SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

  
   Dr. Michael Cavaretta, Technical Leader/Manager, Connectivity Analytics, Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company
   Mr. Alan Chakra, General Manager, Wipro
   Mr. Eric Chaniot, CEO, Tire Intelligence
   Mr. Praveen Chandrasekar, Research Manager, Frost & Sullivan
   Mr. Curt Davies, Director, Business Development for Insurance, Agnik
   Dr. Chetan Gupta, Principal Scientist and Architect, Big Data Lab, Hitachi
   Dr. Hillol Kargupta (IEEE Fellow), President, Agnik
   Mr. Rafay Khan, Chief Revenue Officer, Inrix
   Mr. Greg Krueger, Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Leidos
   Mr. Mark Licht, President, Licht & Associates
   Mr. Andreas Mai, Director, Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco Systems
   Dr. Andreas Malikopoulos, Deputy Director, Urban Dynamics Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
   Mr. Steve Millstein, Managing Director, Automotive, Aeris Communications (Ret.)
   Dr. Michael May, Head of the Technology Field Business Analytics & Monitoring, Siemens Research
   Dr. Nikunj Oza, Leader, Data Sciences Group, NASA Ames Research Center
   Mr. Martin Rosell, Managing Director, Wireless Car
   Dr. Shashi Shekhar (IEEE Fellow), Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Minnesota
   Ms. Valerie Shuman, VP, Connected Vehicle Trade Association
   Dr. Ramasamy Uthurusamy  (IEEE Fellow), General Motors (Ret.)
   Dr. Yinhai Wang, Professor, University of Washington and Director, Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
   Mr. Jim Weiss (CAS Fellow), Director of Analytic Solutions, Insurance Services Office (ISO), a Verisk Analytics Company
 

 

Dr. Michael Cavaretta
Technical Leader/Manager, Connectivity Analytics, Research and Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Cavaretta is Ford Motor Company's Manager of Connected Vehicle Analytics. For 20 years, he has spent his research and working experience using Data analytics to solve business problems. He currently manages the Predictive Analytics Group at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering division. In addition, He has led multiple analytic projects across all areas of the company, including sales and marketing, warranty and quality, manufacturing, and human Resource. As a prevalent Data Scientist for almost two decades at Ford Motor Company, he also earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Wayne State University.


Mr. Alan Chakra
General Manager, Wipro

Mr. Chakra is currently the General Manager for WIPRO Limited, a Global multinational IT consulting and System Integration Services Company headquartered in Bangalore, India. Alan has 20 years of working experience in recognizing challenging business conditions. He has won three consecutive IBM Global Golden Circle awards, due to his highly skilled knowledge in developing strategies, implementing operational plans to address rapid change and avert risk. He was the Director of IBM Service After Sales within the industrial Sector; a global services business unit serving the automotive, aerospace, energy and defense verticals. Among other Top executive positions he became the Vice President of OEM Solutions Group at Reynolds & Reynolds; a global leader in automotive OEM & auto retail solutions. Mr. Alan Chakra acquired his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and later received a Strategic leadership certificate through the IBM Business Management School program from Harvard Business School.


Mr. Eric Chaniot
CEO, Tire Intelligence

Mr. Chaniot is currently the CEO of Tire Intelligence an exciting start-up organization based in Charlotte, NC dedicated to providing cutting edge online market based services to the tire industry. He has close to 25 years working in the IT industry and has a passion in transforming customers' needs into exciting products and services. He became the General Manager for Software Business and OpenView Configuration Management Software Business unit for 10 years at Hewlett Packard. After several years working with Hewlett Packard in various departments as a top level manager in product-marketing and global commercial product marketing, he later became the CEO of Red Pill; an independent company that provides training and consulting services in IT systems designs and analysis. He has intensive training in Leading organizational changes, strategy to sustain competitive advantage and managing effectively the sales force from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Praveen Chandrasekar
Research Manager, Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Praveen Chandrasekar is the Consulting Director and Research Manager for Frost & Sullivan at the Detroit office. He has 10 years of highly experienced in understanding the "white-spaces"/gaps that exist in consumer needs and the supply side. He has managed a $3 million dollar North American automotive growth consulting business. In addition, he has supported in overall lead and pipeline management and work with clients to deliver projects. He acquired his Executive Program in Business Management, Certificate from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a Bachelor's degree (Hons), in Mechanical Engineering CGPA from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.


Mr. Curt Davies
Director, Business Development for Insurance, Agnik

Mr. Curt Davies has more than 15 years of experience developing strong strategic partnerships and leading business development as well as product development efforts. Currently, Curt leads Agnik's Business Development and Strategic Account Management for its insurance vertical. Prior to joining Agnik, Curt served as the Connected Car Team Lead for American Family Insurance (top 10 P&C insurance in the U.S.). He developed relationships and partnerships with automakers, telecom companies, and OEMs to advance the connected car agenda. He has a B.A. and M.A. in behavioral and social science, both from the University of Illinois, and has completed all post-graduate course work at the University of Maryland.


Dr. Chetan Gupta
Principal Scientist and Architect, Big Data Lab, Hitachi

Dr. Chetan Gupta is the principal scientist and architect in the Big Data Lab at Hitachi Americas R & D. He has previously worked as a senior research scientist and post doctoral researcher in the information analytics and business intelligence labs at HP Laboratories. He recieved his PhD in mathematics and computer science at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has published numerous papers in conferences and journals.


Dr. Hillol Kargupta
President, Agnik

Dr. Kargupta is the President and co-founder of Agnik. He has more than 25 years of experience in computing and business leadership. Dr. Kargupta is an IEEE Fellow. His work received the IEEE ICDM 10-year Highest Impact Award in the field of Privacy Preserving Data Mining and 2010 Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology of Year Award. He won the IBM Innovation Award in 2008 and a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2001 for his research on ubiquitous and distributed data mining. He was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County until July, 2014. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and several books in the field of distributed data analytics. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. More information about him can be found from www.cs.umbc.edu/~hillol/


Mr. Rafay Khan
Chief Revenue Officer, INRIX

Mr. Khan is the Chief Revenue Officer of INRIX; a traffic intelligence network company that offers real-time, predictive and historical traffic data information. Rafay has more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector, primarily in software, data and location-based services. He has experience in business operations, product marketing and increasing high growth markets. Rafay was senior vice president and general manager at Digital Globe where he doubled revenues in the company's Commercial Business Unit during his tenure. In the past, he was a vice president at Nokia leading expansion of its NAVTEQ business into Asia (APAC). Earlier in his career, Rafay held several software engineering roles leading DaimlerChrysler's computer aided engineering lab and serving as a data analyst for Altair, a product design and cloud computing software company.


Mr. Greg Krueger
Connected Vehicle Program Manager, Leidos

Mr. Krueger is the Connected Vehicle Program Manager for Leidos. Greg has over 15 years of experience through the use of technology to solve traffic operations. He is presently the Manager of the US DOT Southeast Michigan Connected Vehicle Test Bed where, he oversees the day-to-day operations and technology enhancements for the original Proof of Concept facility. Greg is also leading a project for the Safety Pilot Model Deployment effort in Ann Arbor and is supporting a variety of other Connected Vehicle programs for US DOT, Michigan DOT and AASHTO. Prior to joining SAIC, Greg served as Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT's) Program Manager for the statewide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, overseeing all development, deployment, operations and maintenance of ITS throughout the State of Michigan. Mr. Krueger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and his Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on Traffic Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Mr. Mark Licht
President, Licht & Associates

Mr. Mark Licht is a pioneer of the LBS and telematics industries with over 20 years experience in the formation, financing, and operations of wireless services and technology companies. Mark co-founded and served as President of Teletrac (later AirTouch Teletrac), the world's first wireless location ASP focusing on the delivery of fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery, and consumer location services. Over the past 15 years, Teletrac has emerged as the world's largest land-based wireless location and fleet data service provider. Licht is an industry leading analyst and a Senior Advisor to C.J.Driscoll & Associates. He is a coveted industry insider and advises private equity groups on financial transactions. Licht holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics.


Mr. Andreas Mai
Director of Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco Systems

Mr. Mai is currently the Director of Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco Systems. He is the top executive officer in charge of Integration and marketing of relevant Cisco products and services into Smart Connected Vehicle solutions for Cisco's global customers. Andreas, most recent focus has been to develop end-to-end business and technology architectures that will take the Internet to the road and enable the 'Internet of Cars'. Among other achievement he has advised automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial equipment, aerospace suppliers, and private equity investors in North America and Europe. He acquired a diploma in European Business Studies from the Buckinghamshire New University in the United Kingdom, University of Deusto and Hochschule Osnabruck in Germany.


Dr. Andreas Malikopoulos
Deputy Director of Urban Dynamics Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Malikopoulos is the Deputy Director of Urban Dynamics Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has worked in the industry where he was assigned to major projects focusing on communications systems, commercial telecommunication systems, and command control systems. Before he joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), he was a Senior Researcher with General Motors Global Research & Development, conducting research in the area of stochastic optimization and control on advanced propulsion systems. He has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to participate at the 2010 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He was selected as a 2012 Kavli Frontiers of Science Scholar by the National Academy of Sciences Laboratory. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece, in 1994, where he graduated cum laude, and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2000. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2004, and 2008.


Mr. Steve Millstein
Managing Director of Automotive, Aeris Communications (Ret.)

Mr. Millstein was responsible for directing and managing the Aeris automotive practice. Mr. Millstein started in the connected vehicle industry in 1996. He led ATX Group from 1996 until its acquisition by Cross Country Automotive Services in 2008. Prior to that, he led the home security operations of Westar where he grew the organization from concept to the nation's third largest home security company with over 3000 employees in 50 branches throughout the US. Mr. Millstein has also held numerous positions at Southwestern Bell and AT&T, including Vice President of their wireless subsidiary. Mr. Millstein holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in political science from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Washburn University.


Dr. Michael May
Head of the Technology Field Business Analytics & Monitoring, Siemens Research

Dr. May is the Head of the Technology Field Business Analytics & Monitoring at Siemens Research and Technology Center, and responsible for ten research groups in Munich, Vienna, Brasov, St. Petersburg, and Princeton. Before joining Siemens in 2013, he was Head of the Knowledge Discovery Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems in Bonn, Germany. In the last 15 years, Michael developed in cooperation with industry Data Analytics and Big Data applications in sectors ranging from telecommunication, automotive, retail, logistics to finance and advertising. Michael was responsible for a number of National and European funded research projects in the area of Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Big Data. Between 2002 and 2009 he coordinated two Data Mining Research Networks at the European level (FET-Open), and in 2012 he was responsible for a project funded by the German Ministry of Economics on the potential of Big Data for German industry. In 2005 he was local chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning ICML'05. He did his PhD on machine discovery of causal relationships at the Graduate Programme for Cognitive Science at the University of Hamburg. Michael regularly publishes on scientific conferences on topics related to Data Analytics and Big Data.


Mr. Martin Rosell
Managing Director, Wireless Car

Mr. Martin Rosell is currently the Managing Director of Wireless Car Complex sales, in deals with both consultative and solution selling, sales management, service offering and packaging, general management, integration of start-ups in large firms, growth opportunities, software product management, business planning, and global market expansions. He spoke about at the Telematics Update Brazil & LATAM on 24-25 September 2014. To learn more about Mr. Rosell you could listen to his conference lecture at http://www.telematicsupdate.com/latam/conference-speakers.php


Dr. Shashi Shekhar
Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Minnesota

Dr. Shashi Shekhar is currently a Mcknight Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota and serving on the Computing Community Consortium Council and Future Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence Committee of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies. He received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award and was elected an IEEE fellow as well as an AAAS fellow. He was also named a key difference-maker for the field of GIS by the most popular GIS textbook. He has a distinguished academic record that includes more than 250 refereed papers, a popular textbook on spatial databases, and an authoritative encyclopedia of GIS. Finally, Dr. Shekhar received the B. Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1985, the M.S. degree in Business Administration and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 1989.


Ms. Valerie Shuman
VP, Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Ms. Valerie Shuman is the Vice President of Industry Programs at Connected Vehicle Trade Association. She is also a Senior Expert of PTOLEMUS Consulting Group and the Subject Matter Expert for SAE's ITS Message Sets Standards program. She previously served as Executive Director of Corporate Strategy for Ygomi and its five subsidiaries providing software, helpdesk, automotive telematics & business process outsourcing. She has broad experience in working with evolving industries and has successfully led many domestic and international standards activities for organizations such as ISO, ITU, GSC, IEEE, ANSI, ITSA, TRB, and SAE. She is also a published author, patented inventor and dynamic public speaker.


Dr. Nikunj Oza
Data Sciences Group, NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Nikunj C. Oza is the leader of the Data Science group that applies data mining to solve problems of health management for aerospace vehicles at NASA Ames Research Center. He has 40+ research papers that represent his research interests which include machine learning (especially ensemble learning and online learning), data mining, fault detection, integration of machine learning with automated planning and other areas of Artificial Intelligence, and their applications to Aeronautics and Earth Science. He received the 2007 Arch T. Colwell Award in 2007 for co-authoring one of the five most innovative technical papers selected out of over 3300 SAE technical papers published in 2005.


Dr. Ramasamy Uthurusamy
General Motors (Ret.)

Dr. Ramasamy Uthurusamy was General Director of Emerging Technologies, Information Systems and Services Division of General Motors Corporation. Prior to joining General Motors he was with Exxon Production Research Company where he was involved in applied AI research. He has taught at Purdue University and at the University of Idaho. At GM, he led the emerging technologies initiatives in the Global Technology Management Group headed by GM Chief Technology Officer. Currently his research interests and expertise spans four major areas: Knowledge Discovery in Databases and Data Mining (KDD); Artificial Intelligence (AI); Knowledge Management; and Advanced Web Technologies. He assessed evaluated, piloted, and developed GM specific proof-of-concepts of promising new information technologies as part of his responsibilities. He worked with and leveraged his extensive internal and external contacts in academia, industry, government, and relevant organizations. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Dr. Yinhai Wang
Professor and Director of the Smart Transportation Applications Research Laboratory, University of Washington

Dr. Wang is a professor in transportation engineering and the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) at the University of Washington (UW). He has over 17 years of experience in transport engineering. He also serves as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). Dr. Wang's active research fields include traffic sensing, e-science of transportation, transportation safety and big-data in transportation. He has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 100 invited talks and nearly 200 other academic presentations. He was the winner of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award for 2003. He has a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Tokyo (1998) and a master's degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Washington.


Mr. Jim Weiss
Director of Analytic Solutions, Insurance Services Office (ISO), a Verisk Analytics Company

His primary responsibilities include product development and filing strategy for predictive modeling initiatives, with a focus on usage-based insurance (UBI) and social media analytics. Jim was lead actuary on the multi-state filing of both of ISO's telematics-based rating plans, and is a frequent presenter on UBI and personal lines analytical topics. He is co-author of "Beginner's Roadmap to Working with Driving Behavior Data," which was awarded the 2012 Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Management Data and Information Prize. Jim is a Fellow of the CAS, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.




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