Conference Day 1 - 9 April 2018

Conference Day 1

Tuesday 9 April – Conference Day 1

  1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

    Dr Markus Adameck | General Manager Development of Panasonic Industrial Europe GmbH


  1. Sensors for automated driving: understanding the market opportunities

    Ian Riches | Global Automotive Practice of Strategy Analytics

  2. Roadmap and automated driving tests and also the plans for direct camera based driver monitoring systems

    Richard Schram | Technical Manager of Euro NCAP

  3. Session to be confirmed

    Speaker to be confirmed

  4. Networking break

  5. Insight into progress with self-driving at Lyft’s Level 5 Engineering Center

    Romain Clement | Head of Hardware of Lyft Level 5 Engineering Center

  6. Panel: Assessing performance, cost, interoperability and integration requirements. What are OEMs looking for from the sensor ecosystem in the short-medium-long (L4/L5) term? How is the camera vs lidar vs radar balance changing?

    Chair: Roya Mirhosseini, Camera Lead, Waymo

  7. Networking lunch



  1. Chair's opening remarks

    Chair to be confirmed

  2. AI-enhanced perception and action: cross-fertilization between automotive and defence autonomy

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Koch | Head of Department Sensor Data and Information Fusion of Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE)

    Fusion of data streams from heterogeneous sensors is a backbone functionality of AI, which provides situation pictures in complex environments. In particular, multiple sensor data fusion is basic for appropriate action, e.g. controlling autonomously operating vehicles. The presentation draws parallels between applications in the automotive and defence domains, “de-hyping” current AI-based methods and their pros and cons by putting them into their proper place in an overarching fusion architecture.

  3. The role of AI for cognitive vehicles

    Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller | Teamleader Machine Vision and Autonomous Vehicle of Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) GmbH

  4. Scaling machine learning beyond the Moore's Law barrier

    Tapa Ghosh | CEO of Vathys

    This talk will discuss how the need for AI compute is growing at an extremely fast pace in spite of Moore's Law slowing down and stopping. The simultaneous occurrence of these two events will create many challenges and opportunities. The presentation will  discuss how innovation in processors can help overcome these challenges in the face of ever growing amounts of data.

  5. Networking break


  1. How AI-enabled smart sensors advance vehicle autonomy

    Stephen Lambright | Vice President of Marketing of AEye, Inc.

    While sensors are critical to helping autonomous vehicles understand their surroundings, the massive amount of data they produce takes time and significant computing power to process. A new generation of AI-enabled smart sensors solves this problem by pushing processing to the edge of the network. The presentation will explore how smart sensors’ use of software-configurable hardware and edge processing enables real-time, customized data collection and reduced control loop latency for optimal performance.

  2. Session to be confirmed

    Speaker to be confirmed

  3. Session to be confirmed

    Speaker to be confirmed

  4. Networking dinner and drinks reception

    Venue to be announced shortly



  1. Chair's opening remarks

  2. Interior Camera Cocoon: Using AI for comfort and driving assistance

    Audrey Quessada PhD | Team Leader for Conception Algorithms, Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group of Valeo

    As our society is more and more aware of the challenges of autonomous cars and their development, we often forget that car interiors can also bring a new level to the drivers and passengers experience. At Valeo, we are currently developing products that monitor the drivers in order to detect their driving behaviour and their physical and mental ability to drive. We are also monitoring the passengers in order to increase their safety, for instance to optimize the airbags triggering.

    The use of gradient boosting methods and LSTM to detect the driver’s drowsiness through the data fusion of gaze and head position detection and vehicle data will be discussed

  3. Driver and cabin monitoring systems on the road towards an autonomous future

    Henrik Lind | Chief Research Officer of Smart Eye

    How driver monitoring is deployed in cars of today and tomorrow – providing enhanced safety of the driver combined with enhanced comfort while driving in mid and higher levels of autonomy. The presentation will also give an overview of the principles of driver monitoring and the sensor properties of interest in the deployment of DMS and cabin monitoring systems.

  4. Session to be confirmed

  5. Networking break


  1. Installed radar performance engineering: combination of testing and simulation in the context of verification and optimization

    Koen De Langhe | Business Line Manager 3D of Siemens PLM Software Simulation & Test Solutions

    Radar based ADAS solutions are growing at a substantial rate in the automotive market since they play a fundamental role in increasing passenger and pedestrian safety. To support radar designers in reducing time and design cost, to meet stringent vehicle safety norms, to reduce risks in final installed radar performance etc, more effective and efficient industrial approaches have to be devised both in terms of simulation (working at 77 GHz poses several numerical challenges) and testing.

    This paper presents IDS / Siemens PLM Software technical approach and CAE tools, based on a synergetic use of high-fidelity simulation models and measurement set-up’s to support the whole design, optimization and verification cycle, starting from the stand-alone radar antenna performance up to on-car installed radar operational performance verification.

  2. SPAD sensor characterization and production testing

    Daniel Van Blerkom | Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of Forza Silicon

    SPAD sensors for LIDAR combine high speed digital logic with extremely sensitive electro-optical devices. Determining SPAD dark count rate and breakdown voltage variation is critical in order to provide process tuning feedback. In order to separate the SPAD yield and performance from the digital processed output, special considerations must be taken in the sensor design and test system construction. Recent characterization and test experiences with SPAD sensors will be presented.

  3. Session to be confirmed

    Speaker to be confirmed

  4. Chair's closing remarks

  5. Networking dinner and drinks reception

    Venue to be confirmed shortly