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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.

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

Join the ecosystem Working towards Global Reference Solutions

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

The Initiative

Speakers Big names, bigger ideas

Speakers at The Autonomous Main Event 2021

Infineon
Chief Executive Officer
Reinhard
Ploss
Infineon
Chief Executive Officer
LinkedIn

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).

World Economic Forum
Head of Automotive Industry & Autonomous Mobility
Michelle
Avary
World Economic Forum
Head of Automotive Industry & Autonomous Mobility
LinkedIn

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.

Arm
CEO
Simon
Segars
Arm
CEO
LinkedIn

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.

Continental
Executive Vice President, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Business Unit
Frank
Petznick
Continental
Executive Vice President, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Business Unit
LinkedIn

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

HARMAN International
Chairman of the Board
Young
Sohn
HARMAN International
Chairman of the Board
LinkedIn

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.

Motional
CTO
Laura
Major
Motional
CTO
LinkedIn

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”.

NXP Semiconductors
CTO & Executive Vice President
Lars
Reger
NXP Semiconductors
CTO & Executive Vice President
LinkedIn

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.

Waymo
Director of Safety Research and Best Practices
Trent
Victor
Waymo
Director of Safety Research and Best Practices
LinkedIn

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.

Aurora
Director of Systems and Safety Engineering
Sagar
Behere
Aurora
Director of Systems and Safety Engineering
LinkedIn

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.

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.

Airbus
General Manager for Autonomy Technology
Pascal
Traverse
Airbus
General Manager for Autonomy Technology
LinkedIn

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.

Virgin Hyperloop
CEO & Co-Founder
Josh
Giegel
Virgin Hyperloop
CEO & Co-Founder
LinkedIn

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.

HERE Technologies
CEO
Edzard
Overbeek
HERE Technologies
CEO
LinkedIn

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.

European Commission
Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry
Lucilla
Sioli
European Commission
Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry
LinkedIn

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.

Federal Motor Transport Authority and UNECE
President of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) and Chair of the UNECE Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA)
Richard
Damm
Federal Motor Transport Authority and UNECE
President of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) and Chair of the UNECE Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA)

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.

TTTech Auto
CEO
Georg
Kopetz
TTTech Auto
CEO
LinkedIn

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.

Cruise
Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy
Candice
Plotkin
Cruise
Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy
LinkedIn

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

NVIDIA
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Gary
Hicok
NVIDIA
Senior Vice President of Engineering
LinkedIn

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. 

Bosch
Member of the Board of Management
Markus
Heyn
Bosch
Member of the Board of Management
LinkedIn

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.

Law Office of Gail Gottehrer
Founder at Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
Gail
Gottehrer
Law Office of Gail Gottehrer
Founder at Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
LinkedIn

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.

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.

ETAS GmbH
Chairman of the Board of Management
Christoph
Hartung
ETAS GmbH
Chairman of the Board of Management
LinkedIn

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.

Agenda

Writing the next chapter on the future of safe mobility.

09:00
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18:00
19:00
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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