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LIDAR has been in use for over 60 years in military, aerospace, robotics, and meteorological fields. Today it is experiencing a flurry of interest due to the expectation that it will be one of the key sensors to enable autonomous driving. With more than $5.6 billion raised to date, more than 95 companies are developing automotive grade LIDAR sensors using their unique approaches. This conference is the only event in the world exclusively focused on automotive LIDAR technologies and applications. The conference's sessions will describe the various approaches to make a LIDAR system, as well as explain via physics and math the reasons to choose one approach over another. We will also discuss the publicly disclosed methods from each of the known developers, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they likely they are to scale in manufacturability and cost. The conference will also provide overviews of marketplace projections and business trends. The material presented will enable attendees to make well-informed decisions regarding which LIDAR approaches are optimal for solving their challenges and requirements.

Conference Topics

  • Expert reviews and analyses of state-of-the-art LIDAR technologies
  • Business trends, market projections, M&A developments, and startup activity
  • LIDAR data fusion with other types of sensors such as radar and camera
  • Impacts of enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • Notable academic research related to LIDAR for automotive applications
  • LIDAR data processing techniques and algorithms
  • Supply chain trends and challenges, government regulations, and mandates
  • Fabrication, packaging, and system assembly techniques
  • Reliability testing methodologies and techniques
  • Technology transfer, ecosystems and research hubs, company formation

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • CTOs
  • VPs of engineering
  • VPs of marketing
  • VPs of business development
  • Engineering leaders
  • Engineering managers
  • Marketing, sales and business development managers
  • Industry analysts
  • Investors
  • Purchasing managers
  • Sensors and electronics consultants

Prior Participating Companies
(from the 2020-2021 events)

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(from the participants and attendees of the 2022 online event)

“The Automotive LIDAR 2022 conference was again a great way of getting the newest updates on what’s happening in the LIDAR space. As usual, the Brella platform provided a convenient way for connecting to companies from all parts of the value chain.” Clemens Hofmann, PhD, Sr. Principal Engineer -- ams OSRAM

“The conference allowed me to get an excellent overview on many topics and aspects, that currently are being discussed within the ADAS community. I like the span between talks addressing fundamental architecture choices on one side and then to materials to be used for manufacturing on the other side. The virtual format works surprisingly well for networking and additionally allows more people from all over the world to join in a very cost-effective way.” Andre Nauen, Principal Photonics Manager -- Huawei

“I enjoyed this Automotive LIDAR 2022 conference very much. I attended it as both an attendee last year and as a speaker this year. I think this is a great event, with high-quality talks and awesome attendees. I also learnd a lot, not only from the presentations, but also from the Q&A and discussions. I also want to express my gratitude to Jessica, Mike, and other conference organizers. You guys are so patient and considerate, taking care of everybody. The responses were always quick and detailed. Thanks a lot again!” Xiaoxi He, Research Director -- IDTechEx

“The Automotive LIDAR 2022 conference was an excellent session with well-balanced presenters of photonics, optics, embedded systems, software, supply chain, and varying market outlooks. The attendee and presenters ranged from academics, researchers, industry, and marketing. The Brella networking system is very useful and functional, with ease of use. The ability to quickly search attendees and connect is wonderful. Microtech Ventures puts on one of the best run and most comprehensive technical shows. They are well organized. See you at the next show!” Dan Nawrocki, Director -- Kayaku Advanced Materials

“The virtual Automotive LIDAR 2022 conference provided a simple and instant platform on which to interact and catch up with professionals in the industry. The presentations were very informative both technically and from an overall market analysis and status perspective.” Linda West, Director of Business Development -- Leonardo Electronics

“The Automotive LIDAR 2022 conference is a great conference, perfectly organized by the team. This is also the opportunity to learn about the most recent trends and enabling technologies for LIDAR. The Brella platform is easy to use and gives the opportunity to discuss with the attendees of the conference.” Pierrick Boulay, Technology and Market Analyst -- Yole Group

(from the participants and attendees of the 2021 online event)

“Thanks for the wonderful conference with Brella as a great tool. I had great success in networking with several folks. This AI based tool was effectively able to let me and others connect with conference attendees who have interests in similar areas and in the right supply chain. The tool was very solid in terms of the Q&As during the speaker sessions.”
Sridhar Nagarajan, Sr. Director, IIVI

“It was great! Thanks a lot for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event. It’s so important for me and our team to stay tuned! You and your team have done a great job to gather all of us in one “place” and share our wisdoms with one another.”
Evgeny Levin, CTO, Dephan

“Automotive LIDAR 2021 was a hit as usual. The presenters bring fresh information while the audience stays engaged, asking important and relevant questions. Looking forward to next year.”
Amit Mehta, Sr. Business Development Manager, Koito/NAL

“It was a very interesting and fruitful conference! Also the Brella platform used was very good!”
Matan Naftali, CEO, Maradin

“My quick feedback is that this event is the best online conference I have attended. Bella system is really very convenient. Although there was a small streaming situation yesterday, you helped solve it quickly. The content of the meeting is also very good. We can learn the dynamics of the automotive radar ecosystem and meet old and new friends in the industry. Thank you for organizing such amazing event. Thanks!”
Limin Zhou, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, MRSI Mycronic

“Making a virtual event really effective for networking is not an easy task at all. But Automotive LIDAR 2021 was able to get attendees in contact, easily and effectively, through the Brella platform. I connected with a number of attendees and potential future business/technology partners, learning a lot on the world of LIDAR from many different and integrated perspectives. I really enjoyed the talks; they were well organized and always on schedule, which gave me the whole picture of the LIDAR ecosystem.“
Mauro Riva, Business Manager, SAES Group

“There was a lot of content about system and emitter considerations of automotive LIDAR. Therefore, the conference was nice and useful.”
Dahwan Park, Researcher, SK Hynix

“Automotive LIDAR 2021 is very educational and enlightening. There are multiple issues we need to address as LIDAR technology is evolving. This is a great get together to line up like-minded people and competing technologies.”
Gopala Garnepudi, CDC Systems Engineer, Valeo

“The Automotive LIDAR conference has every year drawn global LIDAR experts to discuss the latest developments and challenges faced by the industry. I was honored to do a workshop for the participants this year. The Q&A sessions after every presentation gave more chances to directly interact. The Brella platform is very good at finding good matches for 1:1 chats also. I look forward to this event again next year.”
Rajeev Thakur, Director Sales Technical Support, Velodyne Lidar

“Great conference! High concentration of professionals full of enthusiasm.”
Nick Orlov, Hardware Team Lead, Yandex

Additional Attendee Feedback:

  • Very organized virtual show. Good conference session. Good opportunities to meet up people.
  • One of the best virtual events, very easy to navigate and meet people.
  • Professional event from top to bottom. Excellent customer support.
  • Well organized, and good quality of the presentations. Brella platform is easy to use.
  • I just loved it! Very convenient to get the conferences online. Topics were well diversified.
  • The conference was very pleasant. A lot of interesting topics were discussed. Special thanks to the organizers -- everything went at the highest level

(from the participants and attendees of the 2020 online event)

“The Automotive LiDAR 2020 conference was a truly amazing event, not only for academics, researchers, and industry, but for all who are passionate about LIDARs. It was a well-balanced mixture of photonics, optics, semiconductors, embedded systems, low-level and high-level software, and autonomous vehicles. The organizers, Microtech Ventures, not only managed to bring together the right people presenting the state-of-the-art in LIDARs, but continuously encouraged the participants to connect and to engage in deeper discussions and new business opportunities. This was my first time attending and it was a real honour to be one of the speakers. I was attending online from Japan with a time difference of 13 hours; the activity was well worth the extra effort. I am already looking forward for the 2021 edition to discover how many great things the LIDAR research and industry will achieve in one year.”
Alexander Carballo, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Tier IV

“The Automotive LIDAR conference provides a direct line to key R&D experts, which is profound considering the pace of development in this sector. The digital platform used by the conference organizers is very well suited for the presentations we’ve come to expect from this event — the knowledge transfer is invigorating.”
Allen Cheves, Publisher, LIDAR Magazine

“The Automotive LIDAR conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the most recent trends in the various enabling technologies for LIDAR. The conference allows you to gain insight across the entire ecosystem of LIDAR modules. You get to hear from component suppliers, automotive OEMs, Tier I suppliers, LIDAR sensor manufacturers, and market analysts. In addition, this forum provides a great exhibitor hall and ample opportunities to deepen your networking reach.”
Joe Gasiewicz, Supervisor Application Engineering, OSRAM

“This was an excellent conference. Very well organized and meticulously moderated. The online format worked extremely well, with possibly better learning and networking opportunities.”
Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, PhD, Research Director, IDTechEx

“I really enjoyed the Automotive LIDAR 2020 conference. The online video presentations went much better than I expected and I really appreciate the flexibility it offered to me while working from home. The subject matter was what I expected and I enjoyed the 5-10 minutes presentations complementing the more complex topics of longer duration. The conference organizers used Brella for networking among the attendees – it’s a new tool for me, but was easy to use and very practical. I was able to meet other attendees and set up video conferences with them throughout the conference. Very beneficial. Thank you!”
Carlos Sanchez, Product Marketing, Analog Devices

“This was my first time attending the Automotive LIDAR conference and it was a fantastic mix of presenters throughout the supply chain, including many automotive OEMs and Tier 1s. This year’s conference was hosted online to COVID-19 and was easily, and by far, the best virtual meeting I have experienced. The organizers not only did a great job managing the live presentations (from around the world no less!), but the virtual exhibits were very useful and engaging. This was an excellent conference and very well done!”
Aric Shorey, Vice President of New Business Development, Mosaic Microsystems

(additional anonymous feedback from 2020 online participants)

  • “Brella was an amazing platform. Seamless, simple and elegant. The conference material was tightly focused on a relatively niche topic (automotive LIDAR), so it seemed that everyone had a good grasp of what everyone else was presenting. The tight focus made the conference the best one I have attended in my (1 year long) career. I also liked that there were no parallel lines of presentations. I never had to choose between 2 presentations I wanted to attend.”
  • “I think the online conference format actually worked especially well for this conference. All of the talks were well prepared, and we could consume them at our own rate.”
  • “Great platform for networking [Brella]. Hopefully all participants will use it going forward more.”
  • “Very impressed with how you all managed a live virtual conference. This was the closest thing to an actual conference that I have experienced and you all did a really fantastic job. Brella was a nice interface but your management of it and Mike's management of the speakers was really impressive.”
  • “Easily the best virtual meeting I have attended.”

(from the participants and attendees of the 2019 event)

“Automotive LIDAR 2019 was a great conference, from the venue through the presentations. The developments of new products and solutions to known concerns continues so the excitement around LIDAR continues. The combination of established and start-up companies was very good. I’m looking forward to next year’s event to see the progress the industry continues to make.”
Phil Amsrud, Sr. Principal Analyst, IHS

“I think this conference has the right balance of content, level of detail, and diversity of perspectives from industry players and across the ecosystem. We had meaningful discussions and debates about where this industry is going. Also, it was great to make excellent connections through networking sessions and expo.”
Winston Chen, Head of Global Sales, Rockley Photonics

“I found the conference very informative, insightful, and well attended. The speakers were an excellent mix of industry experts supplying insight from both the ADAS market as a whole and from the technology sectors supporting the automotive space.”
Steve Ehrsam, Vice President, Innovusion

“The Automotive LIDAR conference in Detroit is the event to meet with the entire value-chain for LIDAR sensors – from material suppliers to OEM’s. Besides it is a must-visit to stay up-to-date in terms of latest developments and trends for the industry.”
Boris Eichhorn, Sr. Manager New Venture, SCHOTT

“Thanks again forsuch a great event; I’m really happy I managed to be there, networking with people from LIDAR industry. It was the best way to get the whole picture of the latest market and technical solutions and an invaluable unique experience that will be undoubtedly useful for our company!”
Evgeny Levin, Chief Application Engineer,DEPHAN

“This was a great conference to communicate with the frontiers of automotive LIDAR industry worldwide, and to learn the trends of technology and market. Also a great place to establish relationship by relaxing and friendly conversation, breakfast, lunch, and reception dinner, etc. It’s highly efficient and that’s very hard to do at other big events and exhibitions.”
John Ling, Chairman and CEO, Hitronics

“It was my first time to attend the Automotive LIDAR conference. It was great to find most of the LIDAR companies from all over the world participating in this big event and sharing their latest and future technologies and the market perspective. The organization was excellent, all talks were on time, and the staff was very friendly and cooperative. I recommend attending this conference and I aim to attend it every year.”
Ali Massoud, Senior DSP Engineer, Huawei

“This conference helped me understand more deeply about LIDAR technologies and its approach to automotive market.Along with the other conferencesMIcrotech Ventures organizes, it is a great event, and we can’t wait to come back next year.”
Hiro Masumoto, Market Development Specialist, Sekisui

“Automotive LIDAR 2019 was a great event! It really makes efficient use of our time to have a conference solely dedicated to LIDAR. The conference was well-run and there was great interaction with both customers and vendors.”
Mark McCord, CTO, Cepton

“It was an eye opening and realistic event in which industry experts across the globe shared their strategy and technical challenges of introducing LIDAR into major verticals. Automotive LIDAR 2019 is the industry’s leading LIDAR conference and I will definitely attend again.”
Amit Mehta, Sr. Business Development Manager, Koito NAL Silicon Valley Lab

“It was an easy decision to invest our time and money in this event. The attendees and exhibitors represented the entire LIDAR ecosystem, from vehicle manufacturers all the way through the supply base. The focused scope of the presentation meant that all conversations were both deep and efficient. Great connections!”
Eric Rogers, IP Counsel and Market Strategy Leader, AGC

(from the participants and attendees of the 2018 event)

“Thanks again for organizing an excellent conference! We made many great contacts that have resulted in great leads for partnerships and investment, so it was a great venue and audience.”
Gleb Akselrod, CTO and Founder, Lumotive

“I want to thank you for the quality of the organization of this Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference. I was impressed by the quality of the technical information that was discussed, with always a link to real world experience. The quality of attendees made it an excellent conference of choice to network with others on the topic of LIDAR. I am looking forward to next year.”
Pascal Auburtin, Director – Diversification NAFTA, EFI Automotive

“Automotive LIDAR 2018 was a high-quality conference in terms of content and attendees. It was definitely worth the time and travel from Europe.”
Raul Bravo, CEO, Dibotics

“The Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference was the very first conference we attended that was exclusively focused on LIDAR. The event curators made sure that the conference covered a wide range of subjects and showed us the leading-edge progresses. I appreciated the often candid exchanges between key LIDAR providers in the industry.”
Jean-Yves Deschenes, President, Phantom Intelligence

“The Automotive LIDAR 2018 conference gave a comprehensive LIDAR industry overview with an excellent content and information density. In addition, meeting attendees from most parts of the industry was a great opportunity for deeper discussions and new business contacts. The event was extremely valuable for me and a pleasure to attend.”
Marc Schillgalies, Vice President of Development, First Sensor

“I attended the Automotive LIDAR meeting for the first time, this year (2018). The speakers were excellent and provided a good cross-section of the work being done in the field. The workshop presented the first day should be required reading for anyone looking for a quick, but thorough, introduction to automotive LIDAR. The connections I made with vendors is going to help propel my work forward. I highly recommend this meeting for anyone looking for a small, focused meeting on this subject.”
Steve Spector, Principal Member Technical Staff, Draper

“The workshop, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities at the Automotive LIDAR conference were very valuable. I believe all the participants, exhibitors and sponsors got our time and money’s worth at the event. I intend to invite my overseas colleagues for participation at next year’s event”.
Rajeev Thakur, Product Marketing Manager, OSRAM

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