Industry Experts at AutoSens in Detroit

A leading line-up of distinguished influencers and specialists at the forefront of ADAS and autonomous vehicle technology joined us in 2022

Clement Nouvel

LiDAR Technical Director

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.

Dr. Eiichi Funatsu

VP of Technology

Dr. Eiichi Funatsu has been in the image sensor field more than 25 years and has a wide range of experience
from image sensor design, wafer process, algorithm to camera systems. He received Ph.D degree in electrical
and electronical engineering from Tokyo University, Japan, in 2005. He joined OmniVision Technologies Inc.
in 2012. He is currently VP of Technology in the CTO Office. His team is responsible for defining the image sensor
technology roadmap, studying imaging systems for direction setting, introducing new technologies to the
company and making product concepts using new technologies.

Harvey Weinberg

Harvey Weinberg

Director of Sensor Technologies
Microtech Ventures

Harvey previously worked at Analog Devices, a broad line semiconductor company, for 25 years. During the most recent 10 years, Harvey served as Division Technologist for the Automotive Business Unit, principally working on long-time horizon technology identification and early technology development as it pertains to automotive applications. Harvey’s prior roles at ADI have been System Application Engineering Manager for the Automotive Business Unit and, before that, leader of the Applications Engineering Group for MEMS inertial sensors. Harvey has developed 14 US patents in technologies varying from ultrasonic airflow measurement, to inertial sensor applications, to LIDAR systems. Before ADI, Harvey worked for 12 years as a circuit and systems designer specializing in process control instrumentation. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Miriam Schiffermann

Senior Application Engineer
Image Engineering

Miriam Schiffermann holds the German ‘Diploma of Engineering’ in Photo Technology and joined Image Engineering in 2015.
While she supports the whole bandwidth of the Image Engineering products, she is specialized on the surveillance and automotive applications as well as on test chart evaluation and development.

She is actively involved in the IEEE SA P2020 Automotive Image Quality Working Group and in the IEC 62676-5 that describes data specifications and image quality performance for video surveillance systems in security applications.

Allen Lin

Allen Lin

Technical Specialist – Driver Monitoring, Night Vision, and Interior Camera Systems
GM Global Technical Center

With 30 year of automotive experiences in passive and active safety systems. The passive safety components include airbag crash sensors, seat belt tension sensor, seat weight sensor, occupant classification with personalized restraints, seat belt controller, engine fire suppression & prevention. The active safety components are Driving Monitoring System (DMS) with attentiveness and drowsiness detections, Interior Viewing Camera (IVC) for video streaming, In-Cabin Radar Sensing (ICSR) for child left behind, Occupant Monitoring System (OMS), and In-Cabin Monitoring System (IMS) to optimize the vehicle safety, user experience, and security performance. The future project is to integrate and fuse the exterior vision and radar based sensing data to DMS to predict and provide the potential inattentive driver for driving safety.

Chris Van Dan Elzen

EVP, Radar Product Area

Chris Van Dan Elzen is Executive Vice President of the Radar Product Area at Veoneer. He has been with the company since 2016 and previously held
the positions of Vice President of Product
Planning and Managing Director of the GM
Business Unit. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of project execution, profitable growth, and full ownership of the P&L. Chris has been working in the area of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems since 1997, and operating in a global capacity for the past 25 years and has a strong history of leading teams to develop and launch advanced features including cameras, radar, LiDAR, and communication systems, amongst others.

Sergey Velichko

Senior Manager

Sergey Velichko worked in various teaching and R&D positions at the KPI, Micron Technology, HP, and, starting in 2007, at the ON Semiconductor (former Micron Imaging and Aptina). 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, pixel modeling, and innovations in automotive imaging sensor designs. He is a Senior IEEE Member.

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 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. 

Juergen Hoellisch

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

Dr. Paul McManamon

Technical Director
Lidar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI)

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. 

Tony Gioutsos

Director Portfolio Development Autonomous Americas

Mr Gioutsos has been involved with Automotive safety systems since 1990. After receiving both his BSEE and MSEE (specializing in Communications and Signal Processing) from the University of Michigan, Mr Gioutsos worked on Satellites and Radar Imaging for Defense applications before joining Takata. He has been a consultant for various companies in areas such as Biomedical applications, gaming software, legal expert advisory, and numerous automotive systems. Mr Gioutsos is currently “Director Portfolio Development for Autonomous Americas” for Siemens PLM where he has continued to define active safety algorithm testing requirements. He has been awarded over 20 patents and presented over 100 technical papers.

Dr. Sos Agaian

Distinguished Professor
College of Staten Island, CUNY

Sos Agaian is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the Graduate Center/CSI, CUNY. Dr. Agaian was a Peter T. Flawn Professor of the University of Texas at San Antonio. His recent research focuses on computational vision, artificial intelligence, multimedia security, multimedia analytics, and cancer screening. His research sponsors include DARPA, NSF, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, NIJ, and private industry. He is a highly cited scholar and ranked top one in the field of image quality and multimedia analytics, assessed in 2022 by Google Scholar. Over 45 Ph.D. students have completed their Ph.D. thesis under his supervision, and his work has led to over 750 articles, 10-books, 19 book chapters, and he holds over 56 American and foreign-issued or pending patents/disclosures. Several of Agaian’s IP is commercially licensed. 

Charles Kingston

Charles Kingston

Senior Imaging Application Development Engineer

Charles Kingston has been involved in the machine vision and automotive imaging fields for over 25 years with experience ranging from camera design to application engineering.  The past 11 years he has worked for CMOS image sensor companies Aptina, ON Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics in application engineering roles supporting automotive T1s and OEMs in their development of all types of automotive camera systems.  Since joining ST in 2021, he has focused on the emerging and rapidly expanding automotive in-cabin application space which includes driver monitoring, occupant monitoring, child presence detection, video chat and face ID.  Charles holds a BSEE from Michigan Technological University. 

Dr. Dave Magee

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Texas Instruments

Dave has worked in advanced research and product development for over 25 years. His first position was in the DSP R&D Center working on advanced control and sensing algorithms for hard disk drives. In 2010, he helped start the motor group in Kilby Labs, where he led the development of InstaSPIN motor control algorithms. Since that time, he has developed advanced heart rate tracking algorithms for wearables, signaling and sensing solutions for optical measurement systems (e.g. LiDAR), classification algorithms for command recognition systems, battery monitoring algorithms for EV and advanced ultrasonic lens cleaning solutions for cameras.  

Pierre Yves

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.

Patrice Roulet-Fontani

Patrice Roulet


Patrice is co-founder of Immervision where he leads the engineering team, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of Immervision’s technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of wide-angle imaging technology in numerous industry verticals. He is an IEEE Senior Member who has spoken at various conferences and co-authored multiple publications and patents and holds a master’s degree in image processing in computer graphics.

Abhay Rai

Senior Vice President
indie Semiconductor

Abhay Rai was formerly VP of Product Marketing for Visteon Corporation and prior to that Director of product marketing and innovation at the Automotive Innovation center of Sony Electronics San Jose CA. Abhay has extensive experience in automotive sensing and systems. Abhay started his career as analog designer for low power, low noise human interface sensors that touch millions of hands every day. Abhay has worked in 5 different countries and managed many design system teams. Abhay received MSEE from Colorado State University and Executive MBA from University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of business.

Mark Costin

Distinguished Functional Safety Engineer

Mark Costin is a Functional Safety Engineer at NVIDIA responsible for safety analyses of autonomous driving. He has been involved in the development of ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety,” in the US TAG and international working group since 2010. Mark is currently one of 7 technical experts representing the US for ISO TC22/SC32/WG8, which is responsible for ISO 26262 and ISO 21448, “Road Vehicles – Safety of the Intended Functionality.” He is also international lead for Part 10 of ISO 26262 and for annexes C & D for the 2nd edition of ISO 21448, which is currently under development. He is the US lead for ISO TC22/SC32/WG14, which is creating ISO/PAS 8800 to enhance functional safety for automotive systems developed using AI/Machine Learing. He is also active with IEEE P2846 and UL 4600. Previously, Mark chaired the SAE J2716 SENT Task Force.

Boyd Fowler


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. After Pixel Devices was acquired by Agilent Technologies, Dr. Fowler was responsible for advanced development of commercial CMOS image sensor products. 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. After Fairchild Imaging was acquired by BAE Systems, Dr. Fowler was appointed the technology director of the CCD/CMOS image sensor business. He has authored numerous technical papers, book chapters, and patents. Dr. Fowler received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990 and 1995 respectively.

Dr. Peter Kovacs

Production SVP

Péter Tamás Kovács is currently Senior Vice President at aiMotive, a company developing artificial intelligence technologies for self-driving cars. He joined AdasWorks (now aiMotive) in 2016 as senior algorithm researcher, then taken over the AdasWorks part of the ambitious Volvo DriveMe project. Before he has been working at Holografika from 2006, and served as CTO of the company from 2009 to 2015, where he has developed proprietary technologies in 3D visualisation, including the real 3D light-field display product line HoloVizio and related technologies.
He received MSc degree in Computer Science from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and a PhD in Signal Processing from Tampere University of Technology. He has served as Program Committee member for numerous international IEEE conferences. He has been the Head of Delegation to MPEG for Hungary. He is the author or co-author of three book chapters, 25+ scientific papers, and has been a speaker / exhibitor at 20+ scientific and industrial events. 

Markus Willems

Senior Product Manager

Markus Willems is Sr. Product Manager for Synopsys’ DSP solutions. He has been with Synopsys for more than 20 years supporting various system-level and functional verification products. He has worked in the electronic design automation and computer industries for almost 30 years in a variety of senior positions, with a focus on signal-processing solutions. Prior to Synopsys, Markus was Product Manager at dSPACE, Paderborn, Germany. Markus received his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) and M.Sc (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University of Technology in 1998 and 1992, respectively. He also holds a MBA (Dipl.Wirt-Ing) from Hagen University.

Walter Zimmer

Research Assistant

M.Sc. Walter Zimmer is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-time Systems of Technical University of Munich (TUM), where he has been also working as a research assistant since March 2020. He received his B.Sc. from the Cooperative State University (DHBW) and his M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2018, where he also worked as a research assistant. During his studies, he was involved in different projects in Perception and Autonomous Driving. His current research interests are mainly 3D object detection and simulation for autonomous driving.

Warren Smith

Director of Perception
Insight LiDAR

Warren Smith brings to Insight LiDAR experience leading cross-functional teams at both Uber Advanced Technologies Group and Aurora Innovation. As a signal processing and perception expert, his teams spanned both hardware and software to define requirements, engage sensor teams, evaluate sensors and develop autonomy software. As Director of Perception for Insight LiDAR, Smith works with company partners to integrate its ultra-dense, data-rich point clouds into their autonomy software. Additionally, Smith works with Insight LiDAR’s core development team to hone the flexible, chip-scale platform to meet the needs of key partners. Smith holds a master’s in Machine Learning from the University of Arizona, a master’s in electrical engineering-signal processing from USC and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering with a minor in economics from Brigham Young University

Vish Rajalingam

Lead AI Solutions Architect

Vish (Viswanathan) Rajalingam works for Multicoreware Inc. as a Lead AI Solutions Architect. Vish leads client projects in the Autonomous & Automotive business unit alongside driving innovation in sensor fusion and radar perception software for autonomy. Vish has hands-on experience building sophisticated Perception stacks for Autonomous Robots. Prior to joining Multicoreware Inc, Vish worked as a Senior Researcher at the Samsung Innovation Center in the Bay Area, California. Vish has previously designed AI solutions for Medical Imaging Pipelines. He graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. Vish presently resides in Chennai, India.

Daniel Shwartzerg

Director of Automotive System Solutions

Daniel brings more than 25 years of experience, predominantly within the semiconductor industry. Prior to Valens, he was Director of Marketing at TranSwitch, and has also held positions in project management and engineering at Mindspeed Technologies, Comverse Network Systems and Ford Motor Company. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Electrica

Amine Smires

Director Autonomous Systems
CS Group

Amine Smires has more than 15 years of experience in Systems and Software Engineering in high tech industries including Aerospace, Defense and Automotive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University and an Executive MBA from McGill University, where his focused on how to create value by developing innovation through collaboration. Since joining CS Canada in 2007, Amine has occupied various senior positions in Engineering, Project Management and Business Development where he was a key player in building the Automotive business from the ground-up. Amine is currently responsible of the Autonomous Systems Engineering and innovation group and his focus to contribute to improving the safety and security of the Autonomous driving industry. He is also involved in various local scientific committees that aim to develop collaborative and academic innovation projects.

Pulin Desai

Vision & AI Product Marketing & Management

Pulin Desai is group director of product marketing and management in Cadence’s IP Group. He is in charge of product marketing, management and business development of the company’s Tensilica® Vision DSP and AI IP product line. Vision and AI IP provides highly programmable, high-performance, low-power solutions for the embedded vision and AI applications in mobile, AR/VR, automotive, and surveillance camera markets. Desai brings more than 30 years of semiconductor marketing experience to his role. He has worked in the DSP, microprocessor, graphics, flat panel, image processor and sensor markets in product marketing/management and applications engineering capacities. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

Peter Votruba-Drzal

Director, Global Research and Product Development, Automotive, Industrial, and Mobility
PPG Industries

Peter leads global research and product development activities for PPG’s automotive OEM and industrial coatings business units. Peter joined PPG in 2005, after a one-year post-doctoral position at Northwestern University and two years as a materials researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. During his career at PPG, he has served in multiple technical and technical management roles in the areas of pretreatment, electrocoat, adhesives, sealants, acoustic coatings, decorative coatings, functional coatings, silica materials, Teslin® products, and composites.

Don Tibbitt

Technical Marketing Director

Don Tibbitt is an organic chemist with over twenty years of experience synthesizing, formulating, and compounding UV, visible, and Infrared Dyes. After holding positions at Dupont and AstraZeneca, he joined Epolin where he serves as Technical Marketing Director. Epolin is a global leader in optimizing near-infrared and visible light transmittance in plastic parts, films, adhesives, and coatings.

Dr. Alexandra Mueller

Research Scientist

Alexandra Mueller is a research scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. Mueller joined the Institute in 2017 and conducts research on the usability and safety of driver assistance technologies and driving automation. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Guelph and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at McMaster University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Anil Mankar

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer

Anil Mankar has spent 40 years developing products in the semiconductor industry. At Western Digital, Mr. Mankar developed PC core Logic chipsets. During his years at Conexant Systems Inc. in the position of VP of Engineering, he developed multiple products across industry segments and later became the company’s Chief Development Officer overseeing all product development for V92 Modem, DSL, Set-top boxes, PC audio, and video ‘System on a Chip’ products. Mr. Mankar was SVP of VLSI Engineering at Mindspeed Technologies, responsible for Wireless and VOIP infrastructure product development.

Joel Pazhayampallil

Founder and CEO

Joel Pazhayampallil is the founder and CEO of – a disruptive AV startup developing groundbreaking 4D Predictive Perception software. Prior to BlueSpace, Joel was the co-founder of (now part of Apple self-driving program). He is an AV industry pioneer who has led the launch of autonomous vehicle services in Texas, California, and Florida. He was a key contributor to General Motors’ SuperCruise highway autonomy technology and is a graduate of the Stanford AI Lab. Joel was also named in 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30, Enterprise Technology and Big Money

Federico Collarte

Founder and CEO

Federico Collarte is the Founder & CEO of Baraja, where his role has evolved from co-inventor and engineering lead to a position of setting the overall vision for Spectrum-Scan™ technology, the company direction, and keeping a keen emphasis on product strategy. Federico was born and raised in Lima, Peru where he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering at UPC. He then moved to Australia and obtained a master’s degree in Innovation and Technology Management from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Jason Marks

ADAS and AV Business Development Manager

Jason Marks is an Autonomy Business Development Manager from NI, who’s worked in Autonomous Vehicle Software development and LiDAR hardware development for the last five years. Jason has architected test strategies for automotive car makers (OEMs), Tier 1 suppliers, and semiconductor organizations, and specializes in testing “black box” machine-learning based systems.

Amit Mehta

Head of Innovation
North American Lighting

As the Head of Innovation in Silicon Valley at North American Lighting (NAL), A Koito Group Company, Amit works with startups, Tier 1s, and OEMs to find partnerships/investments in adjacent and transformational areas that can contribute to vehicle safety through the evolution of lighting. Prior to this, Amit lead the technical marketing department in Michigan for NAL. Before joining NAL he held positions at Bosch Automotive and Power Tools and McDanel Advanced Ceramics.
Amit is host of the podcast ‘Mobility Now!’ with 1500 subscribers and founder of Sunnyvale Sensor Fusion Meetup which hosts monthly meetups and has over 1500 members.

Dr Zoran Jandric

Engineering Director
Seagate Technology

Zoran Jandric received his Ph.D. in mechatronics and has worked in many areas of macro-, micro- and nano-mechanical systems and photonics for over 20 years. At Seagate, Dr. Jandric has led the development of photonics integrated systems for heat-assisted magnetic recording drives for over 10 years. Of recent, Dr. Jandric has been working on developing new sensor technologies, including LiDARs, that utilize a lot of the core competencies Seagate possesses in the areas of Optoelectronics, mechanical precision systems, and manufacturing excellence. He also holds over 30 technical patents and numerous technical publications.

Aybars Kizilay

Radar System Engineer
Konrad Technologies

Aybars Kizilay is an experienced automotive radar engineer and has been working at Konrad Technologies headquarter in Germany as radar system engineer since 2018. Aybars is responsible for development of radar test system. He particularly works on radar target simulator software & system, as well as its applications for testing & verifying 76-81GHz Automotive Radar Sensor. After BSc degree from University of Liverpool, he also received Master’s degree from Dortmund University in embedded system. He is passionate to work in state-of-art automotive radar sensor in development of future mobility.

Senthil Seetharaman

AV Advanced Engineering
MOBIS Technical Center of North America

Senthil has 16 years of experience on Automotive Embedded Software development on Concept to Code to Deployment. He now leads Systems and Process at Advanced Development in Mobis Technical Center of America, Michigan.

Pierrick Boulay

Senior Analyst, Photonics and Sensing Division
Yole Developpement

As part of the Photonics, Sensing & Display division at Yole Développement (Yole), Pierrick Boulay works as Market and Technology Analyst in the fields of Solid State Lighting and Lighting Systems to carry out technical, economic and marketing analysis. Pierrick has authored several reports and custom analysis dedicated to topics such as general lighting, automotive lighting, LiDAR, IR LEDs, UV LEDs and VCSELs. Prior to Yole, Pierrick has worked in several companies where he developed his knowledge on general lighting and on automotive lighting. In the past, he has mostly worked in R&D department for LED lighting applications. Pierrick holds a master degree in Electronics.

Shane McGuire

Principal Systems Engineer, Systems Architecture

Shane has spent his recent career developing sensors for autonomous driving applications and currently serves as the lead System Architect for Cruise. Prior to that he led development efforts for camera systems at Cruise and was involved in that space at Waymo as well. Shane spent his early career in the aerospace industry developing components for naval radar systems as well as government and commercial imaging and communications satellites. He currently lives in northern California with his wife Melody and their daughter Aurelia and can often be found racing bikes or tinkering in his garage.

Paul George

Director, Product Management, Computer Vision Technologies and Edge AI, Automotive

Paul is an accomplished product leader and inventor with over 11 years of experience in automotive technology. He is adept at leading product management, system and software engineering, program management and strategic partnership teams. Prior to Xperi, 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 Robert Bosch and Aptiv PLC in ADAS and Cockpit Technology domains. He worked in multiple geographies and markets including India, Germany and USA, and has led global multi-cultural teams with representations from US, Latin America, Germany, Poland, Romania, India, China and Japan.

Kevin Vander Putten

Director of Business Development

With more than ten years of experience in the automotive industry as an engineer and tech leader, Kevin has gained extensive knowledge and technical expertise working with advanced automotive sensors for autonomous driving and ADAS applications. Prior to joining Cepton, Kevin spent over 10 years at General Motors where he led engineering efforts in testing and integrating autonomous vehicle radars, acoustic sensors and articulators. His previous roles focused on electrical engineering at companies including Schenectady and Siemens.

Sunny Lee


Sunny Lee is COO at StradVision, a South Korean tech company pioneering AI-based camera perception software for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Sunny is responsible for business development and global operations in South Korea, United States, China, India, Germany, and Japan. Prior to her current role, she was a Naver Labs’ mobility product owner. Her previous roles also include Senior Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney, the management consulting leader based in Chicago, and Senior Manager at LG Electronics’ San Diego office in the Enterprise Solutions division. She has spoken and presented at numerous auto and tech events including Flex-KPMG Automotive Summit and Autotech Council. Sunny is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she received her MBA.

Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald

Strategy Analytics

Mark Fitzgerald, Director, supports strategic analysis, research and forecasting for Strategy Analytics’ Autonomous Vehicle Service (AVS). Mark’s 20+ years of automotive experience includes: competitive market analysis, forecasting, and consulting in the areas of automotive electronics and sensor applications in ADAS and automated driving, powertrain control, passenger safety, and vehicle information systems. Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Mark headed the Global Automotive Technology Group at IHS Markit and was a Marketing Analyst for Stoneridge/Pollak, a Tier one automotive supplier of electronic sensors and switches.

Dan Viza

Head of Automotive Business Development
Vayyar Imaging Ltd

Mr. Viza has over 25 years’ experience leading corporate strategy, managing multi-disciplinary marketing and technical teams, and heading global business development for high-tech companies. He spent 15 years establishing and managing international operations, sales and business development at Motorola Inc.. He went on to lead 10 productive years at Freescale Semiconductor where he defined company strategy and led new automotive and software technologies to commercial launch. Before joining Vayyar, he served as Head of Global Product Management – RF Heating Products at NXP Semiconductors.

Divya Agarwal

Robotics Engineer

Divya is an Experienced Software Engineer and Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the self-driving car industry. She is passionate about education, tech and women in tech. Previous roles include Microsoft and Delphi.

Moritz Antlanger

System Architect
TTTech Auto

Moritz Antlanger holds a Ph.D. in physics from TU Wien and Université Paris-Saclay. He joined TTTech Auto in 2016, where he currently works as a System Architect for AD. His focus lies on developing concepts for fail-operational architectures essential for higher levels of automation. In this context, he also participates in the “Safety & Architecture” working group of “The Autonomous”.

Simon Verghese

Director of Sensor Systems

Arunesh Roy

Senior Director, Advanced Applications and Perception

Dr. Arunesh Roy leads the definition of the feature set and performance specifications for automotive radar signal processing algorithms used in ADAS and autonomous driving solutions. He and his team develop new radar system concepts and signal processing algorithms, such as for multi-target tracking and the fusion of sensor domains. Dr. Roy has architected several Uhnder products used today in automated driving, ADAS, traffic monitoring and traffic surveillance systems. He is well-known for his work on automated methods for extrinsic calibration of sensors with dissimilar resolutions, such as radars, cameras (EO and IR), as well as sensor fusion and SLAM  for multi-sensor data collected from UAVs.

Michael Woon


Prior to Retrospect, Michael Woon, worked as a senior automotive safety consultant at kVA and as an advanced powertrain controls engineer in GM’s hybrid and electric vehicles group. He has an engineering and entrepreneurial passion for bringing clarity to organizations, helping them identify their own risks, and allowing them the freedom to appropriately create their own solutions. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Liang Downey

Digital Advisor, Energy, Mobility and Sustainability Customer Transformation, Microsoft Industry Solutions, Chair, IEEE USA Women in Engineering

Liang leads the digital transformation for clients helping them adopt digital technology to achieve business outcome, through customer experience design, employee engagement, next gen operations, and future re-imagination. Liang is the chair for IEEE USA Women in Engineering, former advisor to IEEE Technology Engineering Management Society, member of the IEEE Energy Policy Committee. She holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Dirk Seebaum

Business Unit Manager

Dirk has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Hanover, Germany, a PHD in Laser Material Processing, University of Hanover, Germany, and received an MBA from WHU, Vallendar, Germany and Kellogg School of Management, Evansville, USA. He has held various positions in R&D (laser technology) and Sales & Marketing (sensors, manufacturing equipment); in addition to General Management roles in factory and process automation. He has a vast industry experience in semiconductor, electronics, logistics and automotive.

Paula Jones

ibeo Automotive USA

Paula Jones, who specializes in growth and strategic initiatives for new-to-market technologies, brings over 25 years of automotive experience to her current role as President of Ibeo Automotive USA. Her experience taking new technologies from concept to serial production, managing growth in an organization, and understanding customer requirements provides Jones with a unique understanding of the path to Lidar widespread adoption. Prior to opening the office for Ibeo in North America in 2019, she held several positions at Gentherm, the global technology leader for thermoelectrics, holding roles in the areas of corporate strategy, global business development, and business unit leader. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Christine Sparks

Senior ADAS and AV Business Development Manager

Christine Sparks is an ADAS/AV Business Development Manager from NI, who has worked in automotive software validation for the last five years. Christine has architected test strategies for automotive car makers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers and specializes in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) validation for ADAS systems.

Steve Baker

Technology and Product Development

Kristofer Carson

Manager of Applied Research

Kristofor Carlson received his PhD in Physics from Purdue University. Kristofor spent four years as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Irvine where he studied spiking neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, and neuromorphic systems. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories for two years where he studied uncertainty quantification and neuromorphic computing. Kristofor has worked for the past four years as a research scientist at Brainchip where he develops and optimizes neuromorphic and machine learning algorithms for deployment on Brainchip’s latest neuromorphic system on a chip, Akida.

Kristen Vilcans

Ubicept Manager

Kristen thrives in decomposing and communicating complex systems challenges, having served as a principal investigator and systems architect in DoD and mobility domains, as well as a design thinking instructor and advisor. Kristen is a System Design and Management Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has previously earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering from Cornell University. In 2020, she was MIT SDM Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Systems Thinking, the highest level of recognition awarded by MIT System Design and Management.

Soshun Arai

VP of Strategy

Partha Goswami

Senior Manager of Technology Trends and Insights
General Motors

Partha Goswami has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, with a background spanning product development, R&D, planning and a variety of business assignments in brand strategy and capital management. As senior manager of technology insight in Global Product Planning, he is responsible for identifying evolving technology trends, exploring future implications and cascading recommendations to leadership within the company. Mr. Goswami speaks at industry forums on emerging trends and future of automotive industry. In addition to chairing SAE’s Vehicle IoT (VIoT) working committee, he is also engaged in advisory capacities with organizations like LA Automobility, IQPC, George Washington University etc. He holds a Ph.D. Applied Mechanics from Iowa State University, an MBA from University of Michigan and has a certification as foresight professional from University of Houston.

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