Technical Director, Ford
Dragos Maciuca is the Technical Director & Senior Technical Leader at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. He is an experienced engineer and management professional, with more than 15 years of professional experience in Silicon Valley spanning a breadth of industries including automotive (BMW and Nissan), consumer electronics (Apple), semiconductor manufacturing (KLA-Tencor) and aerospace (Lockheed Martin). He has extensive experience advising start-ups, developing and commercializing products, collaborating with universities and leading cross-functional teams. Dragos holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.
Deep Learning & AI Startup Business Manager, NVIDIA
Pierre-Antoine obtained a Finance and Marketing Major applied to new technologies and innovation. After a BA in Economics at Paris II, he joined ICN Nancy for a Master in Marketing and CSR in Technology. Pierre-Antoine held several positions in Marketing and PR within large multinational companies such as Lenovo, Intel and now NVIDIA. He will share its insights on tech trends and market opportunities. Today, he focuses on creating synergies between startups, universities, research centers and business operations. Passionate about innovation and technologies, he’s a big Star Wars fan, a long time skier and a father of one.
Director of Innovation, Magna
Josh Berg joined Magna in April, 2019. He currently holds the role as Director of Innovation Ventures at Magna International. Prior to joining Magna, Berg started his journey at General Motors as a public policy manager for legislative and regulatory issues in the area of telematics and connected technologies. At Magna, they invest directly into startups and strategically focused venture capital funds. They are open for partnership and pride themselves on “auto qualifying” technology to help bring your concept to market.
Senior Director – Technical Standards, Qualcomm
Jim Misener is Senior Director, Technical Standards, leading automotive & transportation standards activities for Qualcomm, with expanded role to include development & executing strategies to establish cellular V2X ecosystems & foster global deployment. This ecosystem shift includes adaptation of ITS standards and application protocols, compliance and certification, trade association strategy and industry/government acceptance. In addition to his role with TSAG, Mr. Misener is a 5GAA Board member, an ITS California Board member, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee Chair, an active member of IEEE 1609 Working Group, on the US TAG for ISO TC204 and active in TRB (ITS Committee member, Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee member, Automated Vehicle Symposium Enabling Technologies session organizer).
Mr. Misener also serves as an Advisory Council member to the Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pennsylvania Transportation Center, Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation. Mr. Misener was early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, beginning in the mid 1990s. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies. Mr. Misener holds BS and MS degrees from UCLA and USC.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Huei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is now a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. He currently serves as the Director of Mcity, which studies connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and promotes their deployment. He has served as the PI or co-PI of more than 50 research projects, with a total funding of more than 50 million dollars. He has more than 250 technical publications, including 110 in referred journals and transactions and four books. His h-index is 66 according to the Google scholar analysis. The total number of citations to his work is more than 17,000. He believes in setting high expectation and helping students to exceed it by selecting forward-looking and high-impact research topics. One of his proudest achievements is that more than half of his Ph.D. students have each published at least one paper cited more than 100 times.
President, Valeo North America
Strategic global automotive executive with 25 years of international experience in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Serve as President of Valeo North America, a more than $4B business with 18,000 team members since 2008. Board positions include Sealed Air, Alstom, OESA and MEMA.
Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG
Management and strategy consultant, Xavier Mosquet is also the founder of the BCG Detroit Office and former global co-leader of the automotive practice. He has 20 years of experience focusing on turnarounds and organization transformation, M&A, post-merger integration, growth strategies, innovation, go-to-market and digital practices. M. Mosquet also advised the US Treasury on the restructuring of GM and Chrysler and the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, as well as GM’s IPO. He received numerous awards for consulting, including being named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Consultants” by Consulting Magazine in 2012, and “Turnaround Consultant of the Year” in 2010.
Senior Content Director, Wards Auto
Drew Winter is a Senior Content Director at WardsAuto.com. He oversees the editorial content and agendas for the annual WardsAuto Interiors and User-Experience Conferences. Winter is a judge for the annual Wards 10 Best Engines, 10 Best interiors and 10 Best UX awards as well as a juror for the independent North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) awards. Winter is frequently interviewed by local and national media regarding automotive issues and has won more than 30 journalism awards during his career, including several first-place International Wheel Awards and a Jesse H. Neal Award.