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Automotive LIDAR 2019
2nd Annual Conference and Exhibition
September 25-26, 2019
Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday, September 25

Registration and Breakfast 07:00 AM – 08:00AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mike Pinelis, PhD
President and CEO
Microtech Ventures
08:00 AM – 08:30AM
The Race to a Low-Cost Automotive LIDAR System
Phil Amsrud
Senior Principal Analyst
IHS Markit
08:30 AM – 09:10 AM
Solid-State LIDAR: Principles of Operation and Design Challenges
Slawomir Piatek, PhD
Scientific Consultant
Hamamatsu Photonics
09:10 AM – 09:55 AM
Sensing Your Vision: Why Glass Solutions Play a Key Role in Improving LIDAR Sensors
Boris Eichhorn
Senior Manager, New Venture
SCHOTT – Gold Sponsor
09:55 AM – 10:05 AM
The Quest for Viable Automotive LIDAR: Surprising Design Insights
Gleb Akselrod
Lumotive – Lanyard Sponsor
10:05 AM – 10:25 AM
Mid-Morning Break 10:25 AM – 11:00 AM
Materials and Applications of CMOS Solid-State LIDAR
Louay Eldada, PhD
CEO and Co-Founder
11:00 AM – 11:40 AM
Implementing LIDAR Technologies in Autonomous Shuttle Applications
Michael Poulin
Vice President, Product Management
11:40 AM – 12:20 PM
MEMS for LIDAR Applications
John Harley
President and CEO
Teledyne Micralyne – Silver Sponsor
12:20 PM – 12:30 PM
Rethinking LIDAR: Going Fully Digital to Improve Performance
Jean-Yves Deschênes
Phantom Intelligence – Program Sponsor
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
Networking Lunch 12:40 PM – 02:00 PM
Silicon Photonics FMCW LIDAR Technologies for Automotive Applications
Ralf Muenster
Vice President, Business Development & Marketing
SiLC Technologies
02:00 PM – 02:40 PM
The Great Wavelength Debate: Which Will Prevail for Automotive LIDAR?
Bahman Hadji
Director of Business Development
ON Semiconductor, SensL Division
02:40 PM – 03:20 PM
LIDAR Devices Simulation: Existing Challenges and Emerging Solutions
Mihir Patel, PhD
Director of Engineering
OnScale – Simulation Sponsor
03:20 PM – 03:30 PM
Reliability of MEMS Mirrors for Automotive LIDAR Applications
Jan Grahmann, PhD
Head of MEMS Scanners Group
Fraunhofer IPMS - R&D Partner
03:30 PM – 03:40 PM
GaN-Based Lidar: See Further, Faster, Better
Andrea Mirenda
Vice President Sales of the Americas
Efficient Power Conversion – Innovation Sponsor
03:40 PM – 03:50 PM
Mid-Afternoon Break 03:40 PM – 04:20 PM

Technology Showcase

ADAS to Autonomous Vehicles: Extending the Performance of LIDAR Technologies
Mark McCord
Cepton Technologies

Interference Rejection: Indispensable Feature for Automotive LIDAR
Wei “Reed” Lu
Sr. Director of Sales
Hesai Technology

Low Latency Manufacturing for LIDAR Technologies
Nicolas Evans
Sr. Process Engineer
Palomar Technologies

Thermoplastic Solutions for High-Performance LIDAR Optics
Aurelie Schoemann, PhD
Business Manager, Mobility

Verification and Validation for AV Systems Including LIDAR
Tony Gioutsos

LIDAR and the New Assembly Frontier: Challenges and Solutions
Dhiraj Bora
Silitronics Solutions

Light Shaping Optics: Applications in Automotive LIDAR Systems
Georg Ockenfuss
Director Worldwide FAE
VIAVI Solutions

LIDAR and Camera Integration: Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Kris De Meester
Vice President Sales and Business Development

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM
Concluding Remarks
Mike Pinelis, PhD
President and CEO
Microtech Ventures
06:30 PM – 06:40 PM
Reception 06:40 PM – 08:30 PM

Thursday, September 26

Agenda and panels are subject to change.

Registration and Breakfast 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mike Pinelis, PhD
President and CEO
Microtech Ventures
08:00 AM – 08:15 AM
How Will LIDAR Technologies and Business Landscape Evolve?
Nilushi Wijeyasinghe, PhD
Technology Analyst
08:15 AM – 08:55 AM
Autonomous Vehicles and LIDAR: Why Solid State isn’t a Silver Bullet
Raffi Mardirosian
Head of Corporate Development
08:55 AM – 09:35 AM
Exceptionally Dependable and Durable Cocoon LIDAR for Autonomous Vehicles
Michael Poulin
Vice President, Product Management
Leddartech – Platinum Sponsor
09:35 AM – 09:45 AM
Silicone Materials for Emerging LIDAR and Automotive Sensors Applications
Chad Kobylanski
Western Regional Manager
ShinEtsu- Breakfast Sponsor
09:45 AM –09:55 AM
Mid-Morning Break 09:55 AM – 10:35 AM
Automotive LIDAR: Where Do We Go from Here?
Ron Kapusta
Fellow and LIDAR System Architect
Analog Devices
10:35 AM – 11:15 AM
An Industry Perspective on LIDAR Algorithms for ADAS Applications
Vikram Narayan, PhD
Head of AI and Computer Vision
11:15 AM – 11:55 AM
Opportunities for LIDAR in the Growing ADAS Market
Rajeev Thakur
Director Automotive Programs
Velodyne Lidar
11:55 AM – 12:35 PM
LIDAR Concepts to Design: Now What?
Jim Larsen
Business Unit Manager
Hana RFID– Lunch Sponsor
12:35 PM – 12:45 PM
Challenges in Photonics Manufacturing for LIDAR Applications
Rajiv Pandey
Sr. Product Manager
MRSI Systems - Internet Sponsor
12:45 PM – 12:55 PM
Networking Lunch 12:55 PM – 02:00 PM
Startup and Innovation Showcase

Keeping Autonomous Vehicles Beautiful: Discreet and Functional LIDAR Integration with Glass
Eric Rogers
IP Counsel and Market Strategy Leader
AGC– Startup Showcase Sponsor

Spectrum Scan LIDAR: Comparison to Alternative Technologies
Federico Collarte

Critical LIDAR System Tradeoffs to Maximize Vehicle Safety System Performance
Steve Ehrsam
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Emerging Applications for LIDAR Sensors in Autonomous Delivery Robots
Felipe Chávez
Kiwi Campus

LIDAR Performance without LIDAR: Recent Advances in Camera
Leaf Jiang, PhD

Next Generation Flash LIDAR for Automotive Applications
Scott Burroughs
Sense Photonics

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Concluding Remarks
Mike Pinelis, PhD
President and CEO
Microtech Ventures
04:00 PM – 04:15 PM