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Expert speakers for 2018 included:

  • Romain Clement

    Head of Hardware Lyft Level 5 Engineering Center

    Rom leads Lyft's self-driving hardware development at Level 5. For the last decade, he was a Sr. Manager at Google leading the Camera Systems Team responsible for imaging platforms and designing high resolution camera systems. As an Aerospace Systems Engineer by training, Rom has extensive experience building and growing multi-disciplinary teams for projects involving photonics and optics for harsh environments. 

  • Rémi Delefosse

    Senior Engineer Toyota Motor Europe

    With 10 years of experience in designing automotive electronics systems, Rémi Delefosse has been contributing to Lexus/Toyota Safety Sense system by leading the development of Traffic Sign Recognition function since 2015.

    He has previously been in charge of developing the electronics (Hardware/Software) of control systems such as ESC, Electric Parking Brake, etc. for Toyota vehicles manufactured in Europe.

  • Bharanidhar Duraisamy

    Development Engineer – Radar, Sensor Fusion Expert Daimler

    Bharanidhar Duraisamy has started as a M.Sc. Robotics and Automation student with Daimler AG’s research and development department. After completion of his Doctoral tenure in the area of automotive multi-level sensor fusion based on several active and passive environment perception sensors, multi-sensor data association designed for state estimation and signal processing designed for automotive intelligent vehicular applications. At present he is working as a research and development engineer focused on target tracking and fusion activities in the team specializes in various level of signal processing work related to automotive Radar.

  • Dr Markus Adameck

    General Manager Development Panasonic Industrial Europe GmbH

    Markus Adameck is General Manager at Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe since 2014. Panasonic is one of the worldwide leader in automotive Camera Systems. He supports the European Panasonic Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Business and is in charge for Customer Project Management and Development.

    Markus has around 20 years’ experience in Development of ADAS Camera Systems supporting Object Recognition and Classification. He introduced first Single-Chip CMOS camera into automotive. In his professional career he was working for several Tier1 suppliers like Hella (2002), Magna Electronics (2006), and Continental (2012). Markus received his Physics Diploma in “Nonlinear Optics” and his PHD for the Development of “High Speed 3D Camera Scannig Systems” in Hamburg Germany.

  • Florian Baumann

    Technical Director ADASENS Automotive GmbH

    Florian Baumann received his Dr.-Ing. focusing on Machine Learning applied to Scene Understanding in 2015. Since then, he has been working first as a Technical Team Lead Engineer and later as a Vision Systems Lead in the field of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems at ADASENS Automotive GmbH. Florian was responsible for requirements engineering, support in on-going RFQs and served as a technical representative for ADASENS and FICOSA regarding vision and machine learning algorithms. Since December 2016, Florian is the Technical Director of ADASENS Automotive GmbH. He is in charge of delivering and creating the company’s products and targets.

  • Adrian Bertl

    Product Marketing b-plus GmbH

    Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Adrian Bertl studied media technology and informatics at the University of applied sciences in Deggendorf. He was working at b-plus since 2008 and held various positions product management. He is now responsible for product marketing of a portfolio ranging from automotive base software development and a development toolchain for sensorics.

  • Alexander Braun

    Professor of Physics University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf

    Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun has 20 years of experience with optical technologies of all flavours, from fundamental quantum optics research to optical quality questions arising during assembly of 100.000 cameras per year. During his position as optical designer at Kostal (Tier 1) he was responsible for the optical quality of the camera ADAS, designing MTF test benches for all purposes (in climate chambers, for one-person-use on the road, and for whole cars!).  As a Professor for Physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf he is now looking at all the questions surrounding optical quality from a scientific point of view. Special research interests are the limits of current MTF algorithms (with regard to noise, distortion and HDR) and linking optical design to function performance. For this end the group of Prof. Braun has developed a novel numerical optical model that allows for the inclusion of measured lens performance (PSF) into numerical simulations. 

  • Raul Bravo

    CEO Dibotics

    Raul Bravo, CEO co-founder of Dibotics, creator of the Augmented LiDAR technology. 

    Raul is a serial entrepreneur & start-up coach, with an extensive 15 years background in both bootstrapped & VC-backed start-up creation and growth. 

    Engineer from UPC (Barcelona, Spain) with an MBA from College des Ingénieurs (Paris, France), he’s filed 10 patents and obtained 27 different awards for his engineering and entrepreneur career, among them the «MIT Technology Review – Top 10 Innovators Under 35».  

  • Valentina Donzella

    Smart Connected and Autonomous Vehicles MSc leader WMG University of Warwick

    Dr Donzella has a strong background in Silicon Photonics and integrated optical sensors. Her current research interests are: autonomous vehicle sensors, LIDARs, optical sensing, integrated optics, automotive electronics and test techniques. 

    Dr Donzella completed her Ph.D. (with honours) in Innovative Technologies for Communication and Information Engineering working at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa, Italy) and McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada). Before joining the Intelligent Vehicle group at WMG, she was a postdoctoral researcher and then MITACS fellow in the ECE Department at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver (BC), Canada), working on integrated optical sensors on Silicon Photonics chips. At WMG, Dr Donzella is leading the launch the MSc program on Smart Connected and Autonomous

    Vehicles (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/courses/smart_connected_and_autonomous_vehicles/). She is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and she deeply involved in academic knowledge transfer. 

  • Eric Dujardin

    Manager of Imaging Architecture NVIDIA

    Eric has been involved in the fields of signal processing, camera and imaging for more than 25 years. He is currently working in High Dynamic Range imaging technology for autonomous driving for Nvidia.  His current research interests include imaging processing for human vision, machine vision, and deep neuronal networks.

    Eric started his career at research laboratories in Philips in image processing and digital processing  for digital TV and public electronic market, after receiving a PhD from Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris 6. 

  • John Fenske

    DLP® Automotive Systems Engineer Texas Instruments

    John Fenske is a systems engineer in the DLP® Automotive group at Texas Instruments. He has helped define, test, and validate the DLP Automotive chipset for the applications of Head Up Display and Smart Headlight. Now investigating LIDAR, he is the lead hardware engineer evaluating the use of DLP technology for the LIDAR application.

  • Antonio Garzón

    Senior Analyst, Automotive Electronics & Semiconductor IHS Markit Technology

    Antonio Garzón is a senior automotive semiconductor analyst at IHS Markit with a special focus on infotainment, body electronics and ADAS. He has worked in the infotainment departments of Seat, Aston Martin and BMW and as a test development engineer at NXP. Previously, he did research on artificial intelligence for Bosch, Sony, Telefónica and Fraunhofer.

    Antonio is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Stuttgart. He speaks English, German and Spanish. 

  • Reinhold Greifenstein

    Product Manager Automotive Tools b-plus GmbH

    Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Reinhold Greifenstein studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of applied sciences in Munich. Since 2008 he was Development Engineer and Team Leader at IAV within automotive functional application, hardware tests and validation in the field of power train. In 2016 he joined b-plus as product manager for automotive tools and a validation toolchain for sensorics.

  • Frank Gruson

    Head of Advanced Engineering Radar, Driver Assistance Systems Continental

    Dr.-Ing. Frank Gruson is Head of Advanced Engineering Radar at ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems GmbH (a Continental Company). Since 2007 he has served Continental in numerous positions, including RF team lead and systems engineering. Frank is strongly engaged in the worldwide harmonization of frequency spectrum for automotive radar sensors, both on european level (ETSI) and international level.

    Prior to joining Continental, Frank was active in semiconductor technology, RF chipset design, application engineering and marketing in the semiconductor business and in the Research Center of the Daimler AG in Ulm.

  • 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.

  • Omer David Keilaf

    CEO and Co-founder Innoviz Technologies

    Omer Keilaf has spent 19 years driving cutting edge technologies from inception to commercialization. As the co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of LiDAR sensing solutions, Mr. Keilaf is helping enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles by providing high-performance LiDAR at mass market prices. He has overseen the company’s tremendous success as it overtook older, more established LiDAR developers to earn a design win with BMW, marking the industry’s first major design win for series production of autonomous vehicles. The company has also secured partnerships with Tier 1 solution providers including Aptiv, Magna International, Samsung HARMAN and HiRain Technologies. Mr. Keilaf spearheaded the company’s rapid growth as it raised $82 million and expanded to over 150 employees in a little over two years. Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Omer served as an officer in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, before going on to a distinguished career in opto-mechanics, electrical engineering, MEMS and more. He held senior leadership roles at companies including Consumer Physics, STMicroelectronics and IDF, where he served as the System and Product Team Manager, R&D manager, and Project Manager and System Architecture Manager, respectively. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as a lecturer.

  • Zain Khawaja

    Founder & Lead Technologist Propelmee Ltd

    Zain graduated from Oxford University with a Master of Engineering (MEng), specialising in Computer Vision and Robotics. His capstone project at Oxford was on ‘Visual Motion Magnification’ of imperceptible motion, under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Vedaldi. Working as a software engineer, Zain was involved in the LUTZ and Gateway Pod autonomy trials in the UK. Zain is a lead author on three US patent applications relating to perception for autonomous mobility. After founding Propelmee, in 2016, he has led the development of Propelmee’s ‘Vision-Centric’ autonomy stack.  Zain has invented a patent-pending technology framework, the ‘Autonomous Vehicle Corridor’ which places connectivity in the service of autonomy, creating rich scene understanding through infrastructure based cameras that create ‘Look Ahead’ or ‘Non-Line-of-Sight’ perception, enabling AVs to perceive the environment well beyond the range and field of view of their on-board sensors.

    As the founder of Propelmee, Zain’s vision is to enable autonomy without the need for Pre-Mapping, relying on robust and real-time ‘Model Free Perception’ approaches and ‘Perceptual Localisation’. Zain’s work on drivable free space segmentation in any on-road or off-road driving environment as well as model-free obstacle segmentation of any obstacle, form the core of Propelmee’s patent-pending technology. Propelmee is bringing autonomous mobility software solutions to market in 2018 for multiple classes of indoor and outdoor AVs. Propelmee is demonstrating pre-mapping free, full autonomy, on its last-mile delivery vehicle, ‘Go4’. The Propelmee team is currently working on its driverless car platform ‘Go2’, to demonstrate ‘Mapping Free’ perceptual localisation in on-road scenarios using the Renault Zoe as a base vehicle. 

  • Patrick Maine

    CTO Quantel Group

    Patrick Maine (Group CTO) has been based in Quantel, les Ulis, France since 2009. From 1998 to 2008 he was CEO of Quantel USA (then Big Sky Laser Technologies) in Bozeman, MT, USA. From 1988 to 1998: R&D Manager at Quantel developing Solid-state lasers. Patrick was a scientist at LLE, University of Rochester, NY, USA, from 1985 to 1988, working on Chirped pulse Amplification lasers with Gérard Mourou. He graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique (now IOGS) in Orsay, France, in 1984.

  • Shmoolik Mangan

    Algorithms Development Manager VAYAVISION

    Dr Shmoolik Mangan is leading VAYAVISION's algorithm development team. He has a PhD from Weizmann inst., 25 years of leadership in Physics, Optics, Systems and Algorithms development of multi-disciplinary Inspection, Detection and Classification systems for semiconductors and electronics manufacturing industries. Including Machine Vision and Machine Learning. Previous  to VAYAVISION, Shmoolik worked at Orbotech, Applied Materials and CI Systems.

  • Vjekoslav Matic

    Director Application and Systems Engineering, Automated Driving Sensors Infineon Technologies

    Dr Vjekoslav Matic is a Director of Application and System Engineering for Automated Driving Sensors at Automotive Division of Infineon Technologies. He heads an engineering team responsible for system & semiconductor product definition and customer design-in support for Radar, LIDAR and Time-of-Flight sensors in automotive, consumer and industrial applications, including signal processing and software development.

    Before that he served for 5 years as Head of Application Engineering for Tire Pressure Monitoring and Wireless Control product lines and for 7 years as the program manager for automotive Remote Keyless Entry RF-CMOS transmitters, receivers and transceivers.

    His technical background in system engineering, digital satellite communications and later signal processing on mixed-signal automotive ASICs gathered in 4 years at Dialog Semiconductor and 6 years at Joanneum Research in Graz provides him even today inspiring ideas.

    Dr Matic holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and PhD of Graz University of Technology, Austria.

  • Stefan Milz

    Technical Lead & Valeo Expert (Machine Learning) Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH

    Experienced Technical Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the research automotive industry. Skilled in Applied Mathematics, Sensor Fusion, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and LiDAR. Strong program and project management professional with a Doktor (Ph.D.) focused in Physics from Technical University Munich.

  • Ronald Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers Apex

    After several executive positions in B2B Sales and Marketing, Dr.-Ing. Ronald Müller 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 Imaging industry. With a team of currently 6 co-workers Vision Markets has already supported over 50 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. Ronald is also a jury member of the innovation award of the bi-annual Vision trade show in Stuttgart.

  • Thomas Müller

    Director Marketing Automotive ams AG

    Thomas Mueller began his semiconductor industry career in 1995 when he joined the MEMS microsystems group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).  

    In 2000 he joined ams AG working on magneto sensor technology, later heading a sensor interface design group in ams’ automotive business unit. From 2008 to 2014 he was the program manager for automotive full custom ICs (ASICs) at ams. In 2014 he took over the Business Line Mobility Sensors. Being responsible for cross-business line marketing activities in the consumer, automotive and industrial area in 2016/17 he is now heading the marketing team for the Business Line Automotive.

    Mr. Mueller, holds a doctorate degree in Physics from ETH Zurich and several patents in microelectronic technology. Mr. Mueller is a citizen of Germany.

  • Ali Osman Ors

    Director, AI and Machine Learning, Automotive Microcontrollers and Processors NXP Semiconductors

    Ali has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry specializing in video and vision processors and enablement design, he is currently with NXP’s Autonomous Driving Lab,  setting strategy for NXP’s Vision, Machine Learning and AI solutions for Autonomous systems. Prior to joining NXP’s Automotive Microcontrollers and Processors unit Ali was VP of Engineering for CogniVue Corp. and in charge of the R&D teams delivering the Hardware and Software for vision and AI SoC solutions and the APEX Cognition Processor IP core.

  • Bastjan Prenaj

    Co-founder & Growth Eyeware

    Bastjan is the Co-founder and business development responsible of Eyeware, executing their mission to enable cars, robots, and other smart machines to sense human attention and interact naturally based on 3D Eye Tracking.

    With a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, he has previously served as the Global Business Development Manager and Technical Project Manager of a groundbreaking electric city bus system (ABB TOSA) built from scratch in less than 22 months and currently deployed in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 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.

  • Erich Smidt

    Executive Director Europe Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.

    Erich Smidt has over 20 years of experience working with remote sensing instrumentation in the aerospace, meteorological and mining industries. He has worked for Teledyne, Trimble, and Leica Geosystems and joined Velodyne LiDAR in 2015 to lead operations in Europe. Velodyne Europe GmbH is located in Rüsselsheim, Germany near Frankfurt, and are building up staff to support their work in the European Automotive sector. This includes hiring applications and technical support engineers.

  • Willard Tu

    Senior Director, Automotive Xilinx

    Willard Tu is a Senior Director at Xilinx, where he leads global business development, product planning, and marketing strategies for the company’s automotive business. Tu has spent over two decades at the axis of the semiconductor, automotive and computing industries. He was previously at Arm, where he evangelized CPU IP and developed ecosystems to support Arm's growth in automotive. At NEC Electronics, (now Renesas), Tu led the North American Automotive sales and marketing teams, growing sales to over $150 million. Tu holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

  • Giri Venkat

    Technical Marketing, Automotive and Vision ON Semiconductor

    Giri has been responsible for defining and delivering video processing and analytics solutions across a range of markets from consumer to automotive. He is currently responsible for Image Sensor Technical Marketing for the Automotive Solutions Division of ON Semiconductor. He has been involved with machine vision, graphics and imaging for over 20 years. Giri has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. 

  • Young-Jun Yoo

    Head of Strategic Planning for R&D Nextchip

    Young-Jun Yoo is in charge of strategic planning for R&D and Sales at Nextchip. He manages all plans that apply to the company’s roadmap both at a technology and product level. He also specifically oversees business development and product marketing for the automotive business (OEM&Tier1) in Europe, America, Japan, China and Korea. Furthermore he is in charge of partnership PJT with global partners, image sensor, SoC, memory and solution/IP provider etc., developing new business models.

    Mr Yoo is highly-experienced having managed overseas sales in a past carrier, as well as fulfilling the role of General Manager of a semiconductors company where he handled image signal processors & de-interlacer for display.

    Young-Jun Yoo has a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering.