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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.
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.
Join the ecosystem Working towards Global Reference Solutions
You are invited to join forces in harmonizing safety in the autonomous mobility ecosystem.
Speakers Big names, bigger ideas
Speakers at The Autonomous Main Event 2021
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).
As a leader in automotive technologies, Michelle Avary has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the mobility space and has devoted her career in establishing better infrastructures for automotive, autonomous, IoT, and connectivity platforms. At the WEF, Michelle oversees a team and portfolio of initiatives aimed to ensure road transit is safe, clean, and inclusive. The works span defining what is a safe autonomous vehicle, ensuring mobility is inclusive to all including women, elderly, rural populations, and people of color.
Since joining Arm as one of its first employees, Simon played a key role in developing industry standards, and his engineering work led to him being granted several embedded-systems patents. He became vice president of engineering in 2001, and before being named as Arm CEO in July 2013, he held several other strategy positions including global head of sales. He was personally responsible for expanding the company’s U.S. business and strengthening its leadership and relationships in California’s Silicon Valley.
Counting on more than 20 years of experience with innovative, new technologies in auto electronics and sensor technology, Frank Petznik is currently the Executive Vice President of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) at Continental. Prior to this role, Frank worked at Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA. As a member of the Electronics Executive Board, he took over the global responsibility for Hella’s Automated Driving and implemented one comprehensive strategy combining several product families
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.
As CTO at Motional, Laura Major leads hundreds of engineers in the development of revolutionary driverless technology systems. A graduate of the MIT, she has had a long career developing autonomous solutions across robotics, aerial and space applications. Laura is also an accomplished writer and co-author of the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Collaboration”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pascal Traverse is General Manager for the Autonomy “fast track” at Airbus. Autonomy is a top technical focus area for Airbus. Before his nomination, Pascal was coordinating Airbus Commercial R&T activities related to the cockpit and flight operations. Earlier in his career, he participated in the A320/A330/A340/A380 Fly-by-Wire developments, certification harmonization with FAA and EASA, management of Airbus safety activities and quality activities in the A380 Final Assembly Line. He has Master and Doctorate’s degrees in embedded systems from N7.
CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop, Josh Giegel is leading a world-class team of engineers making hyperloop a reality. In November 2020, Josh made history becoming one of the first passengers in the world to ride on a hyperloop. He is leading the development of paradigm shifting electromagnetic, high power, autonomous technology, bridging the engineering work with unparalleled passenger experience and working at the highest levels of government to develop a regulatory framework for hyperloop technology.
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.
Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, photonics, robotics and AI. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton and one from the Catholic University of Milan.
Richard Damm is an internationally recognised expert in the field of the worldwide harmonisation of regulations for the approval and monitoring of motor vehicles. Under his leadership, the globally applicable vehicle regulations were further developed to reduce trade barriers. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the European New Car Assessment Programme, a consumer information programme on the safety level and environmental behaviour of new vehicles. His area of expertise includes automation and digitisation issues at EU and UNECE level.
Georg Kopetz is member of the executive board at TTTech Auto. As TTTech Auto's Chief Executive Officer he is responsible for the overall strategy, marketing, sales and human resources. He studied law at the University of Vienna in Austria and the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas in France. Georg Kopetz has comprehensive professional experience in the financial and legal field, having worked as a finance and law consultant in Austria and abroad.
Candice Plotkin is the Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy at Cruise. In that role, she establishes and advances Cruise's policy priorities on existing and proposed laws affecting autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, product cybersecurity, and data privacy. Prior to Cruise, Candice served as the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Lyft, where she managed legal regulatory guidance on product lines and initiatives, including autonomous vehicle technology. She received both her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from Harvard University
Gary Hicok is senior vice president of engineering at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for developing multiple computing platforms including Shield, Jetson, and DRIVE. Prior to this role, Hicok served as senior vice president of NVIDIA’s Mobile Business Unit. This vertical focused on NVIDIA’s Tegra mobile processor, which was used to power next-generation mobile devices as well as in-car safety and infotainment systems. Before that, Hicok was senior vice president of NVIDIA’s Core Logic (MCP) Business Unit.
Dr. Markus Heyn has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since April 2015. He bears responsibility for mobility solutions sales and marketing worldwide. Dr. Heyn is also responsible for the Automotive Aftermarket and Connected Mobility Solutions divisions, as well as the subsidiaries ETAS GmbH and Bosch Engineering GmbH, which includes the cross-divisional Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road organization. In addition, he bears regional responsibility for North and South America as well as business in Japan and South Korea.
Gail Gottehrer's practice focuses on technology-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, connected vehicle regulation, data privacy, biometrics, cybersecurity, facial recognition, and IoT. Gail is a frequent speaker on the implications of technology for the law and business operations. She teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.
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.
Christoph Hartung took over as chairman of the Board of Management of ETAS GmbH on January 1, 2021. Hartung has been with Bosch since January 2020 and held the role of Executive Vice President of the Connected Mobility Solutions division. He holds an academic degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He started his career with various automakers, including Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.
Writing the next chapter on the future of safe mobility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will discuss new approaches to solve the safety challenges that come with autonomous driving and AI applications.
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.
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.
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.
Opening09:00 - 09:30
Keynote IUntying the knot - why we need to collaborate09:30 - 10:00
Panel IDisruptive innovation vs. Incremental change10:00 - 10:30
30 Minutes Networking Break10:30 - 11:00
Panel IIThe vision is clear, the road is blocked - how regulatory bodies are influencing innovation in autonomous mobility11:00 - 11:45
Panel IIIBetter secure than sorry - higher levels of connectivity come with bigger cybersecurity challenges11:45 - 12:30
Keynote IIInsight: How can regulation enhance the security of an autonomous vehicle?12:30 - 13:00
1 hour - Lunch Break13:00 - 14:00
Special AnnouncementThe Autonomous will present the next steps for the initiative.14:00 - 14:15
Keynote IIIOver the Air Update14:15 - 14:45
Panel IVSafety in AI - how to create truly safe intelligence14:45 - 15:30
Panel VSafety architectures on the test track15:30 - 16:15
30 minutes - Networking Break16:15 - 16:45
Keynote IVNew challenges16:45 - 17:15
Panel VITaking a look over the globe - how the industry coped with a global pandemic17:15 - 18:00
Closing18:00 - 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.