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Tuesday, September 21 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium: Autonomous Technologies: Twists and Turns in the Road Ahead

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In this full-day Pre-Conference Symposia, we’ll cover the next generation of sensors and technology in autonomous applications, from passenger vehicles to robots to drones, and more. The development of driverless car technology is on the rise, and automakers are investing millions and billions to be the first to market with their lineup of autonomous vehicles. The investment into the autonomous vehicle industry has reached over $100 billion, with the leader in spending investing more than half of this number.

9:00AM - 9:25AM
Host: Willard Tu, Senior Director, Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx
Title: Opening Remarks
Description: Robo Trucks or Robo Taxi: Pickup or Drop Off? As the commercial applications for AD are explored, several NEV players continue to disrupt the consumer market pushing for mainstream availability of the technology. Session will provide a multi-layered point of view that covers topics such as a) Has Covid or chip supply shortage derailed the momentum to autonomous driving. b) What is the Perfect Autonomous Vehicle Sensor Package. c) What is the factors that will drive technology realization and adoption. Cut through the misinformation that has formed a lot of misguided perceptions, it is not as easy as listening to the media coverage, or following the money trail. Gain the insight to help you make the right decisions.

9:25AM - 9:45AM
Speaker: Boyd Fowler, CTO, OmniVision Technologies
Title: High Dynamic Range Backside Illuminated Voltage Mode Global Shutter CIS for in Cabin Monitoring
Description: In automotive applications, in cabin monitoring of people and objects has become an important topic for the development of CMOS image sensors. This application has different requirements than rear view, e-mirror and machine vision cameras. Usually in cabin monitoring requires better near infrared quantum efficiency, global shutter operation and smaller form factor than other automotive cameras. Although global shutter operation is required to minimize motion artifacts in this application, it forces large changes in the CMOS image sensor (CIS) architecture. Most global shutter CMOS image sensors available in the market today have larger pixels and lower dynamic range than rolling shutter image sensors. This adversely impacts their size/cost and performance under different lighting conditions. In this paper we describe the architecture and operation of backside illuminated voltage mode global shutter pixels. We also describe how the dynamic range of these pixels can be extended using either multiple integration times or LOFIC techniques. In addition, we also discuss how backside illuminated voltage mode global shutter pixels can be scaled, enabling smaller more cost effective camera solutions. Finally we present results from recent backside illuminated voltage mode global shutter CIS and describe technology directions for future products.

9:45AM - 10:05AM
Jacopo Alaimo, NA Business Development Manager, XenomatiX
Title: Camera CMOS as ToF imagers for LiDAR
Description: Since 2012 XenomatiX founders have been developing a LiDAR technology based on camera CMOS. The result is a sensor capable to capture both point cloud, like a LiDAR, and a 2D image, like a camera. Using the same imager, derived from the same chip present in any cellphone. Without any further need to fuse the two type of information, the perception stack can be heavily and images can be captured also with little external illumination.

10:05AM - 10:25AM
Speaker: Mahmoud Saadat, CEO, Zadar Labs

10:25AM - 10:40AM: Break

10:40AM - 11:00AM

11:00AM - 11:20AM
Speaker: Alberto Stochino, CEO, Perceptive Machines AI
Title: Combo Sensing: LiDAR + “X”, What is “X”
Description: The majority of Autonomous vehicles are using some combination of four main kinds of sensors - cameras, radar, ultrasonics and LiDARs. Engineers often debate the superiority of the individual sense technologies abilities to see through bad weather such as fog, rain or snow. New sensor innovation in cameras is helping address issues like LED flicker, low light conditions or glare. Other technologies try to solve the ranging issues or relative speed issues. However, a few companies have decided to combine the best of different sense modalities. In this session, learn about the combinations that are being combined and what the advantages are of combo sensors.

11:20AM - 11:40AM

11:40AM - 12:00PM
Speaker: Luca Verre, CEO and Co-Founder, Prophesee
Title: Revealing the invisible to machines with neuromorphic vision systems: Technology and applications overview.
Description: Neuromorphic Event-Based vision is a new paradigm in imaging, inspired by human biology. It dramatically improves machines’ ability to sense their environments and make intelligent decisions about what they see. Like human vision, Prophesee’s technology dynamically senses only the most relevant events in a scene, allowing much lower power consumption, latency and data processing, compared to traditional frame-based systems.
Discover how a new bio-inspired Machine Vision category is transforming Industry 4.0, Consumer and Automotive markets.

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Willard Tu

Senior Director, Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx
Willard Tu is a Senior Director at Xilinx, where he leads global business development, product planning, and marketing strategies for the company’s automotive business. Tu has spent over two decades at the axis of the semiconductor, automotive and computing industries. He was previously... Read More →


Boyd Fowler

Chief Technology Officer, OmniVision Technologies
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Jacopo Alaimo

Sales and Business Development Manager, XenomatiX
Jacopo is the Sales and Business Development Manager leading the expansion of XenomatiX’ revolutionary and simple LiDAR technology in the North American region. With the vision to contribute to safer roads and transportations he is convinced of the advantages that the True Solid... Read More →
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Mahmoud Saadat

CEO, Zadar Labs
Mahmoud Saadat is the co-founder and CEO of Zadar labs, a Silicon Valley-based start-up developing next generation high-resolution, low-cost imaging radars for autonomous systems. Prior to Zadar Labs, Mahmoud has developed advanced hardware systems for autonomous systems at Lyft... Read More →

Alberto Stochino

CEO and Founder, Perceptive
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Dr. Gregor Sievers

Product Manager, dSPACE GmbH
Dr. Gregor Sievers is a product manager and group lead in the Engineering Services department at dSPACE GmbH, Paderborn, Germany. His work focuses on the validation of systems for autonomous driving. In 2016, he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Bielefeld University... Read More →
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Luca Verre

CEO & Co-Founder, Prophesee
Luca Verre holds a double first-class MSc in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale and an MBA from INSEAD. Luca has extensive international management experience and a background in the automotive and electronics industries. His... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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