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Keynote Speakers

We plan to have a strong and wide selection of keynotes for ITSC2015. We will be adding Keynote details here:

Leveraging High-Performance Electric Transportation for Intelligent Systems

Philip T. Krein
Grainger Chair Professor in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Rapid advances continue in high-performance electric and hybrid vehicle systems.  More-electric systems in automobiles, trucks, aircraft, ships, rail, and a wide range of mobile equipment make them more energy efficient, reduce emissions, and make vehicles agile.
This presentation summarizes high-performance electric drives and their performance capabilities with emphasis on electric cars, aircraft, and heavy equipment.  High-performance drives provide torque response on time scales faster than 0.1 s and facilitate new ways to operate transport platforms.
The presentation describes ways to leverage rapid control and enhanced dynamic performance for intelligent transportation.  Electric drives offer special opportunities for networking and vehicle interaction, for collision avoidance and occupant protection, and for dynamic management of energy.
Vehicle-to-grid concepts that allow intelligent transportation to serve as direct or virtual energy storage are also discussed.  Examples from NASA’s long-term aircraft electrification programs, vehicle systems from several manufacturers, and recent hybrid electric construction equipment are presented.

Philip KreinPhilip T. Krein received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.  He was an engineer with Tektronix, and then returned to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests address all aspects of power electronics, machines, drives, and electric transportation, with emphasis on nonlinear control and distributed systems.  He published an undergraduate textbook, Elements of Power Electronics (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2015).  In 2001, he helped initiate the IEEE International Future Energy Challenge, a major student competition. He holds thirty U.S. patents with additional patents pending. He was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and serves as Academic Advisor for the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  In 2003, he received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics.  He is a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and Editor-At-Large of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.  In 2015, he is Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.

Technological relevancy between Autonomous Driving and Online Game

Tsuguo Nobe
Chief Advanced Service Architect and Director at Intel Corporation
Visiting Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Japan

In a decade since 2000, almost all the PCs became connected to the Internet. In another decade since 2010, with the advancement of wireless communication technologies, many non-PC devices, such as Smartphones, Tablets, STBs, and even Vehicles will be connected to the Internet and many types of sensor data will be uploaded for Big Data analysis and sometimes for additional analysis using Artificial Intelligence on globally held mega-scale Data Center.
In early 2000s, at the emergence of ADSL, which provided always connected broadband network with low latency, MMORPG (Massively Multi-client On-line Role Playing Game), a category of on-line game, was made possible. Thousands of game players are connected to a cluster of game servers, on which avatars of players and computer-generated monsters backed up by Artificial Intelligence interact with others.
During 2004-2012, I applied MMORPG technologies for Telematics by replacing PCs with Vehicles and analysed the driving and traffic related environments such as traffic jam, strong rainfall and slippery spots and even used for battery management of Electric Vehicles. And, furthermore, the technologies are relevant to Autonomous Driving. One of the examples would be that the computer-generated monsters walking among human avatars in the cyber world could be analogous to computer-driven vehicle moving through people-driven vehicles in the real world. I would like to outline the relevancy between MMORPG and Autonomous Driving from various aspects.

Tsuguo NobeTsuguo Nobe joined NEC Corporation in 1983 after graduated from Waseda University, majoring in Applied Physics, and took responsibilities for engineering and business development of NEC AT-Compatible PCs in international and domestic markets. Based on the expertize in PC technology, he also managed various types of product developments including Video on Demand Media Sever, Video Conferencing Systems, Data Broadcasting System on Terrestrial and Satellite TVs, TV-STB and PDA. While at NEC, he attended Harvard Business School and served as a Fellow at Harvard Center for Information Resource Policy from 1988 to 1990. Directly after leaving NEC in late 2000, he supported to make a Joint Venture between Softbank and World’s largest MMORPG on-line game company and took position as CEO of the Joint Venture until late 2003.
Then, as the automotive industry realized the growing importance of the electronics component in building next-generation cars, he was scouted to spearhead Nissan's efforts for IT and Vehicle convergence. IT support for NISSAN LEAF was a good example of the convergence, with which NISSAN was awarded the Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport at GSMA 2011. In 2012, he joined Intel K.K. as the Chief Service Architect and Director of its automotive efforts with the objective to standardize Vehicle IT in global basis. He has served as keynote speaker at major conferences of IEEE in Japan and other Vehicle and IT related seminars. Also, he takes several positions as official members of governmental committees. He concurrently takes a position as Visiting Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Green Mobility Collaboration Research Center.

Connected car and autonomous driving. Spanish strategy

Jaime Moreno García-Cano
Subdirector General de Gestión de la Movilidad
Dirección General de Tráfico
Ministerio del Interior

The new technologies that are emerging in the car industry are going to change the way we drive and the way we manage traffic. These changes generate lots of opportunities to improve road safety and mobility. Because of this the Spanish administration wants to create the best framework to promote that these new technologies can be tested and deployed in our country so we can benefit of the use of them and attract invests and resources to our research and investigations institutes. The aim of the presentation is to show the main guidelines of the Spanish strategy in this issues.

Jaime MorenoJaime Moreno is currently Deputy Director for mobility management at the Spanish Traffic administration (DGT) since September 2014. The deputy direction for mobility management is responsible for managing interurban traffic and of Vehicles Regulatory Framework. He began working at DGT in 2005 and has held several responsibilities in different areas and deputy directions. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering.




Freeway Traffic Management in the Era of VACS
(Vehicle Automation and Communication Systems)

Markos Papageorgiou
Director of Dynamic Systems & Simulation Laboratory
Technical University of Crete, Greece

Freeway traffic congestion has a strong economic and social impact in and around densely inhabited areas. A significant and growing interdisciplinary effort by the automotive industry, as well as by numerous research institutions, has been devoted in the last decades to planning, development, testing and deployment of a variety of Vehicle Automation and Communication Systems (VACS) that are expected to revolutionise the features and capabilities of individual vehicles within the next decades. If exploited appropriately, the emerging VACS may enable sensible novel freeway traffic management actions aiming at mitigating traffic congestion and its detrimental implications. The presentation starts with a brief introduction to the rationale and impact of freeway traffic management, along with an overview of expected changes in the years and decades to come. Existing, planned and emerging VACS, which have an impact on the traffic flow characteristics, are discussed and classified; and potential implications for future traffic management are presented. The related research needs and specific tasks and challenges are identified and commented. Preliminary related results referring to (microscopic and macroscopic) traffic flow modelling, traffic state estimation, system architecture, local and network-wide control tasks and approaches are briefly outlined.

PapageorgiouDr. Papageorgiou is author or editor of 5 books and of over 400 technical papers. His research interests include automatic control and optimisation theory and applications to traffic and transportation systems, water systems and further areas. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research – Part C (2005-2012). He also served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Control Systems Society – Conference Editorial Board, of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and other journals. He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and a Fellow of IFAC (2013). He received a DAAD scholarship (1971-1976), the 1983 Eugen-Hartmann award from the Union of German Engineers (VDI), and a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award (1997). He was a recipient of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Outstanding Research Award (2007) and of the IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award (2010). He was presented the title of Visiting Professor by the University of Belgrade, Serbia (2010). The Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory he has been heading since 1994, received the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society ITS Institutional Lead Award (2011). He was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2013-2017).

How to Address the Approval Trap for Autonomous Vehicles -
A survey of the challenge on safety validation and releasing the autonomous vehicle

Hermann Winner
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Autonomous vehicles will pass the technology readiness level of prototype demonstrators in an operational environment soon. Thereby the human ability to control the vehicle must be fully replaced by a technical system. Such a cognitive system that perceives and processes the complex world in public traffic has never before been approved for series production. The so called “approval trap” appears which means that a ready to use developed autonomous vehicle cannot be released due to the lack of safety validation concepts. What could be the way out? Three approaches to overcome these challenge are discussed: an evolutionary approach, enabling of efficient test tools and systematical reduction of test cases. A method of decomposition of the entire automation process into functional layer corresponding to human driving skills is introduced. This decomposition opens an orthogonal way for testing machine driving efficiently.

Hermann WinnerHermann Winner began working at Robert Bosch GmbH in 1987, after receiving his PhD in physics, focusing on the pre-development of “by-wire” technology and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Beginning in 1995, he led the series development of ACC up to the start of production. Since 2002, he has been pursuing the research of driver assistance systems and other automotive systems engineering topics as professor of Automotive Engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. 2012 he has been awarded by the ITSC Award for Institutional Leadership on Research and System Engineering of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Safety.

Satellite Positioning Driving the Emergence of New ITS Applications

Fiammetta Diani
Deputy Head of Market Development
European GNSS Agency


Significant advancements in satellite-based technology are contributing to the path of better transport services and new applications for a safe transport and smart mobility. Precise location also supports payment-related services and businesses (e.g. road tolling, congestion charging, electronic parking or usage based insurance). New applications, such as info/entertainment data provision or the "mobility as a service", are entering the ITS market requiring a more demanding performance in challenging environments. In parallel, the long lifetime of vehicles demands a long-term perspective on the preparation of new location services based on a GNSS multi-constellation capacity.

ITS will benefit from the investments made into new Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and regional augmentation systems. These will enhance the development of new in-vehicle applications and services for which accurate and trusted positioning is required.
The aim of the presentation is to share with the audience a vision about the influence of satellite navigation systems inspiring new innovations in the ITS field. The speaker will explore the ways in which users, public authorities and service providers might adopt new products and applications, and what are their social and political implications.

Fiammetta DianiFiammetta Diani is currently deputy head of Market Development at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) where she is working since 2009. Before joining the GSA, she worked in the private sector for more than 10 years, both in aerospace and information technology industry, gaining extensive experience in applications of space-based technologies for the transport sector. She holds a master degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a post-graduate Master in Economics and Business Administration of governmental and not-for-profit organisations from University of Ferrara, in Italy.



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