The automotive industry is going through a seismic shift, and we have entered a new decade in which we will see progress in Connected Vehicles, Self-driving cars, Ride-share and Electric Cars. This big shift is highly dependent on advancement towards 5G technology. Auto manufacturers, Tier One Suppliers and new entrants are creating new ecosystems and more innovative products and services based on 5G technology.
5G is more than just the next step in wireless. It’s the foundation for building the future of efficient industry, smarter technology, and innovative ways to communicate with the world around us. As the automotive industry adjusts to the implications of 5G connectivity in vehicles, there are few outside the industry that understand the full significance of this technology transition. Taking advantage of millisecond latency, network slicing, direct communication, high bandwidth and mobile edge computing will lead to incredible new revenue opportunities. Mission critical services like crash avoidance and integration with Smart Cities will lead to unexplored possibilities to further refine business models better suited to the disruptive road ahead.
Join us to hear from and network with the Industry experts, and embrace 5G technology as the enabler of Automotive Industry’s future. Also, an exclusive chance to take a complete tour of The Ford Field.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Registrations
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM Welcome Address
4:10 PM - 5:25 PM Panel Discussion : Accelerating the Software Defined Vehicle
5:30 PM - 6:35 PM Panel Discussion : The 5G Impact on the Connected Vehicle
6:45 PM Onwards Dinner, drinks and behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Field
9:00 PM Conclusion
Chuck Gray is Ford Motor Company’s vice president, Vehicle Components and Systems Engineering. His role is central to the company’s commitment to develop Ford and Lincoln vehicles with top quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart technology and value for customers around the world. Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Chris Penrose is Senior Vice President of AT&T’s IoT Organization. He has responsibility for AT&T’s connected device initiatives, which span several industries including automotive, agriculture, manufacturing, fleet management and tracking, healthcare, energy and consumer electronics. Mr. Penrose’ team leads efforts to connect AT&T’s wireless network to a host of devices including cars, wearables, mHealth, asset tracking, and smart utilities and sensors. With nearly 25 years of experience with AT&T and its predecessor companies, Mr. Penrose has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, sales, marketing, distribution planning and customer service. He has a BS in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University. He is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Wireless Division Board, the Kelley School of Business Advisory Board, and serves as the chair of the Connected Living Board for GSMA. He also serves on the board of the Curing Kids’ Cancer foundation.
Don Butler is executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company. In this role, Butler is responsible for Ford’s global integrated connectivity vision and strategy. He leads the development of a near-, mid- and long-term plan for implementation with the goals of delivering a best-in-class customer experience inside and outside of the vehicle. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the then-General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Andrew Poliak is the Chief Technology Officer for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA). Andrew is the orchestrator of multiple forward-thinking initiatives, helping to develop product, technology, business and intellectual property strategies and execution for a safe, autonomous future. With more than 20 years of experience in embedded and IoT markets, Andrew has patents in automotive acoustic, multimedia and navigation technologies. He has been a part of successful technology launches in nearly 100 million vehicles. Andrew graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration.
Alexander Kocher is president and managing director of Elektrobit (EB). Prior to joining EB in November 2011, Kocher was vice president and general manager of Wind River’s Automotive Business Unit, a subsidiary of Intel Inc., for three years. Previously, Kocher held various business management, business development and R&D management positions for automotive infotainment and other software and product solutions at companies including Continental/VDO Automotive, Siemens Automotive, Infineon Technologies and Siemens in software and product solutions. Kocher holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering.
Lakshmanan Chidambaram heads Tech Mahindra’s core Business Verticals comprising of BFSI, Manufacturing, Retail/CPG, Travel, Aerospace & Defence, Life Sciences & Transportation, Logistics and Hospitality. CTL represents Tech Mahindra as a Strategic Officer and has 20+ years of varied global outsourcing business experience development.
Sandeep Sharma heads Tech Mahindra’s core Engineering Business Verticals for North America. Sandeep has 20+ years of varied global outsourcing business experience development.
Steve Schwinke is a recognized expert in Connected Vehicle Technology. He recently joined Tech Mahindra as the Global Lead for the Connected Vehicle after spending 22 years as an Executive at General Motors/OnStar and was elected to the Executive Board of Directors of the Telecommunication Industry Association. As an original member of the OnStar team he helped developed many of the industry first products and services and has been awarded 30 patents involving telecommunications, telematics and navigation. Mr. Schwinke holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Master of Science in Wireless Communication Systems degree from Santa Clara University.
Jon Allen is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Professional Services Automotive Global Practice Manager. He leads a team focused on enabling AWS customers to build their IOT, analytics, and cloud capabilities across the automotive industry from connected cars to smart factories.
Prior to joining AWS, Jon was a Director at Booz Allen Hamilton managing its Commercial Automotive and Manufacturing practice and led the creation of and served as the first Executive Director of the Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), the industry’s first cyber threat and vulnerability information-sharing consortium. Before joining Booz Allen’s commercial practice, he was a member of the leadership team reestablishing the firm’s enterprise risk and cyber business in the Middle East and supported U.S. Government clients within the defense and intelligence agencies developing resiliency and risk capabilities to protect U.S. critical infrastructures. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon served as a U.S. Army infantry officer with assignments in Georgia, Korea, Washington D.C., and Texas, which included serving as the senior Army social aide to President Clinton and commanding an infantry company with the 1st Cavalry Division. Jon received his B.A. from Norwich University, an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University.
Nisarg Modi is the Head of WW Business Development at AWS (Amazon Web Services) for Connected Vehicle including mobility and autonomous driving. Nisarg brings 12+ years of connected vehicle experience ranging from in-vehicle infotainment systems to cloud platform. Prior to AWS, he led the automotive and consumer verticals at Gracenote including ML based portfolio of products. Nisarg has been an integral part of the automotive value chain and previously held several positions including product management, sales, and engineering at Nvidia (infotainment), Qualcomm (connectivity) and Jasper (Connected Vehicle SaaS platform). Nisarg owns both Masters in EE and Business Administration. Nisarg lives in San Francisco Bay Area.
Hemant Sikaria is CEO and co-founder of Sibros, a fast growing provider of next generation automotive software, data and cloud solutions. Prior to Sibros, Hemant spent 6 years at Tesla as an early member of the firmware engineering team that launched the first mass scale OTA system deploying millions of software updates to the entire Tesla fleet and counting. He also served as technical lead for Tesla’s Body and Chassis Firmware division. Under Hemant’s leadership, Sibros has helped leading OEMs and suppliers solve the toughest problems in the new mobility era with the first unified in-vehicle to cloud platform for orchestrating deep OTA software updates, event based data logging and beyond. Hemant earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees with honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and resides in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter.
Mahbubul Alam is the CEO and co-founder of TrustedMobi and co-author of book series on software defined vehicles. TrustedMobi provides trusted intelligent real-time mobility services platform for connected vehicles. Prior to TrustedMobi, Mahbubul was Chief Technology & Marketing Officer at Movimento which offered comprehensive software/firmware over-the-air update for vehicles. Movimento was acquired by Aptiv in 2017, where Mahbubul was responsible for Movimento and Aptiv’s OTA & autonomous vehicle cloud services platform. Mahbubul has spent 14 years in Cisco in various product management & leadership position including heading IoT platform and P&L responsible for $700M product portfolio. Mahbubul holds MSc EE from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
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Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
February 11, 2020
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM