World Safety Summit

On Autonomous Technology


Join the World Leaders in Autonomous Technology

It is with pleasure that Velodyne LIDAR, Inc. invites you to the inaugural World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology to address safety issues and public concern in the realm of autonomous vehicles. Your unique perspectives and creativity will help make this a successful collaboration.

This summit will address the potential for increased roadway safety by articulating a clear view of the autonomous vehicle landscape as well as a dynamic vision for the future. It will provide an occasion for clear explanations and frank discussions regarding the direction of authentic autonomy and collaborative work with partners to promote consumer transparency and good practices. In doing so, we believe we can advance the potential of autonomous vehicles reducing the damage done by the 93% of collisions caused by human error.

We look forward to your participation in the summit and the positive effect it will have.

With kind regards,

Marta Hall
President and CBDO
Velodyne LIDAR, Inc.

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Thursday October 18, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Levi's® Stadium - United Club
Santa Clara, CA

Hosted By
Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman

Summit Agenda

Hosted By Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman

9:30 am

Networking and Refreshments

10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Welcome by Jamie Hyneman
  • Opening Remarks by Marta Thoma Hall, President and Chief Business Development Officer, Velodyne LIDAR, and Anand Gopalan, Chief Technology Officer, Velodyne LIDAR

10:10 am

Technologies Keynote

Christopher A. Hart, Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman

10:25 am

Defining Full Autonomy and Its Necessary Technologies Panel

It is essential to provide clarity, transparency, and education about autonomous vehicle technology to the public. The public is confused and fearful of the technology due to a lack of understanding because they are receiving hype as well as muddled messages in the press and media. This panel will discuss the technologies necessary in achieving true autonomy to advance safety on the roadways. Furthermore, it will address the question: how can the message about autonomy and advanced safety be more clear, understandable, and by doing so, be more reassuring?

  • Moderator: Mircea Gradu, SVP of Quality and Validation, Velodyne LIDAR and SAE International President
  • Oliver Cameron, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Voyage
  • Bobby Hambrick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AutonomouStuff
  • Frank Menchaca, Chief Product Officer, SAE International
  • Dr. Yaoming Shen, Sr Optical Engineer, Baidu
  • Paul Konasewich, Director of Business Development, PACCAR Innovation Center

11:10 am

AutoDrive Challenge Student Presentation

Robert Adragna and Adam El-Masri, University of Toronto

11:25 am

Deployment Keynote

Anne S. Ferro, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

11:40 am

Responsible Autonomous Deployment Panel

In order to enable autonomous vehicles on the roadways, consumers, regulators, and industry must come together to create a pathway forward. We know that autonomous vehicles can be a solution to the global crisis of traffic fatalities, so it is essential that collaborative work is being done in a way that all parties are comfortable in enabling deployment of autonomous vehicles. Panelists will address how we can work together to make this happen so that we can begin to realize the social, economic, and environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles.

  • Moderator: Steve Levine Editor, Future, Axios
  • Christophe Sapet, Chief Executive Officer, NAVYA
  • Faye Francy, Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center
  • Dr. Myra Blanco, Director, Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, & Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Alex Epstein, Director, Transportation Safety, National Safety Council
  • Ceto Ortiz, Commander, San Jose California Highway Patrol

12:25 pm

Morning Closing Remarks

Vicki Knox, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

12:35 pm

Lunch, Networking, Partner Displays

  • Meet AV Industry and Safety Experts
  • Partner displays from SAE International, AutoDrive Challenge, California Highway Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Epilepsy Foundation, Axios, Voyage, NAVYA, AutonomouStuff, C_TEC, and more
  • Virtual Reality Demo of Lidar Sensor Technology

1:00 pm

Live Autonomous Vehicle Demonstrations

2:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox

2:15 pm

Open Working Group

Led by Honorable David Strickland, Partner, Venable LLP and Former NHTSA Administrator

  • Anand Gopalan, Chief Technology Officer, Velodyne LIDAR
  • Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox
  • Christopher A. Hart, Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman
  • Anne S. Ferro, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
  • Faye Francy, Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center
  • Ceto Ortiz, Commander, San Jose California Highway Patrol
  • Ray Mandli, Founder and President, Mandli Communications, Inc.

3:30 pm




Jamie Hyneman

Dr. Dr. Dr. HC
(Yes, it’s a thing)

Best known as host and Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s long running series Mythbusters, Jamie has had a very diverse range of jobs and skills prior to that, ranging from farming, wilderness survival, Russian linguist, sailboat captain, dive master, film effects technician, engineer, inventor, small business owner, to being a lifetime member of both the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, as well as the California Science Teachers Association. Since Mythbusters stopped in 2016, Jamie has been producing a variety of products out of his San Francisco facility for government and private industry, including autonomous aircraft and fire fighting robots.

Marta Thoma Hall

President and Chief Business Development Officer, Velodyne LIDAR

Marta Thoma Hall manages the work in all areas of Velodyne, providing insight and stability as the company expands and experiences rapid growth. Marta’s vision is to expand the use of high quality, low cost, high value LIDAR to produce and equip every car with these sensors worldwide. She believes LIDAR technology can bring about a dramatic improvement in transportation as a critical component to systems for advanced safety and autonomous driving, allowing the world to experience a significant reduction in transportation accidents, lowering insurance costs, and significantly lowering loss of life. Marta graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Fine Arts.

Anand Gopalan

Chief Technology Officer, Velodyne LIDAR

Anand Gopalan is responsible for the advanced product development and technology development that will power Velodyne's next generation LIDAR products. Anand is a seasoned technology executive with experience building and leading world-wide engineering organizations for the development of products in consumer, networking and enterprise domains. He has grown and managed organizations through deep and dynamic business model transitions and successfully delivered on a wide array of high-speed mixed signal, optical and RF products. Anand comes to Velodyne from Rambus where he was the VP of Engineering responsible for all chip and IP development activities for the Memory and Interfaced Division. Prior to Rambus Anand spear-headed world-wide analog/Mixed signal design at Megachips Inc. Anand holds a BE degree in Electronics from Mumbai University as well as MS and PhD from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical engineering and Microsystems engineering.

Christopher A. Hart

Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman

Christopher A. Hart was a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2009 until January 2018, where he served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Member. The NTSB investigates major transportation accidents, determines probable cause, and makes recommendations to prevent recurrences.

Mr. Hart has served in senior positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he was Deputy Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and he has served in a variety of legal positions.

Mr. Hart has a law degree from Harvard Law School and Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.

Anne S. Ferro

President & Chief Executive Officer, American Association  of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Anne S. Ferro has served the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) as its President & CEO since 2014.  Before joining AAMVA, she led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for 5 years, enjoyed a 6 year stint as President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, and was the first woman to become Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administrator, leading that agency from 1997 to 2003.  Anne is a long-time booster of transportation safety and mobility through positive public service and stakeholder collaboration.

Mark Rosekind

Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox

Rosekind leads Zoox’s efforts to safely develop autonomous vehicles. Prior to Zoox, Rosekind received a Presidential appointment as the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2014 to 2017. He led the development and issuance of the first-ever Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, the founding of the Road to Zero coalition, and oversight of automotive safety, including the largest safety recall in U.S. history. Previously, Rosekind served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). An expert in human fatigue, he directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and served as chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in NASA’s Flight Management and Human Factors Division. Rosekind earned his B.A. (honors) from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoc at Brown University Medical School.

Vicki Knox

Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Vicki Knox is Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She provides leadership and oversight to over 200 MADD Chapters/Affiliates.

Vicki oversees development and implementation of MADD’s lifesaving programs and services, and leads development of MADD’s Power of Parents® program, which equips parents with tools to prevent underage drinking and reaches one parent every 25 minutes. She also led development of MADD’s Power of You(th)®, MADD’s Volunteer Program, “Driven to Save Lives,” and court-ordered programs for parents and teens, known as MADD SMART®.

Vicki started at MADD in 2004 as East Texas Affiliate Executive Director before being promoted to National Vice President of Programs, and then National VP of Programs and Field Relations. She became MADD’s COO in 2012.

Mircea Gradu

SVP of Quality and Validation Velodyne LIDAR and SAE International President

Mircea Gradu, PhD., brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry that includes deep technical knowledge of design, development, manufacturing, safety, and cybersecurity. Mircea is responsible for the development and manufacturing of world-class products compliant with the international quality standards and satisfying customer needs. He is building a strong validation organization, with continuous process improvements and an expansion of the quality team’s skill set for timely delivery of all quality objectives. Mircea started his career at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany, and most recently led engineering and quality at Hyundai Motor America. Mircea has also been awarded 56 patents on mechatronic automotive systems, published over 40 technical papers, and is the 2018 President of SAE International. Mircea holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart.

Oliver Cameron

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Voyage

Oliver is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Voyage. Voyage’s mission is to super-charge communities with autonomous vehicles. Voyage’s fleets power essential, everyday services designed to enhance each resident’s quality of living. Oliver was previously leading the autonomous vehicle, artificial intelligence, and deep learning curriculum at Udacity.

Bobby Hambrick

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AutonomouStuff

Bobby Hambrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AutonomouStuff, a leader in the automotive and technology industry. Hambrick founded AutonomouStuff in 2010 to serve the growing interest in automated vehicles in various markets including automotive, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia. Hambrick is one of the first to develop and bring to market an automated R&D vehicle. Hambrick — the single founder of AutonomouStuff — has grown the company like no other in the automotive industry: triple digit growth for the last three years.

As the leader of one of the most respected companies in the automotive industry, Hambrick works with local robotics teams and universities to inspire the future leaders to build a safer and better world.

Frank Menchaca

Chief Product Officer, SAE International

Frank Menchaca is a user and customer-centered developer of information products bringing several decades of experience to this effort, most recently with Cengage Learning, where he created digital products to match the workflows of students, instructors and professionals in libraries, businesses and schools worldwide. Among the imprints he has run are Gale, National Geographic Learning, Chilton’s, and Professional Trade Reference.  Frank’s areas of focus are agile product development, user experience research and persona mapping, and proprietary content development. He has specialized in developing products for various global markets and has developed and managed strategic partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and English Language and Literature from New York University, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and an M.A. with Honors from Yale University in English Literature.

Dr. Yaoming Shen

Sr. Optical Engineer, Baidu

Yaoming is an optical expert, leading the Lidar and Camera team in Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group (IDG). Before joining Baidu, he worked as Senior Scientist and Physicist at Applied Materials, Checkpoint Technologies, and KLA-Tencor. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering.

Paul Konasewich

Director of Business Development, PACCAR Innovation Center

Paul Konasewich is Director of Business Development for the PACCAR Innovation Center in Sunnyvale, California. PACCAR is the maker of Peterbilt, Kenworth, and DAF trucks. At the Innovation Center, Paul leads efforts to identify cutting edge technology trends, find the best partners for PACCAR in these emerging areas, and formulate collaborative projects with these innovators.

Paul's technical training is in Computer Engineering, and he has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. His experience includes technical program management at Microsoft, semiconductor M&A at SMSC, and startup partnerships at Honda Innovations.

Steve Levine

Editor, Future, Axios

Prior to Axios, Steve LeVine was Washington Correspondent for Quartz, the mobile-first startup launched in 2012 by Atlantic Media. Steve is also a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches energy security in the graduate-level Security Studies Program. Previously, Steve was a foreign correspondent for eighteen years in the former Soviet Union, Pakistan and the Philippines, running a bureau for The Wall Street Journal, and before that writing for The New York Times, the Financial Times and Newsweek. He has authored three books: The Powerhouse (2015), Putin’s Labyrinth (2008), and The Oil and the Glory (2007). Steve lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nurilda, and their two daughters.

Christophe Sapet

Chief Executive Officer, NAVYA

Christophe Sapet is an entrepreneur that combined his technology experience, automotive background and understanding of the digital revolution to create NAVYA. In 1983, Mr. Sapet founded the video game publishing and distribution company INFOGRAMES. In 1995, he launched INFONIE, France’s leading internet access provider.

NAVYA opened its doors in 2014 and by 2015, Christophe had launched the AUTONOM SHUTTLE, the first 100% autonomous and electric production vehicle. To date, more than 100 have been produced with 89 sold in 17 countries, including the United States.More than 275,000 passengers have been transported worldwide.

In 2017, Mr. Sapet added another vehicle to production in response to urban needs. The AUTONOM CAB is the first autonomous, shared, electric and on-demand transport vehicle to hit the market with no steering wheel or pedals. Road tests for the CAB are soon to begin.

Dr. Myra Blanco

Director, Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, & Outreach, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Dr. Myra Blanco leads VTTI’s Center for Public Policy and Outreach. She is responsible for oversight of the Center, as well as for ensuring the quality of the design, execution, and interpretation of research efforts. Formally trained in human factors engineering, Dr. Blanco’s areas of expertise extend beyond automated vehicles. Her experience includes evaluation of in-vehicle devices, distraction, driver behavior, training, work/rest cycles, fatigue, and active safety systems, for light and heavy vehicles. She has directed research efforts in naturalistic, on-road, test track, and simulator test environments and she has authored and co-authored numerous publications on driver performance and safety. Dr. Blanco was the 2013 recipient of the SAE International J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders and the 2017 NHTSA Award for Safety Engineering Excellence.

Faye Francy

Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center

This position serves the global automotive industry through the analysis and sharing of trusted and timely cyber threat information. The ISAC is engaged with private-sector stakeholders, partners and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and strengthen the industry’s capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the cyber threat due to disruptions across the connected automotive ecosystem. Her responsibilities include developing, maintaining and executing a strategic plan that addresses operational priorities for the automotive industry. The Auto-ISAC is a non-profit organization operating in Washington, D.C. Ms. Francy also established and led the Aviation-ISAC. Ms. Francy has held numerous leadership positions at the Boeing Company, including Cyber ONE Leader, Director Enterprise Technologies, Phantom Works and Air Traffic Management.

Alex Epstein

Director, Transportation Safety, National Safety Council

As Director of Transportation Safety, Alex works to develop and execute behavior and policy change initiatives, national public education campaigns, coalitions, road user outreach and other activities to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with the Council’s strategies addressing transportation safety. He serves as a key subject matter expert and spokesperson, building strong relationships within the transportation community, among state and federal government leaders, DMVs, court representatives and NSC corporate and affiliate members.

Alex continues leading the Advanced Automotive Safety Technology initiative and its public facing MyCarDoesWhat national driver education campaign on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and vehicle automation.

Alex has extensive broadcast TV news experience, including in the L.A. Bureau of the USA Today On TV and as a senior producer/special projects for L.A. KCAL-TV.

Ceto Ortiz

Commander, San Jose California Highway Patrol

Captain Ceto Ortiz currently serves as the commander of the San Jose California Highway Patrol office. Captain Ortiz was one of the first CHP Explorers to graduate from the CHP Academy. He holds firm to the CHP’s organizational values to serve and safeguard our communities with compassion and understanding. He has actively engaged with the communities he serves to provide the highest level of Safety, Service and Security to the people. Captain Ortiz is an inaugural member of the CHP’s Office of Inspector General. In 2017, he graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy and is a member of the FBI NA Associates and California Association of Highway Patrolmen. He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management.

Honorable David Strickland

Partner, Venable LLP & Former NHTSA Administrator

The Honorable David Strickland, currently a partner at the national law firm Venable LLP and Counsel to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010 – 2014. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program in conjunction with the EPA, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program for the U.S. Department of Transportation/NHTSA, and issued the first statement of policy regarding the testing of automated vehicles on public roads. Prior to his appointment to NHTSA, Mr. Strickland served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, where he was responsible for the staff oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and NHTSA from 2001 – 2009.

Ray Mandli

Founder and President, Mandli Communications, Inc.

Ray Mandli is founder and president of Mandli Communications, Inc., a 35 year old startup company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Mandli is an industry leader in specialized highway data collection, the integration of 3D pavement technology, mobile LIDAR, and geospatial data collection equipment for various Departments of Transportation throughout the United States. The Velodyne LIDAR product line has been a critical part of the Mandli roadmap for the over a decade. Ray professes that the only constant is change and one has to change to remain relevant. Mandli’s track record proves how well he has put that theory into practice.

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