Workshop: Autonomy, Connectivity & The Future of Transportation

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 4:15 PM

TI Auditorium


4:15 - 5:00 PM Registration & Networking
5:00 - 5:10 PM Introduction
5:10 - 5:45 PM Keynote
5:45 - 6:05 PM Talk#1
6:05 - 7:00 PM Dinner & Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks#2, 3 & 4
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Q&A
8:30 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: MP Divakar
Organizer: MP Divakar, Sameer Herlekar & Vishal Sharma

Session Abstract:IEEE Communications Society of Silicon Valley is pleased to bring you an evening of presentations to address some of the topics stemming from the current hyperactivity in autonomous vehicles. Starting with a keynote, there will be presentations by leading experts in the industry addressing communications and automobile technologies in the autonomous vehicles market, followed by experts discussing software applications in this market. The evening, which also includes dinner, will conclude with a panel-format Q&A covering general questions as well as legal implications.

Contrary to what many believe, we are already living in an era with autonomous systems in vehicles. Antilock brakes (ABS) for example are systems that take over the complete braking process once the driver provides the stimulus. Autonomous systems of this type have found their way to a general class of applications in vehicles categorized under Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS). Mercedes Benz S-class is a good example with adaptive cruise control (DISTRONIC PLUS) with steering assistance that helps the driver keep the desired distance to the vehicle in front. Advances in vision systems and on-board computing have paved the way to completely autonomous vehicles with no or little assistance from a human driver. Wired and wireless communication remain as the technology layer that connects on-board and in-vehicle systems to external objects and points of reference that, in the very near future, will enable autonomous vehicles to steer through and traverse our streets. More than ever before, the continued progress and the future of transportation technology depend on the advances in communication technology.

Rapid advances in communication technologies in the last decade have also made people more mobile than ever before. With mobility there are always more opportunities and choices for people. Today, there is a general perception that extending this mobility to the environs of an automobile is a natural evolution of communication technology. This has led to a new definition of an automobile ecosystem where the automobile is now a moving communication hub, and the capabilities and features to make driving partially (if not completely) autonomous is taking precedence. At the same time, there are expectations that great benefits such as accident reduction, easing traffic congestion, productivity improvements, stress reduction and improvement in quality-of-life can be realized by autonomous vehicles (per an MIT study, driving caused as much stress as skydiving!). Other implications include new opportunities for software application developers and third-party OEMs to offer products in this new, yet evolving, ecosystem. Technology hubs such as Silicon Valley, therefore, find themselves well-positioned to participate in the autonomous vehicles market despite not having a strong automotive ecosystem locally.

The implications of autonomous vehicles are manifold and they encompass all aspects of 21st century life. For one, automotive innovation no longer rests solely with automobile companies but has shifted increasingly to electronics manufacturers and software application developers. It has redefined the automotive world to both ends of the spectrum. On one end, people in the near future may not own any vehicles and use them only when needed in a crowdsourced model, and, on the other, automobiles, if owned, may be crowdsourced to earn revenue, with both models not requiring any human participation. Another implication is that people may find it difficult to get used to autonomous moving vehicles, robots and machines all around them in everyday life. There are many unanswered questions as to who is in control of the vehicle, who is responsible for reacting, and, is ‘override’ always safer, among many others. No doubt, there will be legal, security, and privacy questions.

Speaker: John Kenney, PhD

Bio: Dr. John Kenney is a Principal Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View. He represents Toyota in cooperative projects between the Vehicle Safety Communications (VSC) consortium and the US Department of Transportation. He also represents Toyota in DSRC-related standards groups at IEEE, SAE, and ETSI. He recently testified on the DSRC spectrum sharing issue before the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Communication and Technology. He also participates actively in the IEEE 802.11 DSRC Tiger Team. His other current research interests include wireless congestion control and performance of vehicular communication networks. Prior to his work with Toyota, John was a long-time member of the Tellabs Research Center and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has graduate degrees from Stanford and Notre Dame.

Title: Keynote: The road to automated driving: bridging the Auto and Tech cultures

Speaker: John Feland, PhD

Bio: John Feland is the founder and CEO of Argus Insights. Argus, a leader in Experience Analytics, was started in 2009 to answer the question, "How can traditional market research be improved and help drive innovation instead of validation?" Dr. Feland has taught Design and Innovation at Stanford University, led the team to create the first working Multi-Touch Smartphone prototype half a year before the iPhone was announced. Driven by his deep experience in the Consumer Electronics value chain and human center design, Feland has built an enterprise focused on helping clients uncover unfair methods of competing by delighting customers.

Title: Talk to the hand, because Siri ain’t listening! Lessons from consumer engagements with virtual assistants

Speaker: Gaurav Bansal, Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Bio: Gaurav received a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia. He currently works as a Senior Researcher at Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA , where he conducts research in areas of vehicular wireless communications and automated driving technologies. He has received numerous awards including a Best Paper Award at IEEE WiVEC 2013, Best Internal project award at Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA and an Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship by Natural Science Engineering and Research Council of Canada. He represents Toyota in various industrial and standardization meetings. He currently also serves as an Editor for IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials journal and has served on the Technical Program Committee of various international conferences.

Title: The Role and Design of V2X Communication System for Automated Driving

Abstract: Wireless V2X communications has a potential of playing an important role in automated driving. It can provide important capabilities to an automated car: non line-of-sight view, long range sensing and collaborated driving. In this talk, I will present applications where V2X communication might be the only sensor that would be helpful for the automated car to make decisions on its movement. I will also discuss scenarios where V2X sensor would be able to assist other sensors in getting a sense of the environment around the automated car. I will then present a framework for scalable communication system for automated driving. This framework can substantially improve the visibility of an automated car beyond the area directly sensed by its local sensors. We imagine that for automated driving communication system to be successful, cars would not only have to share their own position information (as in V2X safety communications), but also of the neighboring cars, bikes, pedestrians and other objects that they might see on the road using their local sensors (camera, radars, Lidars etc.). We will present the challenges and solutions for V2X communication protocols in addressing these new requirements.

Title: Intro Slides

Speaker: Shrikant Acharya, Excelfore

Bio: Shrikant Acharya is the CTO of Excelfore Corporation, where he drives the technology vision of the company and early technology sales into OEMs and Tier1as. Under his leadership, the company has broken new grounds in Ethernet AVB and Cloud Connectivity. Recent launches include Fleet Cloud service for Tier1, the first Ethernet AVB Smart Camera, and Ethernet Smart Tuner.

Earlier in his career, he spearheaded the JPEG, MPEG, JBIG committees and was instrumental in the approval of the standards at X3L3 and ISO in the 1990s. He is a serial entrepreneur. His first company MARGI Systems pioneered the delivery of multimedia stack for automotive networks. MARGI was acquired by Harman, where he drove the delivery of a dozen infotainment programs to OEMs. Thereafter, he co-founded Excelfore, where his focus is in-vehicle connectivity and connectivity to the Cloud.

He holds 10 patents in the areas of mobile devices, Apps & services, and connectivity. He has spoken at several Industry Conferences on In-Vehicle Connectivity.

Title: Software Infrastructure / Ecosystem for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

Abstract: This talk will outline the various connectivity solutions currently available for the connected vehicle and the software development options thereof. These include V2X Connectivity: i) Transportation Data System (Telematics), ii) SOTA/OTA over the air updates of software, and iii) Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play, V2V: DSRC, and, (Ethernet, MOST, LVDS) using the UTP (Unshielded twisted pair) that are currently at 100MB but soon to be at 1Gbits/second.

Speaker: Jeffrey Miller, Attorney

Bio: Jeffrey A. Miller is a patent attorney who handles all aspects of patent litigation, strategic patent counseling, licensing, and both foreign and domestic patent prosecution. Mr. Miller has extensive experience in many different technological areas, including integrated circuit design, packaging and fabrication, biometrics, telecom and wireless, electronic design automation, and Internet. In addition, Mr. Miller has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in strategic transactions including the licensing and acquisition of worldwide patent portfolios. He assists clients with large M&A transactions by conducting due diligence studies, portfolio mining and extensive patent analysis.

Title: Patents and Autonomous Vehicles

Abstract: This discussion will provide an outline of the current patent landscape relating to autonomous vehicles. The discussion will also provide updates on legal issues surrounding licensing (including FRAND obligations) and enforcement issues.