IEEE Connected and Automated Vehicle Summit
8 February 2018 – Santa Clara, CA, USA


Check-in for the IEEE Connected and Automated Vehicle Summit begins at 7:30 a.m. PT in the Sierra Prefunction room. Breakfast will be available until 8:30 a.m.

The morning portion of the program will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the afternoon portion of the program from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the hotel restaurant.

Download the PDF version of the program here.

Time Description
8:30am-8:40am Opening
8:40am-9:40am Plenary 1

  • Dr. Steve Shladover, PATH UC Berkeley (Automated Vehicles)
9:40am-10:15am Plenary 2

  • Prof. Michele Zorzi, University of Padova, Italy (5G Communications)
10:15am-10:35am Coffee Break
10:35am-11:35am Session 1. Automated Vehicles – OEM Perspective (talks followed by panel)

  • Dr. Dragos Maciuca, Director, Ford Research and Innovation Center, Palo Alto
  • Dr. Liam Pedersen, Senior Manager for Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan Research Center
  • Ganesh V. Iyer, CIO & Digital Operations Executive, NIO
11:35am-12:00pm Session 2. Security

  • Dr. Jonathan Petit, OnBoardSecurity, Securing Connected and Automated Vehicles
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-1:20pm Session 3. Societal Impacts

  • Dr. Melissa Cefkin, Nissan North America
1:20pm-2:45pm Session 4. Enabling Technologies – Communications, Cloud Interactions (Talks followed by panel)

  • Joakim Wiklund, VP of Engineering, Savari
  • Dr. Daniel Richart, CEO, Teraki
  • Dr. João Barros, CEO, Veniam Networks
  • Roger Nichols, 5G Program Manager, Keysight Technologies
  • Dr. Takayuki Shimizu, Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA
  • Matthew Arcaro, AT&T
2:45pm-3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm-4:15pm Session 5. Enabling Technologies – Sensors: Talks followed by panel

  • Roxie Paine, Director, Autonomous Transportation Ecosystems, Analog Devices, Inc. (sensors in general)
  • Dr. Jeff Willey, Director of Research, RFNav (radar and sensor fusion)
  • Dr, Maha Achour, CEO, Metawave (radar)
  • Dr. Vaibhav Garg, Texas Instruments (ultrasonic and radar solutions)
  • Dr. Matthew Weed, Director of Research and Development, Luminar (Lidar)
  • Dr. Arunesh Roy, NXP (Radar processing architectures)
4:15pm-4:30pm Session 6. Enabling Technologies – Computing Platforms

  • Colm Prendergast, Principal Autonomous Driving System Architect, Analog Devices Inc., “Using sensor fusion & deep learning in autonomous driving applications”
4:30pm-4:45pm Session 7. Enabling Technologies – Mapping

  • Dr. Erdal Yilmaz, Autonomous Driving System Architect, Analog Devices, Inc.
    “Robust Simultaneous Localization and Mapping: Beyond Vision,”
4:45pm-5:15pm Session 8. Testing

  • Dr. Leigh Chinitz, CEO, octoScope
  • Ken Horne, Automotive and Energy Strategic Planning Manager, Keysight Technologies
5:30pm – 7:00pm Reception


Steve ShladoverPlenary Speaker: Dr. Steve Shladover, Road Vehicle Automotive Systems Researcher 

Dr. Steven Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems for 45 years, beginning with his masters and doctoral theses at M.I.T. He was the Program Manager, Mobility at the California PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley until his retirement in November 2017. He led PATH’s pioneering research on automated highway systems, including its participation in the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium from 1994-98, and has continued research on fully and partially automated vehicle systems since then. This work has included definition of operating concepts, modeling of automated system operations and benefits, and design, development and testing of full-scale prototype vehicle systems. His target applications have included cooperative adaptive cruise control, automated truck platoons, automated buses and fully-automated vehicles in an automated highway system. Dr. Shladover joined the PATH Program in 1989, after eleven years at Systems Control, Inc. and Systems Control Technology, Inc., where he led the company’s efforts in transportation systems engineering and computer-aided control engineering software products. He chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and currently chairs the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation. Dr. Shladover leads the U.S. delegation to ISO/TC204/WG14, which is developing international standards for vehicle-roadway warning and control systems.

Michele ZorziPlenary Speaker: Prof. Michele Zorzi, University of Padova, Italy

Michele Zorzi received his Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Padova in 1990 and 1994, respectively. During academic year 1992/1993 he was on leave at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). After being affiliated with the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, the Center for Wireless Communications at UCSD, and the University of Ferrara, in November 2003 he joined the faculty of the Information Engineering Department of the University of Padova, where he is currently a professor. His present research interests include performance evaluation in mobile communications systems, random access in mobile radio networks, ad hoc and sensor networks and IoT, energy constrained communications protocols, 5G millimeter-wave cellular systems, and underwater communications and networking. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications from 2003 to 2005, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2008 to 2011, and is currently the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He was Guest Editor for several Special Issues in IEEE Personal Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Network, and IEEE JSAC. He served as a Member-at-Large in the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society from 2009 to 2011, and as its Director of Education from 2014 to 2015. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Distinguished Speakers

Matt ArcaroMatt Arcaro, Lead Mktg Mgr, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Mobility Services LLC

Mr. Arcaro is currently responsible for developing and implementing AT&T’s product and technology strategy to support the unique requirements around enabling and accelerating automated vehicle technology.

As part of this role, Mr. Arcaro is required to work across internal organizations, vendors and customers (auto manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers, infrastructure vendors, etc), and government, industry, and standards organizations (DOT, NHTSA, 5GAA, etc) to understand and advocate how AT&T can deliver value in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, vehicle safety, and the development of automated vehicles technologies.

Matt Arcaro joined AT&T in 2008 as part of the company’s flagship development program, the Leadership Development Program.

Prior to this role, Mr. Arcaro has developed expertise and perspective in a variety of areas including design engineering, business-to-business sales, outsourcing, strategy and business planning, competitive intelligence and market research, analyst relations, and managing large teams.

Mr. Arcaro holds an B.S in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois and recently moved to Mountain View, CA.

Dragos MaciucaDragos Maciuca, Executive Technical Director, Ford Research and Innovation Center

Dragos Maciuca is the Executive Technical Director at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. He is an experienced engineer and management professional, with more than 20 years of professional experience in Silicon Valley spanning a breadth of industries including automotive (BMW and Nissan), consumer electronics (Apple), semiconductor manufacturing (KLA-Tencor) and aerospace (Lockheed Martin). He has extensive experience advising startups, developing and commercializing products, collaborating with universities and leading cross-functional teams. Dragos holds a PhD in Control Systems from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Ken HorneKen Horne, Automotive and Energy Strategic Planning Manager, Keysight Technologies

Ken Horne is the Automotive and Energy Strategic Planning Manager at Keysight Technologies

Ken graduated in 1985 with an M.Eng. in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. A member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer, Ken has fulfilled a variety of roles in R&D and Marketing in wireless/RF engineering and test equipment, joining Hewlett Packard in 1994. He has represented Keysight at IEEE802, Wi-Fi Alliance, OmniAir and C2C Forum.

Roger NicholsRoger Nichols, 5G Program Manager, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Roger Nichols has been directing Keysight’s 5G Programs for four years. His 33 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight spans roles in manufacturing, R&D, and marketing. He has worked in programs starting with analog cellular radio evolving to 5G and every standard in between.  He spent seven years as the Senior Marketing Director for Keysight’s (Agilent’s) Mobile Broadband Division responsible for the wireless test-sets and systems used in all major design and certification labs as well as manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Rogers holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Melissa CefkinDr. Melissa Cefkin, Principal Researcher – Human Centered Systems, Nissan Research Center

Dr. Melissa Cefkin leads the Human Centered Systems practice at the Nissan Research Center – Silicon Valley, which focuses on exploring the potential future of having autonomous vehicles as interactive agents in the world. Prior to joining Nissan, Dr. Cefkin served as a manager in the Accelerated Discovery Lab at IBM Research, where she led a social and computing team focused specifically on service research. She’s also previously held several research-related leadership positions at organizations including the Sapient Corporation and the Institute for Research on Learning. A Fulbright award grantee and the author of numerous publications including Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter (Berghahn Books 2009), Dr. Cefkin also remains active in professional service – serving in a variety of professional leadership roles for the National Academies of Science and the EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference) organization, among others. Dr. Cefkin holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rice University.

Liam PedersenLiam Pedersen, Senior Manager for Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan Research Center

Liam Pedersen leads the autonomous vehicle group at Nissan’s Research Center in Silicon Valley, focusing on the AI software for driverless operations in urban areas. Prior to this he worked on robotic systems for planetary exploration at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. He holds a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and is the recipient of NASA’s Public Service Medal.


Vaibhav GargVaibhav Garg, Systems Manager, Texas Instruments

Vaibhav Garg got his PhD. from University of Florida at Gainesville in Electrical Engineering in 2010. He joined Texas Instruments as an analog IC design engineer, leading development of complex mixed signal ICs for automotive applications such as sensors, body and safety critical functions. He currently manages a Systems team defining next generation products in the areas of position and proximity sensing, focusing on automotive and industrial applications. He is a member of the Texas Instruments technical staff and has co-authored multiple patents.

Takayuki ShimizuDr. Takayuki Shimizu, Researcher, Toyota ITC

Dr. Takayuki Shimizu joined Toyota ITC US in 2012 and has been working on the research of wireless vehicular communications and the development of smart grid systems for plug-in electric vehicles. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2007, 2009, and 2012, respectively. From 2009 to 2010, he was a visiting researcher at Stanford University, CA, USA. His current research interests include millimeter-wave vehicular communication, vehicular communications for automated driving, and LTE/5G for vehicular applications. He is a 3GPP standardization delegate in RAN WGs and SA1 WG and he is a member of the IEEE and IEICE.

Matthew WeedDr. Matthew Weed, Director of Research and Development, Luminar

A member of the original engineering team at Luminar, Dr. Matthew Weed is now focused on the company’s future through analysis and roadmapping of the autonomous vehicle and sensor industries. He is focused on commercializing advanced optics and photonics technologies and he has done so in drug delivery, medical diagnostics, and now automotive. Further, Matthew is an active member of his technical community sitting as Chair of the Optical Society’s Public Policy Committee and Steering Committee Member of the National Photonics Initiative. Academically, he studied the integration and fabrication of chip-scale photonic devices at CREOL, the College of Optics at the University of Central Florida and received his B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds seven US patents in laser and LiDAR technologies.

Ganesh IyerGanesh V. Iyer, CIO & Digital Operations Executive, NIO

Ganesh V, Iyer is a business-savvy CIO & Digital Operations exec with 25+ years of experience delivering proven results in various industries including hi-tech, autonomous tech, telecom, and manufacturing. He is recognized for rescuing underperforming digital organizations and creating new high-performing digital organizations in emerging and global markets, and is expert at change management and building relationships across the organization to achieve company goals.


Arunesh RoyDr. Arunesh Roy, Systems Architect, NXP Semiconductors

Dr. Arunesh Roy is a Systems Architect leading the Advanced Radar Algorithms group at NXP Semiconductors investigating algorithms and system requirements for high resolution Radar sensors for ADAS and autonomous driving. Previously, he was the Systems Program Manager at Oculii Corp, where he led the definition of the system architecture for Radar sensors used in ADAS and traffic surveillance systems. Arunesh received his Ph.D. from Wright State University in Dayton OH where he worked on sensor fusion algorithms and multi-target tracking for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and unattended ground sensors (UGS). sensors (UGS).

Jonathan PetitDr. Jonathan Petit, Senior Director of Research, OnBoard Security

Dr. Jonathan Petit is the Senior Director of Research for OnBoard Security. He is in charge of leading projects in security and privacy of automated and connected vehicles. He has conducted extensive research in detecting security vulnerabilities in automotive systems since 2007. He published the first work on potential cyber attacks on automated vehicles and first demonstration of remote attacks on LIDAR and Camera systems. He has supported communications security design and cybersecurity analysis through OEM and NHTSA-sponsored projects. He was the technical coordinator of the European project PRESERVE, which enabled security of V2X in Field Operational Tests all around Europe. He received his PhD in 2011 from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

Jeff WilleyJeff Willey, Director of Research, RFNav

Dr. Jeff Willey, director of research at RFNav Inc., is leading the development of an all-weather sensor for autonomous vehicle navigation. Prior to joining RFNav, Jeff contributed to the R&D and analysis of novel radar systems and other sensing systems at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) starting in 1981 and later at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has been granted more than 7 patents covering radar, imaging, and RF based speech recognition. He was the lead inventor on the Radar Microphone speech recognition system developed at NRL in 2009.

Maha AchourDr. Maha Achour, CEO and co-founder, Metawave Corp.

Dr. Maha Achour is CEO and co-founder of Metawave Corporation, a VC-backed startup focused on commercializing next generation radar sensor for the automotive market. Previously, Maha served as CTO of Rayspan where she commercialized the first metamaterial antennas and RF front-end subsystems for the cellular and WLAN industries. She has pioneered the first Free-Space Optical systems for last-mile connectivity and has led various DARPA projects in wireless MIMO and Optical devices. Maha holds a doctoral degree in Physics from MIT, and has received her Master’s Degree in Wireless Communication Theory and Systems from UCSD. She has authored over 30 publications in electrical engineering and physics, and has more than 80 granted and pending patents.

Leigh M. ChinitzLeigh M. Chinitz, Ph.D., CEO, octoScope

Leigh M. Chinitz has been the CTO at octoScope since November of 2017.

Prior to joining octoScope he was in CTO organization at Casa Systems with a focus on wireless strategy for both Wi-Fi and small cell technologies.  He joined Casa from Cisco where he was a Solutions Architect in in the Service Provider Wi-Fi Advanced Services team with a focus on the solution architectures for service providers looking to deploy Wi-Fi networks.  Before that he was a solutions architect for a UMTS femtocell company, a solutions architect for a CDMA femtocell company, CTO for a Wi-Fi company, and a systems technology researcher for Motorola, where his work in areas including CDMA networks, push-to-talk, wireless system simulations and digital TV resulted in several patent awards.  He was later was responsible for coordinating Motorola’s participation in FCC proceedings.

He has worked in wireless and data communications since 1993, addressing areas such as macrocellular network design and simulation, femtocell network architecture, and Wi-Fi solution design.  His areas of focus include wireless network simulation and design, overall solutions architecture, business development, and policy and regulation.

Dr. Chinitz is the holder of 20 US patents, an experienced speaker at industry conferences, and a participant in IEEE, TIA, and ITU standards activities.

Joakim WiklundJoakim Wiklund, VP of Engineering, Savari

Joakim Wiklund serves as VP of Engineering at Savari. He has more than 20 years experience developing solutions in the Cellular and IoT Space working in leading positions, at Ericsson and Itron and as CTO at Sonim, and SmartSych. Joakim was responsible for the development of GPRS and UMTS data at Ericsson, developed mesh, star and cellular solutions for utilities and smart cities at SmartSynch and Itron. At Sonim, Joakim was responsible for the development and latency critical application utilizing cellular networks.

Daniel RichartDaniel Richart, Founder and CEO, Teraki

Daniel Richart has been leading the execution of Teraki since 2014, involved in business development and R&D. His background includes a PhD in physics at the Max Planck Institute. His research has been focused on algorithmic approaches for data processing required for quantum computing. He has been involved in the adoption process of Teraki’s technology for the automotive market.


Joao BarrosJoao Barros, Founder and CE0, Veniam

An award-winning wireless engineer, academic leader and passionate entrepreneur, João loves to turn complex theorems and algorithms into products and services that can make a real difference in people’s lives. After more than a decade developing new wireless networking technologies at Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Universidade do Porto, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon, João founded two venture-backed startups, Streambolico and Veniam, where he serves as board director and CEO respectively. His work has led to 160 science and technology papers, as well as feature articles by NPR, BBC, MIT Technology Review, The Atlantic, and TechCrunch. He has received several awards, including the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the 2011 IEEE ComSoC and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2012 BES National Innovation Award, the 2013 Building Global Innovators Grand Prize (ISCTE-IUL and MIT) and a state-wide best teaching award by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. He has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany), his undergraduate education in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Universidade do Porto, Portugal and Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, and a performing arts degree in flute from the Music Conservatory of Porto, Portugal.

Roxie PaineRoxie Paine, Director, Autonomous Transportation Ecosystems, Analog Devices, Inc.

Roxie Paine is the Director of Autonomous Transportation Ecosystems at Analog Devices Inc. Roxie’s passion for automotive safety started at an early age when she completed a project back in high school solving the challenge of first-generation air bags killing short drivers. Prior to her current role, Roxie was the product line manager for LIDAR at Analog Devices. In addition, she has held positions supporting Analog Devices Automotive Safety MEMS devices. Roxie holds an BSEE from the University of Maine and has an MBA from FloridaTech.

Erdal YilmazErdal Yilmaz, Autonomous Driving System Architect, Analog Devices, Inc.

Dr. Yilmaz is a Systems Architect in Perception Ecosystem Team, part of Autonomous Transportation & Safety Business Unit at Analog Devices. He holds B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University, and is currently studying Software Engineering at Harvard University. He has previous experience in robotics, experimental physics, and computational science and engineering. At Analog Devices, he worked on inertial micro-electro-mechanical systems design, simulation and optimization for automotive and industrial applications. He participated twice and is a silver medalist in International Physics Olympiads.

Colm PrendergastColm Prendergast, Principal Autonomous Driving System Architect, Analog Devices Inc.

Colm Prendergast is a Principal Engineer and Principal System Architect with the ATS group at Analog Devices Inc.

Colm joined Analog Devices in 1989 as a Design Engineer in Limerick, Ireland. During his career at ADI Colm has worked on and led projects in wide variety of applications areas including, Digital Video, Audio, Communications and DSP and MEMs. Most recently Colm has led ADI’s cloud technology development effort in the IoT space as Director of IoT Cloud Technology. Colm holds 14 US patents and is a member of IEEE and SIGGRAPH. Colm sits of the Board of Trustees of the St. Joseph Prep. High School in Brighton, MA and is a FIRST Robotics Mentor.

Colm received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from University of Limerick, Ireland and a Master’s Degree from University College Cork, Ireland.