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  • 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 Bakhtiar Litkouhi

    Technical Fellow and the Manager of Automated Driving and Vehicle Control System General Motors

    Dr Litkouhi is a GM Technical Fellow and the Manager of Automated Driving and Vehicle Control Systems at General Motors Global Research and Development.  In addition to his current responsibilities, he manages the GM-Carnegie Mellon University Connected & Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab.  Dr. Litkouhi is a board member of Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan. 

    Dr Litkouhi has served as the program manager for several large-scale projects in Autonomous and Intelligent Vehicle Systems and Integrated Vehicle Control, where he has made contributions through numerous publications and presentations.

    Dr Litkouhi has over 100 Records of Invention, including 55 issued patents.  He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Systems Science, specializing in Control.  

  • 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».  

  • Celine Canal

    Senior Project Leader & ADAS Application Engineer Quantel Laser

    Engineer from Institut d’Optique Graduate School (Orsay, France), she has 15 years’ experience in lasers and photonics, including solid-state diode-pumped lasers and high power laser diodes. Her current research interests are pulsed laser diodes and their specific requirements for integration into imaging devices. Initially designed for medical applications, these diodes bears a high potential for low cost distance measurement systems, especially for ADAS. She now holds more than 10 international publications/communications in that area and has been in charge of several work packages in European programs (2012-2019).

  • Ronny Cohen


    Mr. Cohen has 30 years’ experience in the hi-tech industry. He co-founded Comsys, a wireless communication start-up. Comsys distributed about $100M to its shareholders. Mr. Cohen earned a B.Sc. with honors in Physics and Mathematics, and holds twelve patents.

  • 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. 

  • Anand Gopalan

    CTO 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.

  • 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 Systems Engineering, Driver Assistance Systems Continental

    Frank Gruson is currently  Head of Systems Engineering, Driver Assistance Systems at Continental. 

  • Carl Jackson

    CTO and Founder SensL Technologies

    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 has spent over 18 years driving cutting edge technologies from inception to commercialization. Before founding Innoviz, Omer led the system and product definition efforts at ConsumerPhysics, building the world’s first handheld molecular sensor for mobile devices. Previous roles include leading the system architecture and engineering teams at bTendo (acquired by ST Micro) and Anobit (acquired by Apple). Omer spent 7 years in the elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served in leading and critical roles involving large scale technological systems. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John Stockton

    VP of Product AEye

    John Stockton is in charge of overseeing AEye’s product development, working closely with AEye’s technologists and customers to ensure product excellence. 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.

  • Willard Tu

    Associate Editor Sensor Magazine

    Willard Tu is Associate Editor for Sensor Magazine, Questex LLC covering the key trends in the Automotive and IoT industries.  He is also the Sr. Director of Automotive for Xilinx responsible for the global business development, product planning, marketing strategies for the automotive business unit. 

    Willard has spent his career at the axis of semiconductors, automotive, and computing industries for over two decades

    He brings considerable automotive experience from his current jobs and past employers. 

    At ARM he evangelized CPU IP and developed ecosystems to supports ARM’s market share growth in the automotive.

    NEC Electronics he led the sales and marketing teams for the North American Automotive Business Unit (now Renesas).  During his tenure Willard grew sales to over $150 million.  He gained strategic microcontrollers wins in Audio, Instrument Cluster, Airbags and Body with innovative application specific peripherals and system IP.

    During his career, Willard has also worked for other semiconductor companies like Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector (now NXP), and National Semiconductor (now Texas Instruments), as well as a start-up, DSP Concepts selling and marketing into the automotive market as well as the IoT, and embedded markets.

    In his free time, Willard volunteers his time at University of Michigan’s MconneX Alumni program where he participates in Face to Face mentoring to aspiring engineering students.

    Willard holds BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.

    Additionally, in his free time Willard enjoys golf, hiking, basketball, and photography.

  • 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.