Opening Keynote: Challenges in Deployment of Active Safety Systems
Dr. Joseph Kanianthra, Active Safety Engineering LLC (Former Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research NHTSA -Retired NHTSA, USDOT)
Dr. Joseph N. Kanianthra is the President of Active Safety Engineering LLC, a company set up specifically to provide automobile safety consulting services to the industry and safety community. He retired from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation in August 2008 after 32 years of service. There he was the Senior Technical Advisor and an Associate Administrator for the Office of Vehicle Safety Research, where he directed all vehicle safety research related to crashworthiness, crash avoidance, driver-vehicle performance, tire research, driver distraction research, and intelligent technologies research programs. His chief accomplishments in research and in safety standards were the development of safety standards based on research for dynamic side-impact protection, roof crush injury prevention, ejection mitigation, head injury protection, and frontal impact protection of occupants in light passenger vehicles. He also developed the vision for "Total Safety" directing NHTSA's research towards the use of advanced technologies as a means of achieving integration of active and passive safety. He was also very active in the area of international harmonization of research and safety standards. Until August 2008, he was the Chairman of the International Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Government Focal Points Group.
Since retiring from the Government, he has also completed several projects involving vehicle testing, accident data analysis, technical reports and expert opinions on various safety topics for the government and automotive industry. He is also a collaborating author of books on automobile safety. He has published many technical papers on safety in various national and international publications. He is a patent holding inventor and an internationally recognized safety expert. He has also addressed many well-known conferences such as the SAE World Congress, ITSA, FISITA, ESV, INFATS, ICAT Conferences, World Injury Conference and International Mobility Conferences. Currently, he is also the Chairman of the International Scientific Advisory Board for SAFER - Vehicle and Traffic Safety Research Center of Chalmers University, and a member of the expert evaluation team for Area of Advance in Transportation Research at Chalmers University in Sweden.
Plenary Keynote: Long Term View of Active Safety as Seen by Google
Mr. Anthony Levandowski, Google
Product Manager for Google's Self-Driving Car Technology
Anthony Levandowski is the product manager for Google's self-driving car technology. Anthony joined Google to launch Streetview in 2007. Prior to that he founded 510 Systems, a developer of mobile mapping and surveying technology. Notable robots include Ghostrider, an unmanned motorcycle now in the Smithsonian and Pribot, an unmanned Prius used to deliver pizza in San Francisco. He has an MS and BS from UC Berkeley in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Plenary Keynote: Toyota's Approach to "Integrated Safety"
Mr. Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota Motor Corporation
Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary
Project General Manager, Product Planning Group
Mr. Kuzumaki has been the Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary, working in safety technology planning group at Toyota Motor Corporation since 2011. His role is strengthening vehicle safety performance in Toyota. He has a master degree in aeronautical engineering from Kyoto University. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation in1985. And he received a special award of appreciation from U.S. Government in ESV 2007.
Lisa Whalen is Vice President, Automotive & Transportation Growth Consulting for Frost & Sullivan
. In her role, she collaborates with automotive industry stakeholders to formulate growth strategies. She has managed several hundred research, analytical, and consulting projects and reports, including customer and product research; sales performance and forecasting; competitor intelligence insights; product planning; product, powertrain and technology roll-out plans; business, brand and marketing strategy development and serves as a thought leader on megatrends and their impact on urban mobility.
- Prior to her tenure at Frost & Sullivan, Lisa worked for General Motors and J.D. Power and Associates.