Autonomous Technologies Conference
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Monday, June 27

8:00am PDT

Registration Open
Monday June 27, 2022 8:00am - 6:30pm PDT

9:00am PDT

Day One Opening Remarks
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Willard Tu

Associate Vice President, Marvell Technology

Monday June 27, 2022 9:00am - 9:05am PDT

9:05am PDT

The Road to Mass-Market Autonomy: What Sensors Will We Need, and Why?
In this presentation, Roger Lanctot will look at the likely road to mass-market autonomy and examine the challenges to achieving L4 operation, as well as his assessment of where will see it first in volume. He’ll also share the Strategy Analytics assessment of how the light duty vehicle market in 2030 will split out by level of automation. After this scene has been set, Roger will then look at the what the likely sensor suites that will be required are, both for low-level (ADAS to L2) and high-level (L4+) operation. This will include his opinion on one of the current hot-topic questions: can we do this with cameras alone?

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Roger Lancot

Director in the Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics
As a Director in the Global Automotive Practice, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws more than 30 years’ experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist, and... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 9:05am - 9:30am PDT

9:35am PDT

Driving Connectivity for the Autonomous Future
Dynamic, adaptable and ultra-reliable connectivity is mission-critical for tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles. While vehicle data is exploding, not all data should be treated equally. OEMs will need to take control of network and service management to define appropriate configurations and policies for handling each category of data. The convergence of public and private 5G networks plus the use of multi-access technologies will pave the way for a new era of connectivity visibility and control.

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Matt Price

Vice President for Cisco’s Subscriber Engineering and Mobility, Cisco
Matt Price is Vice President for Cisco’s Subscriber Engineering and Mobility. Matt and his accomplished team innovate and operate the technology and solutions that propel the 5G and Mobile IoT networks. Matt leads the engineering team in building and developing IoT software on prem... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 9:35am - 9:50am PDT

9:55am PDT

Real-World Level 4 and 5 Service Deployment, Learnings and Technology Development Today and Tomorrow
Since September 2019, mobility-as-a-service company, Beep, has safely transported more than 50,000 passengers in the largest and longest-running autonomous shuttle network at one location in the United States, connecting residential, commercial, retail, recreational and medical services. With additional service implementation across Florida and other states, Yellowstone National Park, leading smart city Peachtree Corners in Georgia (where it’s been working with the city on cellular vehicle-to-everything – C-V2X – technology leveraging smart infrastructure) and more, the company’s real-world learnings and data are unique in the industry. Hear from Beep’s Chief Technology Officer, Clayton Tino, on technology evolution, platform development, highlights and the business case for autonomous shuttle service today – as well as a peek into the future.

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Clayton Tino

Chief Technology Officer, Beep, Inc
Tino is talked with defining and managing Beep’s product strategy, technology development and delivery. He has extensive technology experience in platform design and software development. Prior to joining Beep, Tino established and ran the Managed Cloud Platform organization for... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 9:55am - 10:20am PDT

10:20am PDT

Monday June 27, 2022 10:20am - 10:35am PDT

10:35am PDT

10:55am PDT

Vibrations - Augmenting the AD Perception Stack
This presentation will cover how optical fiber can detect moving objects in real time as well as a variety of different transportation related applications from AD, ADAS, traffic routing, parking, and more.

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Simon Lee

Managing Director, Fiber Sense
Simon has over 25 years of experience investing in and building private market growth businesses with a deep focus on information technology, data communications, and energy companies in the US, Western Europe, Asia and the MENA region. He has been in partnerships that managed, in... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 10:55am - 11:20am PDT

11:25am PDT

Inertial Sensing in Autonomous Applications – Lab vs Real Life Performance
Autonomous Driving boosts inertial sensing technology development whose AD-related Figures of Merit have been often derived for aviation and defense applications. In case of potential performance gaps, more cost cautious AD-systems may not contain corresponding backup sensors. This presentation discusses real life position and perception sensor alignment performance comparing different grade MEMS-IMUs. System designers and product marketers will be suggested why datasheet comparison only may not be adequate.

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Pekka Kostiainen

Senior Business Development Manager, Murata Electronics
Pekka Kostiainen is a Senior Manager, Business Development of Mobility in Murata Electronics North America. His role is to support and find solutions to OEM and Tier1 customers’ AD/ADAS IMU-challenges in the measurement, integration and manufacturing using Murata’s resources and... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 11:25am - 11:45am PDT

11:45am PDT

Sensor Technologies for Advancing Autonomous Mobility
Ryan McMichael, Director of Sensors and Systems Engineering for Advanced Hardware, discusses the latest innovations in sensor technology for autonomous mobility, and the challenges and opportunities this technology presents as autonomous vehicles, and specifically robotaxis, continue to move towards commercial deployment.
This presentation will cover:
  • The role real world scenarios and interactions play in sensor selection and placement.
  • What opportunities are present for sensor technology to continue to support the development of autonomous vehicles.
  • Current sensor system challenges and potential solutions.
  • The importance of sensors in functional safety.

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Ryan McMichael

Director, Sensors & Systems for Advanced Hardware, Zoox
Ryan McMichael is the Director of Sensors and Systems Engineering for Advanced Hardware at Zoox. He’s been at Zoox for over 5 years, and as part of his current role he enjoys leading engineering teams to specify, design, build, and test sensors for Zoox’s autonomous vehicle platform.Prior... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 11:45am - 12:05pm PDT

12:05pm PDT

Lunch Break
Monday June 27, 2022 12:05pm - 1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Sensors Lightning Talk: Debunking the Image Sensor Myths
From drones and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to machine vision and medical applications, image sensors have propelled a wide use of image data across numerous market segments. The right choice of image sensor determines accurate inspection, depth sensing, object recognition, and tracking. This necessitates the right selection of image sensors best suited for the application.  
This session will focus on some of the misconceptions associated with image sensors.
Takeaways include:
  • No one size fits all.
  • Larger pixel is not always equal to better performance.
  • Industry collaboration is key to power tomorrow’s intelligent sensing era.

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Radhika Arora

Senior Director, Product Marketing Automotive Sensing Division, onsemi
Radhika Arora is a proven leader in business development and strategy with an impressive track record of increasing profits and expanding market share. She has had tremendous success in establishing a lasting presence in varied market segments, identifying growth opportunities in... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:15pm PDT

1:15pm PDT

Sensors Lightning Talk: Improved Safety with 3D Thermal Ranging for ADAS/AV Applications
The current de-facto Automotive Driver Assist System (ADAS) sensor suite typically comprises mutually dependent visible-light cameras and radar, but when one of these sensors becomes ineffective, so too does the entire sensor suite. This scenario happens often especially when it comes to pedestrians, cyclists, and animals at night or in inclement weather. We will discuss a novel modality known as monocular 3D Thermal Ranging™ that dramatically improves pedestrian safety to reduce accidents and save lives.  The solution is based on custom HD thermal imaging and innovative AI based computer vision algorithms.  Operating in the thermal spectrum these algorithms exploit angular, temporal and intensity data to produce ultra-dense point clouds (up to 150x that of LIDAR) along with highly refined classification for object detection and identification.

We will discuss how to derive ultra-high-density range maps from a monocular thermal camera running a purpose-built AI CNN and bespoke embedded optics. The resulting new sensor modality provides all the benefits of a thermal camera, including all weather and day/night operation and instant detection of animals and vehicles, while simultaneously delivering a geospatially registered 3D range map of such density that perception stacks may enjoy unprecedented awareness. This new sensor maybe an ideal complement to the ADAS & AV sensor suite where thermal perception is sorely needed and the redundancy of real time imaging and ranging channels will be most welcome to improve the utility, comfort, and safety of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles.

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Chuck Gershman

CEO, President, and Co-Founder, Owl Autonomous Imaging, Inc.
Mr. Gershman has 30 years of technology experience in executive management, marketing, engineering. A serial entrepreneur, Chuck has been on the exec team of 5 startups, 3 of which he co-founded. He has successful exits with company sales to Intel and PMC-Sierra. While CEO of Bay... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 1:15pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Sensors Lightning Talk: The Age of Software Defined Sensors
As we come close to the physical limits of sensing technologies; what do we do next? Welcome to the age of the Software Defined Sensor. At Spartan we are looking to expand the usefulness of Radar by bringing standardization to the data as well as advanced software for resource management. We’re bringing proven radar software algorithms from the aerospace and defense markets to ground mobility, mining, and Ag. The resulting sensor output have far greater resolution and range while achieving this performance on existing hardware and silicon. During this session, Cameron will discuss Spartan’s approach to increasing performance on existing radar sensors through software enhancement and optimization. 

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Cameron Gieda

Vice President of Business Development, Spartan Radar
Born and raised in Northern California, Cameron started his career in factory automation and robotics almost 20 years ago. Having worked for companies such as Keyence, Omron, Emerson and Honeywell, he helped customers solve complicated sensing and safety application with a large range... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 1:30pm - 1:45pm PDT

1:45pm PDT

Sensors Lightning Talk: LiDAR Beyond Automotive
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Steffen Bartschat

Head of Business Development, North America, Blickfeld
Steffen spent two decades running engineering teams to build solutions in technology areas ranging from artificial intelligence, to consumer entertainment and media. More recently, he has been working as a technology scout for global corporates in the automotive and consumer industries... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 1:45pm - 2:00pm PDT

2:00pm PDT

Sensors Lightning Talk: Ultrasonic
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Michael Wittman

Vice President of Marketing, indie Semiconductor
Mr. Michael Wittmann is Vice President of Marketing of indie Semiconductor, responsible for product definition and portfolio planning.Prior to joining indie in March 2021, he was with Intel for nearly nine years serving in a variety of roles including Senior Director of 5G Solutions... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

2:15pm PDT

Monday June 27, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Panel Discussion: Sensors Galore
Sensors generate the gobs of little data that translate into contextual perception, which then allows computers to determine actionable commands for mobility systems. The panel will be a lively debate on sensor innovation. Is it slowing or just beginning. Where are the investment dollars going, and why?
Does the innovation come with a increase price tag? Is there a point of diminishing returns in sensor development? What about the impact to sensor fusion and sensor perception? What does sensor innovation mean for ADAS/AD developers?

Come listen to the experts in the field, learn what is fact and what is opinion.

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Sergey Velichko

Sr. Manager, ASD Technology and Product Strategy, onsemi
Sergey Velichko worked in various teaching and R&D positions at the KPI, Micron Technology, HP, and, starting in 2007, at the onsemi (former Micron Imaging and Aptina). He authored and co-authored more than 50 publications and 65 issued and pending patents. His interests include intelligent... Read More →
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Cameron Gieda

Vice President of Business Development, Spartan Radar
Born and raised in Northern California, Cameron started his career in factory automation and robotics almost 20 years ago. Having worked for companies such as Keyence, Omron, Emerson and Honeywell, he helped customers solve complicated sensing and safety application with a large range... Read More →
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Willard Tu

Associate Vice President, Marvell Technology

Monday June 27, 2022 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT

3:20pm PDT

Presentation: Autoware: The Art of Open Source Reimagines Intelligent Vehicles
As cars become ever more software-first, today’s digital era creates unique opportunities while forcing auto manufacturers to rapidly evolve, and among increasingly complex automotive software developments, autonomous driving stands out from the crowd. The urgent need to develop software-defined vehicles (SDV), in which the value of a vehicle is dominated not by hardware but by software updates of functions and features, has become a major topic of discussion in the automotive industry.TIER IV has developed a full-stack open-source software for autonomous driving capabilities called Autoware together with a cloud-native DevOps environment, which is indispensable for the development of SDV and will soon be available also as an open-source package. In this session, TIER IV will explain why open source is critical in the development of autonomous driving capabilities and our strategy to penetrate this market.

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Shinpei Kato

Founder & CTO, TIER IV, Inc.
Shinpei is an internationally renowned expert in computer science, and a pioneer in the evolution of open-source software for autonomous driving technology.Shinpei was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, where his team created the... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 3:20pm - 3:45pm PDT

3:50pm PDT

Monday June 27, 2022 3:50pm - 4:15pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

VIP Reception Hour
Monday June 27, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT

4:15pm PDT

10% to 20% Autonomous Electric Vehicle Driving Range and EV Battery Pack Lifetime Increases, using an IC Padring Ground Bondpad
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Michael Hopkins

CEO, CurrrentRF
Michael Hopkins is the CEO and founder of CurrentRF, A Utah based research and development company, founded in 2002. Through activities with CurrentRF, Michael developed the RFDAC methodology and Current Reuse Mixer (the CRF2101) in 2002, and more recently, the Power Optimizer (PowerOp... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Opening Reception
Monday June 27, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Tuesday, June 28

10:00am PDT

Expo Floor Open
Tuesday June 28, 2022 10:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Expo Hall

11:00am PDT

Opening Keynote by Adrian Grenier - Technology & Sustainability: Working Together for a Better Future
Adrian Grenier, an environmentalist, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, Investor and star of Netflix’s Clickbait and HBO’s Entourage, will address the role tech has in forging a more sustainable future. He is a leading advocate for integrating sustainability into everyday life. He is also the creator of Earth Speed - a docu-series on environmental innovators who are solving real problems, and the co-founder of the multi-media platform SHFT.COM, an online space for people to connect, acquire, and interact in a more sustainable and conscious manner.

More speaker and session details coming soon!

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Adrian Grenier

Actor & Environmentalist
Adrian Grenier is an accomplished actor, filmmaker, and environmentalist. He is best known for his role as ‘Vincent Chase’ in the hit HBO series & film, ENTOURAGE, and also appeared in films such as DRIVE ME CRAZY, TRASH FIRE, MARAUDERS and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. He's recently... Read More →

Tuesday June 28, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Expo Hall Main Stage

11:30am PDT

Keynote: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
The robots are coming and they’re getting smarter, evolving from single-task devices (think Roomba) into machines that can make their own decisions and autonomously navigate public spaces. From transportation systems, hospitals and the military, to the robotization of our workplaces and households, robots will be everywhere and will increasingly interact with people.
Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI raises new ethical quandaries and challenges legal codes created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine.
Drawing from her recent work exploring humans’ emotional responses to robots, Dr. Kate Darling answers questions like:
  • What happens when robots move from behind factory walls into shared spaces and begin interacting with humans?
  • What opportunities and challenges should we anticipate in the future of human-robot interaction?
  • Where does the true potential of AI and robotics lie, and will robots supplement human ability, or replace it?
  • Why do people treat robots like living things, and why does that matter?
  • What can and can’t robots and AI do?
  • What societal challenges will we face in a future with robots (ethical, legal, social)?
Dr. Darling examines why people fear some robots and empathize with others, while also prompting – and answering – questions about what society’s relationship with these robots could look like in the future. What follows is in part an examination of the technology itself, but ultimately, offers a window into how it’s poised to change the way we relate to each other and our own humanity – and why it matters.

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Dr. Kate Darling

Leading Expert in Robot Ethics and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist
Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert in Robot Ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate explores the emotional connection between... Read More →

Tuesday June 28, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Expo Hall Main Stage

12:00pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

[Main Stage] Autotech Council Startup Review
Autotech Council members meet monthly to evaluate new technologies and get a head start on new mobility and transportation solutions. This session will introduce 3 of our members as judges as they hear pitches from 4 startups and represent a range of mobility segments as they quiz the presenters on their solutions and business models.

Tuesday June 28, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Expo Hall Main Stage

4:00pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Expo Floor Reception
Tuesday June 28, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Expo Hall
Wednesday, June 29

10:00am PDT

Expo Floor Open
Wednesday June 29, 2022 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Expo Hall

11:00am PDT

Main Keynote
Wednesday June 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Expo Hall Main Stage

12:15pm PDT

WISE: Women in Sensors & Electronics Program
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM: Opening Address from Sheryl Ehrman, Don Beall Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM: Panel: Designing for Women’s Health: The Key to FemTech Success
In recent years, Femtech has surged as a way to provide innovative solutions for gender parity in health care. The market has taken notice and it has been predicted that it will be worth $50 billion by 2025. With women-specific health needs and perspectives long ignored, companies large and small are looking at new ways to diversify the product design process, to maximize product development, go-to-market, and commercial success, as well as create new technology to improve overall women’s health.

During this discussion, a panel of women leaders will gather to discuss their thoughts on the future of women’s health, critical factors to incorporate in the design and engineering process, the road to femtech success and beyond, and the many barriers still to break through.

Moderator: Meeta Roy, Director, Strategy & Planning, Peloton

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Sheryl Ehrman

Don Beall Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, San Jose State University
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Meeta Roy

Director, Strategy & Planning, Peloton Interactive

Wednesday June 29, 2022 12:15pm - 1:00pm PDT
Expo Hall Main Stage