Dr. Damien Schroeder

Project Manager Camera Systems

BMW Group

Damien Schroeder studied electrical engineering and information technology both at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, and Supélec, France. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree from TUM at the Chair of Media Technology, the topic of his doctoral thesis being multi-rate video encoding with HEVC. Since 2017, he is a project manager for camera systems with the BMW Group, leading projects in research, pre-development, as well as series development.

Raj Vazirani

Director of Radar
Camera and Global Electronics Engineering ADAS and AD
ZF Group

Raj obtained his Bachelor in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, before he started his professional career in the Telecom industry in 2003 until 2012. Since 2012 Raj worked for Continental AG, Germany, where he held various Leadership positions with increasing responsibility, last one being Director of Camera Products and Computer Vision. Raj is currently working at ZF as Director of Radar, Camera Products and Global Electronics Engineering.

Ionut Dinulescu

Senior Director of Engineering

Ionuț Dinulescu is Sr. Director of Engineering at Xperi, running the In Cabin Monitoring software team. His work is focused on the definition and implementation of the DTS AutoSense product.
Ionut has been with Xperi for over 11 years, leading the development of image processing technologies integrated in mobile and automotive products. Prior to Xperi, Ionut worked as an embedded software engineer in a top semiconductor company.
Ionut got his Bachelor of Science (2005) and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering (2010) from the University of Craiova.

Cristina Dragan

Thermal Analyst Expert

Cristina’s experience is in thermal management of different electronic control unit cooling solutions for different environment conditions. She has several patents and published articles related thermal studies she was involved so far. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Faculty at the University Politehnica Timisoara, Romania and currently she is enrolled for PhD in Thermal Optimization for Electronic Control Units in Automotive Industry.

Jordi Vila-Planas

Optical Engineer

With over 10 years of experience in contactless biometric devices Jordi joined Nextium last April as Innovation Supervisor in Biometrics & In Cabin sensing. He obtained his PhD in the field of Point of care diagnostics, after that he moved to UAE for a postdoc at the New York University campus. Once back in Barcelona Jordi joined Ficosa (Tier 1) as responsible for the optical quality of the ADAS cameras. Afterwards he was in charge of the ADAS’ advanced engineering department for new product development. 

Christophe Lavergne

Image Sensor and Processing Expert

Christophe Lavergne joined RENAULT in 1991, where he worked on driver’ drowsiness detection.
In 1999, he joined upstream ADAS department of RENAULT to develop a laboratory of “image sensor and processing” dedicated to the specification, the characterization and the validation of the “Environment Perception Function” of camera sensor and camera system for machine vision application.
Since 2019, he has also been participating in the P2020 Standard Committee.

Frank Schweickhardt

Head of Test Field NVH
Mercedes-Benz AG

Frank Schweickhardt is head of Sound & Isolation, Thermodynamics and Air Routing at Mercedes Benz Cars Research and Development.
In addition to his functional responsibilities, the vision of a full digital E2E process from product design to customer experience drives him. His work covers a wide range of experiences in automotive development. It includes chassis development and electrification of steering systems to enable automated steering of the Mercedes-Benz fleet, as well as the lead of the Mercedes-Benz test center for acoustics & vibrations, aero- and thermodynamics. 

Jessica Gasper

Acoustic Engineer
Mercedes-Benz AG

Jessica became a master of audiology and hearing aid technology in 2013. She has done research for jet engine acoustics with the German Aerospace center and worked with the German Navy on new concepts for marine acoustics.

She worked at Apple with a focus on user studies and spatial audio before joining Mercedes-Benz in 2016. Her work covers a wide range of acoustic approaches, from beamforming with multichannel microphone arrays to mic and speaker development, human perception and audio AI. 

Yuichi Motohashi

Automotive Image Sensor Applications Engineer

Yuichi Motohashi received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical engineering from the Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He joined Sony corporation, Tokyo, Japan, in 2008, where he worked for development and industrialization of CMOS image sensors, especially automotive applications. He is now responsible for the technical marketing at Automotive Semiconductor which as part of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Europe.

Boyd Fowler

OmniVision Technologies 

Dr. Boyd Fowler joined OmniVision in December 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in July 2017. Prior to joining OmniVision, he was co-founder and VP of Engineering at Pixel Devices, where he focused on developing high-performance CMOS image sensors.  In 2005, Dr. Fowler joined Fairchild Imaging as the CTO and VP of Technology, where he developed SCMOS image sensors for high-performance scientific applications.  He has authored numerous technical papers, book chapters, and patents. 

Bill Latino

Vice President, Worldwide Business Development
indie semiconductor

Bill is a seasoned business development and sales executive with over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining indie in 2020, Bill spent 15 years developing markets and building strategic customer relationships for a number of successful startups and businesses. Bill’s experience also includes leading and managing global account sales organizations for both Altera and Xilinx.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and has completed Negotiations and Mergers courses at the Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Jun Pei


Dr. Jun Pei, CEO & co-founder of Cepton, is a serial entrepreneur and technologist in optics and electronics. He developed the first optical and acoustical combination technique in semiconductor thin film measurement and holds numerous patents in metrology. Before Cepton, he founded AEP Technology to develop advanced 3D instruments and pioneered parallel computing in interference microscopy. Previously, he worked as a senior scientist at KLA-Tencor and led the engineering team at Velodyne.

Rudy Burger

Managing Partner
Woodside Capital Partners

For over 25 years, Rudy Burger has worked with computer vision, digital imaging and embedded camera technologies as a founder, operating executive and advisor. He has developed both a deep technical expertise and an awareness of market opportunity dynamics in these sectors that he leverages to guide his clients towards strategic successes. He currently focuses on the ADAS sector and has written several industry research reports to profile the leading and emerging technologies and outline the market landscape. Rudy is the Managing Partner of Woodside Capital Partners and works with growth stage technology companies to execute local and cross-border M&A transactions and private placements. 

Junko Yoshida

Editor in Chief
The Ojo-Yoshida Report

Beyond 11 years of international experience in a Japanese consumer electronics company, Yoshida cut her teeth as a roving reporter in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Paris, New York and more lately in China to find exclusive/breaking stories and write incisive analysis. Her contacts and professional experiences are truly global and multi-cultural (and multi-lingual). Her focus has been in consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductors, in emerging technologies and intellectual property, with a working knowledge of how business strategies enable companies in these areas succeed and go global.

Ziv Livne


Ziv Livne is the CBO at TriEye, where he is part of the founding team that achieved a mass-scale technological breakthrough in record time, creating a giant leap in automotive safety. He has vast experience in R&D, product, and business development. Ziv was also an Investment Director at Grove Ventures, where he managed several investments in cutting edge technologies. Ziv holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and an MBA from TAU.

Mohammed Islam

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan

Mohammed Islam has a B.S. degree, M.S. degree, and Sc.D. degree, all in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.  From 1985-1992 he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Advanced Photonics Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1992, where he is currently a Full Tenured Professor. 

Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun

Professor of Physics
University of Applied Sciences, Duesseldorf

Alex has over 20 years of experience with optical technologies. 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. 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, and will share his enthusiasm for optics and cameras with you.

Shashank Dabral

Sr Systems Engineer
Texas Instruments

Shashank is a recognized industry leader with 18+ years of experience leading projects in imaging/CV related technologies focusing on HW/SW algorithms and IP design. In his current role he is leading the system architecture effort for the DLP Automotive Exterior lighting group within TI and is responsible for the road-map definition and innovation. Shashank has over 30 patents/patent applications, and is on the advisory board of the of the AutoSens conference

Pier Paolo Porta

Senior Marketing Manager

Verena Ihring

Senior Product Manager Interior Monitoring Systems

Verena Ihring is Senior Product Manager for Interior Monitoring Systems in the area of Cross-Domain Computing Solutions. Since 2020, she has been responsible for product and partnering strategy, innovation management, market and competition monitoring, and communication content within the product area. She studied industrial engineering with a focus on international management at the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim. After graduating, she  then completed her master’s degree in technically oriented business administration at the University of Stuttgart. She rejoined the Bosch Group as Technical Sales Manager within the Junior Managers Program. 

Hoang-Phi Nguyen

Product Owner


Hoang-Phi Nguyen has been working in the imaging field since 2003.
He worked at DxO Labs on projects such as Analyzer (image quality measurement solutions), lens/ISP codesign and the DxO One camera.In 2018 he joined DXOMARK consulting team as expert on image quality analysis and camera systems.
He now holds the position of Product Owner in the Analyzer team.

Oliver Hupfeld


Oliver is founder and CEO of Inno-Tec innovative technology GmbH; a boutique software manufacturer for complex software projects in the area of enterprise software, software development for automotive (in car) systems and consulting all around the software development processes. The Inno-Tec GmbH is also tier1b for premium German Automotive OEMs.
Since 20+ years he is taking care about good software architecture and the delivery of small, medium and large software projects in time and budget. Oliver is also co-founder and member of the management board of Inno-Xperts GmbH.

Matan Nurick

Director of Product Management

Matan comes to Arbe with extensive experience developing radars and EW systems. Prior to Arbe, Matan led Radar development projects at Elbit Systems and in the Israeli Air Force. Matan holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a B.A. in Physics and a M.E in System Engineering from the Israeli Institute of Technology.

Valentina Donzella

Associate Professor University of Warwick

Dr Valentina Donzella is an inspiring and award-winning expert in automotive sensors. As well as leading the ADAS & HAV Sensor subgroup in AESIN, Dr. Donzella is the director of WMG’s MSc and Degree Apprenticeship in Smart Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. She has 12 years of academic and industrial experience, with over 50 papers published to date. Dr Donzella experience has resulted in receiving a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship on camera sensors (2020-22).

Armin Engstle

Main Department Manager Dynamic Ground Truth System

AVL Software & Functions

After starting his career at BMW, Armin joined AVL Software & Functions in 2011 being responsible for Vehicle and Hybrid Controls Software. From 2015 to 2018, he led the ADAS / AD Controls and Software Department at AVL before joining Zenuity from 2018 to 2020. Since June 2020, Armin is back at AVL, taking over the Product Management for DGT Perception Software and managing the newly founded AVL Sensor Lab at Roding/Bavaria.

Firat Sarialtun

Segment Manager
ams Osram

Firat Sarialtun has been working in the automotive semiconductor and sensor industry since 10 years, and has global experience with automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers. Since 2020 he has been responsible for building the In-Cabin Sensing segment for IR Illuminators at ams-OSRAM which includes LED and VCSEL based solutions. He holds a MSc. degree from TU Munich.

Andrew Richards


Codeplay Software

CEO and Co-founder of Codeplay, a pioneer in GPU acceleration. Andrew researched and developed early GPU compiler technology, and founded Codeplay in 2002. As well as being CEO and Co-founder of Codeplay Software Ltd, Andrew is also the Chair of the Software working group of the HSA Foundation and former Chair of the SYCL™ for OpenCL™ sub-group of the Khronos Group. Today, Codeplay is a world-leading specialist in heterogeneous computing technology, now working on artificial intelligence and safety for self-driving cars.

Jann-Eve Stavesand

Head of Consulting

Jann-Eve Stavesand heads dSPACE Consulting and supports customers worldwide on defining test strategies for complex E/E systems and on overcoming challenges in development of safety-critical systems.
He was involved in the development of ISO 26262:2018 with a focus on software and processes and is currently involved in the standardization of Safety Of The Intended Functionality (SOTIF). His special focus is on testing and quality assurance of automotive software and systems, including the approval and homologation of these complex functions.

Igor Susmelj

CTO & Co-Founder


Igor co-founded Lightly – an ETH Spin-Off based in Zurich that is working on a novel data curation platform. Before, he worked for two years in the innovation lab of a financial institution as a software engineer. Igor holds a degree in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich. During his studies, he developed a lot of experience in machine learning and robotics and had multiple successful publications in the area of deep learning.

Matthias Schulze

Vice President, Europe & Asia

Matthias Schulze is Vice President, Europe and Asia at Algolux. Schulze, an ADAS veteran with over 20 years of management experience, most recently served as VP, Technology Management at Visteon. Prior to that, he spent over 29 years at Daimler AG.. Mr. Schulze has a long record of collaboration with the European Commission, the German Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology and of Education and Research, the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport in Japan as well as the US DoT. 

Sébastien Teysseyre

Marketing Manager
ST Microelectronics

Sébastien Teysseyre graduated from the engineering school of Physics and Chemistry from Paris, holds a Master of Science in Instrumentation and has been in the imaging business for more than 20 years. . Then, Sébastien Teysseyre joined Teledyne e2v, animating a team of Marketing and Technical experts to drive new product & markets investigations. His latest focus is on automotive application and he joined the Imaging Division of STmicroelectronics in 2019 to focus on deploying the most advanced imaging technologies to the automotive ecosystem.

Dengxin Dai

Group Leader, Vision for Autonomous Systems Group
MPI for Informatics

Dengxin Dai is a Senior Researcher at MPI for Informatics and head of the “Vision for Autonomous System” Group. He is also a Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich and leads the research group TRACE-Zurich working on Autonomous Driving. He and his team focus on developing robust perception algorithms under all weather and lighting conditions. His work on semantic scene understanding under fog and at nighttime has gained quite some traction. He is also the editor for the IJCV special issue “Vision for All Seasons”, and the Area Chair of multiple major computer vision conferences.

Ridon Arifi

PhD Student

Ridon is currently working with AUDI AG while pursuing a PhD in the field of automatic headlamp calibration & vision based depth determination using existing & integrated vehicle components. He has studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and his master’s thesis included implementation of new lighting based assistance functions for pixel lighting systems. He has more than a year of experience in the field of testing of ADAS for autonomous driving.

Benjamin May


During his studies at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald for theoretical physics he started to work in ADAS space for automotive in parallel starting in 2005. He graduated in 2007. In the last ten years a wide spectrum of different projects and roles were taken over to support multiple OEM and advanced projects where a camera sensor was usually involved. In these ten years the evolution from simple to more complex systems was part of the activity to be prepared for the upcoming challenges of the future.

Juergen Hoellisch

Hoellisch Consulting
Juergen has an extensive success record in Application, Sales, Product Definition, Business Management and Product Marketing including set-up and management of offices around the world. He is a Strategic Advisor and Executive Management Consultant to international OEM, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers with special focus in Asia. He has a strategic Focus on Sensors technology (Radar, Ultrasonic, Camera and Lidar) and Sensor Fusion technology (Domain Controllers) for Autonomous Drive Level 2 to Level 5. Juergen’s key Application focus is: Driver Assistance Systems (Ultra Sonic Park Assist, Radar, Camera Systems), Infotainment, Autonomous Valet Parking, Cyber Security.

Filip Geuens


Filip Geuens is CEO of XenomatiX, a Belgium-based company focusing on laser-based automotive vision.
Filip graduated as a mechatronics engineer at the university of Leuven, Belgium and also holds a master degree in Operations Management of KULeuven.
He spent his entire career in optical metrology. In his previous role he was CTO of Nikon Metrology, one of the 6 business units of Nikon.
Early 2015 Filip gave up this position at Nikon to build and grow XenomatiX.
Today, the company is interacting with all key players in the European automotive market on surround sensing for ADAS and autonomous driving.

Gerhard Steininger

Senior Manager

Gerhard is a Senior Manager at Deloitte where he is running transformation projects at the interface between the Automotive E/E product development and IT. Key technology topics he is covering regarding latest regulatory requirements are ADAS, Vehicle Cyber Security and ML/AI algorithms. Parallel to customer projects he initiated a project on sensor degradation to help national authorities on future fleet monitoring. Before joining Deloitte he was a Director at Dassault Systemes. He holds a physics master degree of University of Munich. 

Frederic Chave

Director of Product Management
Frederic Chave is Director Product Management & Business Development ADAS Sensors & Smart Corner, located in Marelli Automotive Lighting Torino, Italy since 2018. With over 20 years of experience in the Automotive industry, he first joined the Sales team of Marelli Automotive Lighting in 2015, as Customer Director for Japanese OEMs, based in Shin-Yokohama.
In previous roles held at TE Connectivity, Frederic’s career evolved from Development Engineering to Global Sales positions, based in various locations in Canada, United States, Germany and France locations.
Frederic holds a Mechanical Engineer degree from ENI Tarbes, France, specializing in Polymers.

Alex Leuta

Business Development Manager

Amr Abdelsabour

Director of Product Management
Since his graduation in 2009, Amr has been working in the field of ADAS and autonomous driving for over 12 years. After his master’s degree from the university of Paderborn in Germany, Amr worked in several companies in the automotive industry such as dSPACE, Audi and Continental. During his time there, he has had various roles in all stages of autonomous driving development from algorithm development of ADAS functions and sensors to the project management of full ADAS projects. Today, Amr is working in Avelabs LLC since 2019 as a product line manager for the ADAS Sensing System, AutoHears.

Mike Phillips

Team Lead
Siemens Digital Industries Software

Mike Phillips has worked in the field of computer graphics for the past 15 years, specifically concentrating on physics based rendering using ray tracing. For the past four years Mike has worked at Siemens where he leads the physics based sensor simulation team for Simcenter Prescan. Mike’s current focus is on creating a high fidelity, multi-spectral light simulation engine which can be used to simulate a wide variety of automotive sensors.

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