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Expert speakers for 2019 include:

  • Dr Florian Baumann

    CTO EMEA (Specializing in Automotive & AI), Dell EMC

    Dr Florian Baumann is the CTO for the Unstructured Data Solutions (UDS) division specializing in Automotive & AI at Dell EMC. Lastly, he worked as the Technical Director of ADASENS Automotive GmbH, a FICOSA brand, focused on ADAS development. He was in charge of delivering and creating the company's products and targets. Florian received his PhD in 2015 with the focus of Machine Learning applied to Scene Understanding and published about 20 publications.

  • Emmanuel Bercier

    Strategy and Automotive Market Manager ULIS-SOFRADIR

    Emmanuel joined the infrared thermal sensor field as scientist in 1998, followed by different positions in project, product and marketing management across the Sofradir and ULIS companies. Emmanuel has been leading the automotive market for ULIS since 2017, giving the benefit of his experience with thermal sensors to the autonomous vehicle roadmap. Emmanuel has an engineering diploma in Optronics and a business master’s degree.

  • Moritz Bücker

    Business Unit Manager FICOSA / ADASENS Automotive GmbH

    Moritz Bücker earned his engineering diploma from RWTH Aachen and an MBA from IESE, Barcelona. He has years of experience in ADAS project management and has focused his professional endeavours on the automotive ADAS arena with FICOSA and ADASENS in recent years. Moritz was involved in the project management of algorithms for the first mirrorless car and is currently responsible for automotive smart cameras.

  • Doron Cohadier

    VP of Business Development Foresight Automotive

    Mr. Doron Cohadier is an entrepreneurial, highly motivated, strategic Business Development VP with managerial experience in large global companies. In addition, Mr. Cohadier has held a rich variety of senior managerial positions ranging from Project Management, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, topped with the relevant educational background (BSc in Engineering, followed by an Executive MBA).

  • Koen De Langhe

    Business Line Manager 3D Siemens PLM Software Simulation & Test Solutions

    Koen De Langhe: Mechanical Engineer with a major in Noise and Vibration; PhD in Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA). With LMS (now Siemens PLM Software) since 1996 focusing on 3D simulations (CAE) in the area of Acoustics, Vibration, Correlation, NVH and alike. Currently business line manager for Simcenter 3D including both Noise and Vibration as well as Electromagnetic simulation solutions, covering Low Frequency Electromagnetics (motors, generators, transformers) as well as High Frequency Electromagnetics (Radars, Antenna’s, EMC/EMI,..)

  • Filip Geuens

    CEO XenomatiX

    Filip Geuens holds degrees in electromechanical engineering (1993) and in Operations Management (2000) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has been CEO of XenomatiX since early 2015. Before that, he was CTO of Nikon Metrology, one of the 6 business units of Nikon. This business unit is specialized on optical metrology. Filip has dedicated his entire career to 3D optical systems.

  • Tapa Ghosh

    CEO Vathys

    Tapabrata ("Tapa") Ghosh is the co-founder and CEO of Vathys.ai where he develops the core architecture of the Vathys deep learning processor. When he was a teenager, he developed a quadcopter drone with the intention of utilizing deep learning to make collision free drones, at the time a novel proposition. In attempting to do so, he experienced firsthand the computational requirements of deep learning in the real world. The experience led him to found Vathys with the goal of developing performant and power efficient deep learning processors. He is also a Thiel Fellow, 20 under 20 and YCombinator alum. 

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Koch

    Head of Department Sensor Data and Information Fusion Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE)

    Wolfgang Koch studied Physics and Mathematics at the Aachen Technical University RWTH, where he earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics. For many years, he is head of the department “Sensor Data and Information Fusion SDF” at Fraunhofer FKIE. On various topics within the area of sensor data and information fusion, he has published a well-referenced text book, 16 handbook chapters and well above 200 journal and conference articles. He is one of the co-editors the two volume handbook “Novel Radar Techniques and Applications” (2017).

    Wolfgang Koch is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Information Fusion Society ISIF. Being a Fellow of the IEEE, he serves as a Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society AESS, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Chairman of the Germany Chapter of the IEEE AESS. Moreover, he is active in the NATO Science and Technology Organization STO as a Member at Large of the Sensors and Electronics Technology SET Panel. At Bonn University, he is a professor for applied computer science and regularly delivers lecture series on Sensor Data and Information Fusion.

  • Dr Christian Laugier

    Research Director The French National Research Institute for Computer Sciences and Control

    Dr. Christian LAUGIER is Research Director at Inria. He is a member of several IEEE International Scientific Committees and he has co-organized numerous workshops and major IEEE conferences in Robotics & ITS. He recently brought recognized scientific contributions and patented innovations to the field of Bayesian Perception & Decision-making for Autonomous Vehicles. He co-founded four start-up companies, and he is scientific advisor for Probayes SA and for Baidu China.

  • Henrik Lind

    Chief Research Officer Smart Eye

    Henrik has a strong focus on sensing, starting at Hasselblad with vision system development followed by development of radars, vision, ultrasonic sensing and high-resolution maps at Volvo Technology. In 2001 he focused on the development of the first-in-kind fused radar and vision system at Volvo Cars leading to efficient collision warning and the first in kind full auto braking system. He continued to work with autonomous drive and the sensing system for the Drive Me project in 2015 as technical leader. From 2017 Henrik was appointed Research Manager at Smart Eye AB, a company providing leading software for monitoring the driver head pose and gaze as well as vehicle occupant state.

  • Mayank Mangla

    ADAS Imaging Architect Texas Instruments, USA

    Mayank Mangla is ADAS imaging architect at Texas Instruments. He has been a key member of the TI imaging team since the early days of digital imaging. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of digital camera systems including color science, optics, software and calibration processes. Currently he is focused on ramping ISPs into automotive applications and enabling new imaging applications with versatile feature set TI SoCs such as the TDA3x.

    • USA
  • Dr Youval Nehmadi

    CTO & Founder VAYAVISION

    Dr. Nehmadi has Over 20 years of technical and computer vision experience at Opal, Applied Materials and various startups. He holds a  Ph.D in sensor fusion for autonomous vehicles, an EMBA from Kellogg Recanati, M.Sc, in Computer Engineering, B.Sc. in Physics. He holds 20 patents.

  • Dr. Zoran Nikolić

    Principal Embedded Computer Vision Architect NVIDIA

    Zoran Nikolic got his PhD from University of Miami in 1996.  In 2015 He joined Nvidia as a Principal Architect for Tegra Product Architecture working on next generation of SoC architectures for Autonomous Driving.  Zoran’s primary focus is mapping requirements of the next generation automotive  imaging and radar sensors to Tegra SoC.  Zoran is also involved with Euro NCAP roadmap and protocols and represents Nvidia in Euro NCAP mirror work-groups.

    Prior to Nvidia Zoran was with Texas Instruments (TI) for 18 years.  In 2005 Zoran cofounded the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) group inside Texas Instruments.  Zoran was Computer Vision Chief Technologist in TI and he played an instrumental role in defining ADAS roadmap, building customer base and growing this business from zero to tens of millions of ADAS SoCs devices on the road.

    Zoran has computer vision, digital signal processing and automotive background and tremendous industrial experience of making computer vision technology valuable including putting vision into the car.  Zoran published several book chapters, and papers in peer reviewed magazines.  Zoran is member of steering committee for Embedded Vision Workshop held in conjunction with CVPR

  • Dr. Tomoko Ohtsuki

    Senior 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.

  • Audrey Quessada PhD

    Team Leader for Conception Algorithms, Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group Valeo

    After a PhD in Laser Physics at the Observatoire de Paris, Dr Quessada worked for several years as a postdoctoral research associate at the interface Physics/ Biology. She developed optical tools and statistical models to understand DNA/protein interactions using Single Molecule Techniques. In 2017, she followed an MS cursus in Big Data and Machine Learning to complete her skills in data analysis and image computing. Dr Quessada is currently working at Valeo-CDA as Algorithm Design Leader since June 2018.

  • Ian Riches

    Global Automotive Practice Strategy Analytics

    Ian Riches is a Director in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics.  He heads a research team that covers all aspects of embedded automotive electronic systems, semiconductors and sensors on a worldwide basis. 

    His areas of research include powertrain, chassis, safety, security and body applications – including high-growth areas such as hybrid and electric vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles.

    With over twenty years of analyst experience, he is one of the foremost industry analysts in the automotive electronics sector.  Ian holds a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, UK.

  • Timon Rupp

    Founder & CEO The Drivery GmbH

    Timon Rupp is an experienced MDAX Executive, successful Startup Entrepreneur and Mentor. He seeks and finds scalable business ideas by harvesting synergies between corporates and startups. Recently he founded The Drivery Club in Berlin, a new breed of Innovators Club for mobility enthusiasts. Rethinking the future and disrupting the way to get there.

    • United Kingdom
  • Richard Schram

    Technical Manager Euro NCAP

    Richard Schram studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, after which Richard continued to working at TNO Automotive. He got involved in vehicle crash safety research and development in both the passive and active safety field.

    Since 2010, Richard is Technical Manager of the European New Car Assessment Program, where he is the technical lead for protocols currently in place as well as the development of future requirements for both passive active safety test- and assessment protocols.

  • 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.

  • Tom Driscoll

    Co-founder and CTO Echodyne

    Tom Driscoll is Co-founder and CTO of Echodyne, bringing breakthrough radar sensors to commercial markets at commercial price points for the first time. Tom leads the world-class engineering team developing Echodyne’s product portfolio, helping channel talent and passion as technologists to meet Echodyne’s market opportunity to redefine sensing for an autonomous age. Prior to Echodyne, Tom was Managing Director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures, where he and a small team of scientists realized a metamaterials technology platform that has currently underwritten 4 start-up companies. Tom holds a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd, a PhD in physics from UCSD, and an adjunct professor position at Duke University.

  • Daniel Van Blerkom

    Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder Forza Silicon

    Daniel heads the Forza Silicon engineering team in designing leading edge sensors for medical, automotive and industrial applications, as well as high-end sensor products in the areas of digital cinema and defense. He holds 14 image sensor patents and was co-recipient of the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2008.

  • 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. Oliver Wasenmüller

    Teamleader Machine Vision and Autonomous Vehicle Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) GmbH

    Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller
    Team Leader "Machine Vision and Autonomous Vehicles"
    DFKI - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH

    Dr. Oliver Wasenmüller is team leader for "Machine Vision and Autonomous Vehicles" at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). In his team of nine PhD students, he researches on the intersection of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. In the context on autonomous vehicles, he works on applied research for environment perception (geometric, dynamic, semantic), sensor fusion, embedded optimization, and many more. Dr. Wasenmüller built the team from scratch with intense project acquisitions. He collaborates with numerous national and international companies in applied research projects. In addition, he is in demand as a speaker at many conferences, lectures and panel discussions.

  • Thorsten Wilhelm

    Image Analysis Group TU Dortmund University

    Thorsten Wilhelm studied electrical engineering and information technology at TU Dortmund University. He worked in several collaborational projects with leading German car manufacturers. In 2015, he joined the Image Analysis Group at TU Dortmund University as a Ph.D. student, where he is working together with the Pattern Recognition in Embedded Systems Group on partially supervised scene recognition. His research is mainly focused on partially supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods for use in autonomous systems.