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George Francis Hotz, alias geohot, is an American hacker known for unlocking the iPhone, allowing the phone to be used with other wireless carriers. Since September 2015, Hotz has been working on his own AI startup called comma.ai. Hotz has built a working self-driving 2016 Acura ILX, which he demonstrated on the I-280 in a video.
John Eggert has more than 20 years of international experience in program management and sales and marketing management of products for the automotive industry, including automotive interiors and passive safety components and systems. His curiosity about the trends and technologies that will upend the automotive industry in coming decades led him to Velodyne LiDAR in 2015.
Christopher Heiser is co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a Silicon Valley technology company focused on the challenges of Autonomous Mobility on Demand (AMoD). He has built his career taking disruptive technologies to market; his previous roles include pioneering the camera phone (LightSurf), creating groundbreaking consumer products (IDEO) and building massively scalable global software systems (VeriSign). Mr. Heiser received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon where he designed and built autonomous vehicles and exoplanet rovers. He successfully led teams in robotics competitions to multiple world championships, and at IDEO he helped win the inaugural Sandhill Challenge.
Wolfgang Juchmann, Ph.D. has more than 16 years of international experience in technical sales, product management and business development of high-tech products for a variety of applications. Wolfgang became more involved with autonomous vehicles and perception sensors for ADAS and level 4 autonomy as Director of Sales and Marketing at Velodyne LiDAR. Since January 2016 he has expanded his expertise at AutonomouStuff to also include radar, vision and ultra-sonic sensors, real-time 3D data fusion middleware, fully by-wire controllable Autonomous Development vehicles and recently, modular software algorithms for advanced autonomous driving tasks.
Jur van den Berg is a founding employee of the start up Otto, which started in the beginning of 2016 to develop technology, software, and infrastructure for self-driving trucks. Otto was recently acquired by Uber, where Jur is now officially a senior staff engineer. Jur has expertise in a broad range of subjects in robotics, but his core expertise and main subject area in his academic and industrial career of almost ten years has been motion planning, most recently with a specific focus on self-driving vehicles.
David Silver leads the Self-Driving Car Team at Udacity, which is launching a nine-month program to train engineers to work in the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to Udacity, David was a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company. Before Ford, David worked in engineering and product roles at Candidate Metrics, mSpot, and AOL. He has an MBA from Stanford University, and a BSE in computer science from Princeton University.
Ted Graham is the head of Open Innovation at General Motors where he helps identify partnerships that will help build new forms of mobility including autonomous and connected vehicles. He is also the former Innovation leader at PWC and a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.
Karen Tay is Singapore’s Smart Nation Director covering North America. She is experienced in policy, strategy, engagement and regulation across a variety of public sector domains. Prior to her current job, she worked in Finance, Education and the Prime Ministers’ Office, and has been a speechwriter and adviser to Singaporean Ministers. She is passionate about deploying technology for public good and writes at www.techandpublicgood.com.
Elliot is Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Connected and Self-Driving Car Practice. In that role he advises automakers, tech companies, and municipalities on regulatory, policy, and privacy issues pertaining to these types of vehicles. Elliot regularly speaks and writes on self-driving car issues and has recently been quoted in articles on this topic in The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, Bloomberg, Yahoo Finance, TU Automotive, Law360, and eSecurity Planet.
Lead marketing for NVIDIA's Automotive Business Unit, delivering solutions to automakers for self driving cars, infotainment, digital instrument clusters, rear seat entertainment and advanced driver assistance systems.
Doug Davenport founded Prospect Silicon Valley, a nonprofit urbantech innovation hub bringing startups and product teams with government agencies to accelerate innovation in transportation, energy and environment. As the founding CEO, he advised numerous clients and partners from product use case to commercialization, and built a program that has produced over $140M in investment and $50M in public financing for emerging technology field trials and early adoption.
Will directs the Arup Americas Transport and Mobility Business out of San Francisco where he also leads the local Planning Practice. An engineer by training, he applies his technical background to site, campus, corridor, and regional planning efforts. He is at the forefront of rapidly emerging urban mobility trends and technologies, advising public and private sector clients on the implications of autonomous vehicles, smart mobility, shared-use concepts, and technology-enabled mobility services.
Mark Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle, writing regularly for The Guardian, Backchannel, Recode, MIT Technology Review and IEEE Spectrum. He has broken many stories about self-driving vehicles, including exclusives about Google, Apple, Uber, Otto, Tesla, Zoox, Atieva, Faraday Future, Sidewalk Labs, and Optimus Ride. Most recently, one of his public records requests for Backchannel triggered Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber. In 2014, he was Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and in 2015 he won the AAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award.
Josh Hartung is the CEO and Co-Founder of PolySync, the company that is building an operating system on the forefront of the autonomous car movement. Josh started PolySync because of insights he developed while working with some of the world’s most accomplished automated driving teams—including OEMs and suppliers in automotive, agriculture, mining, military, and UAVs.
Automated Driving, R&D leadership Energy storage (for automotive and stationary applications), control systems, combustion, CFD simulation, ab-initio simulation, MEMS. Passion for autonomous vehicles, machine learning, renewable energy, electric vehicles, high-performance computing, aerospace.
Daryn serves as the CTO of Mighty AI, a Seattle-based startup that delivers the training data companies need to build computer vision and natural language models. Daryn has worked in a variety of technical roles in the Internet/Web industry for the past 20 years. Prior to cofounding Mighty AI in October 2014, he led engineering teams at several companies, including Spam Arrest, Eyejot, TeachStreet, Amazon and Porch.
Stefan Seltz-Axmacher is CEO and Founder of Starsky Robotics. The company is backed by Y-Combinator, Trucks.vc, Data Collective, Joe Montana, the founders of Access America and many other top tier investors.Prior to founding Starsky Robotics; Stefan worked with a number of Silicon Valley, partnering with innovators in logistics, innovation, and much more. He holds a degree in International Business from Drexel University.
Kartik Tiwari is the CTO and co-founder of Starsky Robotics. He has a background in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and previously was the CEO of UpDroid, a consumer robotics startup.
Self-driving cars industry is one of the most emergent areas of AI. Deep Learning is widely used there, as well as GPU computing. Multiple technology companies and startups are developing different approaches to AI, sensing, safety, simulation, and so on.
Our communities care about the science and software engineering going into SDC. The first SDC technology conference is appropriately hosted in the Silicon Valley, the home of Google, Uber, Tesla, Nvidia, and other pioneers and leaders of SDC.
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