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Tuesday, September 21 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium: Autonomous Technologies: Twists and Turns in the Road Ahead (continued)

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1:10PM - 1:40PM PDT
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.

1:40PM - 2:05PM PDT 
Speaker: Thorsten Oppermann, Regional Manager West, dSPACE, Inc.
Speaker: Dr. Gregor Sievers, Product Manager, dSPACE GmbH
Title: Sensor Simulation for Validation and Testing of Automated Driving Functions
Description: Sensor-realistic simulation is a high-performance solution for validation and testing of sensor systems, which are an essential component of automated vehicles. Increasingly powerful computer systems allow for the generation of realistic sensor data in real time. This makes simulation an efficient method for validating sensor control units, which offers a whole range of advantages.

2:05PM - 2:30PM PDT 
Speaker: Dan Andrus, VP of Business Development, Xylon
Gobs of Data: How to Capture it and What to do with it
Description: Continually increasing sensor resolutions and data bandwidth, and ever-changing high-speed communications make validation of autonomous driving systems quite challenging, and increase requirements for reliable and safe multi-channel capturing of sensor data with synchronized and accurate time stamping. Once collected on the road, gobs of sensory data may be exercised and used through different scenarios in machine learning, AI applications, different AD and ADAS developments or testing and validation of sensors. This presentation will outline technological and other challenges of data capturing by remote test fleets and will discuss on the ways of overcoming them through each development and testing stage, such as sensors validation, algorithm development, and Hardware -in-the-Loop HIL simulation. Topics such as test fleet management, data offloads and refining for CNN training, approaches to setting up ground truthing, metadata extraction and full hardware evaluation will be illustrated through an in-house developed project. The presentation will also outline the challenges of quick and precise translation between physical and virtual domains in HIL direct data injection and full virtual drive simulations.

2:30PM - 3:00PM PDT
Networking Break

3:00PM - 3:55PM PDT
Willard Tu, Senior Director, Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx
  • Gleb Akselrod, CTO, Lumotive
  • Indu Vijayan, Director of Product Management, Aeye
  • Bart Nabbe, VP Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships, Aurora
Title: What is the "aftermath" of all the disruptive forces in automotive?
Description: There is disruption abound in automotive, a market that has historically been about the "Kaizen" approach of continuous improvement in a step by step process. Now, we are all strapping in for the rocket age, where it is all about "going big, or go home". EV vs ICE, Connected vs Standalone, Edge vs Central Compute, Analog vs Digital UI, Tier1s vs Startups, and of course human vs computer driver. There are battles wage on between technologies everywhere you turn in automotive. The question is who wins the war? In this panel discussion you will hear from a collection of industry luminaries who will help you sift through the overinflated claims, which companies or technology approaches have the best chances of standing at the end of the battle? Bring your questions, ask your questions, get the answers now

3:55PM - 4:00PM PDT
Willard Tu, Senior Director, Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx
Title: Closing Remarks

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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 →

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Boyd Fowler

Chief Technology Officer, OmniVision Technologies
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Thorsten Opperman

Regional Manager West, dSPACE, Inc.
Thorsten Oppermann is the Regional Manager of dSPACE Inc. operations in the western region, including California and the Silicon Valley. He has more than 15 years of experience working in the automotive sector as an engineering professional. Thorsten earned his degree in Automotive... Read More →
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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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Dan Andrus

Vice President Sales & Business Development, Xylon
Dan obtained his Electrical engineering degree from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now known as Kettering University).  He is an automotive industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in Powertrain, Chassis, Climate Control, Safety Systems, and IT.  Following... Read More →
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Indu Vijayan

Director of Product Management, AEye
Indu is a specialist in systems, software, algorithms and perception for self driving cars. As AEye's head of product management, she works hand-in-hand with the company’s business and technical side to envision product roadmap and bring products to life. Indu also collaborates... Read More →
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Bart Nabbe

VP Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships, Aurora
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Gleb Akselrod

CTO, Lumotive
Gleb Akselrod has more than 10 years experience in photonics and optoelectronics. Prior to Lumotive he was the Director for Optical Technologies at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA, where he led a program on the commercialization of optical metamaterial and nanophotonic technologies... Read More →

Tuesday September 21, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Executive Ballroom A (AE)