Event Highlights

Join the ecosystem Working towards Global Reference Solutions

You are invited to join forces in harmonizing safety in the autonomous mobility ecosystem.

The Initiative

Meet the speakers Experience Top-Executives and Thought Leaders

The decision makers of the autonomous mobility industry share their insights in keynotes, panel discussions and workshops at The Autonomous Event.

Speakers

Global network Connect with the international community

More than 500 representatives from the autonomous mobility industry are gathering in Vienna and virtually to discuss the future of safety in autonomous driving.

Agenda

Speakers Big names, bigger ideas

Speakers at The Autonomous Main Event 2021

Infineon
Chief Executive Officer
Reinhard
Ploss
Infineon
Chief Executive Officer
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Reinhard Ploss has been a member of the Management Board of Infineon Technologies AG since 2007 (mandated until 31 December 2022). He has been CEO since October 1, 2012. Reinhard Ploss was born on December 8, 1955, in Bamberg. He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and received his doctorate in 1990. He began his career at Infineon in 1986 (Siemens AG until 1999).

Audi
Vice President Development Chassis, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Driving
Thomas
Müller
Audi
Vice President Development Chassis, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Driving
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Thomas Müller is Vice President for development chassis, ADAS and autonomous driving at Audi. After working for Mercedes Benz in Brazil, he started his career at Audi in 2001. He worked in the R&D department, headed the braking, steering and driver assistance systems, and “piloted driving”. In November 2016, he was appointed VP for chassis development, taking over in 2018 further responsibility for ADAS and autonomous driving. Since January 2020, Thomas Müller also acts as Executive VP for ADAS and Autonomous Driving in the Car Software Organisation.

Samsung Electronics
Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer
Young
Sohn
Samsung Electronics
Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer
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Young Sohn serves as President and Chief Strategy Officer for Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the board of HARMAN. He leads Samsung’s strategy for global innovation, investment and new business creation. Young led the $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN. Before joining Samsung, Young served on the boards of Arm, Cymer, and others. Under his leadership, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies and Inphi public. Mr. Sohn also co-founded the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition addressing global challenges.

POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS (pswp)
Founding Partner
Benedikt
Wolfers
POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS (pswp)
Founding Partner
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Benedikt Wolfers is a founding partner of POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS (pswp), a law firm specialized in national and international regulation for different industries, notably automotive, energy, finance and infrastructure. He has been engaged for many years in the design and approval process for SAE L3 and 4 systems and the development of homologation and road traffic law. He is advising OEMs, semiconductors, tier 1 companies in Europe and the US and has long-standing experience with national and international regulatory bodies and governments.

HERE Technologies
CEO
Edzard
Overbeek
HERE Technologies
CEO
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Edzard Overbeek is CEO of leading location services provider, HERE Technologies. With decades of sales technology experience, Overbeek’s career maps the globe, holding leadership positions at Fujitsu, Siemens and Cisco Systems. Before taking HERE’s helm, Overbeek led Cisco’s Global Services organization, responsible for over $12 billion in revenues. In 2016, Overbeek became CEO of HERE Maps, which has since transformed into HERE Technologies. The company helps democratize global mobility, envisioning to enable an autonomous world for everyone.

Continental
President of Autonomous Mobility and Safety and Member of the Executive Board
Frank
Jourdan
Continental
President of Autonomous Mobility and Safety and Member of the Executive Board
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Frank Jourdan has been President of Autonomous Mobility and Safety and Member of the Executive Board Continental AG since 2013. Having majored in control systems engineering at Darmstadt University of Applied Services, his professional career started with ITT Teves Frankfurt in 1988. At Continental AG, Frank Jourdan is responsible for Assisted & Automated Driving, overseeing automated & autonomous mobility solutions, integrated safety systems and brake systems as well as driving the “Vision Zero” to reality and Software & Systems Excellence strategies.

NXP Semiconductors
CTO & Executive Vice President
Lars
Reger
NXP Semiconductors
CTO & Executive Vice President
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Lars Reger is executive vice president and chief technology officer for NXP Semiconductors. He is responsible for managing new business activities, R & D in automotive, industry 4.0, the internet of things (IoT), mobile and connectivity & infrastructure. Prior to joining NXP as CTO of the automotive division in 2008, he was responsible for business development and product management within Continental’s connectivity business unit. In December 2018, Lars was appointed NXP’s CTO and has since then been responsible for the technology portfolio of NXP.

Goggo Network
CEO
Martin
Varsavsky
Goggo Network
CEO
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A serial entrepreneur, professor and investor, Martin Varsavsky founded eight companies in the United States and Europe in the last 30 years. He is the CEO of Goggo Network, an Axel Springer/Softbank backed startup that helps to develop the legal and engineering framework for fleets of autonomous vehicles. In 2017, Martin also founded Overture Life, a company devoted to the automation of the embryology lab, which makes him a leading entrepreneur in the field of human fertility.

Aurora
Director of Systems and Safety Engineering
Sagar
Behere
Aurora
Director of Systems and Safety Engineering
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Dr. Sagar Behere is the Director of Systems and Safety Engineering at Aurora Inc. In this role, he leads Aurora's rigorous engineering efforts to deliver a safe and highly performant autonomous driving system. Prior to Aurora, Dr. Behere has engaged in development of highly automated driving technology for Toyota, Zoox, Volvo, and Scania. He holds a PhD in Reference Architectures for Highly Automated Driving from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Waymo
Director of Safety Research and Best Practices
Trent
Victor
Waymo
Director of Safety Research and Best Practices
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Dr. Trent Victor is Director of Safety Research and Best Practices at Waymo. He oversees safety research to support safety evaluations and strategic initiatives; provides his expertise in the areas of collision data analysis, collision causation, injury severity assessments, and naturalistic driving data research and analysis. He coordinates the development of best practices and external industry standard setting groups. Prior to Waymo, Trent was Senior Technical Leader at Volvo, Adjunct Professor in Driver Behavior at Chalmers and at University of Iowa.

Renesas
Senior Vice President and CTO
Shinichi
Yoshioka
Renesas
Senior Vice President and CTO

Shinichi Yoshioka serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Renesas. He was appointed this role in August 2019, thanks to his experience and in-depth technological expertise of the products and the market of Renesas. Prior to his appointment as the CTO, Mr. Yoshioka was also the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Automotive Solution Business Unit in 2018, contributing to the growth of the Automotive Business for Renesas Electronics.

Agenda

Writing the next chapter on the future of safe mobility.

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Main Stage
Main Stage
Opening
09:00 - 09:30

Keynote I
09:30 - 10:00
Untying the knot - why we need to collaborate

Shedding light on why collaboration in the automotive industry is necessary in order to achieve the common vision of safe autonomous mobility in the future.

Panel I
10:00 - 10:30
Disruptive innovation vs. Incremental change

A real-life example of how the collaboration in the automotive industry between a so-called disruptor and the "classic" OEM can work, why they think it is important and what the future holds for them.

30 Minutes Networking Break
10:30 - 11:00

Panel II
11:00 - 11:45
The vision is clear, the road is blocked - how regulatory bodies are influencing innovation in autonomous mobility

Different countries and regions have different approaches to deciding on laws, standards, and rules for technology companies when testing and driving automated vehicles. The panelists representing both regulatory bodies and the industry will discuss the next steps that can be taken in the autonomous driving field from a regulation point of view.

Panel III
11:45 - 12:30
Better secure than sorry - higher levels of connectivity come with bigger cybersecurity challenges

Security also ensures safety. We will look at the latest cybersecurity findings and discuss with international experts how we can best tackle the new challenges.

Keynote II
12:30 - 13:00
Insight: How can regulation enhance the security of an autonomous vehicle?

1 hour - Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00

Special Announcement
14:00 - 14:15

Keynote III
14:15 - 14:45
Over the Air Update

Panel IV
14:45 - 15:30
Safety in AI - how to create truly safe intelligence

We will discuss new approaches to solve the safety challenges that come with autonomous driving and AI applications.

Panel V
15:30 - 16:15
Safety architectures on the test track

There are different approaches when it comes to designing the architecture for automated driving systems. In this panel, we will discuss the novel approaches to architecture systems in the industry with representatives from the market leaders.

30 minutes - Networking Break
16:15 - 16:45

Keynote IV
16:45 - 17:15
New challenges

New challenges arose in the past year in the autonomous mobility sector. This keynote offers a best practice example on what to focus on and how to best deal with such situations.

Panel VI
17:15 - 18:00
Taking a look over the globe - how the industry coped with a global pandemic

Technology innovation is happening all over the world, startups are trying to disrupt, traditional companies are struggling to keep up. An international view of how the industry dealt with a global pandemic, key learnings and opportunities for collaboration.

Closing
18:00 - 18:15

Event Location A hybrid event experience

The Autonomous Main Event takes place in the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in Vienna as well as virtually. Through an innovative hybrid event experience, we will bring our participants the best of both worlds, facilitating interaction between online and on-site attendees.

Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna
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