Breakout #5

Breakout Session #5

Enabling Technologies

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Room: Continental 3


  • Jim Misener, Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated
  • Cristofer Englund, Research Manager, Viktoria Swedish ICT
  • John Estrada, CEO, eTrans Systems
  • Juhani Jaaskelianen, Consultant
  • Frank Serna, Director, System Engineering, Draper Laboratory
  • Surya Satyavolu, CEO, Sirab Technologies
  • Sudharson Sundararajan, Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton


This technical session will focus on key technologies that enable vehicle-highway automation.

Vehicle automation has captured the hearts and minds of many, and the resulting prospect and promise of safety, mobility, convenience, comfort and a plethora of other potential benefits is indeed exciting. Just as exciting – and crucial to envisioned applications – are the enabling technologies that will literally and figuratively be under the hood.

This session will investigate what is under the hood, starting with a set of vehicle-highway automation scenarios to which expert panelists will use to discuss key enabling technologies. What these technologies? We will investigate the following topical areas, with experts providing insight into each with respect to a common set of vehicle-highway automation scenarios:

  • Position, localization, mapping. Mark Tabb, HERE, Sravan Puttagunt, CEO and Founder, Civil Maps and Rob Hranac, VP, Business Development, Swift Navigation
  • Algorithms, deep learning techniques, sensor fusion, guidance and control. Prof. Trevor Darrell, Faculty Director PATH and Director of the Berkeley DeepDrive Industry Consortium, Serafin Diaz, VP Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Shahrokh Daijavad, Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM
  • Hybrid communications. Dr. Gaurav Bansal, Senior Researcher, Toyota InfoTechnology Center, USA, Dr. Thierry E. Klein, Head of the Innovation Management Program for Vertical Industries, Nokia and Sanjeev Athalye, Senior Director Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Sensing and perception. Roger Berg, VP North America Research and Development, DENSO International America, Inc. and Michael Maile, Daimler AG
  • Technologies for data ownership and privacy. Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) and Dr. Jonathan Petit, Principal Scientist, Security Innovation

We will allow plenty of time for interaction; additionally, we have set aside time for a capstone discussion with these experts. In the end, we anticipate that the cross-fertilization and energy from the communities of interest and technical disciplines represented by these experts and brought in by the breakout attendees will engender mutual understanding of technical perspectives.

The goals of this session are to:

  • Explore a wide range of technologies needed to establish automated vehicles
  • Gain an understanding of how these technologies will need to work together to address needs of the applications, with recognition of data ownership, regulatory and standardization perspectives
  • Realize the potential shortfalls in these technologies, ranging from pure technical capabilities through the conformance to the perspectives listed above

By the end of the session, we hope to achieve:

  • Views of technology needs for successful models of deployment of automated vehicles
  • A set of research topics based upon the groups analysis of gaps

Level-Setting (20 minutes): Description of automated vehicle-highway deployment scenarios

First Two Panels -- with Q&A (30 minutes each)

  • Position, localization and mapping
  • Algorithms, deep learning techniques, sensor fusion, guidance and control.

Break (30 minutes)

Second Group of Four Expert Discussants -- with Q&A (30 minutes each)

  • Hybrid communications
  • Sensing and perception
  • Technologies for data ownership and privacy

Synthesis: What Did We Learn? (30 min)

  • Where are the technology gaps and needs?
  • What are research topics?

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