Six autonomous vehicle conferences to consider for your calendar
Network, learn, experience. The best industry conferences provide an opportunity to advance our industry knowledge and gain inspiration from the wonders emerging in autonomous vehicle technology.
“People go to industry conferences to network, first and foremost, in order to build partnerships, or gain investment,” said Michael Ramsey, research director at Gartner. “They are also there to learn new techniques that might aid them or to learn from the mistakes others have made. All conferences are ultimately just reasons to bring people together of a like mind to talk about the subject that they are most interested in.”
Every year, the autonomous vehicle market kicks off with its premier event, CES, which provides a forum for the latest in concept cars, self-driving technology, and connected vehicles. But the opportunities to network, learn, and experience don’t end in Las Vegas.
Here are six of the leading U.S. autonomous vehicle industry conferences scheduled for the remainder of the first half of 2018. These events are industry hubs that bring together the top experts in autonomous vehicle engineering, deployment, and policy. Look to add one or more to your calendar.
Event: IQPC Autonomous Vehicle Silicon Valley
Date: February 26 - 28, 2018
Location: San Mateo, Calif.
This conference aims to provide attendees with a cross-sector perspective from industries that are looking to incorporate autonomous technology into their business structures. Sectors include aerospace, defense and trucking. The event is organized around session tracks covering business operations and technology developments.
Featured speakers include Johan de Nysschen, president, Cadillac, General Motors; Justin Erlich, head of policy for autonomous vehicles and urban aviation, Uber; Josh Rubin, futurist and founder, Cool Hunting; Jody Kelman, product lead, autonomous platform, Lyft; Tim Wong, director of technical program management for autonomous vehicles, NVIDA; and Chris Thomas, founder and partner, Fontinalis Partners. The agenda also includes a Tech-Celerator session, where start-ups will pitch investment and collaboration opportunities with their companies.
The event is co-located with Smart Mobility 2018, which gathers government and private sector experts to discuss intelligent transportation systems.
Date: May 14 - 17, 2018
Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
The Connected & Autonomous Vehicles conference, co-located with Internet of Things World, positions itself as where auto meets IoT as the industry moves to electrified automated mobility on demand. Conference topics range from vehicle electrification and infrastructure to the evolution of ADAS and vehicle automation to enhanced connectivity and new mobility models.
The event has a large exhibition area, which is combined with IoT World, with 300+ vendors expected. Automakers provide about 25 percent of conference attendees with hardware and software vendors also a big part of the audience.
Headlining speakers include Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst, Navigant Research; Amer Akhtar, COO and Head of XPT US, XPT; Paul Asel, managing partner, NGP Capital; and Scott Burnell, global lead, business development and partner management, Ford. The event’s Project Kairos features a start-up city exhibit section where emerging companies can showcase their products and participate in a business pitch competition.
Date: May 14 - 17, 2018
Location: Detroit, Mich.
More than 400 engineers and technologists will come together at the Michigan Science Center for this four-day autonomous vehicle perception technology conference.
“Before cars can be connected, engineers must first connect. By engineers, for engineers,” that’s the mantra of Robert Stead, founder of the AutoSens conference.
“The conference’s technical agenda looks to address the hardware and software engineering challenges faced by OEM, Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies. AutoSens connects technologists in all disciplines of vehicle perception to network, collaborate and solve shared challenges and advance ADAS technologies more rapidly,” said Stead.
Day one of the conference serves as the official meeting for the IEEE Standards Association Working Group on Automotive System Image Quality – P2020. Day two features four in-depth tutorial sessions covering LiDAR, AI for autonomous driving, image processing and the functional safety requirements for ADAS and AVs. The second day also includes demonstrations of fully autonomous vehicles, featuring an array of sensors, processors and software, at a site nearby to the conference venue.
The conference sessions kick in on days three and four with automotive sensing technology and signal processing discussed in the context of ADAS and the autonomous vehicle technology ecosystem. Event speakers include Adit Joshi, research engineer, Ford; Thusitha Parakrama, senior manager – advanced technologies camera systems, Hyundai Mobis; and Rini Sherony, senior principal engineer, Toyota North America.
Event: 2018 SmartDrivingCar Summit
Date: May 15 - 17, 2018
Location: Princeton, N.J.
The second annual SmartDrivingCar Summit will bring together buyers, sellers and facilitators of autonomous cars, trucks and buses. It looks at the economic forces behind deployment and commercialization of autonomous vehicle technology - supply, demand and public oversight.
The event is co-chaired by Prof. Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and features a mix of academic, industry and government speakers with each session packed with multiple experts. The summit is expecting to have multiple technology demonstrations, including Rosco Vision Systems showing bus collision avoidance and a self-driving vehicle from AutonomousStuff.
The conference features six workshops that will examine:
- Near-term autonomous vehicle deployment in the U.S.
- The role of insurance in facilitating adoption by individuals, corporations and transit agencies.
- Artificial intelligence, looking at sensors, software and data.
- Near-term autonomous vehicle deployment in China and Europe.
- Ride hailing services, reviewing conventional, self-driving and driverless advances.
- The what, how and when of achieving best outcomes in metropolitan planning.
In addition to the conference, Prof. Kornhauser and tech journalist Fred Fishkin host an insightful podcast series called SmartDrivingCar which discusses autonomy and mobility topics.
Date: May 16 - 17, 2018
Location: Novi, Mich.
The Autonomous Driving Summit USA is part of the CTI Automotive Week USA, six automotive conferences that run over the course of one week across the disciplines of connectivity, electrification, automation and safety. The events bring together more than 1,000 automotive experts.
Autonomous Driving Summit session topics include managing the transition from ADAS to autonomous driving, technical trends and challenges for next-generation driver assistance systems, and automated and connected driving in urban scenarios. Among the experts lined up to present are Joel Gibson, vice president of automotive, Swift Navigation; Joe Klesing, executive director, autonomous steering & comfort, Nexteer Automotive; and Dr. Frank Schrödel, team manager, ADAS longitudinal & lateral control, IAV.
The conference offers test drive opportunities, where attendees can experience the latest transmission and drive technology in series and demonstrator cars.
Date: June 26, 2018
Location: San Jose, Calif.
The Autonomous Vehicle Sensors Conference is a new, one-day event that is part of the Sensors Expo & Conference, which gathers engineers involved in sensors and sensing-related technologies. Sensors Expo attracts more than 6,400 professionals from 40+ countries.
The conference focus is on sense technologies, such as LiDAR, radar, ultrasonics and cameras, which are playing an integral role enabling ADAS features. It will explore autonomous vehicles from different angles through a series of panel discussions, focusing on processing, CPUs & analysis; machine learning and software; and sense technologies.
The forum will also include an Auto Startup Review, which brings together entrepreneurs sharing their visions for the future of vehicles and mobility. The panel will be moderated by Autotech Council’s executive director, Liz Kerton.
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