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 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Barry Smith, Ph.D., FACMI

Director of the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR) and Professor of Philosophy, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology at SUNY Buffalo

Barry Smith is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of applied ontology. He is Director of the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR) and Professor of Philosophy, Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology at SUNY Buffalo.  Smith is the lead developer of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), the most commonly adopted upper-level ontology development framework, now used in over 300 civilian and government ontology initiatives throughout the world. He is also one of the initiators of the NIST Industrial Ontology Foundry project, whose goal is to develop a set of ontology modules to support interoperability of software in the digital manufacturing field.

The current industrial revolution is said to be driven by the digitization of manufacturing that exploits connected information across all aspects of manufacturing. Standards have been recognized as an important enabler. Ontology is the next generation standard for connected information.

Keynote abstract: The ontology approach to knowledge integration is much more flexible than approaches based on traditional relational database technology, and is thus ideally suited to achieve results in those areas where we are dealing with a broad spectrum of different sorts of data that is rapidly expanding into new areas. Unfortunately, in almost all cases where ontology technology has been tried, it has produced results which are fragmentary and inconsistent, and have typically enjoyed a short half-life. I will describe the reasons for these failures, and outline a strategy for the creation of interoperable ontology modules that has been used with success in the biomedical and military domains, and is currently being applied in the field of digital manufacturing.

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.

Keynote abstract: Deploying safe, robust, and reliable CAV technologies: Now comes the hard part. Everyone’s goal is to deploy safe, robust, and highly reliable (i.e., operate as intended, almost never fail and always fail safe) vehicle automation that achieves the promise of saving lives, improving mobility, and reducing pollution. Deployment is inevitable, but a number of hurdles still exist to realize that dream. Each hurdle will be presented and discussed in detail using recent data and examples. Read More*

Keynote Speaker

Alain L. Kornhauser

Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering, Princeton University

Born in France, Alain Kornhauser immigrated to western Pennsylvania with his parents at the age of 7. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Penn State where he obtained a BS and MS. Kornhauser is completing his 46th year on the Princeton faculty as Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering. He serves as Director of the Transportation Program where he continues his basic research in Transportation focused on the real-time operation of large fleets of driverless vehicles and on the development of Deep-Learning Neural Networks that safely drive road vehicles. He was the Faculty Leader of Princeton’s entries the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and 2007 Urban Challenge and continues his interest in the complete automation of the automobile with particular interest in the autonomousTaxi concept and its potential to transform mass transit and deliver ubiquitous mobility to everyone.

Keynote Speaker

June Satterfield

Director of Industry Standards and Government Regulations, Michelin North America

June Satterfield is Director of Industry Standards and Government Regulations for Michelin North America in Greenville, SC. She has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and a master's in engineering mechanics and sciences from the University of Florida. She has worked for Michelin for 30 years, holding various technical (tire performance assessment and design), competency management, and process improvement roles in the R&D environment. Prior to her current assignment, she was Director of Progress and Training and served as a member of Michelin’s North American R&D leadership team. Another notable career highlight includes a prior assignment in the standards and regulatory department following the passage of the TREAD Act. During this time, she represented both Michelin and the tire industry in key leadership roles, including leading the ASTM task group on Aged Tire Durability and the ISO working group on rolling resistance, and serving on a number of committees in the Tire Rim Association, United States Tire Manufacturers Association, ASTM, ISO, and SAE.

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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