SAE Automated and Connected Vehicle Systems Testing Symposium

June 20-21, 2018 │ Greenville, SC, USA

While the mobility industry continues to invest in the research and development of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), it also realizes that a great deal of testing and validation is needed to ensure optimal safety. The time is now to establish standards, share best practices, and propel this technology into the next generation

A new event, hosted by Clemson University–International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), will bring together key thought leaders from academia, research, industry, and government throughout the automotive engineering industry to discuss the latest automated vehicle testing programs, data acquisition and analytics approaches, and research that will inevitably drive the industry forward to a fully connected and automated vehicle.

Over two days, technical experts will discuss ideas and methods to bridge the gap between technologies and products to address the top challenges of automated vehicle use within the public transportation system. This event will dive deeper to address the underlying engineering frameworks, showcase the engineering challenges, discuss systematic choices and down-selection processes, and the comparative analyses needed to create reliable engineered products.

By going beyond a set of general presentations into an applications-based discussion of reference-architectures, design- and implementation-choices, detailed/statistical test-results analyses, this event can establish priorities for solving problems and creating work groups to solve them.

Featured Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Thomas A. Dingus, Ph.D., CHFP

Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Thomas A. Dingus is Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), is an endowed professor of Virginia Tech, and is the President of VTT, LLC.

Since 1996, Dingus has managed the operations and research at VTTI, which annually conducts more than $38 million in sponsored research. He has performed transportation safety and human factors research since 1984, focusing on automated and connected vehicles, driver distraction and attention, the safety and usability of advanced in-vehicle devices, crash avoidance countermeasures, and fatigue. He has led substantial efforts in growing Virginia as a pioneer in automated-vehicle research, with VTTI and partners creating a suite of advanced test beds—including the Virginia Automated Corridors in Northern Virginia and the Virginia Smart Roads in Blacksburg, Va.—that facilitate both public roadway and edge-and-corner (e.g., surface street, rural roads) test scenarios.

Dingus pioneered the naturalistic driving study research method, which involves instrumenting vehicles with unobtrusive video cameras and sophisticated instrumentation that assess crash and near-crash causation and help determine crash countermeasures.

Dingus has more than 230 technical publications and has managed more than $500 million in research funding to date. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, from which he has received several awards, including the A.R. Lauer Award for outstanding contributions to the field of safety. Dingus is a board member of both the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

Executive Committee

Venkat Krovi

Michelin Endowed Chair Professor of Vehicle Automation

Johan Engström, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Center for Truck & Bus Safety
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Richard Hanowski

Director, Center for Truck & Bus Safety
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Roger Lanctot

Director-Automotive Connected Mobility Practice
Strategy Analytics

Rahul Mangharam

Associate Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Bill Kahn

Principal Engineer and Manager of Advanced Concepts

Peter Sweatman

Co-founding Principal

Joachim Taiber

Chief Technology Officer
International Transportation Innovation Center

Michael Wagner

CEO and Co-Founder
Edge Case Research

Dan Williams

Director of ADAS, Autonomy and Integrated Vehicle Control Systems
ZF Commercial Vehicle Technology

David Woessner

General Manager (National Harbor, MD)
Local Motors