Nov
17-19
2015

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// Speakers

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RJ Mical, Google

RJ Mical has had a long and illustrious career in the engineering and gaming space. From Williams Electronics in the 80′s to Sony in the early 2000′s and his own projects since then, Mical has brought a vibrant, dynamic energy to games design. He has been Google’s Director of Games since 2012.

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Frankie James, General Motors

Dr. Frankie James is the managing director of GM’s Advanced Technology Office in Silicon Valley, focused on human-machine interactions and driver experience. Prior to joining GM, Dr. James was the program manager for Human Computer Interaction at SAP Research. Dr. James received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in June 1998.

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Brian Droessler, Continental

Brian Droessler is VP of Software & Connected Solutions within Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit. He joined Continental in 1998 & later led North America Business Development & Strategy. Mr. Droessler has spent over 20 years in the automotive electronics industry since joining Motorola’s Automotive Group in 1993. Mr. Droessler earned his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in 2002.

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Joanna McFarland, Hop Skip Drive

Before co-founding HopSkipDrive in 2014, McFarland racked up an impressive 15 years of experience leading product & business development for a wide range of top tech and online brands. McFarland also has a background in investment banking and private equity, and earned an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

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Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover

Matt Jones serves as the Head of Future Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover, President of the GENIVI alliance, & a Board Director of the Linux Foundation. Based at JLR’s newly-established Research and Development Center in Portland, OR, his teams in the U.K. and Portland are responsible for the specification and roll-out of the latest generation of Linux-based Infotainment system.

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Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. Prior to joining J.D. Power, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Michigan.

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Andre Weimerskirch, UMTRI

André Weimerskirch is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. of Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in applied data security and a Master of Science in computer science of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. André is a main designer of vehicle-to-vehicle communication protocol and an expert in automotive cyber security and piracy.

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Prof. Thomas Form, Volkswagen

Thomas Form received his Ph.D. from the University of Braunschweig in 1992. He became a professor for electronic vehicle systems at the University of Braunschweig in 2005 & participated with the CAROLO-Team in the DARPA URBAN Challenge 2007. Since 2009 he is the head of Electronics & Vehicle Research within Volkswagen Group.

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Eric Migicovsky, Pebble

Eric Migicovsky is the founder and CEO of Pebble Technology. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched the second generation, Pebble, on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Three years later, Eric and his team
launched two more watches, Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which became the fastest funded project in Kickstarter history.

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Justin Fishkin, Local Motors

Justin marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors as their Chief Strategy Officer, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an NGO founded by Sir Richard Branson to identify and implement entrepreneurial solutions to climate change.

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Oren Betzaleli, HARMAN Redbend

As HARMAN Redbend’s EVP of Product, Strategy and Marketing, Mr. Betzaleli brings more than 25 years of experience in software development, product management, marketing and strategy. Previously, he held executive positions at Retalix, a provider of retail software, NCR and Amdocs. His career started in a software development unit of the Israeli Defense Force, served for eight years.

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Brian Cooley, CNET

Brian Cooley is CNET’s editor-at-large and has been with the company since 1995 when he launched CNET Radio, later leading CNET into coverage of automotive technology.  He is also CNET’s senior media commentator and hosts CNET’s in-store video programming seen in Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club ‘s stores.  His constant mission is to offer a clear, understandable perspective of the consumer electronics world and digital living.

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Mahbubul Alam, Movimento

Mahbubul Alam joined Movimento as Chief Technology Officer in 2015 and is responsible for aligning automotive and information technology to enable Movimento to lead the automotive industry’s transition to software-defined vehicles. A 17-year industry veteran, Mahbubul led Cisco Systems strategy in IoT and M2M as well as technical leader positions at Siemens & the Dutch government.

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David Strickland, Venable

The Hon. David Strickland, a partner at law firm Venable LLP, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2010 – 2014. Strickland oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program, and issued the first policy regarding the testing of automated vehicles on public roads.

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Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics

As Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws on 25 years’ experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. Roger is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Chris Valasek, IOActive

Christopher Valasek serves as Director Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, an industry leader in comprehensive computer security services. In this role, Valasek is responsible for guiding IOActive’s vehicle security research efforts. He is also heavily involved in bleeding-edge automotive security research.

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Neal Boudette, Automotive Correspondent

Neal E. Boudette is Michigan-based business journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years at the Wall Street Journal.  For the last decade he has covered the global auto industry, following stints covering Silicon Valley, high technology, the rise of the Internet and the dot-com boom and bust.

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Eric Spiegelman, Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners

Mr. Spiegelman is the President of the Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners and the Sole Practitioner at Spiegelman Media Law and Consulting. Mr. Spiegelman graduated as Class President from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.

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Karl Heimer, Autoimmune

Karl Heimer is currently a Senior Consultant for Assured Information Security at Autoimmune. In 2011 Heimer joined Battelle, a leading science and technology non-profit, to apply his expertise in national security and counter intelligence to the automotive market. He led a team that develops products to prevent, detect and protect vehicles from cyber attacks.

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Claudiu Dimofte PhD, San Diego State University

Claudiu Dimofte (Marketing PhD, University of Washington 2004) joined SDSU in 2011 as Assoc. Prof. of Marketing and Research Fellow at the Centre for Integrated Marketing Communications. His research has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research and Management Science. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

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Larry Rosin, Edison Research

Larry Rosin is co-founder and President of Edison Research. Rosin founded Edison in 1994 and has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected research companies.

// Exhibitors

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// Topics

The Long & Winding Road to Autonomous

Of all the recent innovations and industry visions, nothing has captured the public’s attention and piqued its imagination like the autonomous vehicle. While some love the idea and others fear it, most experts can agree that the road to autonomy will not be a straight one. Join us for a discussion of the twists and turns that lie ahead as well as ways for achieving a smoother ride.

OTA Updates: Your Vehicle Will Never Be the Same

Until now, software update discussions have primarily focused on bug fixes, recalls and security patches; however, with so many of the car’s capabilities provided via software, updates may provide flexibility that the industry has yet to fully realize. Join our experts as they explore the opportunities and challenges for keeping the car relevant from cradle to grave.

The Consumer Electronics Invasion & Reshaping the Vehicle Interior

One of many subsegments in the consumer electronics space, the mobile phone has had a major impact on vehicular electronics. Could another device/technology have a similar impact? Which new developments might make their way into automotive? Gaming? Wearables? Join industry experts as they consider how the consumer electronics industry may once again change when, how and where we interact with our cars.

Car Sharing & the Future of Vehicle Ownership

A radical alternative to traditional transportation systems, car sharing is sometimes more like sanctioned hitchhiking than anything else. While it doesn’t quite complement existing infrastructure, is it possible to have new car sharing business models that do? We hear from pioneers in this field who see a future that both competes and complements today’s car-owner-centric society.

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Remote Hack Highlights Vehicle Security Flaws

Automakers have often downplayed the seriousness of automotive cybersecurity vulnerabilities, saying that hacks are too…

More Drivers, More Cars, More Deaths: The Impact of Driverless Cars

A growing coterie of auto industry experts is forecasting an autopocalypse* of declining vehicle sales…

Android Auto ushers in the Center Stack Invasion

The long-anticipated Android Auto is finally available in the recently released Hyundai Sonata (with Chevy…