and strategic planning relating to optical technologies.  He is an inventor on over 100 US patents relating to optical materials and systems.  He is located at 3M Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • 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.