Experts Shaping the Future of Automotive
We have brought together experts from accross innovation in automotive technology and disruption. We will be adding to the speaker line-up in the coming months, but take a look at who's already confirmed here:
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company.
Dieter May Senior Vice President Digital Business ModelsView Bio
Dieter May is the Senior Vice President of Digital Services and Business Models. Dieter May joined BMW in May 2014. Dieter has 23 years of experience in global high tech companies, spanning mobile products, large-scale cloud based consumer services and semiconductor technology. Dieter has a track record in scaling, transforming and re-positioning of global businesses.
During his career, Dieter built and managed large scale and high performance teams in the US, Europe, India and China. His portfolio includes setting-up digital consumer services activities in Nokia with more than 200 M active users and focus on emerging markets, connecting the next billion consumers to the internet. Dieter also ran Nokia’s Emerging Businesses Unit and was instrumental in multiple strategic acquisitions. During Dieter's Corporate Strategy leadership with Infineon, the company made significant strides into the systems and solutions business and built the basis for its China activities. Dieter was also turning around one of Infineon’s global business divisions. In addition to his consulting background with Booz, Dieter held management positions with Motorola Semiconductors and IBM.
Peter Kosak Executive Director, Urban Mobility ProgramsView Bio
Peter Kosak is GM executive director of global Urban Mobility Programs, and responsible for implementing the company’s urban mobility initiatives around the world. His team is charged with developing new services, products and partnerships to address new opportunities and challenges associated with the world’s growing urbanization.
Kosak began his GM career in 1986 as an aerodynamics engineer. He has since held various positions in purchasing, engineering, design, product planning and marketing. Recent assignments include global vehicle line executive, large RWD cars and executive director of global advance purchasing, new technology and advanced propulsion within the company’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization.
Kosak holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Jeffrey Massimilla Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, Product CybersecurityView Bio
Jeffrey Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer, Product Cybersecurity for General Motors Company in 2014. This role was expanded from Massimilla’s most recent position as director, vehicle cybersecurity.
Massimilla is responsible for leading the team that is developing and implementing protocols and strategies to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity threats related to the vehicle and vehicle connected services.
Prior to this role, he served as the engineering manager, Next-Generation Infotainment Systems and Integrations. During his time in this role, Massimilla led the development and launch of an entirely new vehicle infotainment system.
Massimilla joined GM in 2001 as a design release engineer, and has held held multiple roles both in electrical and vehicle product program engineering.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Jeff was recently named Vice Chair of the Auto Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), which is focused on further advancing cybersecurity protections within the auto industry.
Jeff lives in Milford, Michigan with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Burkhard Huhnke Senior Vice President, E-MobilityView Bio
In his role as vice-president at Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center (EPC), Burkhard Huhnke encourages innovation in the market, builds relationships with national R&D organisations and liaises with universities.
Huhnke previously served as head of Product Engineering at VW’s Chattanooga plant, leading the product engineering teams for the Passat and mid-sized SUV projects. From 2006 to 2011 he was executive director of VW’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California. His other achievements include helping to initiate the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Center (VAIL) at Stanford University and leading the Autonomous Car Project: Volkswagen Passat Junior.
Huhnke continues to represent VW at the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. He has also been named research fellow at the Global Center for Disruptive Innovation at Hult International Business School in San Francisco Bay, California
Mircea Gradu Executive Director, Engineering and QualityView Bio
Hyundai Motor America
Mircea Gradu, Ph.D., joined Hyundai Motor America in May 2014 as director of engineering and quality. Gradu leads the development and implementation of product strategy to improve both the initial quality of Hyundai models and vehicle durability.
Gradu has more than 22 years of experience, most recently serving as vice president and head of transmission powertrain and driveline engineering for Chrysler Group LLC.
He started his automotive career at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany and transitioned into other key executive roles within the automotive space including Schaeffler Group and The Timken Company.
Gradu’s distinguished career includes being the recipient of the 2008 Edward Cole Award for Automotive Innovation, the 2005 Forest McFarland Award and the SAE-Timken Howard Simpson Innovation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Gradu was appointed SAE Fellow in 2011. He served as Vice President of SAE International - Automotive Sector from 2010 to 2012.
Gradu was listed among the 50 most influential automotive executives in 2012 by Motor Trend, and credited with the revival of the rear-wheel-drive automotive platforms through the introduction of the novel and fuel efficient transmission solutions.
He was awarded 56 patents on mechatronic automotive systems, published over 40 papers and held seminars or offered presentations at IEEE, SAE, TOPTEC, VDI and IFToMM events.
Gradu holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
He enjoys classic car driving and restoration, travel and outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, skiing and kiteboarding.
Faye Francy Executive DirectorView Bio
Prior to joining Auto-ISAC, Ms. Francy was responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing the mission, goals, and policies of the Aviation-ISAC. As lead of the BCA Cyber ONE team at Boeing, she led an enterprise-wide group focused on leveraging the best of Boeing in the cyber domain. Before joining Boeing in 2001, Ms. Francy was the Director of FAA Programs at ARINC Incorporated and also owned and operated two private companies – Intersec and AvSec.
Ms. Francy has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Towson State University and a Master's Degree in Forensic Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. She is also an AIAA Associate Fellow.
Martin Rosell Managing DirectorView Bio
Martin has served in the IT industry since 1982 with involvement in a broad range of applications spanning from transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, product development & life cycle mgmt to driverless navigation and management solutions. Since 2008 Martin has been the Managing Director at WirelessCar. WirelessCar is now one of the world's leading telematics service providers serving the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors with services operational in 50 countries on four continents.
Larry Hilkene Product Cybersecurity LeaderView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Roger Lanctot Associate Director - Global Automotive PracticeView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Oliver Rumpf-SteppatHead of Product Requirements, Development and Connected DriveView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Paul DeLong CEOView Bio
Paul DeLong is President and CEO of car2go N.A., LLC, where he is responsible for day-to-day management of car2go North America, including the local and regional operations across the U.S. and Canada.
DeLong was named President and CEO in March of 2015. Since that time, he’s continued to drive the positive momentum of car2go North America while maintaining a laser focus on car2go members. An enthusiastic leader, DeLong believes that a casual, fun atmosphere and a shared sense of purpose are key to ongoing success of the car2go North America team. Looking ahead, DeLong isn’t finished disrupting transportation – as changing technology brings new possibilities to the table, he’s working to grow car2go’s position at the forefront of the evolving mobility landscape.
Prior to becoming President and CEO, DeLong held the position as CMO of car2go NA, where he helped grow the brand from a pilot program in Austin to the leading one-way car sharing company in North America. DeLong’s unique approach to business helped car2go North America build a cult-like following across 14 cities and garner numerous accolades including being named a Cult Brand by The Gathering, Best Carshare by the Vancouver Courier, Best Carsharing Service by Best of D.C., and earning the prestigious EPA Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Before car2go, DeLong spent more than a decade at Daimler Trucks North America in various management roles spanning regional sales, product marketing, product strategy, vocational marketing, and engineering. Prior to joining Daimler in 1998, DeLong acquired retail and fleet management experience working for Enterprise Rent A Car.
An Ohio native, DeLong earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Michael Mikos CFOView Bio
Michael Mikos is chief financial officer and director of business development of car2go N.A., LLC, a role he assumed in July, 2015. In this role, Mikos is responsible for the financial management and expansion of car2go’s business in North America. He reports directly to car2go N.A. president and chief executive officer Paul DeLong.
Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mikos served as director of strategic development, assuming that role in March, 2013. He was responsible for the development car2go’s city launches across North America and managed the development and integration of new Daimler mobility products. Mikos also built strategic partnerships and investments throughout the North American mobility market.
Prior to joining car2go, Mikos was project manager of revenue enhancement for Daimler Trucks of North America, where he wore multiple hats from marketing and sales to financial analysis since assuming that role in 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Mikos served as district sales manager, where he was responsible for sales of Sterling Trucks through direct dealer and customer contacts in the Southern Region. Prior to that, he served as national sales support manager, leading sales operations projects, and was also a financial product analyst for Daimler Trucks of North America.
Before joining Daimler Trucks of North America, Mikos worked at Navistar International – formerly International Harvester – as an operations finance and activity-based management analyst, developing and implementing financial models at manufacturing sites and conducting analyses that helped identify operational efficiencies.
Mr. Mikos has an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ken Stewart Chief Business & Technology OfficerView Bio
Ken is Karma’s “Renaissance man”.
He trained as an engineer, but his first paycheck came from a Dixieland jazz band. He has designed engines; worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and marketed cars. His intellectual appetite is broad, and he is a leading candidate for the executive you would most like to have dinner with if you couldn’t talk about work.
His job at Karma is to figure out what consumers want; what is possible; and what Karma should do. It combines business and technology strategy. Most of us are focused on launching a car. Ken is focused on what Karma does after they launch the car.
He grew up in Detroit, with a father who spent a life working in the car business. He is Midwest-nice, has travelled the world and works successfully with everyone.
Henry Bzeih Managing Director, Kia Connected & MobilityView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Rasheq Zarif Head of Business InnovationView Bio
Rasheq Zarif is the Head of the Business Innovation division of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America located in Silicon Valley. His team focuses on the emergence and development of new business opportunities in the U.S. Market. The areas include but are not limited to: smart cities, mobility solutions, logistics, and digital services.
Mr. Zarif has been in various strategic roles within the Mercedes-Benz organization for almost 15 years. Prior to that, he had held multiple research roles with UC Berkeley and the NYC Department of Transportation. Mr. Zarif graduated with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Management of Technology from UC Berkeley and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Columbia University.
Darren Gosbee Vice President - EngineeringView Bio
Speaker bio coming soon.
Gaurav Bansal Senior Researcher - Cooperative Automated DrivingView Bio
Gaurav is a Senior Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he leads several research initiatives on the design of communication systems for Automated Driving. Gaurav is an expert in Vehicular Communications, pioneering contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. His current research interests also include millimeter wave & full-duplex wireless communications. Gaurav represents Toyota in the Automakers’ Vehicle Safety Communication Consortium and in the SAE, ETSI standardization bodies. Gaurav's paper on DSRC Congestion Control received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE WiVEC Symposium. He also holds several patents in the field. Gaurav serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials Journal and IEEE Connected Vehicles Initiative. Gaurav holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and The University of British Columbia.
Dom Bonte Managing Director and Vice President, B2BView Bio
Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, is responsible for ABI Research's global automotive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT.
Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies, assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.
Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering at the University of Leuven and has earned several marketing and business degrees.
Gail Gottehrer PartnerView Bio
Gail Gottehrer’s practice focuses on class action defense, management-side labor and employment litigation, and other complex commercial matters. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.
In addition to her practice, Gail is a Teaching Assistant for a course in Intellectual Property, Ethics and Litigation in Columbia University’s MS program in Information and Knowledge Strategy. She is a member of the Law Technology News Editorial Board, and a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Cyber Liability Committee and eDiscovery and ESI Publications Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1. In addition, Gail serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.
Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to litigation and technology, including litigation strategy and management, electronic discovery, information governance, telematics, wearable technology, the Internet of Things, workplace privacy and ethics.
Fred DimesaVP Product StrategyView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Chad AmmonsVice President, Global Strategy & DevelopmentView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Liz Kerton Executive DirectorView Bio
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.
Quin Garcia Managing DirectorView Bio
Mr. Quin Garcia serves as a Managing Director at AutoTech Ventures. He serves as an Advisor to Peloton Technology and a Board Observer at IQ Taxi. He serves as a Director of Conencted Signals since 2013. He also serves as an Observer at IQ Taxi since 2014 and as an Advisor at Peloton Technologies since 2014. Mr. Garcia was a part of the Founding Team of Auto Alliances; Better Place between 2007 and 2012. He also served as a Business Analyst of Management Consulting at Strategic Management Solutions between 2005 and 2007 and a Vehicle Dynamics Research Assistant at Stanford Dynamic Design Lab from 2006 to 2007. He was a Powertrain Team Leader at Cornell HEV Team from 2003 to 2004. He is fluent in the English, Mandarin, and Spanish languages. Mr. Garcia received an MS in Management Science and Auto Eng from Stanford University in 2007 and BS Applied Econ and Management from Cornell University in 2004.
Jonathan AllenPrincipalView Bio
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jon is a Booz Allen Hamilton Principal/Director and the firm’s executive over the high-tech manufacturing practice focusing on cyber security, enabling connected vehicles, introducing automotive data analytics, incident response, and cyber threat intelligence related to vehicle safety.
Before joining Booz Allen’s commercial practice, Jon helped reestablish the firm’s commercial business in the Middle East and previously supported the US Government clients within the defense and intelligence agencies developing resiliency and risk practice protecting US critical infrastructure.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon served as a US Army Infantry Officer with assignments in Georgia, Korea, Washington DC, and Texas – to include serving as the Senior Army Social Aide to President Clinton and commanding an infantry company with the 1st Calvary Division. Jon received his BA from Norwich University and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. He also serves as the Vice Chairman for Norwich University’s Board of Fellows.
James FishChief Innovation OfficerView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Richard WallaceDirector, Transportation Systems AnalysisView Bio
Center for Automotive Research
Richard Wallace, M.S., serves as director, Transportation Systems Analysis group within the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He has 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and managing transportation projects and research. Mr. Wallace serves as principal investigator for CAR’s connected vehicle efforts for the Michigan Department of Transportation, CAR’s work on a U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology (RITA) project to apply remote sensing to bridge-health monitoring, and CAR’s components of a mobile computing project for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. Previously for RITA, he led CAR’s portion of a multi-organizational team to apply GPS, GIS, and geo-fencing to analyze truck activity at international border crossings. In addition, he led CAR’s connected vehicle-related projects for DENSO, the Michigan International Speedway, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Wallace spent several years working as a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and several more at the UM Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. At the University of Michigan, his worked focused on the evaluation of several intelligent transportation systems (ITS) field tests in the State of Michigan.
Mr. Wallace holds an M.S. in technology and science policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan.
Michael Blanck Senior Director, Connected CarView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Macario Namie Macario NamieView Bio
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Grayson Brulte Co-Chair, Mayor's Autonomous Vehicle Task ForceView Bio
City of Beverly Hills
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Chris Massot PartnerView Bio
Chris Massot is a business leader and strategist, with a long history of guiding companies through the reinvention and evolution of their business. With more than 20 years in technology, product development, design, and manufacturing, Chris has helped create disruptive products and experiences such as the Microsoft Xbox, the Nike FuelBand, the Disney MagicBand, and the NFL's connected stadium. He has also worked with Apple, Google, Starbucks, Intel, Samsung, and a host of start-ups on innovative products that have enhanced consumer experiences worldwide.
Scott McCormick PresidentView Bio
Connected Vehicle Trade Association
Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.
In 2004 Scott founded and was named President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association by the Board of Directors. Previously Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to this Scott was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager, implementing over $1 billion in advanced systems.
Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is a Member of the US ISO Technical Advisory Group and a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial-Military Technology Transfer Committee.
In March 2012, and again in 2014, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Tony Cannestra Investment ManagerView Bio
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, once of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra’s primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA, with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chris Thomas PartnerView Bio
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and execution on a broad range of transactions.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, LocoMobi, and is the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, ParkMe, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
Kate Migon Head of New Mobility Solutions, AmericasView Bio
Leading Gemalto’s New Mobility and Automotive verticals, Kate drives the identification of new opportunities and trends around security, personalization, and user experience. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has focused on creating a market driven by innovative technological advancements and improved customer experience. Kate loves riding her motorcycle, experimenting with new hobbies and finding the best restaurant in town.
Michael Tworek Head of Strategy, Automotive and MobilityView Bio
As the Head of Strategy for its Automotive & Mobility Business Domain, Michael Tworek is responsible for driving Gemalto’s activities in the New Mobility space.
Michael studied Mechanical Engineering (Diplom-Ing.) at the University of Bochum, Germany and has 25 years of global business experience in several business domains such as mobile services, payment and smart manufacturing.
Holger Weiss CEOView Bio
German Auto Labs
Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has a 15+ year track record in managing and building technology driven companies with innovative business models in the future mobility sector.
Mr. Weiss has a deep expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a pivotal role within the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin from its founding until the exit to Nokia in 2006. gate5 was the germ cell of HERE - a map and content provider that has recently been acquired by three German car makers for nearly 3 billion Euro.
Before founding German Autolabs Mr. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership the music streaming startup developed into one of the leading provider of internet-based audio content for the automotive industry. In 2013 Aupeo got acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America.
Mr. Weiss is member of the board in various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners - one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations. He is an author, moderator and speaker.
Joe FabbreDirector, Platform SolutionsView Bio
Green Hills Software
Bio coming soon.
Kristen Kolodge Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMIView Bio
Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions.
Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Guido Dornbusch Vice President, Product ManagementView Bio
Guido Dornbusch is the Vice President of Product Management for Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions business unit. He leads the implementation of product strategy as well as the marketing team. Prior to joining Laird, Mr. Dornbusch led the advanced engineering department for vehicle connectivity and smart device integration products with Novero.
Mr. Dornbusch has a strong background in product development with a focus on System Design and Architecture. He has held various roles with automotive tier 1 suppliers and telecommunication providers such as Philips Imaging Systems, Nokia Automotive, Nokia Mobile Phones and Teleca.
Mr. Dornbusch holds an Engineering Degree from the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences.
Kyle LandryResearch AssociateView Bio
Kyle Landry is a Research Associate at Lux Research and is based in Boston. As a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.
Robert GrantDirector of Government RelationsView Bio
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Kirk Steudle DirectorView Bio
Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.
Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $4 billion budget and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges. He also oversees administration of a wide range of multi-modal transportation programs statewide. MDOT currently has 2,500 employees.
Steudle was the 2014 chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and has served on the TRB Executive Committee since 2004. He also chaired the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB. He was president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2011 to 2012 and he has been a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors since 2006.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy. Steudle was the 2014-2015 chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, he serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country. He also chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). Steudle serves on the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.
In 2015, Steudle was named one of America's Top 25 Government Innovators by Government Technology. He received the Felix A. Anderson Image Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan in 2013, and he was one of nine alumni inducted into the inaugural LTU Department of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Steudle is the recipient of the 2011 P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation. In 2010, he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO, recognizing him nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering.
In the past, Steudle has served as MDOT’s chief deputy director, Bay Region engineer, and Metro Region deputy region engineer. He was also president of the 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference.
Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and LTU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999.
Steudle and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and live in South Lyon, Michigan.
Tina Srivastava Strategic Engineering Research GroupView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Gareth WilliamsDirector of Advanced DevelopmentView Bio
Gareth Williams is Director of Advanced Development at Mitsubishi Electric. He leads a team that is responsible for identifying, researching and bringing leading development, ideas, and technology to the company.
Gareth has worked for 15 years in the automotive field. Gareth joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2013 coming from an engineering services background. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Patrick O'Connor Member of BoardView Bio
National Association of Fleet Admistrators (NAFA)
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Alex Epstein Senior Director, Digital Strategy & ContentView Bio
National Safety Council
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Sam Abuelsamid Senior AnalystView Bio
Sam Abuelsamid is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, with a focus on alternative fuels, vehicle telematics, and connected vehicles. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Abuelsamid worked in the automobile industry for 22 years, helping to develop advanced braking and control systems and embedded software. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Abuelsamid was the editorial lead for Ford Cars and Technology Communications, developing communications materials around several new launches including the 2013 Fusion and the 2015 Mustang. As an automotive journalist, he reported extensively on a range of important stories, including the development cycle of the Chevrolet Volt, the launch of Tesla Motors, and the 2010 Toyota recall crisis. From 2007 to 2010 he was the technical editor/technical director for GreenFuelsForecast and the technical editor for Autoblog and AutoblogGreen. He was for many years the principal engineer for TRW Automotive. Abuelsamid holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.
April Sanborn DMV Services Manager III - Driver ProgramsView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Jonathan HewettGlobal Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
Jonathan started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, Jonathan joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, Jonathan now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider
Clyde Harris VP Business Development & SalesView Bio
Clyde Harris, Oberthur Technologies’ VP of Business Development and Sales- Connected Car, M2M and IoT- Connected Device Makers Business Unit- Americas, has been immersed in the world of mobile technology for over 25 years; starting with Motorola Inc. in 1990 as a navigation / telematics software engineer and then moving into sales and product marketing where he sold one of the first GPS receiver modules into GM’s Initial OnStar Telematics System.
He managed major NorAm accounts for Skyworks Solutions and Zi Corporation before becoming the VP of Sales and Business Development for ACCESS Systems America, Inc where he worked closely with mobile and connected device software for mobile apps and the connected home and car.
In 2014 he joined OT as the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for its Telcom group and quickly moved into his current position, leading the business development and expansion of secure technology solutions / software in North America for the Connected Car, M2M (i.e. Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace.
Clyde holds a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from The University of Calgary and has published a thesis and many papers related to vehicle navigation, automatic vehicle location and telematics. Clyde holds two position and navigation related patents. In his spare time, Clyde enjoys art and travel.
Carla Bailo Associate Vice President - Mobility Research & Business DevelopmentView Bio
Ohio State University
Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. Also, she is President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.
Until Feb 1, 2014, she was senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.
Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.
Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich. In 2003 she was promoted to director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the assistant chief vehicle engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.
Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as vehicle program director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also recovery program director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the chief recovery officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.
Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Paul Drysch Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC RegionView Bio
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Drue Freeman InvestorView Bio
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Michael Schagrin ConsultantView Bio
Mike is a former Program Manager with the US Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. Having worked in the ITS industry for over 25 years, Mike has been deeply engaged in connected & automated vehicle safety research, technology, and policy initiatives that underpin this environment.
While at US DOT, Mike led the Connected Vehicle Safety Research Program, which included V2V and V2I communications and the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, the world’s largest real world connected vehicle safety deployment. He also led the development of US DOT’s 1 st multi-modal research plan for vehicle automation.
In late 2013, Mike made the transition out of government and established Schagrin Consulting International, where he continues to promote connected and automated vehicle research and market opportunities.
Mike received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Amitai Bin-NunDirector, Autonomous Vehicle InitiativeView Bio
Securing America's Future Energy
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Heather Martin VP, DesignView Bio
A recognized authority on interaction design, Heather leads large-scale, global UX projects across industries. She has been a driving force in shaping Smart’s service design approach. Her sweet spot lies in creating disruptive, multichannel experiences in highly commoditized industries. For her, the more personalized the service, the more satisfying the user experience. Heather cut her teeth as a product designer at Tangerine, where she became increasingly interested in the convergence of hardware and software.
She co-founded the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, which Business Insider listed as one of the best design schools in the world. Wallpaper also named her one of the world’s most influential designers under 40. A regular speaker across Europe, Heather’s portfolio has received international recognition, including Gold and Bronze Business Week Awards for her work with Prada and IDEO. Her clients include Ford, Lufthansa Technik, HSBC Private Bank, HP, Viaplay, Singtel, Telefonica and UCB.
Jim Beregi CEOView Bio
Solar Transportation Technologies
Jim Beregi is CEO and founder, in 2008, of Solar Transportation Technologies, Inc. He developed the Freedom Mass Transit concept over many years and has a patent on the critical vehicle control system. Patent No: 8,483,895 Issued: 7/9/2013 Transportation System, System Components and Process.
He is a retired IBM advisory systems engineer with extensive programming and computer performance tuning and analysis experience. He used computer simulation of hardware and software in his work at IBM.
He is a member and former member of several organizations: ITS - Intelligent transportation systems, Innovative Transportation Technologies at WSU, ITE - Institute of Transportation Engineers, and ATRA - The Advanced Transit Association.
Ken Horn SenatorView Bio
State of Michigan
Ken Horn has lived in Saginaw County for over 30 years. He currently lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Veronica. They have two children, Kevin and Andrea. Kevin and his wife Ruth have two children, Liam and Zellie. Ken graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Ken was a small business owner for nearly 15 years, owning and operating Horn’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth. In addition, he has served as a substitute teacher in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth schools. In 2004, Ken accepted the position of Vice President of Donor Services at the Saginaw Community Foundation where he managed over 300 funds and oversaw nearly $1.2 million in grant programs that helped to improve Saginaw County.
Ken was a Saginaw County Commissioner for 14 years, representing Birch Run, Bridgeport and Frankenmuth Townships and the city of Frankenmuth. He served as chairman of the Legislative Sub-Committee and also served on Courts & Public Safety, Community Corrections Advisory Board, County Services, Budget/Audit Appropriations, Saginaw County Airport Commission and the Saginaw County Event Center Board.
In 2006, Ken was elected to serve the 94th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2012 he represented the cities of Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth and St. Charles in addition to 12 townships in Saginaw County. Ken served as chairman of the House Energy & Technology Committee.
The 32nd District elected Ken to the Michigan Senate in 2014. He represents all of Saginaw County and the western portion of Genesee County. Ken chairs the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has also been appointed to the Senate Energy & Technology and Insurance Committees.
Ken has been an activist and leader in Saginaw County for decades through his volunteer work with area organizations including Frankenmuth Rotary International, Saginaw Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Saginaw Field and Stream, Frankenmuth Conservation Club and many local chambers of commerce. In addition, Ken completed Michigan State University’s Political Leadership Program, Leadership Saginaw County, the Saginaw County Vision 2020 One Thousand Leaders Initiative, and received a fellowship from the Council of State Governments to the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development
Ted Serbinski Managing DirectorView Bio
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor. As an ex-Silicon Valley guy, he moved to Detroit to create a legacy and help lead the startup renaissance in Detroit. He is a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners. Ted has co-led investments in 24 companies over the past 3 years, with 13 of those headquartered in Detroit.
Ted is active in the Detroit startup community sitting on many boards. Currently he is on the board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, TechTown Detroit, and is the Midwest Regional Advisor of Venture for America. He also was the founding Chairman of the Detroit Executive Advisory Board of Techweek. The inaugural Techweek event in May 2014 attracted nearly 2000 attendees as the largest startup tech event in Detroit.
Before moving to Detroit from San Francisco, Ted was a co-founder and CTO of ParentsClick. With the 4th largest social network and the largest blog network for moms, Lifetime Television acquired ParentsClick in 2008.
Ted graduated from Cornell in 2004, with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and son. Ted blogs on startups, technology, and Detroit at http://tedserbinski.com.
Lukas KuhnCTOView Bio
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Edwin OlsonAssociate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science DepartmentView Bio
University of Michigan
Edwin Olson is founder and CEO of May Mobility, an Ann Arbor startup developing safe autonomous passenger vehicles. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 for his work in robust robot mapping. Prior to starting May Mobility, he was a core contributor to MIT's 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge vehicle and a Principle Investigator on Ford's Next Generation Vehicle Program before becoming Co-Director for Autonomous Driving Development at Toyota Research Institute.
Dr. Olson is also a Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department where he leads the APRIL robotics laboratory. In 2010, he led the winning team in the MAGIC 2010 competition; in 2012 he was named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant Ten", and in 2013, he was awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award. He is one of the original creators of LCM and AprilTags, two software libraries which are in widespread use throughout academia and industry.
Jason Millar Research FellowView Bio
University of Ottawa
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Bhaskar Krishnamachari Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceView Bio
University of Southern California
Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is Director of the newly established USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI). He has co-authored over 200 papers on next-generation wireless networks including for connected vehicles, collectively cited more than 20000 times (per Google Scholar). His work has received several best paper awards including at IPSN and Mobicom. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award. In 2011, he was listed in MIT technology review magazine's TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10”.
Costas MeimetisDirector Product StrategyView Bio
Costas Meimetis has joined u-blox in 2014 and he is heading company’s V2X product strategy.
In 2004, he co-founded Antcor and has served as CEO of the company where he spearheaded company's strategic direction and business development. Over his tenure at Antcor he cultivated strong relationships with partners/customers while he successfully managed fund raising from VCs and Strategic Investors. Antcor was acquired by u-blox in 2014.
Prior to founding Antcor, Mr. Meimetis held senior engineering positions in Bytemobile and ATMEL.
Costas Meimetis holds a bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in Embedded Systems.
Stefan Gudmundsson Principal Automotive Market DevelopmentView Bio
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Speaker TBA WardsAutoView Bio
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Geoff WernerUBI Global Product LeaderView Bio
Willis Towers Watson
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Justin Holmes Director, Corporate Communications & Public PolicyView Bio
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