Speakers & organisers

Speakers & organisers
Alan I. Taub
Alan I. Taub Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan Senior Technical Advisor, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

Dr. Taub joined the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2012. Prior to his retirement, he was vice president for global research and development, leading GM’s advanced technical work activity, seven science laboratories around the world, and seven global science offices. He was promoted to vice president in 2009, after joining GM R&D as executive director in 2001.  Before joining GM, he worked at Ford Motor Company from 1993 to 2001 as a manager of the Lincoln vehicle engineering, vehicle crash safety, and materials science department. He also spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric (1979-1993). Dr. Taub has earned 26 patents and authored more than 70 papers and book chapters.
 
Dr. Taub serves on the boards of the startups CellEra and Brightway Vision and is on advisory committees for Samsung and Bocar. He is a technical advisor for the strategic venture capital fund, Auto Tech Ventures.  He also serves on advisory boards for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and SIMTech - Singapore’s national laboratory.  Dr. Taub is on the ASM Silver Medal committee and previously served as chair for the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He was also a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel.
 
Alan received a B.Sc. degree in materials engineering from Brown University in 1975, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University, in 1975 and 1979 respectively.

Alexei Andreev
Alexei Andreev Managing Director, Autotech Ventures

Alexei is a Managing Director of Autotech Ventures. He brings a long track record of investing in hard science startups related to both hardware and software, and he enjoys working with companies that build competitive barriers to entry via fundamental IP or strong network effects.

Previously, Alexei was a Managing Director of NY-based VC firm Harris & Harris Group, leading their Silicon Valley office. Prior to H&H, he was at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), contributing to their VC investments in advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, and alternative energy.

Dr. Andreev earned his MBA from Stanford, his PhD in Solid State Physics from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute, and completed coursework for MA in Liberal Sciences from Dartmouth.

Alexei's current portfolio responsibilities includes Outdoorsy, Cogniac, HDVI, Rollick, Work Truck Solutions, ShipHawk, SpotHero, Volta Charging, and XNOR.AI.

Ali Maleki
Ali Maleki Founder and CEO of Traxen

Prior to launching Traxen, Ali was Executive Director of Innovations and Next Ventures at Nexteer developing connected and autonomous solutions and adjacent market products. Prior to this role, he was the executive responsible for Nexteer’s Systems and Electronics group where he was responsible for a global team of 350 engineers.  Prior to Nexteer Ali was an executive at Ricardo, Fisker, CODA Automotive and Meritor.  He has held lead engineering roles at Bendix, Visteon and Continental.  During his career he has led corporate innovation and technical projects including ADAS systems development, Electric Vehicles, Infotainment, Telematics, Body and Chassis control products and holds multiple patents.  Ali has an Entrepreneurship Professional Certificate from Stanford, an MBA from Wayne State University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University.

Aman Singh
Aman Singh Co-Founder, Intangles

Aman cofounded Intangles and Heads Analytics and Algorithm Design, applying artificial intelligence and classical data mining strategies to vehicle telemetry data. An avid automotive enthusiast and a brilliant mathematician, Aman is an ardent researcher with a unique skill set comprising of an exhaustive knowledge of powertrains, after treatment systems, ADAS and an extensive experience in data mining.

Highlights of his work at Intangles:

  • Setting up of one of the largest repositories of diagnostic trouble code meta data across multiple OEMs and SAE data sets
  • Driver behaviour models for mining coasting in neutral, hard braking, inefficient transmission handling and driver scoring
  • Regression and outlier models for predicting failure of engine cooling systems, assisted air intake systems and battery charging systems
  • Quantum pool driven outlier models to autonomously learn from and mine fuel trim data of gasoline engines targeted at isolating minutest issues in charge formation processes 
  • Transformation models for calculating highest precision fuel consumption data using fuel rate signature of diesel powertrains and lambda signature of gasoline powertrains
  • Autonomously adapting, clustering and smoothening models for mining of fuel level data for predicting pilferage via underfilling and direct draw from tank.

Aman holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and holds a patent for sentiment mining algorithm widely used in restaurant aggregation apps in India.

Aravind Kailas
Aravind Kailas Research and Innovation Manager, Volvo Group North America

Dr. Aravind Kailas manages innovation and R&D initiatives to create and commercialize sustainable transport solutions for the Volvo Group. By promoting the company’s creative assets and key technology positions in various fora, he has been instrumental in establishing the Volvo Group as a trusted thought leader in California. Dr. Kailas has led Volvo’s engagement with the public and private sectors, and other outreach efforts in the connected and autonomous vehicles spaces. Dr. Kailas created a unique regional partnership to assess air quality improvements along freight corridors near the ports, and also spearheaded local partner development for the Volvo electric truck roll-out in the US. He has initiated many activities with startups and customers to address critically needed technologies and explore new business opportunities for the Volvo Group.  
 
Dr. Kailas is also a part-time Instructor at California State University Long Beach, and has previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, QUALCOMM, Inc., DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and General Electric. Author of over 100 publications and quoted in many media outlets, Dr. Kailas has delivered more than 50 invited talks globally, and served on numerous international jury panels on research and technology, advisory boards of non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. His scholarly work has been recognized by numerous accolades, including the Patricia F. Waller and Deborah Freund Awards from the Transportation Research Board. He has earned degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dave Schaller
Dave Schaller Industry Engagement Director, NACFE

Dave Schaller is the Industry Engagement Director for the NACFE.  His responsibilities include interfacing with fleets and suppliers, writing reports, conducting workshops, giving presentations, maintaining NACFE’s fleet database, and running the social media groups.  Dave works closely with the drivers and sponsors for the Run On Less demonstration events.  He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Purdue University and an MBA from Ball State University. 

As a Navistar employee for 27 years, he held positions in production design, research, program management, dealer sales training, marketing, product line management, and strategic product planning.  A marketing role allowed Dave to spend many days in truck stops, fleet offices and dealerships in five countries learning about what the industry desired and why.  Dave holds five US patents, has written several SAE papers and numerous NACFE publications.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is a non-profit group working to double the fuel economy of fleets.  They research and publish Confidence Reports and Guidance Documents on over 80 technologies available to the industry.  Their “Annual Fleet Fuel Study” reports on industry trends over the past decade and points the way to GHG Phase 2 compliance.  Visit www.NACFE.org to see the many items available to keep you on top of the changes.

Dr. Austin Brown
Dr. Austin Brown Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at the University of California, Davis

Dr. Austin Brown is Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at the University of California, Davis. In this role, he builds strong connections between the research and policy communities at the local, state, and national levels with a focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2017, he spent nine years in Washington, DC, working for the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and as Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Transportation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration.

Giovanni Circella
Giovanni Circella Ph.D – Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California

 

Giovanni Circella is the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Circella’s research interests include travel behavior, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, emerging transportation services, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and policy analysis. His recent research has focused on the impacts of individual attitudes, land use features, information and communication technology (ICT), shared mobility and ridehailing (e.g. Lyft and Uber) on travel behavior and auto ownership, and the mobility patterns of specific population segments (e.g.“millennials”) and in various regions of the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. Dr. Circella is the Chair of the TRB Committee on ICT and Transportation (ADB20), and a member of the Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40) and the Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10) committees. He also serves in the NCHRP 20-102, 20-102(01), 20-102(09) and 20-102(19) panels on the impacts of connected and automated vehicles. Dr. Circella regularly cooperates with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other agencies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Europe and South America.

 

Gloria D’Anna
Gloria D’Anna GTS (General Telecom Systems) and Author “SAE CyberSecurity for Commercial Vehicles”

Gloria D. D’Anna is the author of “SAE CyberSecurity for Commercial Vehicles”. She is a proponent of using CyberSecurity as an enabler for future technologies — such as connectivity, improved mobility & IoT. Concerned with cyber in the supply chain.
 
She is CEO of General Telecom Systems, Inc., a Telecom that has historically provided telecom hardware and services to austere environments under challenging circumstances. Recent successful IoT trial for Law Enforcement.
 
She also works at Ford Motor Company in RF Systems, where she was a mentor for Techstars Mobility in 2017 and 2018.
 
She was previously the Executive Director of Sales at NxtGen Emissions Controls, a start-up manufacturer of syngas generators, working in the diesel retrofit market for on-highway vehicles for cleaner emissions, working with State/Province and Local Governments in the USA and Canada.
 
Prior to NxtGen, D’Anna was the Director of Business Development at Ricardo – a leading provider of engineering solutions and strategic consulting worldwide, where she lead the strategic growth in the heavy-duty, commercial vehicle, off-highway, government and military sectors in the U.S.A.
 
Earlier, D’Anna served as director of strategic planning for Eaton Corp. In this position, she was responsible for worldwide strategic planning of the Engine Air Management Operations, including assessment of joint ventures and also headed worldwide IT.
 
With more than 25 years of experience, D’Anna has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility for a range of companies, including: New Venture Gear, Textron (piloted the first internet purchasing software by GEIS, featured in the GE Annual Report. Similar software became ebay), Valeo, Nissan (Combined several disparate IT systems to ensure Nissan was clean on "Lemon Laws"), Navistar, Ford and GM.
 
She is an Advisor to UPTANE and to 202 Partners LLC. She is also a Board Member of Atmos XR.
 
She holds several patents.

Jennifer Dukarski
Jennifer Dukarski Leader, Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team, Butzel Long

Jennifer Dukarski is a Shareholder in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office and serves as the Leader of the firm’s Connected and Autonomous Mobility Team.  A “recovering engineer,” Jennifer uses her experience to understand complex automotive technology, design and development cycles, and issues in the transportation sector.  She focuses her practice at the intersection of automotive products and emerging technology, with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from autonomous, connected, electrified and shared mobility (ACES); intellectual property; product safety and compliance; biometrics; the Internet of Things (IoT); privacy; cybersecurity; and blockchain.

Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall Vice President, Business Development, Peloton

Matthew Hall is the Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he leads Peloton’s efforts to develop partner strategies with OEM’s, tier 1 suppliers and major fleets.

Matt comes to Peloton with extensive experience building teams and businesses within the automotive industry. Over the course of his career, Matt has worked in a variety of capacities including technology implementation, after sales, product and operations. Prior to Peloton, Matt spent time with Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in Silicon Valley.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University

Michael Britt
Michael Britt Founder, MG Britt Engineering

Michael Britt is a dynamic, accomplished senior executive with 31+ years’ experience building and transforming world-class engineering organizations. He has developed expanding revenue base, customer base, and market share for a global Fortune 500 service organization. He is experienced with proven ability in multiple global assignments to design, implement, and evolve international and domestic engineering & maintenance infrastructures, and he has a unique blend of senior operational leadership experience in the engineering and operational environment; with broad focused functional experience

Mo Poorsartep
Mo Poorsartep Advanced Engineering Manager Valeo, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems

Mo Poorsartep is Advanced Engineering Manager for Valeo North America, where he leads the activities of the Comfort and Driving Assistance Business Group in further developing and testing of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Automated Vehicles, supporting various related product groups.

In his previous assignments, Poorsartep led the activities of the Connected Transportation Initiative at Texas Transportation Institute and also served as Project Manager at the University of Michigan Connected Vehicle Proving Center.
Poorsartep has an extensive background in working with automotive and defense industries and is an active member of industry groups such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ITS America and more.

In North America, Valeo’s regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich., and the company has 21 production sites and nine research and development centers. The company employs 13,150 people across North America and was responsible for 22 percent of the Group’s 2015 global annual original equipment sales.

Pete Lockhart
Pete Lockhart Professor, Head of Commercial Technology, Roke

Pete is a distinguished engineer and business leader, with over 35 years’ experience in leading-edge research and development. He has delivered innovative systems for customers in transport, aerospace, and media. His career has covered sensing, communication and security research, developing bespoke sensors to full turnkey complex systems for transport.

As Head of Commercial Technology, Pete has been developing new lines of business in Cybersecurity, Connectivity, Sensing and Data Analytics bringing state of the art processes and technologies into the Mobility, Utility and Manufacturing Sectors. Pete has won a number of awards for innovation including the Queen’s Award for Industry. Pete is a visiting professor at Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton having created the University’s Cyber Security Academy.

A Systems Approach to Future Mobility
In this talk Pete will discuss the potential high level system properties of a
future mobility system and outline potential approaches to delivery,
development and operation.

Richard Saady
Richard Saady Technical Business Manager, Ricardo

Richard Saady is a Technical Business Manager in Ricardo where he is responsible for a wide range of electronics & software transportation activities. Richard has worked on various platooning and connected/automated vehicle projects, and is interested in software, electronics, functional safety, AI and machine learning. Richard holds an MA Electrical & Information Sciences from Cambridge University, England and an MSc Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Shadi T. Mere
Shadi T. Mere Founder and CEO, Bedestrian

Mere served in various leadership roles over the course of his two decades in the automotive industry with both Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corp. Before leaving Visteon to start Bedestrian, Mere led Product Management of Infotainment for North America. In 2008, Shadi, also co-founded and served as CTO of Insono Systems, an ODM supplier of specialty navigation systems to Ford. Shadi was an evangelist for Artificial Intelligence in automotive from as early as 2009. He successfully attracted co-development from IBM Watson, and Canonical/Ubuntu, and led scouting disruptive technologies from early-stage startups - including Faceshift (acquired by Apple) and Gestion (acquired by Valeo). Shadi Received his MBA from the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business, and a Master’s in Engineering from Wayne State University. Mere has been granted 15 U.S. Patents as a principal inventor.

Stephane Fosso
Stephane Fosso Manager at Ricardo Strategic Consulting in Detroit, USA

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Fosso has focused his career in vehicle connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification, advanced and alternative powertrain solutions. Prior to joining Ricardo, he worked at Magna International, LG Chem and FEV engine Technology. In his current role, Mr. Fosso provides technology and strategic insights in market growth opportunities in future mobility and transportation and serves as leader of the Connected/Autonomous, hybrid and electric vehicle analysis focus Groups at Ricardo. Mr. Fosso graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from university of Karlsruhe, Germany, he also holds a master’s degree in advanced research in electrical and electronics engineering from the Institute National Polytechnique of Grenoble, France and an MBA from Ross School of Business from the University of Michigan, USA.

Mr. Stephane Fosso is Manager at Ricardo Strategic Consulting in Detroit, USA. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Fosso has focused his career in vehicle connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification, advanced and alternative powertrain solutions. Prior to joining Ricardo, he worked at Magna International, LG Chem and FEV engine Technology. In his current role, Mr. Fosso provides technology and strategic insights in market growth opportunities in future mobility and transportation and serves as leader of the Connected/Autonomous, hybrid and electric vehicle analysis focus Groups at Ricardo. Mr. Fosso graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from university of Karlsruhe, Germany, he also holds a master’s degree in advanced research in electrical and electronics engineering from the Institute National Polytechnique of Grenoble, France and an MBA from Ross School of Business from the University of Michigan, USA.

Therese Langer
Therese Langer Transportation Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Therese Langer is the Transportation Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Langer works to advance energy efficiency of both vehicles and systems for the movement of passengers and freight. Her current areas of activity include: technologies and policies to improve light- and heavy-duty fuel economy; energy impacts of vehicle automation; applications of information and communications technology to reduce transportation fuel use; integration of electric vehicles into the electric grid; and life-cycle and fuel-cycle environmental impacts of motor vehicles. She currently serves as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on the Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles, Phase 2.
 
Prior to joining ACEEE in 2001, Langer was staff scientist for the Rutgers University Environmental Law Clinic, working to make the transportation system in the greater New York metropolitan area more sustainable. Langer holds a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley.

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