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



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

Ken DiPrimaKen DiPrima, Assistant Vice President, AT&T Business Solutions – Internet of Things (IoT)

Ken DiPrima is Assistant Vice President of AT&T’s IoT Solutions. Ken leads a team that is responsible for developing solutions to support devices for connected cars, wearables, Healthcare, Smart Cities, and tracking/monitoring devices supporting many industries such as transportation, manufacturing, energy and healthcare. With over 29 years of experience with AT&T and its predecessor companies, Ken has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, mobility service architecture (voice, Intelligent Networks, messaging, data, cloud), billing, security, engineering, long distance, and end-to-end testing. Prior to this role, Ken was Executive Director of Product Realization, where he had responsibility for both product development and service architecture design for most of AT&T’s mobility services. Ken earned a Bachelor in Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida. He is active in the community, working with Boy Scouts and local study groups. Ken lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Sue and his three kids, Ryan, Kyle, and Kayla.

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.

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.


Shailesh PatilShailesh Patil, Principal Engineer/Manager, Qualcomm

Shailesh Patil is a Principal Engineer/Manager at Qualcomm Incorporated. There he leads the C-V2X (Cellular V2X) research and 3GPP standardization group. Previously, he led the standardization of device to device communication in 3GPP LTE. This was for the very first time that device to device communication was standardized in any cellular standard. He has 43 granted patents and more than 80 pending patent applications. Shailesh Patil received his Masters and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

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.

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.


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.

Ravi PuvvalaRavi Puvvala, CEO, SAVARI

Ravi Puvvala is the founder of Savari and a visionary of the future of V2X. He serves as an advisory member to transportation institutes and government bodies. He has 25+ years of experience in the wireless & automotive industries, including leading positions at Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm Atheros.


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.