COMING SPRING 2024 | HUNTINGTON PLACE, DETROIT
AutoSens Detroit 2023 Speakers
A leading line-up of distinguished influencers and specialists at the forefront of ADAS and autonomous vehicle technology joined us in 2023
Dr. Paul McManamon
At Rivian, Abdullah leads development of cutting-edge sensors for ADAS and Autonomy applications. His team is responsible for the design, signal processing, vehicle packaging, and compute/network architecture for both exterior and in-cabin sensors. This work ensures that Rivian’s vehicles are equipped with the most advanced technology, enhancing safety and the overall driving experience.
Before joining Rivian, Abdullah made significant contributions to the field of autonomous vehicles by leading the development of multiple sensor technologies at Lyft’s self-driving division. Additionally, he led engineering for long-range imaging radars at Metawave a technology that enables perception for L4 robotaxis and Autonomous trucks. Previously, he worked on wireless technologies at Qualcomm and was part of the team that enabled the first 5G deployment.
EVP and GM of Vision
Mr. Abhay Rai, Executive Vice President and General Manager of indie Semiconductor’s Vision business unit, is responsible for developing embedded vision processing, perception and sensor fusion solutions for automotive applications. Mr. Rai has been a leader in expanding the Company’s sensing portfolio through accelerated internal development and inorganic growth. Prior to joining indie in January 2021, Mr. Rai was the Global Vice President of Product Marketing for Visteon, responsible for new product development, introduction, and expansion into the automotive electronics and electrification market. In 2017, he was Head of Automotive Sensor Marketing for Sony, and before that held the position of Director of Sales and Product Marketing for Automotive Imaging. While at Sony, Mr. Rai was pivotal in forging new paths for the Company within the automotive industry, and is especially noted for several design wins for camera solutions in ADAS and automated driving vehicle platforms. Before that, Mr. Rai held various roles within Aptina, which was acquired by Onsemi in 2014. He went on to establish market leadership for the company as the head of Technical Marketing and Solution Architecture for Automotive Image Sensing. Mr. Rai earned his MSEE from Colorado State University and an Executive MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Mr. Rai has lived and worked in five different countries and holds nine global patents.
Research Engineer of Advanced Networking and Electrical Architecture
Ford Motor Company
Head of Autonomous Driving and Software Engineering
Director of Product and Business Development for LiDAR
Application Engineering, Electronic Applications
VP of Product
Based in Cepton’s Detroit office, Mr. Moretti oversees Cepton’s ongoing product development to drive business growth across automotive and smart infrastructure markets. He holds Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Indiana in Energy Systems Engineering and Business Administration, respectively.
CTO / Co-Founder
Byron is the leading expert and primary inventor of Ground Positioning Radar. He is a cofounder and CTO of GPR where he leads technical development internally and with the company’s industry partners. He has been building robots, developing sensors, and automating vehicles for over 25 years, including automating several military vehicles that were deployed in Afghanistan. As lead of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory program that invented the GPR technology, he captained the development and testing of this novel safety system. He holds a range of technology patents and has won an R&D 100 award as one of the top inventors worldwide. Byron has engineering SM and SB degrees from MIT.
Director RF mmWave Design
Director of Engineering, Automotive
Teledyne FLIR LLC
System Architect In-Vehicle Networks
Mr. Christian Liebl joint Continental in August 2016 as an electrical engineer developing automotive display solutions incorporating touch displays and SerDes links. In parallel he finished his master studies in electrical engineering and high frequency technology at University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg, Germany. In 2019 he took over the responsibilities of the EE development of a high-definition touch display as technical project leader EE. Since 2022 he is part of the In-Vehicle Networks team within Continental Automotive Technologies. This predevelopment group focuses on the development, evaluation, and standardization of high-speed data network communication systems for future cars.
Owl Autonomous Imaging, Inc.
Clément Nouvel is LiDAR Technical Director at Valeo Group, leading supplier in the field of Safety and Automated Driving, and market leader in automotive grade LiDAR sensors. Prior to this position, Clément was Valeo Active Safety Business Development Director and held several positions at Renault-Nissan Alliance focused on innovation engineering and project management, based in France and Asia. He is currently in charge of Valeo LiDAR product development, a global team including functions ranging from Business Development to Engineering and Technology Partnerships. Clément holds a Master’s degree from both Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, as well as an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
VP of Printed Electronics
CHASM Advanced Materials, Inc
Director of Automotive System Solutions
CEO and Co-Founder
CHASM Advanced Materials, Inc
Vice President of Hybrid and Virtual Systems
VP Automotive Sensors
David is responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve sales targets within the Industrial & Automotive market for smartmicro GmbH. David leverages his extensive experience in wireless, radar and the automotive sectors to identify industry trends to inform both the go to market sales strategy and provide input to product marketing regarding product roadmaps focused on the needs of the Industrial and Automotive markets.
Dr. Daniel Morris
Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
Dr. Daniel Morris
Dr. Kevin Lu
VP Product Lines and General Manager
Dr. Kevin Lu
Dr. Kevin Lu is VP of Product Lines and General Manager of Zongmu Technology. He is a veteran of automotive ADAS technologies with 17 years of direct experience in automotive camera systems and 35+ years of R&D and industrialization of cameras, optical imaging and machine vision applications. A prolific innovator with 110+ issued patents and awards including 2018 Automotive PACE Award, he is instrumental in designing and introducing to mass market some of the industry-first ADAS products.
Dr. Paul McManamon
Dr. Paul McManamon
Paul F. McManamon (S’67–M’77–SM’95–F’09) received the Ph.D. degree in physics from The Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1977.,He is an independent consultant and works part-time as the Technical Director of the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. He worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, from 1968 to 2008. His primary work with the Air Force Research Laboratory was in electrooptical sensors. He was Chief Scientist for the Avionics Directorate, Wright Lab, for more than two-and-a-half years. He was a Senior Scientist for infrared sensors for five years. He was Chief Scientist of the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, from June 2005 to May 2008.,Dr. McManamon was on the SPIE Board of Directors for seven years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007. He was the President of SPIE in 2006. He was primary author of “Optical Phased Array Technology,” which received the IEEE W. R. J. Baker Award for the best paper in any IEEE refereed journal or Transactions. He is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Military Sensing Symposia, MSS.
Sr. Partner & Principal Analyst at VSI Labs. Contributor to EE Times
Egil has over 40 years’ experience in the high-tech and automotive industries. He is currently a senior partner and principal analyst at VSI Labs. VSI is unique with its applied research and technical insights derived through its own test vehicles and provide perspectives, insights and analysis of ADAS/AD technologies via its portal service. Egil is also a contributor to EE Times and has written nearly 100 articles since June 2020. Egil’s recent research has been focused on autonomous driving technologies and use-cases, software-fined vehicle segments and BEVs. He has extensive experience in technology forecasting, market forecasting and competitive analysis. Egil was co-founder of Telematics Research Group, which was acquired by iSuppli in 2008. IHS acquired iSuppli in 2010. He worked for IHS Market until mid-2020 as research director of automotive technology. Egil was Chairman and co-founder of Future Computing, an information service company that was the leading market research and product testing company for the PC industry. Future Computing was sold to McGraw-Hill. He remained president of the company’s StoreBoard unit for several years following a private placement. StoreBoard tracked the sales of PC products and was later sold to Ziff-Davis. Previously, he was with Texas Instruments where he was a strategic and product planner for microprocessors, minicomputers and PCs. He has written columns and papers for technology publications and has made presentations, seminars and lectures in the USA, Asia and Europe. Egil has made over 750 papers, reports and conference presentations in the last 35 years. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Egil is a life member of IEEE.
The Technology Partnership
Since joining TTP, he has worked on the mechanical integration of novel optical systems for autonomous vehicles with ambitious start-ups and multinational corporations. As well as the mechanical design of complex systems from diagnostics machines for life science applications to lasers suitable for HUDs. Ewan’s interests include numerical modelling of complex vibrational systems and novel materials. Ewan holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Business line manager, Automotive Smart Sensors
Vice President of Solutions and Business Development
Gordon Cooper is Product Manager for Synopsys’ AI/ML processor products. Gordon brings more than 20 years of experience in digital design, field applications and marketing at Raytheon, Analog Devices, and NXP to the role. Gordon also served as a Commanding Officer in the US Army Reserve, including a tour in Kosovo. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University
Dr Håkan Sivencrona has worked with safety related applications for automotive since early in the 20th. He has been an international expert in both ISO 26262 and ISO 21448 (Sotif) as well as in TS5083. He is one of the fathers of SEooC concept and SOTIF. He is currently the chief safety manager at ZENSEACT a VOLVO cars subsidiary and working with their strategies for mastering highly autonomous vehicles.
VP of Marketing
CHASM Advanced Materials, Inc
Technical Product Manager
Head of Global Business Development, Automotive
Teledyne FLIR LLC
Hoellisch Consulting GmbH
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.
VP & GM Automotive
Project-Lead Lidar Drive Pilot Level 3
Senior expert Level in multiple disciplines of component functional ownership, from defining requirements to leading ADAS Components to SOP with a proven history of working in the field of advance driving assistant systems. Worked as functional owner of the Lidar Object detection function and Lidar supporting functions. Currently Project Leader for the Lidar Sensor, as Major Part of the Mercedes Benz Level 3 Drive Pilot System.
Senior Hardware Engineer
Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
With his extensive electrical and biomedical engineering background, Kyle Troutt is a dedicated leader of Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America’s Filament Labs Advanced Intelligent Cabin Solutions-Connected Vehicles team. With nearly a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Troutt is on a mission to revolutionize driver and passenger experiences. He works tirelessly to improve safety, the interaction between vehicle occupants and machines, and comfortability within connected vehicles. Troutt holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.
Head of Sensors
Laurent Chanas Phd
Image Quality Expert - Product Owner
Laurent Chanas Phd
Dr Laurent Chanas has been working in image quality assessment and improvement for more the 20 years. He is now head of the image quality assessment solution, named Analyzer, at DXOMARK IMAGE LABS. Previously Laurent worked at DXO Labs, developing image processing algorithms (several international patents) and managed the test and measurement laboratory. Laurent holds a master’s degree from “Ecole Nationale de l’Electronique et ses Applications” as well as a PhD thesis in Image Processing.
Senior Product Manager
Lionel Bennes, PhD, serves as Senior Product Manager for AVxcelerate products at Ansys. Lionel has more than 10 years of experience in Optical and Real Time simulation, mainly in the Automotive and A&D fields. He has overseen the design and development of Headlamp and Sensors products, leveraging a unique combination of real time rendering techniques combined with physics based optical simulations.
Matt Daley is Operations Director at rFpro – the leading simulation environment for the development and testing of ADAS, autonomous vehicles, vehicle dynamics and human factor studies. His passion for his work encourages the team to push the boundaries of simulation, ensuring rFpro continually develops how the real world is modelled for its customers. Matt’s earlier career was spent within world championship-winning F1 teams, including Ferrari and McLaren, where he honed his skill for applying fundamental engineering principles to solving important technology challenges. As part of rFpro’s expert team, Matt has enabled companies to make use of simulation in a wide variety of applications, from OEM vehicle dynamics, Tier1 sensor and system developments, through to world leading motorsports championships.
Director of Product
Director of Technical Marketing
Dr, Neil Poole currently holds the position of Chemistry Fellow, working in Henkel’s Automotive Electronics Materials Application Engineering Group. He is responsible for supporting all of Henkel’s electronics materials product portfolio, specializing in working with key global customers. Neil graduated with his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since then, he has held a variety of positions both in the general chemicals R& D gaining several patents. For the last 30 years he has been working with electronic materials, he has authored multiple papers on such diverse topics as heterogeneous catalysis, PCB cleaning, printing surface mount adhesives, solder joint reliability and underfills.
Additional co-speaker Brianna Braham is an Application Engineer in Henkel’s Automotive Electronics division. She began her career in July 2020 in Henkel’s PRISM Rotational Program for the industry’s top talent and has since specialized in ADAS and e-Mobility material solutions. Prior to joining Henkel, Brianna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from West Virginia University.
Field Applications Engineering Manager
Senior Manager of Technology Trends and Insights
Sr. Technical Product Manager, Radar Systems
Paul Dentel is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Ambarella focusing on radar systems. He has been working with frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar systems for the majority of his career, including productizing the first 77GHz RFCMOS devices. Paul graduated from the University of Cincinnati with Masters degrees in Digital Design and Business Administration. He is currently responsible for the business development of Ambarella’s Oculii™ radar technology. He is most passionate about enabling high performance imaging radar to create a safer autonomous future for society.
Senior specialist autonomous vehicles
Paul is an accomplished product leader with over 14 years of experience in automotive technologies. He is adept at leading product management, go-to market, pre-sales, systems engineering and strategic partnership teams. He has incubated and launched several new sensing and perception products globally. He is currently a Sr. Specialist for Autonomous Vehicles at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Prior to AWS, Paul held various roles ranging from co-founder and managing director of a successful start-up to managing and leading new product development teams at Aptiv PLC and Xperi Corp. in Automated Driving and Cockpit Technology domains. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.”
Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
Prof. Philip Koopman is an internationally recognized expert on Autonomous Vehicle (AV) safety whose work in that area spans over 25 years. He is also actively involved with AV policy and standards as well as more general embedded system design and software quality. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and run time monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He was the principal technical contributor to the UL 4600 standard for autonomous system safety issued in 2020. He is a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon University ECE department where he teaches software skills for mission-critical systems. In 2018 he was awarded the highly selective IEEE-SSIT Carl Barus Award for outstanding service in the public interest for his work in promoting automotive computer-based system safety. In 2022 he was named to the National Safety Council’s Mobility Safety Advisory Group. He is the author of the books: Better Embedded System Software (2010), How Safe is Safe Enough: measuring and predicting autonomous vehicle safety (2022), and The UL 4600 Guidebook (2022).
Pier Olivier Hamel
Director of Marketing, LiDAR
Senior Image Quality Engineer
Pierre Yves is a senior image quality engineer in DXOMARK’s camera team. He joined DXOMARK 5 years ago after he completed Masters in Engineering specializing in Optics and Photonics from the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in France. During this time he has overseen the tests of numerous sensors, lenses and smartphones at DXOMARK, using his expertise in Image Quality and the eye of a passionate photographer. He is also a key player in the development of our future camera test protocols, to keep up with ever improving camera technologies and diversifying use-cases.
Director of Engineering
Bowling Green State University
Dr. Qing Tian is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Bowling Green State University where he founded and directs the BG Computer Vision Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University. His primary research interests lie in deep neural network compression, robust neural architecture search, and adversarial AI. His current research in fast and reliable self-driving perception is generously supported by the National Science Foundation through a CRII Award. Prior to joining BGSU, he conducted research projects in visual detection at Amazon Visual Search. Before his PhD, he worked at Nakisa Inc as a software developer.
LiDAR VP Regional Operations North America
Strategist and Business Developer with strong technical background and 15+ years of international experience in the high-tech industry leading multicultural teams and manage client relations in America, Europe and Asia
VP Business Development and Marketing
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 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (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. Prior to founding WCP, he led Scipher plc through a corporate restructuring as CEO. His professional experience also includes executive roles with NEC, Visioneer and Xerox as well as founding the MIT Media Lab Europe joint venture with the Irish government. He currently serves on the boards of two UK companies, Bango plc (AIM:BGO) and Seeing Machines plc (AIM: SEE). Rudy holds degrees from Yale (BSc and MSc in EE) and Cambridge (PhD in Digital Imaging).
Sai Vishnu Aluru
Advanced Technology Specialist – Camera Autonomous & Automated Driving Technology
Sai Vishnu Aluru
Sai Vishnu Aluru is currently a Feature Integration Engineer – Vision Systems at General Motors (GM). Sai is the Subject Matter Expert for GM’s Image Quality. Being a collaborative, cross-functional Global Autonomous Driving Center’s key team player, he is very much focused towards the ultimate customer satisfaction by developing new methods, simulation models and test equipment for vehicle level testing of Image Quality at GM. Sai’s interests include Tool Scripting, Active Safety Viewing Systems, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Object Recognition, Pattern Recognition, Cyber-Security, and Simulation. He was an Active Safety Performance Engineer – Vision Systems (2015 to 2018) at GM. His innovative approach led to outlining and execution of GM’s Image Quality vehicle level testing strategy. Sai is the technical lead on Image Quality for multiple industry-first vision systems related features. He has 10+ US patents in viewing systems, pattern recognition, object recognition. Sai got his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University, a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Swami Vivekananda Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Computer Applications and a Diploma in Multimedia.
Sani Ronen serves as a leader in the product group at Arbe, he has over 26 years experience in various semiconductors and systems companies. Sani experience includes expertise in Phased Array and Air born Radars, RF and Communications accumulated from his service in Microchip , Microsemi, Radwin, Siemens and the IAF. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel and a Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
Senior Manager, ASD Technology and Product Strategy
Sergey Velichko is responsible for technology and product development for the Automotive Sensing Division at onsemi since 2007. He has worked before in various teaching and R&D positions at the KPI, Micron Technology, and HP. He authored and co-authored more than 50 publications and 45 issued and pending patents. His interests include intelligent sensor technology and product strategic development, novel imaging pixel architectures, and innovations in imaging sensor designs. He is a Senior IEEE Member.
Lead ADAS Platform Architect
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.
Srinivasa S Guntur
Staff Functional Safety Engineer-Electrical Architecture
Srinivasa S Guntur