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Tuesday, March 7


Keynote: AI and Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars have AI at heart. Deep Learning enables this AI, and new computing approaches are required to make it a reality.

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Danny Shapiro

Senior Director of Automotive, Nvidia
Danny Shapiro is senior director of Automotive at NVIDIA, focusing on solutions that enable faster and better design of automobiles, as well as in-vehicle solutions for self-driving cars, infotainment systems and digital instrument clusters. He serves on the advisory boards of the... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 9:00am - 9:40am


Technical Challenges of Self-Driving Trucks
Jur van den Berg, PhD, will focus his talk on specific technical challenges in motion planning and control for trucks versus personal vehicles. In particular, he will discuss from an engineer’s perspective a few of the technical challenges that present themselves during the development of a self-driving truck. Examples of technical challenges include staying in lane, turning radius, discerning a stopped vehicle from a non-stopped vehicle, and speed control on hills or mountains. Jur will be applying his discussion in the context of Otto’s recent history-making feat of completing 120 continuous autonomous highway miles to deliver 50,000 cans of Budweiser in Colorado.

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Jur van den Berg

Jur van den Berg is a founding employee of the start up Otto, which started in the beginning of 2016 to develop technology, software, and infrastructure for self-driving trucks. Otto was recently acquired by Uber, where Jur is now officially a senior staff engineer. Jur has expertise... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 9:50am - 10:30am


Self-Driving Lessons from Comma AI
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George Hotz

CEO, Comma.ai
George first became known at 17 when he developed a procedure to unlock the original iPhone. Then the PS3. Then the Chromebook. But it's time to build. AI, the final frontier. Start simple. Just self driving cars. He is founder and CEO of comma.ai, building and open sourcing aftermarket... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 10:40am - 11:20am


Autonomous Vehicles 101
This step-by-step guide, on how to create your own Autonomous Vehicle, addresses the fundamental considerations and decisions that need to be made when starting the journey of developing one owns Autonomous Vehicle. The first and most important step is to define the purpose for the autonomous vehicle, which will in return specify the vehicle type, velocity, holding capacity and the type of traffic environment to be expected. Based on those specifications the next step is the selection of the appropriate perception sensors and ways of digesting the data from these sensors in real time using capable software and computing platforms. Step number three defines on how to control the vehicle, which can be fully electronically with a by-wire system or by adding computer controlled motors and actuators on a regular non-by-wire vehicle to enable it for autonomy. The last step is the most challenging, as it involves actual intelligence to define the necessary decision making for steering, acceleration, and braking in varying traffic situations. A modular algorithm approach allows the user to combine different modules to adapt to the chosen autonomy scenario.

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Wolfgang Juchmann

VP of Sales & Business Development, AutonomousStuff
Wolfgang Juchmann, Ph.D. has more than 16 years of international experience in technical sales, product management and business development of high-tech products for a variety of applications. Wolfgang became more involved with autonomous vehicles and perception sensors for ADAS and... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:10pm


Bringing Automated Driving Software to the Production Vehicle: Challenges and Opportunities
Many of the tools and processes at the core of autonomous driving technologies were developed in research labs and universities. With the industry reaching a new level of maturity, these tools need to “grow up” in order to meet the challenging requirements of production vehicles. These infrastructure components will form the basis of a new software ecosystem that combines the scale of modern data centers with the rigorous safety requirements of aircraft. We explore the results of extensive customer discovery, summarizing the various approaches and identifying some opportunities to accelerate development.

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Josh Hartung

Co-founder and CEO, PolySync
Josh Hartung is the CEO and Co-Founder of PolySync, the company that is building an operating system on the forefront of the autonomous car movement. Josh started PolySync because of insights he developed while working with some of the world’s most accomplished automated driving... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 1:10pm - 1:40pm


The Role of High Definition 3D LiDAR in Self Driving Cars
Velodyne is the maker of the LiDAR used on all top self-driving cars.

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John Eggert

Director, Automotive Sales & Marketing, Velodyne
John Eggert has more than 20 years of international experience in program management and sales and marketing management of products for the automotive industry, including automotive interiors and passive safety components and systems. His curiosity about the trends and technologies... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 1:50pm - 2:20pm


Becoming a Self-Driving Car Engineer
Companies ranging from Google to Tesla to NVIDIA are on the hunt for great engineers to build self-driving cars. Learn how to acquire the skills to work in one of the most exciting fields of software engineering!

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David Silver

Team Lead, Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree, Udacity
David Silver leads the Self-Driving Car Team at Udacity, which is launching a nine-month program to train engineers to work in the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to Udacity, David was a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company. Before Ford, David worked in engineering and product... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm


Autonomy at Scale: The Need for Interop
Renovo provides an automotive-grade platform to support fully autonomous (SAE Level 5) vehicles in delivering a trusted, reliable, and affordable mobility-on-demand services.

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Christopher Heiser

Co-founder and CEO, Renovo
Christopher Heiser is co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a Silicon Valley technology company focused on the challenges of Autonomous Mobility on Demand (AMoD). He has built his career taking disruptive technologies to market; his previous roles include pioneering the camera phone (LightSurf... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 3:10pm - 3:40pm


Starsky Robotics: ↑↑↓↓← → ← → Autonomous
Starsky Robotics is an 11-person driverless truck startup which, by using a series of cheats and hacks, has already moved freight on the highway. CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and CTO Kartik Tiwari will discuss how business and tech sides can work together to constrain a difficult problem into an incredibly feasible solution.

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Stefan Seltz-Axmacher

Founder and CEO, Starsky Robotics
Stefan Seltz-Axmacher is CEO and Founder of Starsky Robotics. The company is backed by Y-Combinator, Trucks.vc, Data Collective, Joe Montana, the founders of Access America and many other top tier investors.Prior to founding Starsky Robotics; Stefan worked with a number of Silicon... Read More →
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Kartik Tiwari

Co-Founder and CTO, Starasky Robotics
Kartik Tiwari is the CTO and co-founder of Starsky Robotics. He has a background in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and previously was the CEO of UpDroid, a consumer robotics startup.

Tuesday March 7, 2017 3:50pm - 4:20pm


Building Training Data for Autonomous Driving
Building training data for computer vision models that can detect and recognize foreground objects in images like trees, pedestrians and bicyclists is one thing. But building training data for autonomous driving—which must see everything going on in the scene from the objects to the environment itself—is quite another. Say you have a photo of a street scene with multiple cars, pedestrians, trees, sky, road, etc. How do you label objects that aren’t as simple to define, like the gaps in the trees with sky in between them? What about defining the percentage of the sky in an image of the same road when the leaves are in full bloom vs. when they’ve fallen to the ground? Or what about snow on the ground: do you tag the snow, the ground, or both? It challenged Mighty AI to reconsider its entire image-labeling workflow. In this presentation, Mighty AI Founder & CTO Daryn Nakhuda will drill into the challenges of creating semantic segmentation masks, including workflow design and annotation tools, as well as how to perform these tasks at scale.

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Daryn Nakhuda

Founder and CTO, Mighty AI
Daryn serves as the CTO of Mighty AI, a Seattle-based startup that delivers the training data companies need to build computer vision and natural language models. Daryn has worked in a variety of technical roles in the Internet/Web industry for the past 20 years. Prior to cofounding... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm


Panel: Smart Cars and Smart Cities
This panel will explore a range of topics combining self-driving AI, smart cities, urban development, and legal and policy implications.

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Mark Harris

Reporter, Backchannel
Mark Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle, writing regularly for The Guardian, Backchannel, Recode, MIT Technology Review and IEEE Spectrum. He has broken many stories about self-driving vehicles, including exclusives about Google, Apple, Uber, Otto, Tesla... Read More →

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William Baumgardner

Director, Americas Transport and Mobility Business, Arup
Will directs the Arup Americas Transport and Mobility Business out of San Francisco where he also leads the local Planning Practice. An engineer by training, he applies his technical background to site, campus, corridor, and regional planning efforts. He is at the forefront of rapidly... Read More →
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Doug Davenport

Prospect Silicon Valley (Jan 2017), Founder and former CEO
Doug Davenport founded Prospect Silicon Valley, a nonprofit urbantech innovation hub bringing startups and product teams with government agencies to accelerate innovation in transportation, energy and environment. As the founding CEO, he advised numerous clients and partners from... Read More →
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Ted Graham

Head of Open Innovation, General Motors
Ted Graham was recently appointed he Head of Open Innovation at General Motors where he works with outside partners to solve important problems that will shape the future of transportation (including AI more generally, and specifically autonomous, shared and connected vehicles). Previous... Read More →
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Elliot Katz

Autonomous Vehicle, Data Privacy & Litigation Attorney, DLA Piper
Elliot is Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Connected and Self-Driving Car Practice. In that role he advises automakers, tech companies, and municipalities on regulatory, policy, and privacy issues pertaining to these types of vehicles. Elliot regularly speaks and writes on self-driving... Read More →
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Aleksandar Kojic

Engineering Director and Site Leader, Advanced Automotive Systems, Delphi Labs Silicon Valley
Automated Driving, R&D leadership Energy storage (for automotive and stationary applications), control systems, combustion, CFD simulation, ab-initio simulation, MEMS. Passion for autonomous vehicles, machine learning, renewable energy, electric vehicles, high-performance computing... Read More →
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Karen Tay

Director, Smart Nation (North America)
Karen Tay is Singapore’s Smart Nation Director covering North America. She is experienced in policy, strategy, engagement and regulation across a variety of public sector domains. Prior to her current job, she worked in the Finance and Education Ministries and the Prime Minister’s Office... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm