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The Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill MP opened the conference and welcomed international keynote presenters as well as a variety of speakers from Australia, including:

Dr Trent Victor

Dr Trent Victor

Dr. Trent Victor is Senior Technical Leader Crash Avoidance at Volvo Cars Safety Centre where he provides leadership in safety analysis and human factors research to achieve Volvo Vision 2020. Also, Trent is director of safety within the Drive Me self-driving cars program at Volvo, Adjunct Professor in Accident Avoidance at Chalmers University of Technology within SAFER – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers, and Adjunct Professor at University of Iowa.

Professor Alan Stevens

Professor Alan Stevens

Professor Alan Stevens is a Chief Scientist and Research Director at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) where he has been working on the application of new technology for over 25 years.

He is Chair of ITS United Kingdom and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has authored and co-authored more than 120 published articles, reports and papers on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) including being a co-author of the “European Statement of Principles on Human Machine Interfaces”.

He acts as coordinator for TRL’s PhD students through the Open University and co-supervises two students. He also participates in MSc level teaching of ITS.

His research interests include connected and automated vehicles, human behaviour and evaluating the impacts of Intelligent Transport Systems.

Professor Raj Rajkumar

Professor Raj Rajkumar

Prof. Raj Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

At Carnegie Mellon, he directs National University Transportation Center on Safety, which is sponsored by the US Department of Transportation. He also direct the Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Laboratory (RTML), and co-directs the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Laboratory (CAD-CRL).

Raj has served as the Program Chair and General Chair of six international ACM/IEEE conferences on real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems and multimedia computing/networking. He has authored one book, edited another book, holds three US patents, and has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed forums.

Eight of these publications have received Best Paper Awards. He has given several keynotes and distinguished lectures at several conferences and universities. He is an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Engineer. He has been given an Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems.

Prof Rajkumar’s work has influenced many commercial operating systems. He was also the primary founder of Ottomatika Inc., a company that focused on delivering the core software intelligence for self-driving vehicles. Ottomatika was recently acquired by Delphi. His research interests include all aspects of cyber-physical systems.

Mr Gerard Waldron

Mr Gerard Waldron

Gerard Waldron has been the Managing Director of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) since 2001. He has had a long career in applied research and development with the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria and with Austrim/ Nylex companies, prior to his current ARRB role.

As both Director and Chief Executive Officer, ARRB – responsible for developing with the Board and implementing with management, its strategic plan and vision as the “Trusted advisor on roads and transport”.

ARRB has the foundation and the capacity to develop into the truly strategic technology partner of Australian and New Zealand road and transport agencies, trusted for its advice and valued for its independence.

Gerard leads ARRB Group’s strong customer focus and continuing emphasis on knowledge sharing through developing and managing a balanced portfolio of research on behalf of members.

Dr Charles Karl

Dr Charles Karl

Dr Charles Karl is National Technical Leader, Congestion, Freight and Productivity at ARRB. He leads ARRB’s Transport Operations, Freight and Heavy Vehicles teams.

Over the last 25 years Charles has been working in the area of intelligent transport systems or ITS. He is a member of Standards Australia IT-023 and an Australian delegate to ISO Technical Committee 204 on ITS.

Charles's doctoral thesis investigated the response of drivers to a dynamic traveller information system operating in Melbourne. He holds two patents; on a methodology for data fusion to produce predictive refinements to data (2002) and for a system for monitoring heavy vehicle mass tampering (2011).

Charles is the co-technical leader of the ARRB Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative, ADVI.

Professor Michael Regan

Professor Michael Regan

Professor Mike Regan joined ARRB Group in January 2015. Prior to that he was a Professor in the Transport and Road Safety Research (TARS) group in the School of Aviation at the University of New South Wales.

Currently, he holds an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor with the School of Aviation. Mike has BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in experimental psychology and human factors from the Australian National University and more than 20 years’ experience as a transportation safety specialist – as a researcher, research manager and policy maker.

Mike has specialist expertise in experimental psychology, human factors and ergonomics, and is a recognized world authority on driver distraction and inattention, driver interaction with intelligent transport systems, field operational testing of advanced driver assistance systems and human-in-the-loop simulation.

He has designed and led more than 100 major research projects in transport safety – spanning motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses, trains and aircraft – on topics including driver distraction and inattention; driver interaction with intelligent transport systems; driver and pilot selection and training; human error in road and aviation crash causation; vehicle and roadway human-machine interface design; and driver licensing. He is the author/co-author of around 230 published reports and articles, including 160 peer-reviewed publications and three books.

He has initiated, and continues to develop, significant international collaborations with leading transportation safety research institutes and individuals around the world and has been involved with numerous other project Advisory, Steering and Expert Committees.

Mr Carl Liersch

Mr Carl Liersch

Carl has worked for Bosch for over 25 years, including 6 years in Germany.

He has played a pivotal role in introducing ABS, Airbags and ESC technology to Australia. Carl has worked on safety system projects for each of the vehicle manufacturers in Australia during that time, and also for Jaguar and Ford in Europe and the USA, and for Toyota in Japan.

His current activities with Bosch also include supporting and promoting the introduction to Australia of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Intelligent Transport Systems.

Mr Paul Retter, AM

Mr Paul Retter, AM

Paul commenced as Chief Executive and Commissioner of the NTC in July 2013.

He has extensive knowledge of transport and logistics, having held the position of Executive Director of the Office of Transport Security at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport from 2006 to 2013.

Prior to this, Paul was a senior member of the Australian Defence Force. His 34-year army career included appointments as Director General of Preparedness and Plans, and Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Force in East Timor.

Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 and was awarded the Australian Security Medal (Australian Security Industry Award) for Conspicuous Service in 2012.

Professor Oliver Carsten

Professor Oliver Carsten

Oliver Carsten is Professor of Transport Safety at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. His major research focus is on driver interaction and safety with new driver support systems.

He led the UK national project on Intelligent Speed Adaptation and chairs the Road User Behaviour Working Party of PACTS, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

He has provided advice on safety policy to the UK Department for Transport and the European Transport Safety Council. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Cognition, Technology and Work.

Associate Professor Robert Sparrow

Associate Professor Robert Sparrow

Rob Sparrow is a Professor in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct Professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics, at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He is the author of some 70 refereed papers and book chapters on topics as diverse as the ethics of military robotics, human enhancement, artificial gametes, cloning, and nanotechnology. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

Mr Simon Henderson

Mr Simon Henderson

Simon is the A330 Fleet Standards Manager with Virgin Australia and was previously a Type Rating Examiner and Training Proficiency Captain with Emirates Airline. He was a member of the joint PARC/CAST Flight Deck Automation Working Group and a contributor to their report on the Operational use of flight path management systems. Before joining Emirates in 2002, Simon was the flight training development manager for Ansett Australia. In that role he was the 2002 recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation Award for Achievement in Human Factors and Flight Safety. 

Much earlier in his career, he graduated from the Royal Australian Airforce Academy in 1982 and flew Dakota, Hercules and Boeing 707 aircraft. When Simon left the air force as a squadron leader he was the flying safety staff officer for Air Lift Group based at Richmond in NSW. Simon has worked with the LOSA collaborative, remains a corresponding member of the UKCAA CRM advisory panel, until recently was the airline training representative on Civil Aviation Safety Authorities (CASA) Flight Training Panel, is the Industry Co-Chair of CASA's Flight Crew Licensing Sub-Committee and is also a member of the IATA Training and Qualification Initiative. Simon received his Doctorate in 2009 and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

Mr David Homburg

Mr David Homburg

David is a Principal of HASSELL and manages HASSELL’s Adelaide Studio. He is the current President of the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

David has delivered some of Adelaide’s most innovative buildings including SA Water’s Headquarters in Victoria Square, Flinders University’s School of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics at Tonsley, and the recently completed Stretton Centre at Munno Para

His master planning and urban design experience has included the award winning Bowden Urban Village Master Plan in Adelaide, and he has sat on the steering committees for several urban forums including the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Fred Hansen Residency and Built Environment Meets Parliament SA.

He also regularly contributes to the public conversation on cities, cycling and the built environment through the media, and is an avid BRISC (Blokes Riding in Sensible Clobber).

Dr Amantha Imber

Dr Amantha Imber

Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium – which was awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. Amantha has a PhD in organisational psychology and has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. She is an in-demand speaker, and has been invited to speak in the UK, the United States, Asia, Europe, as well as in Australia.

Amantha is the co-creator of the BRW Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that her company puts together ranking Australia's top innovators. She writes articles for publications such as BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of the best-selling book “The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life”.

Amantha had an international record deal for her debut album Like Samantha without the S, prays to the God of Kevin Spacey and claims to have once been freakishly good at table tennis.

Mr Andrew Somers

Mr Andrew Somers

Andrew Somers is a specialist consultant in network operations and ITS and is Director of Transoptim. Andrew has a passion for making practical use of technology to improve the operation of the transport network for customers and the broader community, so it should come as no surprise that Andrew has been researching the disruptive effects of driverless transportation and what this might mean for the future of transport. He has a Masters of Traffic and Transport as well as engineering and commerce degrees from Monash University and over a decade of experience working primarily for governments across Australia.

Mrs Rita Excell

Mrs Rita Excell

Rita Excell is the Regional Manager of ARRB Group’s South Australian office and is currently undertaking the role of South Australian business manager for ARRB Group’s driverless vehicle initiative, which includes representation and coordination of 36 partners across technology, vehicle, and research organisations, including 7 partners from South Australia.

During her time at ARRB, Rita been responsible for managing key relationships with the State Road Authority and various local governments in South Australia. Rita has also worked on a number of key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities across Australia and for organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure in Australia.

Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in strategic transport planning and road safety. Her high degree of personal and professional integrity is evidenced by repeated nominations to strategic state, national and international committees and working groups dealing with sensitive and critical information.

Ms Wendy Machin

Ms Wendy Machin

Wendy Machin is Chair of the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) and a non-executive Director on several Boards. She is currently also Deputy President of the NRMA, and was formerly President for six years.  She is Chair of the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) and the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust Board and sits on the Destination NSW Board and the ANZ Stadium Advisory Board.

Wendy Machin was the first woman National Party MP in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Between 1985 and 1996 she served as a Cabinet Minister, Shadow Minister and as Deputy Speaker of the House. Wendy has run her own consulting business and has also worked in-house in a range of companies and industry associations. 

She was the Deputy Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 1998 to 2000 and a delegate to the 1999 Constitutional Convention. She has served on the Board of Save the Children and National Council for Prevention of Abuse against Children.

Wendy owns and operates beef cattle properties in the Manning Valley.  She has a strong interest in disability services, and is married with 3 adult children.

Mr Henri Coron

Mr Henri Coron Henri Coron is a serial business developer. Henri launched his career at Infogrames, one of the biggest video games editors and distributors in the 80’s and 90’s, working as Branch Manager and Commercial Director for the UK. He later set up the French subsidiary of Electronic Arts as Managing and Sales Director. From 1995 to 2003, he was Commercial Director of Infonie, the first internet access provider in France. From 2003 to 2010, he developed an advertising department that he sold to Lagardère Group. Today, he is the Business Development Manager of NAVYA which launched  the first 100% Autonomous production shuttle in October 2015. Henri Coron is passionate about new-technologies and a tireless business developer, always ready to meet new challenges.

Mr Paul Gray

Mr Paul Gray

Paul has been Cohda's CEO since 2011 and has led Cohda's entry into the automotive Cooperative ITS market and placed Cohda in the number one position for this new market.  Paul has extensive experience in creating value from new technologies, particularly disruptive technologies.  Prior to becoming CEO Paul was Cohda's Chief Engineer for 5 years.

Professor Ramayya Krishnan

Professor Ramayya Krishnan

Ramayya Krishnan is the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed Dean when the Heinz College was created in 2008. He was reappointed upon the completion of his first term as Dean in 2014.

Krishnan was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a Master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research, and a PhD in Management Science and Information Systems. Krishnan’s research interests focus on consumer and social behaviour in digitally instrumented environments. His work has addressed technical, policy and business problems that arise in these contexts and he has published extensively on these topics. He has served as Senior Editor for Information Systems at Management Science, the premier journal of the Operations Research and Management Science Community. Krishnan is an INFORMS Fellow, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development of the World Economic Forum, and a former President of the INFORMS Information Systems Society and the INFORMS Computing Society. He is the recipient of the prestigious Y. Nayuduamma award in 2015 for his contributions to telecommunications management and business technology.

Krishnan’s perspective on data-driven development has been shaped by his leadership as the First Dean of the Heinz College, a unique college that is home to both the Public Policy School and Information Systems School at Carnegie Mellon. This unique co-location of information technology, public policy and management brings together a multi-disciplinary faculty consisting of engineers, social scientists and information technologists dedicated to educating “men and women of intelligent action.”  Faculty and students address important issues at the nexus of information technology, policy and management that arise in domains such as information privacy, evidence-based health care delivery, and urban consumer behaviour.  The College’s global footprint in the US (Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.), in Singapore and in Adelaide, Australia enable these issues to be addressed from a global point of view and using international testbeds.

More information is available at www.heinz.cmu.edu

Mr Robert Anderson

Mr Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson is currently a consulting engineer at Hall Technical in Adelaide. He commenced his research career in 1993 at the Road Accident Research Unit (RARU), investigating crashes for a study on airbag effectiveness. In 1999 he completed his PhD on the biomechanics of brain injury.

Over the past 15 years he has developed expertise in impact testing of vehicular structures, in pedestrian kinematics and pedestrian injury biomechanics. In recent years he has investigated the effectiveness of autonomous braking systems. He was invited to Google in late 2014 to present some of his research in the area. Over his career, Rob has published in excess of 140 journal articles, conference papers and government reports on many aspects of crashes, injury mechanisms and prevention, road safety and vehicle safety and is a highly regarded authority on vehicle safety and injury biomechanics.

Dr Jeremy Woolley

Dr Jeremy Woolley

Dr Jeremy Woolley is currently the acting director of the Centre For Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide. He has nearly 20 years of experience in road safety research across many areas including infrastructure, intelligent transport systems, traffic modelling, enforcement, regulation, speed management, heavy vehicles and countermeasure evaluation.

He is currently the National Secretary and South Australian Chair of the Australasian College of Road Safety and has served on numerous task forces and committees in relation to road safety. He is actively engaged in knowledge transfer activities around integrating best practice in safety amongst practitioners, road agencies, local government and other road safety stakeholders.

He was involved with the development of the current SA road safety strategy and in 2014 assisted with a review of the National Road Safety Strategy for Austroads.

Jeremy now leads a group of talented and capable researchers at CASR and is keen to conduct work that fills in knowledge gaps in relation to the safety benefits of automated technologies

Mr Jamie Mackenzie

Mr James Mackenzie

Jamie Mackenzie is a Research Fellow at Adelaide University's Centre for Automotive Safety Research. He recently completed his PhD which utilised simulations to investigate the actions of Electronic Stability Control during high speed rural road crashes. While working at CASR Jamie has also conducted research on several other in-vehicle technologies, including AEB in particular. Additionally, Jamie has worked for many years as an in-depth crash investigator, experiencing first-hand the destruction that results from motor vehicle collisions.

Professor Rocco Zito

Professor Rocco Zito

Rocco is Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at the Flinders University of South Australia, a position that he took up on 1st July 2014. As a part of this leadership role he manages numerous research projects and teaching programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests include the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) for transportation applications (PhD Thesis, awarded May 2002).

This research work has mainly involved real time applications with direct links into a Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Some of Rocco’s more recent work has involved the assessment and investigation of the environmental impacts of various transport policy initiatives, including the use of electric, solar and autonomous vehicles.

Mr Heath Walker
Mr Heath Walker

Heath is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tesla in Australia. With no paid advertising or sponsorships, Heath’s role concentrates on direct marketing, experiential marketing and media relations, whilst dealing with key business and government relationships to further advance the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles.

More recently, with the announcement of Tesla Energy, Heath’s role has extended across the new Powerwall and Powerpack products expected in Australia in late 2015.

Heath has a wealth of experience in experiential marketing having led some key motor vehicle launches within Australia and having worked as head of brand on the 150th Melbourne Cup Carnival and head of events and broadcast for the Formula One Grand Prix and MotoGP in Australia.

Heath holds a Master of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science.