Dr. Michel Pasquier
American University of Sharjah
Dept. Of Computer Science & Engineering
American University of Sharjah
Dept. Of Computer Science & Engineering
Intelligent Systems Lab
Assistant Professor & Senior Researcher
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.
Senior Development Engineer,
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.
Head of Autonomy
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.
Future Mobility Lead Planner & Global Coordinator for the Middle East
Edward is the Future Mobility Lead Planner and Global Coordinator for the Middle East region with Mott MacDonald. Edward has led or advised on a number of recent projects for the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Airport. These include the Dubai Electric Vehicle Infrastructure study and developing the strategy for a Self-Driving Transport Challenge in the Emirate. Such experience has given him the platform to understand the potential impacts that CAVs will have on urban development.
He is currently working with the University of West England to roll-out FUTURES, a new approach to transport planning using scenario planning to help plan for uncertainty as the motor age continues to be surpassed by the digital age. Edward is developing a reputation in the future mobility industry and has spoken on the Dubai Business Breakfast radio show and at recent conferences including Cityscape and the International Road Federation.
Exida Safety Services
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:
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 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 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.
ITS Roads & Vehicles Practice Lead
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 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.
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.
Founder & CCO
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.
Transport Modeller, Project Management & Services
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:
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.
Manager M icroscopic 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 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.
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 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.
Head of Development
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.
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.
Vice President, Transportation
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.
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.
Founder & Chairman,
Alan is an automotive industry expert with over 32 years of experience in high output sales and performance management.
A true industry veteran with international experience, Alan has first-hand knowledge and experience on many levels of the industry, from the trenches doing sales to C suite decisions at OEMs, Importers, and Consultancies.
Today, Alan is dedicated to raising industry standards through thought leadership and knowledge sharing through keynotes, public forums, and as Chairman of AMENA Automotive Association.
In charge of Blockchain
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.
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.
Director of ITS and Transportation
Scott is a Co-Founder and Director of ITS and Transportation with Surface Mobility, he manages SMC’s ITS and Smart Mobility portfolio for the MENA region where some of the cutting edge Smart Mobility, AV, data science, and visualizations are assisting in designs, operations and management of the mobility network. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has led projects in the areas of Smart Highways, Big Data, Smart Mobility, Micro-mobility, Public Transport and Intelligent Transport System design both in urban areas and outer urban highways.
Rainer Horn is the Managing Partner of SpaceTec Partners and a member of several institutional boards in Europe and Asia. He has long experience in mobility, space applications and geospatial industry as consultant and investor. Rainer has worked with actors along the automotive value chain from sub-suppliers to telematics service providers and HD Mapping companies - ranging from startups to large, well-known automotive and truck OEMs. Rainer has studied at ESB in Reutlingen & London and attained an MBA from INSEAD.
The strategy and management consultancy firm SpaceTec Partners advises its clients on business strategy, technology strategy, user engagement, financing and international cooperation. SpaceTec Partners has been instrumental in shaping space innovation ecosystems through the development of space funding programmes, accelerators and incubators.
Head of Validation, ADAS & Autonomous Driving
Visteon Electronics Germany GmbH
An experienced engineer with a wide experience in Automotive Industry in the field of Research and Product Development. Having work experience in both OEM as well as in Tier 1 environment.
Specialized in Systems Engineering and Validation of ADAS / Autonomous Driving Technologies.
Currently heading the Global Test & Validation Team for ADAS & Autonomous Driving in Visteon Corporation. Responsible for Research & Development as well as Application Programs/ production programs.
Along with that, experienced in process development and deployment and also a change agent in the organization hold certifications for Agile Coaching (IC Agile), CSP, CSM & CSPO certified by Scrum Alliance. ITIL Service Management v3, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified (LSSGB) Project management Professional (PMP) and An ASPICE Provisional Assessor (ISO 15504).
In free time, I am also a musician (flautist) who has performed concerts in different countries and a crazy traveler, who likes to explore new countries and new cultures.
Automotive Sales Manager
Mahmoud Ali is an automotive operations and process consultant with a special focus on self-driving cars and modern technologies such as connected and electric vehicles.
With over 16 years of experience (most recently at Mazda, UAE), Mahmoud streamlined automotive sales, marketing, and fleet operations driving tremendous grows and efficiency. With a focus on improving customer engagement in product and process design, Mahmoud has produced spectacular results in market engagement and chancel development.
Mahmoud is an enthusiast in automotive analytics and Artificial Intelligence. He believes that the future in self-driving cars, especially in fast moving economies like UAE, is around the corner but requires serious planning in customer engagement for successful acceptance across the customer spectrum. Mahmoud has been involved in directing product and services launch process to multiple channels including product and service and in partner training based on emerging competitive threats and market trends. He has ample experience in in tracking market/competitor trends to meet the changing requirement and expectations of customers and users. Mahmoud’s current area of research and consulting work includes operations development for self-driving and other automotive technologies. Mahmoud holds a Bachelor`s degree in Mathematics/Science and an MBA in Marketing. He has an extensive experience in working with most of the major automotive brands in the UAE.
CTO, Inventor and Founder,
NEXT Future Transportation inc.
I’m Tommaso Gecchelin, a Physicist and Industrial Designer from Padua, Italy. As a “mixer” of art and science I’ve worked for many companies and clients in the world to bring innovation to their products. Now, I'm the founder, inventor and CTO of NEXT, an innovative mobility company making modular electric buses.
Senior Manager, Government Partnerships,
Haya Douidri is an urbanist, mobility, & sustainability expert and thought leader in tech & innovation policies.
She currently manages Bird Government Partnership team in Benelux, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
She has Masters Degree in Sustainable Policy from Columbia University in the city of New York. Frequent international keynote speaker on shared mobility, transport innovation and micro mobility policies. She has experience working in more than 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Hrishikesh Mandyam is currently Chief Engineer at Skyships Automotive Limited. Skyships is an automotive technology company, based in the UK, which designs, manufactures and integrates automotive cockpit control systems, digital reconfigurable instrument clusters, infotainment systems and connectivity solutions. We supply/have supplied technology platforms, display solutions and controllers to OEMs such as Aston Martin Lagonda, Lotus Cars, Karma Automotive, Pagani Automobili, Jaguar Land Rover and so on.
He oversees all mechanical design at Skyships including ergonomics, package validation of HMI systems, detailed design of complex mechanical/thermal solutions for cockpit control systems, and high-performance lightweight component design.
Hrishikesh is also Principal Architect of Skyships’ Connected Services platform that provides connected car platforms encompassing vehicle/fleet monitoring, data analytics, machine learning, and end-user facing mobile phone app platforms.
Hrishikesh has a master’s degree in Automotive Engineering from Coventry University in the UK and achieved a First Class with Distinction. He worked at Alstom Power Corporation as a Design Engineer for two years and has been with Skyships for the last 10 years.
He is a committee member of the Automobile Division Essex at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He also helps organise ‘Ace Parade’ which is a provocative event for car enthusiasts all over the world who are passionate about driving on the finest roads.
Hrishikesh’s passions and hobbies include motorcycles, high-altitude trekking, and cooking.
As COO, Gary drives Bestmile’s operational excellence and efficiency and oversees the company’s partnerships, customer support, product deployment and customer success organizations. Prior to joining Bestmile, Gary served as VP of Technology for cloud management infrastructure and software provider Virtustream, a Dell Technologies Business. He has also served as an advisor to startups developing cloud-based big data, analytics, data science, IoT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence solutions. Gary has more than 20 years of experience in B2B enterprise information technology, focused on the delivery of transformative change enabled by innovative, data-driven solutions.
Smart Mobility Director,
Andrew is responsible for leading Parsons’ smart infrastructure solutions development in the Middle East & Africa region.
Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in electronic and electrical engineering (with honors) from the University of Bath, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds Fellowships with two international engineering organizations and has nearly 20 years of experience, specializing in intelligent solutions and systems integration. He has worked on some of the most prestigious rail projects throughout the Middle East and has spent many years working for the federal government in Abu Dhabi developing the systems portfolio and the introduction for the national rail infrastructure. Before joining Parsons, Andrew was a subject matter expert with Ericsson in its Global Centre of Excellence and provided consultancy services across the world for clients such as the Istanbul Municipality on Integrated Mobility and Smart Cities and Network Rail in the UK on the adoption of disruptive technologies and IoT to improve efficiencies in operations and maintenance.
Sama is an ITS Analyst for Stantec’s global Intelligent Transportation Systems Roads and Vehicles practice (ITS R&V). She received her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering with a focus on Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology from Florida International University (FIU) in 2017. She then joined Stantec and started working on the Dubai World Challenge on Self-Driving Transport and Tennessee TDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC) Software Upgrade projects. She has worked on several ITS projects including an NCHRP project on CV technology applications for traffic bottleneck management.
She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Best Paper Award, 2017 Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International Leadership Legacy Award and 2017 Nation’s Top 20 Graduate Students in Transportation. She has published more than ten research papers on ITS related topics in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board and TRB Annual Meeting proceedings. She authored a book chapter entitled as “Intelligent Transportation Systems in Future Smart Cities” in 2019 with Springer. Sama is a reviewer of the TRB Standing Committee on ITS and an active member of WTS.
Hugh Hynes is a cofounder of PROTOinc, an architecture and planning practice based in San Francisco. Since its inception in 2006, the firm has completed a broad variety of commercial, industrial and institutional projects worldwide, with a focus on the automotive sector. Recent work includes facilities for Audi, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Mazda and Volvo, as well as a number of automotive start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a deep interest in the cause and effect relationships between technologies of mobility and the built environment, the firm’s research and development arm is exploring shifts in building and urban planning practices precipitated by automotive innovation. Supplemented by expertise in both economic modeling and logistical, systems-based planning at the large scale, and in materials research, prototyping and innovation at the small scale, their work pushes the ambitions of otherwise generic facilities design and “architectural hardware.”
Hugh received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, and Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of Arts & Crafts in San Francisco, where his ongoing research and teaching focuses on the evolving relationship between industrialization and architecture. Recent coursework topics include emerging tactics for architectural entrepreneurship, histories of mass-scale production, and global proliferation of late-industrial landscapes. In the graduate program he has led the Volatility Research Group, which has pursued research into adaptive architectural prototypes, scenario planning, and catastrophe/ contingency tactics for the built environment under circumstances of extreme change.
Future Transport Systems Lead
Tim Armitage is an Associate Director with considerable experience of leading and contributing to multi-stakeholder projects within a range of mostly transport domains. Tim coordinates the future mobility activity on behalf of Arup’s Advanced Digital Engineering practice and was the Project Director for the recently completed UK Autodrive connected and autonomous vehicle research and demonstration project.
During UK Autodrive, Tim led the development and testing of a new autonomous vehicle system, taking the vehicle concept from its initial stages through to public operation. In delivering this project, Tim worked closely for the local authority, providing a technical and safety case review for the innovative vehicle and vehicle autonomous systems. Tim also was responsible for coordinating the activities of the consortium and for ensuring that the organisations involved delivered on time and to plan.
In addition to that four-year collaborative research project, Tim has also managed several commercial projects related to automated and electric vehicle systems. These include projects where Tim has acted as a technical specialist for projects in the United Kingdom, in Dubai and in China. Tim regularly presents on the topic of future intelligent mobility systems and their impact on the economies of cities and the experience of residents and visitors.
Al Ruwayya Depot Manager, Public Transport Busses Department and Regional Planning
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)
Eng. Mohamed Mahboob Hassan Saleh is a depot manager in the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) as well as a PhD student in the Sustainable Built Environment Program at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). He holds a Master Degree in the Engineering Systems Management from Khalifa University and a bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Higher Colleges of Technology. He has 10 years of professional experience in the public transport and the construction industry. His current research interests focuses on Public transport, autonomous driving safety simulation and building and energy.
Dean of Engineering & IT
The British University in Dubai
Prof. Bassam Abu-Hijleh is currently the Dean of Faculty of Engineering & IT as well as the Atkins Chair of the MSc and PhD Sustainable programmes at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University-USA. With close to 30 years post-PhD experience in energy related academia and research Prof. Abu-Hijleh has a strong technical background in Energy related topics with special focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Management & Conservation. His current research interests focuses on Experimental and simulation study of solar energy, Renewable/alternative energy sources, advanced energy production practices and Energy conservation & management. He published more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences. He holds LEED AP, CEM, CEA, CMVP and PCF professional certification. He is also a member of ASHRAE, AEE and CIBSE.
Dr. Zhuo Li is the COO of AutoX, a self-driving car technology company revolutionizing the new generation of retail. She helps the company to be a leader worldwise in providing self-driving as a service for on-demand delivery that greatly change the paradigm of e-commerce and O2O retail. She aims to bring new experiences and convenience to daily lives with robotics and A.I.. Zhuo is one of the Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2018. Prior to AutoX, Zhuo completed her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Delaware and went on to become part of the Watson Core Algorithms team at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
Mike Rioux is Chief Operating Officer at JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, where he has full P&L responsibility and day-to-day decision-making authority for JDA's aviation technical services and consulting business. Mr. Rioux led the JDA team that created the firm's System Safety Management and Virtual Safety Office programs.
As Senior Vice President of Operations & Safety at the Air Transport Association, Mr. Rioux directed the safety and operations staff-including air traffic control experts, flight and cabin operations, flight safety, engineering, maintenance, and material logistics support for major passenger air carriers. He served as a member of the FAA Aging Aircraft & Systems Safety Task Force and FAA Research & Development Advisory Committee. He was also ATA's primary operations and technical representative before the DOT, NTSB, FAA and legislative branch of the U.S. government.
Mr. Rioux helped establish the joint industry-government Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and was awarded an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurel in Operations in 1998. CAST was cited by the White House as the best method to reduce the commercial airline accident rates.
He served as principal analyst for responding to FAA-proposed airworthiness directives and dispatch policies. By demonstrating the non-viability of one proposed rule, he saved the airline industry over $5.5 million. Following his joint industry team leadership investigation of a TWA accident, his recommendations led to the immediate adoption of procedures and a subsequent $10 million savings in potential operational disruptions.
Mr. Rioux has also served as President of IDEA, Inc., a B2B data content and communications Service Company with offices in Arlington, Ontario and Boston. During a high-profile career in the United States Navy, he flew 4,000 hours with 975 carrier landings on five different aircraft carriers without incident.
Mr. Rioux holds a Masters in Systems Engineering Management and a BS in Business Management from the University of Southern California and University of Maryland, respectively.
Senior Certification Specialist,
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
Mike has been working in the safety and regulatory field since 1980, he has held a variety of positions in Boeing and the FAA, and is deeply experienced in all facets of type/production certification, regulations and safety.
FEV Consulting GmbH
Alexander Nase is Managing Director of FEV Consulting, the management consulting arm of the FEV Group. He established the consulting business within the FEV Group in 2011. In March 2017 he was named Group Vice President for “Consulting and Cost Engineering”.
Mr. Nase has 20 years of consulting experience working with many OEMs and Suppliers in Europe, Asia and the US.
Prior to joining FEV, Mr. Nase was working as an Interim Manager for Airbus and for Liebherr Aerospace. He started his professional career at Daimler in Research & Development.
His field of expertise is techno-strategic advisory, in particular
He is advising many customers in the field of CASE mega trends, i.e. Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified vehicles which also includes Urban Air Mobility Concepts.
He holds a dual Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany and is an Alumni of the Harvard Business School, Boston/USA.
Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering Department.
American University of Sharjah
Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez is a professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1997, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1999, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. Dr. Abdel-Hafez served as a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA in 2013, where he was involved in a research project on fault-tolerant autonomous multiple aircraft landing. He served as the director of the Mechatronics Graduate Program at the American University of Sharjah from 2014-2015. Since September 2015, he is serving as the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at AUS. Dr. Abdel-Hafez research interests are in stochastic estimation, control systems, sensor fusion and fault detection. Dr. Abdel-Hafez is the recipient of many awards. Among which: he was the leader of a team that won the 2017 UAE AI/Robotics for Good Award, he was awarded the 2011 AUS provost challenge, and the 2002 NASA PEAR award.