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Learn how industry leaders are addressing challenges with Test Strategies, Tooling and Open Standards and take a deep dive with leading experts in the fields of autonomous testing, ADAS and simulation.

Paolo Guglielmini
President

Italy

Welcome to the Virtual Test Drive 2020 – Virtual Conference


Appointed President, Manufacturing Intelligence division in 2020, Paolo Guglielmini leads the strategic and commercial development of Hexagon’s Smart Factory Solutions in the world of manufacturing.

He has served in key roles since joining Hexagon in 2010 – from strategy and business development to mergers and acquisitions – and most recently as the president over Hexagon’s Smart Factory design & engineering portfolio.

Prior to joining Hexagon, he held positions at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research (in Switzerland) and Accenture (in Italy). Guglielmini holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration.

Jens Lüdemann

Dr. Jens Lüdemann
CEO

Berlin, Germany


Jens is one of the founders of PikeTec, the testing experts. He has more than 20 years of experience in control engineering and software testing of automotive control systems. After studying in Berlin and Glasgow, he began his career at Daimler R&D before founding PikeTec.

Aldo Facchin Leica

Aldo Facchin
Manager, R&D

Pordenone Area, Italy


Aldo was co-founder of GEOSOFT srl in 1992, a company that became market leader for mapping editing software, which was acquired by Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon Company, in 2013. Aldo manages the R&D of the Mobile Mapping business unit. Which Includes the means to directly handle the prototyping and feasibility of the products, and the development of all the software parts involved.

Walter Sullivan

Walter Sullivan
CTO

Seattle, Washington, USA


As CTO of Designated Driver, Walter is responsible for the technical and product vision of the company.

 

With nearly 30 years’ experience in the software industry, and 15 in automotive, Walter most recently establishing and leading Elektrobit’s Silicon Valley Innovation Lab working closely with many cutting-edge startups and new technologies. In this role, Walter oversaw global, internal incubation projects and product development in the innovation lab, focusing on advanced autonomous driving technology.

 

Before joining Elektrobit, Walter spent nearly 25 years in multiple leadership positions at Microsoft, most recently as a senior manager overseeing product planning and strategy for the automotive business unit. He served as a lead program manager and architect, working on cutting-edge embedded systems for leading automakers including Fiat, Ford and Kia.

 

Sanjay Krishnan apex-ai

Sanjay Krishnan
VP of Product

Palo Alto, California, USA


Sanjay Krishnan is VP of Product at Apex.AI, Inc., where he is responsible for the products and partnerships that define next-generation Autonomous Vehicle technology. In this role, he oversees product strategy and key initiatives to accelerate industry-wide adoption of a modern, modular stack of algorithms and software framework for self-driving cars, drones, and robots. Earlier, at Google, he helped launch and scale Virtual Reality (VR) as a software-defined stack for Android developers. He executed the visionary goal of running 3rd party VR/AR applications on commercial Android phones, scaling it to over 100M phones in production. He managed the technology platform of a billion-dollar ecosystem of hardware, firmware, and software for Chrome OS, the remarkably robust and secure open-source operating system that runs Chromebooks.

John Buszek
VP, Products & Services

Detroit, Michigan, USA


JohnBuszek, Vice President of Products and Services at AutonomouStuff, oversees autonomous vehicle system offerings, projects and initiatives, including the Open Autonomy Pilot launched in the summer of 2019 to bring a refined open-source automated vehicle to market. Before coming to AutonomouStuff, Buszek worked for a decade in automotive technology—five years as an algorithm and software developer for all-wheel-drive dynamic control and five years working on electric vehicle traction motor control. He is a technical business leader in strategy, marketing and engineering for specialty applications such as LiDAR, surround view and automated driving. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and Master of Science degree in system engineering from Oakland University.

Vijitha Chekuri

Vijitha Chekuri
Autonomous Business Strategy Director

Redmond, Washington, USA


Vijitha is responsible for shaping Microsoft’s automotive strategy with a core focus on autonomous vehicle development. She is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships and engagements with the automotive ecosystem, industry organizations and research institutes to advance the development of current and future automotive technologies. Vijitha has previously worked at DMI, GE and Ford, and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Bobby Hambrick
President/CEO

Morton, Illinois, USA

Enabling Smart Autonomous Mobility


Bobby Hambrick is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AutonomouStuff and the Chief Autonomous Officer of Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division. Hambrick founded AutonomouStuff in 2010 to serve the growing interest in automated vehicles and has expanded into multiple markets—automotive, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia. Hambrick is one of the first to develop and bring to market an automated R&D vehicle that has become the base of hundreds of automated driving initiatives. As a single founder, Hambrick has grown the bootstrapped company like no other in the automotive industry and maintained profitability every single month since its inception. That track record of success lead to AutonomouStuff’s acquisition by Hexagon in September of 2018. As the leader of one of the most respected companies in the autonomous industry, Hambrick also advises multiple startup companies and works with local robotics teams and universities to inspire future leaders to build a safer and better world.

Manuela Papadopol

Manuela Papadopol
CEO

Portland, Oregon, USA


Manuela has devoted her career to advancing automotive technology. She is an ambassador for the entire industry as it evolves toward highly automated features and, ultimately, self-driving cars. In addition to her role as CEO of Designated Driver, she sits on the advisory board for Udacity. She also serves as an advisory board member for Automobility LA where she pioneered the event’s Top 10 Automotive Startup Competition, shining a light on the technological innovation that is bringing smart mobility to the masses.

As co-founder of Sansea Consulting, she has provided guidance to a range of automotive companies and startups. Previously, Manuela led the global marketing effort as director of business development and communications at Elektrobit, establishing the company’s worldwide reach. At Microsoft, as a global marketing manager, she supported Windows Embedded Automotive, Ford SYNC and other automotive initiatives and was recognized with the Microsoft Gold Star Award. She also served as marketing manager for both Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Manuela holds a patent in voice-activated acquisition of non-local content and has received many industry awards including the Women Worth Watching Award from Diversity Journal and she was named a top Woman in IOT Marketing from Connected World.

Dr. John Dolan
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University


John’s research goal is to create systems and methodologies that allow groups of robots and humans to collaborate with one another to perform useful tasks. His research is motivated by an interest in the modeling and control of physical systems on the one hand, and in the creation of effective human-machine interfaces on the other. Given continuing technological advances in computing, sensing, actuation, and miniaturization, the nexus of these two interests is an increasingly exciting area to explore. For Autonomous Driving, John’s team is developing algorithms for urban and highway driving that enable more anthropomorphic autonomous behaviors than previously possible, and are seeking to combine these with safety guarantees for a result that combines human-like fluidity with the higher safety potential of rapid-response computing and actuation.

Taylor Manahan, TRCPG

Taylor Manahan
Manager, Transportation Research Center

Marysville, Ohio, USA


Taylor is Business development Manager at TRC, Inc., having previously worked as a Resreach Engineer and Engineering Team Lead at TRCPG. Taylor is a graduate of Ohio Northern Univerisity in Mechanical Engineering and obtained her MBA from Otterbein Univerisity.

Dr. Klaus Estenfeld
Managing Director

Germany

The Role of Open Standards in Industry


As Managing Director, Dr. Estenfeld is responsible for the operational business of ASAM in close relation with the ASAM Board of Directors. He turns special attention to the internationalization of the association and the relationship to the ASAM members.

Dr. Klaus Estenfeld holds a diploma in Computer Science. He has gained long-standing management experience in large and small businesses as well as in start-ups. During his career he held several positions in innovation management, strategy, partner management and customer relationship management. Over the years, he has successfully established several new businesses, e.g. in expert systems, design automation, UMTS telephones, cloud computing and telematics solutions.

Richard Bishop
Principal

Highland, Maryland, USA

Test Strategies


Autonomous Driving: Where We Are & Where We’re Going

Richard provides high-level technical and policy expertise for corporations and governments that are developing intelligent vehicle and transportation systems. In the field of automated trucking, Richard is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the automated and Electric Study Group of the American Trucking Association Technology and Maintenance Council. Richard holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from The Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly the Tai Sophia Institute.

Apruva Gokhale Esteco

Apruva Gokhale
Esteco North America

Novi, Michigan, USA

Esteco: Knowledge Management Interface to VTD


Apurva works as Sr. Application Engineer for Esteco North America. She enjoys guiding and consulting customers on their design, modeling and optimization projects. She has a Masters degree from Clemson University, with a focus on numerical optimization and applied statistics. Recent favorite work projects include, Design for Six Sigma, applying machine learning techniques to engineering datasets and using design optimization in non-traditional applications.

Fredrik Sjogren

Fredrik Sjogren
Senior Technical Specialist

Gothernburg, Sweden


Fredrik has been with MSC software for over 20 years, with main focus on solver-related Adams products. He enjoys diving into new functionality and has recently worked a lot with Adams connected to other tools such as Virtual Test Drive, but also CFD codes and non-linear FE tools, as well as control codes using the FMI standard.

Thomas Benz

Dr. Thomas Benz
PTV Group

Karlsruhe, Germany


Thomas Benz is the Global Solution Director for Automotive at PTV Group. Thomas Benz studied Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe University, now called Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he received his Diploma (Master’s Degree) in Automotive Engineering. He joined the KIT’s Institute for Transport Studies as a Research Assistant to Prof. Leutzbach and received a PhD from the Faculty of Civil Engineering. After leaving KIT he worked as a freelance consultant in the ITS field and founded Benz Consult. In 2000, Benz Consult merged with PTV Group, and Thomas Benz built up the ITS research within PTV.

Raffaele Menolascino
Managing Director

Milan, Italy

The Impact of the Autonomous Vehicle Technology on Future Mobility Models


The speech will analyze how mobility is expected to change in the next few years moving progressively from a concept where the vehicle is owned to mobility as a service concept. Highly automated and fully automated vehicles will help to accelerate this transition. The speech will also consider the complexity of setting a comprehensive engineering system suitable to efficiently develop an autonomous vehicle platform and, in this respect, we will introduce the collaboration with Vires.

Raffaele holds an MS Degree in Electronic Engineering (Polytechnic of Turin) and has 15+ year experience in designing and developing embedded devices and end-to-end communication systems primarily addressed to the automotive industry.

Raffaele is the Accenture Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Offering Development lead with responsibility for developing and deploying a wide portfolio of assets addressed to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Raffaele is an Accenture Managing Director with a broad experience in the automotive and telecom industries; passionate for digital technologies, leading the connected and autonomous vehicle global offering, cooperating with multiple players and partners in the industry.

Keith Van Houten
Manager, ADAS / Autonomous Vehicle Performance Simulation

Detroit

Current challenges in developing advanced performance simulation capability for the validation of ADAS, automated driving, and autonomous vehicle control systems.


Keith is a veteran automotive engineer, having begun his career at General Motors in Noise & Vibration performance and vehicle dynamics.

Keith is currently leading the team creating advanced performance simulation capability for the development and validation of ADAS, automated driving, and autonomous vehicle control systems. The simulation infrastructure implements MIL, SIL, HIL and DIL technologies. Core team members are deploying GM’s next generation full motion driving simulator.

Thomas Guntschnig, MBA
Product Portfolio Manager ADAS/AD

Graz, Austria

Challenges in Virtual Verification and Validation of ADAS and AD


Responsible for advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving verification and validation product portfolio strategy and management, strategic partnerships and alliances, business development, marketing and regulatory bodies.

Andreas Biehn
VTD Specialist

Munich


Andreas has worked at VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH as a VTD product developer, and as a product manager. His objective is to provide VTD users with the best possible ADAS/AD simulation environment.

Bastien Beauchamp
CEO

Ann Arbor


Bastien has over 20 years of experience as CEO of tech companies in Montreal, New York and San Francisco. His work has been recognized by 29 awards from 4 continents. Over the years, his expertise has been forged in various industries for clients such as: Cirque du Soleil, Radio-Canada, Sprint, MGM Grand, Travelers Insurance, Molson-Coors, Quebecor, National Bank of Canada and more. He has also been president of the Boomerang Awards Jury 3 times and has co-founded the university course “Advertising with new technologies” at the University of Montreal which he has taught for 3 years.

Roy Fridman
Vice President

Tel Aviv, Israel


Roy is an seasoned leader and innovator with many years of experience creating multidisciplinary products in the mobile, telecommunication, video and automotive industries. Currently Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Foretellix: an innovative startup in the field of complex verification of ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Until recently Roy served as Director of Business Development and Product Marketing at Corephotonics (which was sold to Samsung), in charge of automotive activities, go to Market and key strategic partnerships with OEMs, Tier 1s and Ecosystem partners.

Max Likhachev

Dr. Max Likhachev
CEO/Founder

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Dr. Likhahev is an Associate Professor with the Robotics Institute and National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), both part of School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Computer and Information Science department at University of Pennsylvania and a member of the GRASP laboratory. He is also the founder of RobotWits aimed at developing advanced planning and decision-making technologies for self-driving vehicles.

Kevin Doherty
Technical Sales

Calgary, Canada


Kevin Doherty is a Technical Sales Representative for Automotive at Hexagon | NovAtel®. Within the industry, Kevin delivers NovAtel’s portfolio of positioning solutions to customers across all levels of program deployment. He has been with NovAtel since 2013, previously as a Team Lead in Application Engineering, supporting customer applications for ground reference and autonomy. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Priyanka Rameshchandra Mehta
Program Manager, Transportation Analytics

Singapore

The role of Virtual Vehicles in Autonomous Driving Development


Ms Priyanka is the Project Manager at Energy Research Institute and the Program Manager for Transportation Analytics with Dauwels Lab at NTU.

She works closely with both academicians and industry partners and manages projects relating to autonomous vehicles, transportation simulation and other smart transportation areas. She has technical & managerial background in GIS and Computer Modelling & Simulation. Her key interests lie in urban sustainability and the role of AI in future mobility.

Dr. Bruce Engelmann
Chief Technology Officer

Rhode Island

Accelerating Computer-Aided Engineering to the Demands of the Autonomous Mobility Market


Accelerating Computer-Aided Engineering to the Demands of the Autonomous Mobility Market.

Bruce is MSC Software’s Chief Technology Officer. His task is to develop synergies across all product lines and leverage the strengths of a matrix organization to share best practices, and work on cross-product solutions (within MSC as well as elsewhere in Hexagon).

His goal is to enable MSC to drive innovation and deliver solutions faster, to meet customer needs in a highly competitive and rapidly changing market.

Shyam Kumar
Global HPC + Autonomous Vehicles

Palo Alto, California, USA


Shyam is on the High Performance Computing (HPC) team at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and leads the Business Development activities and Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy for the Autonomous Vehicles (AV) segment. In his current role, he helps Automotive OEM’s, Tier-1’s and Startups leverage the technical capabilities, elasticity and scale of AWS to innovate faster and accelerate their Autonomous Vehicle development process. Shyam has 20+ years of engineering design, simulation and scientific computing experience, having held various technical, sales and business development roles in the Aerospace, Nanotechnology, and Engineering Software industries.

Dr. Gunnar Graefe
Managing Director

Blake Gasca

Blake Gasca
Senior Director

San Diego, California, USA


Blake Gasca, a California native, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, with a focused around Connect Vehicles; Blake has co-founded and successfully exited two transportation technology companies surrounding vehicle safety while leveraging computer vision.  Blake joined SmartDrive in 2017 to spearhead the company’s automated vehicle ambitions by leveraging near-collision and crash sensitive data to help prevent future autonomous vehicles from sharing a similar fate.  Blake currently engages with Silicon Valley automated vehicle developers, vehicle OEMs, and government entities (such as the US Dept. of Transportation) on daily basis to provide input on safety benchmarking through real-world data.

SmartDrive Systems, a San Diego based fleet technology company, has the world’s largest database of video-telematics data with over 550 Million Video Miles driven each month in the U.S. along with over 3.6 Million Videos captured each month.

Dr Chen Long
General Manager


Dr. Chen Long is currently a general manager assistant in CAERI Intelligent and Connected Technology Co., Ltd. Dr. Chen Long got his PhD from Tsinghua University, in 2017. His research direction is the dynamic control and test evaluation technology of intelligent vehicles.

He founded a team which focuses on test scenarios development with more than 40 technicians in CAERI. He has developed software and hardware tools such as scenario data processing and analysis, conversion, generation and evaluation that meet international standards. He served as the expert of ISO TC204 WG14 and ISO TC22 WG9, and supported the research work of MIIT of China on the relevant management methods of intelligent connected vehicles.

Kevin Connelly
GM and Quality Manager


GM and Quality Manager with expertise in testing and consulting industries. Managed quality assurance programs performing audits and completing product testing. Ensured quality of product and testing services performing audits and taking corrective action. Upheld quality programs expectations and standards. Administered budgets to ensure proper allocation of resources. Supervised and coordinated the activities of those engaged in inspecting and testing.

Jan Becker, Ph. D.
President/CEO

Palo Alto, California, USA


Pioneering Automated Driving and Robotics leader who has been engineering innovations in autonomous/automated driving, robotics, artificial intelligence, and hardware/software design and development. History of working on robotics and automotive projects in the US & Europe. Practical technology manager who recognizes the value of user-centered design principles, iterative development, and ongoing testing to deliver useful products that people want. Significant research and development contributions in driver assistance, automated driving, vehicle safety systems, personal robotics, shared autonomy. Powerful global network of robotics, AI and automotive professionals, having worked on high-profile projects at Bosch and Stanford University.

Stuart Woods
Vice-President

Atlanta

Mapping Technology for Digital Twin Creation for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles


HD Mapping for Autonomous Mobility

Over three decades working in global tech companies, across product management, product and business development, I have delivered substantive business impact and results by focusing on products both strategically and tactically.

My approach takes the whole company into consideration, I grow and empower capable teams and build an environment of trust in which they can deliver. Above all, I recognise and prepare for “what if”.

Brad Adams
Product Manager

Demonstration of Mapping Data Flow from Pegasus2 to VTD


HD Mapping for Autonomous Mobility

Experienced executive manager for engineering, surveying, IT consulting and international technology vendor with proven experience in creating business, developing new markets and exceeding business goals.

Successfully adapted, implemented and developed National Leadership in emerging technologies from engineering design software; terrestrial laser scanning; mobile mapping; digital aerial mapping and aerial LiDAR for Infrastructure Owners and service providers.

Dr. Jost Bernasch
CEO

Austria

The role of Virtual Vehicles in Autonomous Driving Development


Since 2004, Jost Bernasch is Managing Director of the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center in Graz, Austria. In that time, VIRTUAL VEHICLE became an international recognized institution with over 270 employees and a turnover of 22m EUR. Central topics are automated driving systems, vehicle safety and security.

Since 2018, Jost Bernasch also serves as Managing Director for ALP.Lab – the “Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving”.

In the past, Jost Bernasch held several senior positions including Authorized Officer and Senior Project Manager of Information Technology, Düsseldorf, Germany and Director of Driving Simulation BMW, Research & Development Center, Munich, Germany.

Jost Bernasch holds a PhD degree in computer science from the University of Munich and Dortmund.

He is steering committee member of the International Driving Simulation Conference (DSC), founder and chair of the Graz Virtual Vehicle Symposium (GSVF) and chair of the International Styrian NVH Conference (ISNVH, in cooperation with SAE).

Nachiket Kasarekar
Manager

Novi, Michigan, USA

Dr. Edward Schwalb
Lead Scientist

Irvine, California

Large-scale simulation supporting HARA for ISO 26262, SOTIF, and SPTA


Dr Schwalb received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of California Irvine. He has more than 20 years’ experience in implementing intelligent systems for a wide range of industries, including defense, consumer electronics, finance, healthcare and engineering. He has authored a technical book, published in major journals, edited technical standards and been credited with more than a dozen patents. At MSC Software, he was an architect and member of a product team that won more than a dozen awards in three years. Currently he is focused on the adoption of machine learning methods for simulation.

Dr. Michael Schlenkrich
Product Manager/Strategist

Munich, Germany

Scaling Virtual Test Drive simulations to achieve billions of relevant miles, using cloud computing resources and advanced AI analytics


Scaling Virtual Test Drive simulations to achieve billions of relevant miles, using cloud computing resources and advanced AI analytics.

Dr. Michael Schlenkrich studied Theoretical Physics and Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He joined Silicon Graphics (SGI), leading multiple technology projects. In 1999, he initiated the creation of a Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM) Solution at BMW AG, Audi AG, and VW (referred to as CAE-Bench).

In 2001, he joined MSC Software as product management for the SPDM solution (SimManager) and later led the global services team delivering the SPDM solutions. Since 2018, Michael Schlenkrich is a product manager and product strategist at MSC for Cloud Strategy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML). In this function, Michael Schlenkrich has initiated a VTD SCALE as a solution for testing and validation of AV and ADAS functions.

Bhanu Kala

Bhanu Kala
Automotive Lead

Arlington, Virginia, USA

Dr. Martin Benedikt

Germany

Multi-vehicle Simulation Environment (MUSE), with the  seamless Integration for Mechatronic System Dev’t (SIMDev), utilizing Drive.Lab (utilization at our driving simulator)


In 2008 Martin Benedikt started his career at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH in the Area ‘Electrics/Electronics and Software’ and since 2014, and after finalizing his PhD on non-iterative co-simulation, he is leading the team ‘Co-simulation and Software’, developing a co-simulation platform as part of Model.CONNECT from AVL.  Since 2018 he is responsible for the Area “Efficient Development” at the Research Center with a strong focus on modern, more agile and modular system development approaches.

Karthik Krishnan
Product Specialist

California


Karthik Krishnan’s areas of expertise include autonomous vehicles, multi-body dynamics, road loads and durability, multi-physics simulation, process automation, design of experiments and optimization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He previously worked at Honda and LMS International. Krishnan has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.

Ingo Porsche
Principal Technical Lead

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Ingo has been with MSC software for over 25 years, starting his career as an engineering analyst for Adams vehicle simulations at Mechanical Dynamics, GmbH. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to develop and manage the Adams Car development team, and the customization of Adams Car to automotive OEMs and suppliers throughout the world.

David Mear
VTD Product Specialist

France


David has spent over 10 years in the automotive industry, focused on developing ABS and ADAS solutions for leading companies such as BMW, Bosch , and Renault. At MSC Software, David is leveraging his ADAS/AD experience to drive the future development of VTD in the EMEA market.

Karl Bangert

Karl Bangert
Compere

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Karl has over 30 years experience in automotive engineering, software development, and Computer-Aided Engineering. Karl began his career at Cadillac Motor Car through Kettering University (GMI-BSEE), then joined the software development team at Mechanical Dynamics (now MSC) that created Adams View and Adams Car, and spent 5 years in Germany managing engineering consulting and application engineering. Karl then focused on CAE, embedded software solutions including AUTOSAR and Functional Safety, both independently, and managing ITK Engineering North America and its acquisition by Bosch Engineering Group. At Hexagon, Karl has managed automotive segment activities enabling Smart Autonomous Mobility.