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Conference Program

International Driverless Cars Conference

5 & 6 November 2015, Adelaide Australia

Program as of 28 October 2015, subject to change

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Day One - Thursday 5 November 2015

8:00am – 8.45am

8:45am – 9:00am Master of Ceremonies (MC): Dr Paul Willis, Director and Host RIAUS Australia's Science Channel
Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance by Tauondi Aboriginal College
9:00am – 9:15am Official opening  Hon Jay Weatherill MP
Premier of South Australia

9:15am – 9:25am

Welcome to Adelaide -  smart and connected city

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese

Keynote Presentations

9:25am – 10:25am

Drive Me - self-driving cars by Volvo 

Dr Trent Victor, Senior Technical Leader Crash Avoidance, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden

Connected and automated vehicles: Development in the UK

Professor Alan Stevens, Chief Research Scientist, Transport Research Laboratory, and Chairman of Intelligent Transport Systems,  United Kingdom

Self-driving vehicles: The road ahead

Professor Raj Rajkumar, Professor and Co-Director, General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected Automated Driving Lab, United States

10:25am – 10:35am

Question and answer session

10:35am – 10:50am

Morning Break
10:50am – 11:00am

Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)

Mr Gerard Waldron, Managing Director, ARRB Group Ltd, Australia
11:00am – 11:20am Research gaps and work required for Australia

Dr Charles Karl, National Technical Leader  and

Adjunct Professor Michael Regan, ARRB Group Ltd, Australia

11:20am – 11:40am

Vehicle technology timeline from automated to driverless

Mr Carl Liersch, General Manager, Engineering, Chassis Control Systems, Bosch Australia

11:40am – 12:00am

What regulations do driverless vehicles need and what unnecessary red tape could be cut?

Mr Paul Retter, Chief Executive, National Transport Commission

12:00pm – 12:10pm

Question and answer session

12:10pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 1:20pm

Driver behaviour in highly automated vehicles

Professor Oliver Carsten, Professor of Transport Safety, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

1:20pm – 1:40pm

Driverless vehicle philosophical issues

Associate Professor Robert Sparrow, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University

1:40pm - 2:00pm

Autonomous systems in aviation

Mr Simon Henderson, A330 Fleet Standards Manager, Virgin Australia

2:00pm – 2:10pm

Question and answer session

2:10pm – 2:25pm

Afternoon Break

2:25pm - 2:45pm

How will driverless cars impact the design of our cities and homes?

Mr David Homburg, Principal at HASSELL and SA Chapter President at Australian Institute of Architects

2:45pm – 3:05pm

Innovation  and engaging the community

Dr Amantha Imber, Innovation Psychologist, Inventium, Melbourne, Australia

3:05pm – 3.25pm

Safety in automation / Safety in design

Ms Wendy Machin, Chair of the Australasian Assessment Program, Deputy President NRMA

3:25pm – 3:35pm

Question and answer session

3.35pm – 4:30pm

Summary session and interactive expert question and answer session


End of sessions

Walk from Adelaide Convention Centre across the Riverbank Bridge to Adelaide Oval for the RAA cocktail reception.

5.00pm – 7:00pm

Complimentary RAA cocktail reception – Adelaide Oval

Day Two - Friday 6 November 2015

8:30am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:15am


9:15am – 9.35am

Overview of the South Australian on-road driverless vehicle demonstrations planned for 7 November 2015 Mrs Rita Excell, Regional Manager, Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative, ARRB Group Ltd
9.35am – 09:55am Tesla autonomous driving technology Mr Heath Walker, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tesla
09:55am – 10.15am NAVYA driverless shuttle Mr Henri Coron, Business Development Manager, NAVYA, France
10:15pm – 10:25pm Question and answer session
10:25am – 10:40am Morning Break
10:40am – 11:00am The future of connected vehicles Mr Paul Gray, CEO, Cohda Wireless
11:00am – 11:20am A driverless 2040 vision Professor Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, United States

11:20am – 11:40am

Real world benefits of autonomous vehicle safety systems

Associate Professor Robert Anderson, Hall Technical and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Dr Jeremy Woolley, Acting Director, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, The University of Adelaide
11:40am – 12:00pm The future community changes and benefits of driverless cars Mr Andrew Somers, Transoptim, Australia

12:00pm – 12:10pm

Question and answer session

12:10pm – 12:30pm

Conference summary / close

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Lunch and walk to vehicle demonstrations and exhibitions at the Torrens Parade Ground

1:30pm – 4:00 pm

Volvo - demonstrations on assisted parking technology that will feature the ability for a vehicle to both reverse parallel park, and exit the parking spot, without control of the driver.

Tesla - demonstrations of autopilot technology.

Bosch – demonstrations that will highlight systems designed to help prevent vehicles reversing over objects.

Cohda Wireless – demonstrating infrastructure mapping technology by taking delegates for short journeys from the Torrens Parade Ground, around the CBD.

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) - demonstrations showcasing the technology supporting Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

Flinders University - displaying the Top Cat autonomous catamaran and current research of autonomous vehicles.

ARRB - displaying information on the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative.

NAVYA - displaying information on the latest NAVYA autonomous vehicles.

University of NSW - demonstrations of their autonomous vehicle driving simulator.

SAGE - demonstrations of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and autonomous robot technology.