Governtment of Dubai - Organizer | Dubai World Congress For Self-Driving Transaport | Autonomous Vehicle Technology Exhibition
Under The Patronage Of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince Of Dubai And Chairman Of The Executive Council
Roads & Transport Authority - Organizer | Dubai Congress For Self-Driving Transaport | Self-Driving Car Conference & Exhibition
Under The Patronage Of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince Of Dubai And Chairman Of The Executive Council
Seminar Speakers2019-08-15T06:43:43+00:00

Seminar speakers

Abdulla Al-Kaff

Joby Aviation
Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher

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Dr. Ahmed Hussein

IAV GmbH in Berlin, Germany
Department of Perception and Camera Functions

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Dr. Amine Arezki

Thales Group
Chief Autonomy Leader

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Andy Stevenson

Middle East – Mott MacDonald
Transport Sector Leader

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Bentley Lin

exida Safety Systems (Shanghai) CO., Ltd.
Managing Director

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Bianca Barbu

CANGO
Chief Marketing Officer

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Brian Baker

RebelV2
CEO

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Dalia Hafiz

Assistant Professor
Architect, Academic, Researcher, and Phenomenologist

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Dan Baxter

Stantec
Chief Systems Engineer & Practice Director

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Emmanuel Victor Quarm

Teksolutions-Inc.Ltd, UK
CEO/Founder/Director

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Eugene Chao

The Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative
Research Associate

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Gerard Martret

SHOTL
Co-founder & CCO

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Hussein Hakim

PTV Group IMEA
Transport Modeller

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Dr. Jochen Lohmiller

Transport Modeller
Manager Microscopic Simulation

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Jonathan Spear

Atkins Acuity
Director

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Jorge Bialade

YallaMotor.com
General Manager

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Dr. Juan R. Pimentel

Intelligent Transportation Systems
Expert International Consultant

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Kristian Jaldemark

Carmenta Automotive
Head of Development

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Mark Wilson

Michigan State University
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

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Martin Thibault

Transportation for Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Vice-President

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Massimo Cavazzini

Amazon Web Services
Head of Automotive EMEA

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Mike Singh

Indus‐Americas Subsea Cable System (BRICS Cable)
Telecoms Consultant and an Investor

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Noah Kindler

Canoo
In charge of Blockchain

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Thomas Hengstermann

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Samar AbdelFattah

Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DMTech)
Founder & CEO

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Abdulla Al-Kaff

Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher
Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LSI), Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Abdulla Al-Kaff is an Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher at the Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LSI), Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, with a solid theoretical and mathematical background in the fields of Artificial Vision, Artificial Intelligence, and localization algorithms for Intelligent Systems and Automotive ground and aerial vehicles.

He graduated from Aden University in Computer Science and Engineering in 2007 with a grade (Very good) and ranked as the third in his class, and obtained his master degree in Robotics and Automation with grade (Excellent) in 2012 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Automation in 2017 with a grade (Excellent with Cum Laude), with a thesis titled "Vision-based navigation system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)", which proposed a robust navigation system; in order to allow the UAVs to perform complex tasks autonomously and in real-time. The proposed algorithms deal with solving the navigation problem for outdoor as well as indoor environments, mainly based on visual information that is captured by monocular cameras. In addition, this dissertation presents the advantages of using the visual sensors as the main source of data or complementing other sensors in providing useful information; in order to improve the accuracy and the robustness of the sensing purposes.

During his Ph.D., Abdulla got a European patent in designing a UAV with an advanced visual system for the inspection for the defects in buildings and infrastructures.

In addition, Abdulla was awarded as a best Ph.D. thesis in Spain in Intelligent Transportation systems. His current research interests focused on computer vision, deep learning, trajectories planning, control engineering, intelligent systems, autonomous vehicles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and he has a lot of the publications in these fields.

Dr.-Ing. Ahmed Hussein

Senior Development Engineer
Department of Perception and Camera Functions at IAV GmbH in Berlin, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Ahmed Hussein has received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt, in June 2012; followed by his in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Berlin campus, Germany, working on optimization of multiple robot systems cooperation in May 2013. In September 2018, he received his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain. During the doctoral degree period, he was working with the Intelligent Systems Lab (LSI) research group, where he was one of the team leaders of the Intelligent Campus Automobile (iCab) project, working on the development and implementation of localization, mapping, planning, control, communication and cooperative driving techniques for multiple self-driving vehicles. Currently he is a Senior Development Engineer in the Department of Perception and Camera Functions at IAV GmbH in Berlin, Germany.

His research interests are focused on intelligent transportation systems fields, mainly on sensors data fusion, autonomous systems control, optimization techniques, computational intelligence and cooperative vehicles systems. Recently, his research interests also include computer vision, deep learning and development of perception systems based on camera and lidar data for object detection, recognition and classification.

Ahmed is a member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) since 2015, and a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) since 2012. He is the Treasurer and Registration Co-Chair for the IEEE ITSC2019, the Publicity Chair for the IEEE ICVES2019, and the Workshops Co-Chair for the IEEE IV2020. Additionally, he was the Student Activities Chair for the IEEE ITSS Spanish Chapter for the period from 2017 to 2019, the General Co-Chair and Financial Chair of the IEEE ICVES2018, and was a member of the Organizing Committee of IEEE ICET 2012, IEEE RST2016, IEEE ICVES2017, IEEE ITSC2018, IEEE IROS2018, and IEEE IV2019, among other international events. He also chaired and co-chaired several workshops, in addition to serving as a reviewer and/or an associate editor in numerous international conferences. Furthermore, he has been invited to give speeches, lectures, and seminars at different institutes.

Dr. Amine Arezki

Chief Autonomy Leader
Thales Group

Having lived and worked in 3 different continent over the globe (Africa, Europe and America), Amine is a highly creative and open-minded PhD in Robotics and Smart Systems who naturally likes combining art design and technology, connected to real purposes. Dr. Amine AREZKI has started his international career by designing competitive autonomous mobile robots as a student and participating in several European competitions. Inspired by this experience, he continued applying the playful use of robotics for a greater good when working at Rutgers University New Jersey, USA and combining robotics with video games for rehabilitation of people who suffered from a Stroke. After his time abroad, Dr. Amine AREZKI joined Thales Group France in 2008 where is had different responsibilities; Project manager and industrialization for transportation projects in China and North Africa. In 2011 he joined the German organization as a Product trainer (designing & delivering customer training programs). In 2013 he joined the international organization by accepting a challenging position as a Design Authority Product Line, where he has launched the newest generation of Hardware Platform for the global ground transportation activities. In 2015 he has joined the Strategy and Product Policy as a Product Line Manager for axle counter / Point machines, launching Lite4ce™ the new generation fiber optical axle counter product based on fiber optics and ThEye™ (Thales Eye), the remote support solution using augmented reality glasses. Since 2017, Dr. Amine Arezki took the lead of the worldwide activities for autonomy within Thales Group, shaping the future of transportation and mobility.

Andy Stevenson

Transport Sector Leader
Middle East - Mott MacDonald

Andy Stevenson is the Transport Sector Leader for Mott MacDonald Middle East driving strategy and growth in the region. With more than 20 years’ experience in master planning, transportation, and urban development for both the public and private sector. Andy has worked throughout Europe and the Middle East on some of the world’s biggest and most challenging projects and is also a member of the Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (MCIHT).

Andy has a strong town planning / urban development background and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning from the Birmingham School of Planning as well as an MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering from the internationally renowned Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. This urban planning education combined with engineering know how allows Andy the ability to look at a problem or issue holistically with the appreciation of a planner as well as a transport specialist. He has also developed a great understanding of the implementation of alternative modes of transport including bus rapid transit, personal rapid transit, group rapid transit, metros and cable cars to serve major developments.

Andy joined Mott MacDonald in 2015 and has worked on projects such as the Abu Dhabi Transport Mobility Management Strategy, Yas Island Strategic Transport Study, Abu Dhabi Bus Masterplan, and RTA Metro Station Enhancements. Andy is currently busy developing Mott MacDonald’s future mobility strategy but moreover offering practical advice on the impact of future mobility to key clients in the region.

Bentley Lin

Managing Director
exida Safety Systems (Shanghai) CO., Ltd.

Mr. Lin has over 10 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the vehicle E/E architecture, automotive electronics and safety application. He is an active functional safety expert who has experiences in doing projects with Japanese, Korean, European, US and Chinese manufacturers.

He is a system architecture and safety expert who can take care of both of new function development and functional safety subjects at the same time. Having special interests in development and implementation of details in autonomous driving (highly automated driving) and innovative mobility solutions.

Application and safety experiences across following automotive systems:
1.Passive Entry Passive Start & Electronic Steering Lock (ASIL D)
2.Electrical Parking Brake (ASIL D)
3.Electrical Power Steering (ASIL D)
4.Body Control Module (ASIL B)
5.Advance Driving Assistance System & Highly Automated Driving (ASIL B to ASIL D)
6.EV-Electrical Energy Storage (ASIL C)
7.Hybrid (Vehicle) Control Unit (ASIL C)
8.EV-Motor Control Unit/ Inverter (ASIL C)
9.Transmission Control Unit (ASIL C)
10.Vehicle E/E architecture topologies (QM to ASIL D)

Now he is Managing Director for exida Safety Systems (Shanghai) CO., Ltd.

Bianca Barbu

Chief Marketing Officer
CANGO

Bianca Barbu is Chief Marketing Officer for CANGO. She joined the company in 2011 and brought her expertise in negotiation, marketing, business development and customer value that she gained at past companies from automotive and insurance industry.

Telematics niche offered the challenges that she was looking to have and to do something different every day. “CANGO is the company that I dreamed to work in since I started my career. I wanted to be part of the progress and work in an environment where any idea is welcomed and can become a project. Being awarded by Frost and Sullivan for Customer Value Leadership is a true validation of our work and proves that when you stay true to the brand promises you will succeed!”

Starting with 2019 CANGO is in a process of changes and developed a new concept on the market: Telematics as a Service gives the users the possibility to beneficiate of the same quality and useful features and functionalities using they present system without adding any new hardware. We can consider this as a first step for the self-driving transport industry.

Brian Baker

CEO
RebelV2

Brian Baker is a leading technologist of the 21st century. His designs are in use across the globe in the verticals of transportation, connected devices, entertainment and software. Mr. Baker is an expert in Human Centered Design and evangelizes how technology professionals are able to build the world of the future by studying the people and problems of today. He leads a team of strategy and design experts at RebelV2, a twenty-year old Colorado innovation agency that has had an impact across several industries and has provided winning products to the largest brands in the world. RebelV2 clients include Ford, Disney, Home Depot, The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Sony and LG.

The underlying theme of Mr. Baker’s success is understanding the customer intimately. He does this by going into the field to study human beings in their natural environments, capturing large data sets and the micro-moments that lead to great products. This methodology has led to innovations in several business verticals, including banking, ecommerce, entertainment, connected devices, child-development and transportation.

Mr. Baker has won all the requisite awards in design, including ‘Best in Show’ at the Consumer Electronics Show, ‘Inventor of the Year’ and several ‘Red Dot’ Awards. He sits on three private boards in the fields of child development, banking, and innovation services, and also holds a Senior Fellow position at a leading Futurist Think Tank. Mr. Baker speaks internationally to promote the Human Centered Design process and to help forward-thinking institutions understand their customers completely, defining customer needs through data, and then delivering the products that meet those needs.

Dalia Hafiz

Architect, Academic, Researcher, and Phenomenologist

Dalia Hafiz is an architect, academic, researcher, and phenomenologist who has a passion for environmental design, she received her PhD from the school of Architecture and Design (A+D), Virginia Tech. She received her master’s degree in Architecture in 2011 from the same school. She graduated her bachelor of science in architecture engineering from the Faculty of Engineering Architecture Department, Alexandria University, Egypt in 2007. She was recognized as the best design research student by the School Of Architecture and Design in Virginia Tech twice. Also she was awarded the Richard Kelly Grant for lighting research excellence in 2015.

She taught and helped teaching various courses in both architecture and interior design fields in several universities in US, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

One of Dalia’s research explores ways to enhancing the relationship between the education and practice of architecture. In addition to this she has other research that examines the daylighting dynamism which can create uncomfortable situations causing visual discomfort. She focuses on the time and space dynamics of the daylight condition, the representation and re-imagining of these dynamics especially in the early stages of the design process.

This research area has numerous applications in a diverse of fields: Behavioral decisions in transit stations, wayfinding in interior spaces and outdoors, design aid for visually impaired/elderly and energy saving technologies.

Dalia published articles related to this research in several conferences, newsletters, and publications including Transportation Research Board (TRB-2016), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) research symposium III- 2016. BESS (Building Environmental Systems Symposium), ARCC (Future of Architecture Research 2015) and NIBS (National Institute of Building Sciences) conference and expo 2014. Her research has been selected for publication in multiple journals including NIBS Journal, Enquiry: The Journal for Architectural Research, and a book chapter "Design Innovations for Contemporary Interiors and Civic Art".

She is looking in her future research to collaborate with professionals and other academia to explore potentials to bridge architecture education and practice. She is looking to extend her previous research to examine visual discomfort conditions for elderly, in addition to possibilities to expand the research to adapt dynamic eye movement and test different visual discomfort relationships with noise, acoustics and thermal discomfort.

Dan Baxter

Chief Systems Engineer & Practice Director
Stantec’s Global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V)

Dan is a Chief Systems Engineer and the Practice Director for Stantec’s global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V). Dan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dan’s specialty is helping municipalities leverage their existing traffic management facilities as a foundation for advanced smart mobility strategies. Dan’s experience includes nearly twenty (20) Transportation Management Center projects for Smart Mobility solutions in North American cities. Dan leads a technical team responsible for planning, design, systems engineering, testing and commissioning of Smart Mobility technology applications including Intelligent Transportation Systems, Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV), Managed Lanes Technology, Active Traffic Management and Transportation Pricing projects including All Electronic Tolling and Road Use Charging. Dan has recently provided innovation services to develop a self-driving vehicle technology code of practice in the United Arab Emirates. He has provided innovative approaches on smart mobility on projects as a project manager including the US$16B Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston, and currently on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Statewide Traffic Management Center software upgrade. On Stantec’s two CAV test facility programs, Dan has managed testing, research and design for Connected Automated Vehicles, Dedicated Short-Range Communications for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P), Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Cloud (V2X) applications. Dan has engineered service routes for driverless micro-transit including Automated Connected Electric Shuttles.

Emmanuel Victor Quarm

CEO/Founder/Director
Teksolutions-Inc.Ltd, UK

Emmanuel Victor Quarm is presently the CEO/Founder/Director of Teksolutions-Inc.Ltd. A renowned physicist by profession with vast knowledge, exposure and experience in entrepreneurship in the advanced engineering sector. His career begun in Ghana where he persured a higher education degree in electrical/electronics engineering in 1996 from Takoradi Polytechnic. He came to Germany in August 2000 to further his education in Engineering physics at Oldenburg University – A degree with a unique perspective on technology and education.

His accomplishments and contributions to the industry includes seven produced intellectual properties and eight publications for Teksolutions-inc.Ltd. His special interest and expertise lies in the area of advanced digital manufacturing with respect to emerging technologies and enjoys reading engineering and scientific journals on research projects all across the world.

Eugene Chao

Research Associate
The Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative

Eugene Chao is the Research Associate at the Wharton Business School Alternative Investments Initiative under the Finance Dept. In the fall of 2018, he co-launched the first Private Equity Infrastructure Investment course to the Wharton MBAs. At the Transportation Engineering Dept, he is the project manager for Emeritus Prof. Vukan R. Vuchic. He is assisting Dr. Vuchic to produce his outstanding online course: Urban Transit for Livable Cities and one of the transportation committees for the U.S. Green Building Council. In the summer of 2014, he joined the U.S. General Services Administration fellowship program at the Administrator Office. His professional and research interests include private equity infrastructure investment, operating efficiency, urban/regional transit, and transportation policies and incentives.

Gerard Martret

Co-founder & CCO
SHOTL

Gerard leads the Business Development activities at Shotl. With full dedication to the project, he is responsible for identifying new opportunities in the Urban Mobility space and working directly with users and City Transit Agencies to ensure that Shotl delivers maximum value.

Founding his first startup when he was 23 years old, he has co-founded four successful ventures over the past 15 years: Drivania International S.L., Routebox Technologies S.L., Uiplei Training System S.L. and Foreride Inc.

Hussein Hakim

Transport Modeller
PTV Group IMEA

Hussein started his professional career at the age of 21 as a Traffic Engineer after completing his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He was part of a team working on various traffic engineering projects and traffic impact studies. Fortunately, he got the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of traffic engineering and transport planning with the use of software packages like Vissim, Synchro, Sidra, HSC and GIS.

After 3 years, he moved to Germany to work as Product Manager for PTV Visum at PTV headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. His main tasks were:

  • Research comparison between various software tool in the field of Activity/Agent based Modelling (ABM)
  • Updating software examples
  • Software Marketing
  • Software Training
  • Interface between software development, test centres, sales and marketing departments

Currently, he is a Transport Modeller with PTV Group IMEA and part for the PTV Global Project Management & Services (PM&S) team responsible for setting up modelling solutions with the use of PTV software on all levels starting from detailed microscopic models up to nation-wide strategic macroscopic models including all aspects related to New Mobility, Real-Time, MaaS and Autonomous Vehicles.

In parallel, he is studying Master of Engineering Management (Engineering MBA) at University of Wollongong, and his thesis is in the area of Microsimulation for Connected Autonomous Vehicles.

Dr. Jochen Lohmiller

Transport Modeller
Manager Microscopic Simulation

As Manager Microscopic Simulation at PTV Group, Dr. Jochen Lohmiller is responsible for the development of the traffic flow simulation PTV Vissim and the pedestrian simulation software PTV Viswalk. With his active participation in research projects, the methodical development is one focus area. Dr. Jochen Lohmiller works since 2014 at PTV Group. Before he studies mechanical engineering at the University Stuttgart and received later his Dr. in the area of traffic engineering.

Jonathan Spear

Director
Atkins Acuity

Jonathan Spear is a Director with Atkins Acuity with 25 years in transport policy, strategic studies, regulation and governance. Following an early professional career in the UK, he has worked across the World, including postings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

In the GCC, Jonathan has led or advised on a wide range of studies, including development of the National Transport Plan for the UAE, a Public Transport Master Plan for Kuwait, a Walking and Cycling Strategy for Abu Dhabi, an Electric Vehicles Strategy and Action Plan for Dubai and numerous planning and design applications for Dubai Airports. Latterly, he has developed policy for the liberalisation of the intercity bus market and the reform of public transport fares setting in Saudi Arabia, as well supporting the introduction of a new public bus tendering system in Bahrain.

Jonathan has become increasingly focused on the policy and regulatory implications of technology development and disruptive trends in the transport sector, including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and their potential interaction with shared mobility concepts. He led Atkins’ Intelligent Mobility in Asia Pacific and in 2019 has brought this experience back to Dubai. Recent studies include specific CAV trials and applications in Singapore, Dubai, China and UK, as well as tracking international trends and factors driving early adoption in this rapidly developing area.

Jonathan has been a member of the Council of the Association of European Transport, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and is involved in technical activities for the World Road Association covering institutional integrity, organisational capacity building and change management. He is a member of the Atkins Fellowship which is collectively responsible for ensuring technical excellence and leadership across the firm.

Jorge Bialade

General Manager
YallaMotor.com

Born and raised in Uruguay, Jorge Bialade commenced his automotive career more than 10 years ago in South America covering all aspect related to this industry. He moved to the GCC back in 2015 to lead YallaMotor. Now, the largest automotive site in the region with more than 12 million unique car buyers, more than 24 million purely automotive sessions and 120 million page views a year. Jorge's vision is to empower every driver and passenger in the Middle East to make informed decisions across the entire car buying, selling, maintenance, and transportation process.

Dr. Juan R. Pimentel

Expert International Consultant
Intelligent Transportation Systems

Dr. Juan R. Pimentel is an expert international consultant in the areas of safety of automated vehicles, automotive cybersecurity, safety and cybersecurity of industrial control systems (ICS), and intelligent transportation systems. He is a sought after expert speaker at well known professional venues around the world on the topics of automated vehicle safety, automotive cybersecurity, ICS safety and cybersecurity, and international standards such as ISA/IEC 62443, ISO 26262, ISO/PAS 21448, and ISO/SAE 21434. Prior to his consulting endeavors he was a Professor of Computer Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, USA. He is a recognized international expert in the area of industrial communications, real-time and dependable systems, and autonomous vehicle and industrial functional safety and cybersecurity. He has written 8 books on industrial networking, multimedia systems, safety-critical automotive systems, and the Safety of Automated Vehicles. He has performed extensive research, consulting and conducted professional training in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has performed research at well known institutions around the world such as the Franuhofer Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, INRIA in Nancy, France, University of Padova, Italy, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, and UTEC, Lima, Peru. In 2007 he received the “Distinguished Researcher Award” from Kettering University for contributions in the area of industrial communication systems and automotive systems. He has written over 90 peer reviewed papers at international conferences and Journals, primarily the IEEE and SAE.

With a Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, his accomplishments include the co-development of the application layer for the industrial network Profibus (with Siemens), and the development of FlexCAN, a CAN-based safety-critical architecture. In the last few years he has been involved with various projects dealing with self-driving vehicles including design, simulation, testing, functional safety, cybersecurity, and developing professional training materials.

Kristian Jaldemark

Head of Development
Carmenta Automotive

Kristian is head of Development at Carmenta Automotive, including the product Carmenta TrafficWatch - Powerful Situational Awareness for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Kristian has 20 years of experience from advanced system development at Carmenta with a focus on the integration and use of geographical information and geospatial analysis in mission-critical IT systems. He has worked within the area of connected and autonomous vehicles since 2017.

Mark Wilson

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Michigan State University

Mark Wilson is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. Research and teaching interests address urban planning, disruptive technologies, mega-events, and economic development. Current projects include the urban implications of autonomous technologies; planning for industrial parks in Africa and the Middle East; mega-event planning for world’s fairs and Olympics; and the role of innovation, knowledge and information technology in urban development.

Martin Thibault

Vice-President
Transportation for Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Martin Thibault brings 25 years’ transportation experience, both in Canada and abroad.

As Vice-President, Transportation for Stantec Consulting Ltd. At the Montreal office, he leads a team of 350 professionals specializing in roadways, airport infrastructures, public transit, bridges and civil engineering structures, sustainable mobility, transportation and traffic planning, railways, ports and marine transportation and intelligent transportation systems.

For Martin, the near future of transportation must play an increasingly important role in the development of public transit networks, electrical transportation and, of course, connected and automated vehicles.

Martin plays an active role in the Transportation industry. In addition to being an active member of the PIARC task force on connected / automated vehicles, he is a member of the Transportation Committee of the Quebec Association of Consulting Engineering Companies and sits on the board of the Quebec Transportation Association.

Massimo Cavazzini

Head of Automotive EMEA
Amazon Web Services

After his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management at Politecnico di Torino, Massimo co-founded a company in the biometric business, and then helped two old-media companies in the digital transition acting as Chief Digital Officer. In 2005 he joined 3 Italia, a Hutchison Whampoa Company, where he had different digital marketing, communication and sales roles, before moving to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) in 2011 as head of FCA's Connected Car in EMEA. Massimo worked at Oracle as Industry Innovation Director EMEA before joining in early 2018 AWS, where he’s leading Automotive Business Development in EMEA, supporting customers to invent and innovate at scale.

Mike Singh

Telecoms Consultant and an Investor
Indus‐Americas Subsea Cable System (BRICS Cable)

Mike Singh is a globally respected telecoms consultant and an investor in the Indus‐Americas Subsea Cable System (BRICS Cable) which is expected to solve the bandwidth constraints faced by the emerging markets of the Southern Hemisphere via the linkage of Asia, the Middle East, Africa & the Americas.

In addition, his firm provides wide‐ranging consultancy services to a growing number of global powerhouses on both the operator and vendor sides of the convergent communication sector with a specialized focus on subsea, terrestrial broadband and wireless infrastructure , data centres, managed network services, wireless communications, content delivery, business & knowledge process outsourcing, unified communications, mobile health, M2M, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security solutions in an increasingly ubiquitous world. Formerly, Mr. Singh’s career has been hallmarked with several leadership positions with AT&T, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications & Verizon Communications which gave him direct responsibility for managing their strategic business relationships with the multinational conglomerates and carriers (PTTs) across key emerging markets on three continents. Likewise, his private consulting work has included stints of service with Vodafone Group, Airtel, MTN, AWCC (Afghanistan) and other global carriers in developing their global growth strategy geared towards Latin America, Africa, Middle-East & Asia. He is also ranked in the Top 10% of global telecoms experts by the respected Gerson-Lehrman Group (GLG).

In November 2000, he was named to the prestigious Global Digital Divide Initiative of the World Economic Forum during the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit held in Delhi and served as Chair of the Strategy & Policy Committee at the said Global Digital Divide Initiative Meeting that established the ‘Shiksha India Education Programme’ that has since promoted the deployment of the internet into the most remote corners of the Indian subcontinent via the combined efforts of the Indian ICT Sector and many of the world’s leading technology market leaders including Microsoft, HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Google, NSN, ,Airtel, TCS, Infosys and many other key global technology pioneers. He is also a globally recognised thought leader and a regular presenter on issues of relevance to the global ICT sector with a special focus on mobile-convergent communications growth in the emerging markets of Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa & Asia. He is highly sought after for his expertise by such global industry leaders as CNN International, BBC, Deutsche Welle, CBC, Al-Jazeera, The Financial Times, Fortune & Bloomberg. To date, his global speaking engagements have taken him afar as The UAE, Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, France, Spain, Germany and of course throughout the Caribbean Basin. In 2008, 2010 and 2017 , he was the only invitee from the Caribbean Basin to have participated in and also addressed the prestigious FORTUNE GLOBAL FORUM held in India, South Africa and China respectively.

In addition, he is a visiting fellow at The Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, The SP Jain Graduate School of Business (Dubai), University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Jindal School of Int’l Affairs, India. He also serves as the Chairman of the IPv6 Council for Latin America & the Caribbean, Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee for the BRICS Cable Consortium, The Advisory Board of The Smart Cities Council and the Global Advisory Board of “Start-Up Village India” based in Kerala, India. Start Up Village is India’s Silicon Valley and is the nerve centre of India’s R&D. He was born in Guyana where he received his early education. He later finished his high school education in Great Britain and thereafter completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Canada and Great Britain respectively.

Mr. Singh is zealously committed to ensuring that the issue of inadequate bandwidth supply within Latin America, Africa, the Middle East & South Asia is not ignored and that both the state and the private sector do jointly address the serious pitfalls that lie ahead for emerging economies in the Southern Hemisphere as globalisation makes its presence felt especially in the convergent communications arena. He is also a regular contributor on topics of Latin America & Caribbean trade, business and economic development.

Noah Kindler

In charge of Blockchain
Canoo

Noah Kindler is a product-focused technology executive, having founded companies with exits in both the consumer and enterprise markets, and raised over $110M in his career. He has built products used by 100M+ users, from, the original idea through to production. He combines a deep technical and product background, with a Stanford computer science degree, and several years as an engineer and product leader. He is also the author of a best selling programming book. Additionally, he has a broad background in business leadership, with a Harvard MBA (with distinction) and several years of experience as a consultant in the McKinsey Technology Office.

He is currently on the senior leadership at Canoo, a start-up electric vehicle company with over $1B in financing, where he is in charge of their silicon valley office, and blockchain software development focused on a new user experience with the car. Prior to Canoo, he recently served as the VP Technology/President of Americas for Avira (security company with 100M+ users) and as General Manager, West Coast, for Knotel, a late stage start-up (worth $1.5B+), where he also lead their blockchain initiatives. He has been a crypto-enthusiast for years, having studied cryptography at the PhD level, and first purchasing bitcoin at $70.

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Samar AbdelFattah

Founder & CEO
Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DMTech)

Samar AbdelFattah comes from an Aerospace Engineering background and has been involved in mobility based projects for 5 years. She has been working on different vehicle engineering subsystems including Vehicle Structure, Ergonomics, Suspension, and even Engine performance and Vehicle Optimization. After her team received innovation award during the first SpaceX Hyperloop Competition in January, 2016, the team was scaled-up to have a team of 18 Engineers, Architects, and Civil Engineers to work not only on vehicle design but also stations and tubes. After publishing their first paper on Hyperloop Capsule Design using Linear Induction Motors in May, 2016 in Berlin, the team won the Judges Award in Dubai Build Earth Live Challenge for a connection between Dubai, Fujairah, and Al-Maktoum Airport.

Later that year, she partnered with Sypron Solution, Ministry of Military Production, and Cairo University to build the first single- passenger Hyperloop Capsule in the MENA to participate in SpaceX competition in 2017.

In cooperation with Sypron Solutions, the team launched the Passenger- Centred Experience Design Project for Smart Mobility and the first Hyperloop Summer School that was launched in Dubai Future Foundation during the AI summer camp.

Inspired by Smart City vision and tech role in future sustainability, in 2019, they launched Disruptive Mobility Technologies (DM Tech) to focus on levitating and magnetic transportation solutions, smart mobility services along with educational programs in transportation.

Active Projects:

  • Hyperloop Lab- Facility “US Patent Pending Technology
  • Passenger- Centred Experience Design
  • Advanced Studies and Development for Smart Mobility Solutions
  • ECO- Platform: The smart education platform