Speakers at InCabin Phoenix 2023

A leading line-up of distinguished influencers and specialists at the forefront of in-cabin technology joined us in Phoenix 2023

Mark Fitzgerald

Speaker Spotlight

Mark Fitzgerald

Director, Autonomous Vehicle Service

“At InCabin Phoenix, I am most looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones at an in-person event while learning about new technologies, solutions and theories”

Dr Peter Amthor

Speaker Spotlight

Dr. Peter Amthor

Chief ADAS/AD Technology and Innovation Expert

“The InCabin Phoenix event is a great place to be together with all the important stakeholders of the automotive industry to discuss the present and future of the automotive in-cabin user experience.”

Adrian Capata

SVP Engineering

DTS/Xperi

Adrian Capata

Adrian Capata

SVP Engineering
DTS/Xperi

Adrian is the Senior Vice President of Engineering with Xperi responsible for leading DTS AutoSense – the company’s in-cabin sensing product line. He is also the general manager of Xperi’ R&D facility in Bucharest.

Adrian has two decades of experience in the space of computer vision and edge AI. He led global technology development, product management and customer engineering teams and developed a track record of deploying edge computer vision applications on consumer products such as smart cameras, smartphones, and smart cars.

Adrian has over 40 granted and published US patents in computer vision and computational imaging.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Imaging & Artificial Intelligence and his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politehnica University of Bucharest.

Alex Wipperfürth

President

Triplab

Alex Wipperfürth

Alex Wipperfürth

President
Triplab

I am an experienced speaker. I have appeared on CNBC’s “Open Exchange” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I have been quoted in the NYT, the WSJ, the FT and many other news outlets. I keynoted several prominent conferences like the PDMA Innovation Conference, spoke at The New Yorker Festival, and several 4A’s APG conferences and have also been a guest lecturer at HBS and Stanford’s d.school.

Allen Lin

Technical Specialist

General Motors

Allen Lin

Allen Lin

Technical Specialist
General Motors

With 30 year of automotive experiences in passive and active safety systems. The passive safety components include airbag crash sensors, seat belt tension sensor, seat weight sensor, occupant classification with personalized restraints, seat belt controller, engine fire suppression & prevention. The active safety components are Driving Monitoring System (DMS) with attentiveness and drowsiness detections, Interior Viewing Camera (IVC) for video streaming, In-Cabin Radar Sensing (ICSR) for child left behind, Occupant Monitoring System (OMS), and In-Cabin Monitoring System (IMS) to optimize the vehicle safety, user experience, and security performance. The future project is to integrate and fuse the exterior vision and radar based sensing data to DMS to predict and provide the potential inattentive driver for driving safety.

Brenda Meza García

Innovation Leader

nextium

Brenda Meza García

Brenda Meza García

Innovation Leader
nextium

Brenda Meza García. Innovation Leader. Degree in Audio-visual Systems Engineering at the UPC. Master in Biomedical Engineering. Nowadays, she is part of the Nextium by IDNEO team of Biometrics and In-Cabin Sensing dedicated to innovation projects, mainly focused on the detection of drowsiness and inadequate states in drivers through the analysis of behavior and biological data of the subject. The team is also dedicated to the development of occupants monitoring systems with different technologies, mainly radar and camera based.

Caroline Chung

Engineering Manager - Feature and Business Development

Veoneer

Caroline Chung

Caroline Chung

Engineering Manager – Feature and Business Development
Veoneer

With over 12 years of experience in the automotive industry and ADAS technology, Caroline Chung manages the Interior Sensing feature development team and leads roadmap and strategy planning for the in-cabin space at Veoneer. Her team is responsible for the development of algorithms and models to address some of the most pressing issues facing occupant safety today. Previous roles include leading the advanced engineering of industry-first vision features at an OEM, LiDAR design and development, as well as vehicle and product launch. Caroline holds a BSME from Kettering University and is currently completing her MBA with a data science concentration at the University of Michigan.

Charles Kingston

Senior Imaging Application Development Engineer

STMicroelectronics

Charles Kingston

Charles Kingston

Senior Imaging Application Development Engineer
STMicroelectronics

Charles Kingston has been involved in the machine vision and automotive imaging fields for over 25 years with experience ranging from camera design to application engineering. The past 12 years he has worked for CMOS image sensor companies Aptina, ON Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics in application engineering roles supporting automotive T1s and OEMs in their development of all types of automotive camera systems. Since joining ST in 2021, he has focused on the emerging and rapidly expanding automotive in-cabin application space which includes driver monitoring, occupant monitoring, child presence detection, video chat and face ID. Charles holds a BSEE from Michigan Technological University.

Clémentine François

Engineering Manager

Tobii AB

Clémentine François

Clémentine François

Engineering Manager
Tobii AB

Clementine Francois, PhD, is Engineering Manager at Tobii. She’s former Chief Scientific Officer, co-founder, and board member at Phasya, a global leader in software for monitoring physiological and cognitive states. Phasya was acquired by Tobii in 2021. In 2019, Phasya received a CLEPA Innovation Award for its innovations in software for driver monitoring and its validation. In 2020, Clementine Francois won a Silver Award at AutoSens Young Engineer of the Year Awards. Clémentine François holds an MSc in biomedical engineering and a PhD in engineering from the University of Liège in Belgium. In 2010, she started her career as a researcher at the University of Liège working on a technology for monitoring drowsiness. In 2014 and 2016, she co-founded and organized SomnoSafe, an international symposium on drowsiness, vigilance, and safety. In 2015, she co-founded Phasya. In 2021, she joined Tobii following the acquisition of Phasya by Tobii. For 12 years, she has been fully committed to developing innovative solutions for the monitoring of human physiological and cognitive states in order to improve safety in both transport and industry.

Colin Barnden

Principal Analyst – Automotive ADAS and In-Cabin Monitoring

Semicast Research

Colin Barnden

Colin Barnden

Principal Analyst – Automotive ADAS and In-Cabin Monitoring
Semicast Research

Colin Barnden is principal analyst at Semicast Research. With nearly 30 years of experience as a technology analyst and more than 20 years covering automotive electronics, he is considered a world expert on the market for automotive vision-based driver monitoring systems (DMS), occupant monitoring systems (OMS), and interior sensing. Holding a first-degree in electronic engineering, he has a detailed technical understanding of the competency of the leading DMS/OMS suppliers, including: Cipia, Jungo, Seeing Machines, Smart Eye, and Xperi. He is a contributing writer for The Ojo-Yoshida Report.

Darren Chen

Head of Automotive Technology Initiative

LITE-ON Technology Corporation

Darren Chen

Darren Chen

Head of Automotive Technology Initiative
LITE-ON Technology Corporation

Darren is the head of automotive technology initiative at LITE-ON Technology Corporation, focusing on the research and development of automotive vision software for ADAS solutions. Darren is also leading the technical marketing team to develop the new business about the automotive sensors which LITEON design and manufacture for OEM & Tier1. Prior to joining LITEON, Darren was the special assistant to general manager of automotive BU at Philips LITEON Digital Solutions, and joint-developed the Head-Up Display, wireless charger, ultrasonic sensor, and then led radar & LiDAR pre-developing projects. Darren has a master’s degree in engineering science from the National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan.

David Mitropoulos-Rundus

Senior Engineer

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc

David Mitropoulos-Rundus

David Mitropoulos-Rundus

Senior Engineer
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc

Dave has made his career designing products to fit people. He has designed physical, visual, and auditory user interfaces for hand-helds, kiosks, web sites, production machines, and automobiles, and has conducted user research in the lab, on the web, in the field, in cars, and in the homes of consumers. Dave has worked for a broad range of companies which include General Motors, Eastman Kodak, Compuware, ForeSee, and Quicken Loans (Rocket Mortgage). Dave is currently focused on the design of infotainment, cluster, and vehicle connected services and their touch points beyond the car via web sites and apps at the Hyundai American Technical Center. Dave is a frequent presenter, has taught user research and design courses at conferences and colleges including University of Michigan and the College for Creative Studies. He is a chapter author of, “Design by People for People: Essays in Usability” and co-author of, “Checklist for Expert Evaluation of HMIs of Automated Vehicles—Discussions on Its Value and Adaptions of the Method within an Expert Workshop”. Dave’s contributions to the profession include the ongoing direction of the Internet User Experience conference (iueconference.com), mentoring students and professionals in the field, a former board member of the International UxPA, and a co-founder of Michigan chapters of ACM SIG-CHI and UxPA.

Detlef Wilke

Vice President of Automotive

Smart Eye

Detlef Wilke

Detlef Wilke

Vice President of Automotive
Smart Eye

Bio – Detlef Wilke, Vice President Automotive Solutions. Nearly 25 years of Automotive experience at tier-1 suppliers. Focus on Driver Monitoring and Interior Sensing for over 7 years. He had roles in Business Development, Product Lead, Project Management, Sales, Technical Lead for SW and HW.

Dr Peter Amthor

Chief ADAS/AD Technology and Innovation Expert

Harman

Dr Peter Amthor

Dr. Peter Amthor

Chief ADAS/AD Technology and Innovation Expert
Harman

Dr. Peter Amthor is ‘Chief ADAS/AD Technology and Innovation Expert’ at HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies and solutions for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. He has a long record of automotive ADAS/AD experience at several companies in software, hardware, and systems. His current focus is on automotive in-cabin consumer experiences, namely on HARMAN’s recently introduced product Ready Care which is a set of solutions — Cognitive Distraction, Stress-Free Routing, and Personalized Comfort — that can work together or independently to improve safety and reduce driver stress.

Fabiano Ruaro

Product Manager Interior Monitoring

Bosch

Fabiano Ruaro

Fabiano Ruaro

Product Manager Interior Monitoring
Bosch

Fabiano Ruaro is the Product Manager – North America for Interior Monitoring Systems within Bosch supporting product development and product management activities. With nearly 20 years of experience in the automotive industry with a wide range of roles including engineering, project management, product management, business development and general management. The team is part of a global effort to provide a full understanding of driver, occupants, and the entire cabin scene. Their automotive domain understanding combined with a strong expertise in computer vision and sensor systems enables Bosch to offer superior safety and comfort and make driving a safe experience.

Fabiano’s experience in automotive systems includes fuel injection systems, advanced driver assistance systems, such as automated parking, as well as driver and occupant monitoring systems using both camera and radar sensors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) in 2002.

Federico Pardo-Saguier

Innovation & Business Development Director

Valeo

Federico Pardo-Saguier

Federico Pardo-Saguier

Innovation & Business Development Director
Valeo
Valeo
Greg Plageman

Television Writer/Producer

Greg Plageman

Greg Plageman

Television Writer/Producer

Greg Plageman is a television writer/producer currently serving as Executive Producer/Showrunner on the Amazon sci-fi series THE PERIPHERAL, based on the book by William Gibson. Previously, he served as Executive Producer/Showrunner on the Dick Wolf CBS drama FBI, the action thriller series TAKEN, based on the successful film franchise, paranoid sci-fi action thriller PERSON OF INTEREST as well as the long-running series COLD CASE. He is a veteran producer of the series LAW & ORDER and NYPD BLUE, and has promised his mother to one day stop killing people on television.

IMDB: – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0686388/

YouTube: – https://youtu.be/bRdkRQzcrrc

Harvey Weinberg

Director, Sensor Technologies

Microtech Ventures

Harvey Weinberg

Harvey Weinberg

Director, Sensor Technologies
Microtech Ventures

Harvey previously worked at Analog Devices, a broad line semiconductor company, for 25 years. During the most recent 10 years, Harvey served as Division Technologist for the Automotive Business Unit, principally working on long-time horizon technology identification and early technology development as it pertains to automotive applications. Harvey’s prior roles at ADI have been System Application Engineering Manager for the Automotive Business Unit and, before that, leader of the Applications Engineering Group for MEMS inertial sensors. Harvey has developed 14 US patents in technologies varying from ultrasonic airflow measurement, to inertial sensor applications, to LIDAR systems. Before ADI, Harvey worked for 12 years as a circuit and systems designer specializing in process control instrumentation. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Hugo Piccin

Technology Leader

Faurecia

Hugo Piccin

Hugo Piccin

Technology Leader
Faurecia

In his role, Hugo Piccin is responsible for business activities for interiors innovation with focus on surface activation, such as integrated lighting, sensing and thermal. He holds over 15 years of automotive interior experience, working in places such as the US, France, Mexico and Germany. Hugo has been with Faurecia since 2011, serving in a number of roles in both the US and Europe. He is currently located in Sunnyvale, CA.

Hugo holds an Engineer’s Diploma, focusing on Wood Composites and Management from École Supérieure du Bois in Nantes, France.

Ingo Foldvari

Director of Business Development

Sunex

Ingo Foldvari

Ingo Foldvari

Director of Business Development
Sunex

Ingo Foldvari has been working for over 20 years in various customer-facing technical, marketing, and business development roles with a strong focus on the test and measurement industry and imaging applications.

As the Director of Business Development at Sunex Inc., Ingo manages and develops the automotive portfolio, which includes many Tier1 customer relationships and 10s of millions of units shipped. Ingo is also tasked with transitioning Sunex’s deep design and manufacturing know-how for Surround View and ADAS lenses to adjacent automotive applications such as DMS, LiDAR, and microLED-based headlamps, as well as to non-automotive markets such as security/surveillance, industrial robotics, and medical device applications.

No matter which industry or application, Ingo’s focus is on consulting his customer about developing a suitable optics strategy and defining solutions that can scale seamlessly from prototyping to mass production.
Ingo graduated with a Master in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Constance, Germany.

Jan-Martin Juptner

Business Development

Sony Depthsensing Solutions

Jan-Martin Juptner

Jan-Martin Juptner

Business Development
Sony Depthsensing Solutions

Jan-Martin leads the Business Development activities at Sony Depthsensing Solutions in the Automotive field.
Prior to Sony he was working as Project- and Program Manager at Tier1 suppliers in Germany and Belgium, having close contact to major OEM’s over the past years being responsible for the customer projects.

Jan-Martin completed his degree as Dipl.-Ing. in Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Junko Yoshida

Editor in Chief

The Ojo Yoshida Report

Junko Yoshida

Junko Yoshida

Editor in Chief
The Ojo Yoshida Report

Beyond 11 years of international experience in a Japanese consumer electronics company, Yoshida cut her teeth as a roving reporter in Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Paris, New York and more lately in China to find exclusive/breaking stories and write incisive analysis. Her contacts and professional experiences are truly global and multi-cultural (and multi-lingual). Her focus has been in consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductors, in emerging technologies and intellectual property, with a working knowledge of how business strategies enable companies in these areas succeed and go global.

Kai-Chun Wang

Machine Learning Engineer

iCatch Technologies

Kai-Chun Wang

Kai-Chun Wang

Machine Learning Engineer
iCatch Technologies

Kai-Chun, Wang is a Machine Learning Engineer in iCatch Technology, Inc. who has experience in computer vision fields, including object detection, image segmentation, and multi-sensor fusion. Before joining iCatch, he obtained a Master’s degree in computer science from National Taiwan University, where he studied machine learning algorithms for 3D object detection in LiDAR point clouds. Kai-Chun is now responsible for developing key AI models of iCatch’s product. In addition, he is in charge of the AI team and leads the team to build the ML pipeline in iCatch.

Mark Fitzgerald

Director, Autonomous Vehicle Service

TechInsights

Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald

Director, Autonomous Vehicle Service
TechInsights

Mark Fitzgerald, Director, Autonomous Vehicle Service supports strategic analysis, research and forecasting for TechInsights’ Autonomous Vehicle Service (AVS). Mark’s 20+ years of automotive experience includes competitive market analysis, forecasting, and consulting in the areas of automotive electronics and sensor applications in ADAS and automated driving, powertrain control, passenger safety, and vehicle information systems. Prior to joining TechInsights, Mark headed the Global Automotive Technology Group at S&P Global (IHS Markit) and was a Marketing Analyst for Stoneridge/Pollak, a Tier one automotive supplier of electronic sensors and switches. Mark holds a BS in Business Management from Providence College.

Modar Alaoui

Founder and CEO

Eyeris

Modar Alaoui

Modar Alaoui

Founder and CEO
Eyeris

Modar is an artificial intelligence (AI) expert technologist and leading figure in computer vision AI for human behavior understanding, modeling and prediction. He is currently the founder and CEO of Eyeris, a leader of In-Cabin Sensing AI inside autonomous and Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs).

Modar combines over a decade of experience in computer vision and applied human-centric AI for next-gen automotive applications. His work focuses on bridging human-machine interaction with predictive invisible interfaces through body, face, object and interior scene understanding AI. He is a frequent speaker and keynoter on “human-centric ambient intelligence” as the next frontier in AI. Modar graduated from Concordia University Montréal, with a concentration on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU) using artificial intelligence technologies. He is a winner of several international technology and innovation awards and has been featured on Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time magazine, CNBC, Reuters, Fast Company and many major international media publications spanning over 12 different languages for his work.

Nandita Mangal

Platform Owner - HMI Vehicle Experience

Aptiv Corporation

Nandita Mangal

Nandita Mangal

Platform Owner – HMI Vehicle Experience
Aptiv Corporation
Patrice Roulet-Fontani

VP Technology & Co-Founder

Immervision

Patrice Roulet-Fontani

Patrice Roulet-Fontani

VP Technology & Co-Founder
Immervision

Patrice is co-founder of Immervision where he leads the engineering team, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of Immervision’s technology by global corporations. He has overseen the integration of wide-angle imaging technology in numerous industry verticals. Prior to Immervision, Patrice contributed to research in the robotic surgery field for INRIA. He is an IEEE Senior Member who has spoken at various conferences and co-authored multiple publications and patents. Patrice holds a master’s degree in image processing in computer graphics.

Patrick Laufer

Development Engineer

IAV

Patrick Laufer

Patrick Laufer

Development Engineer
IAV

Patrick Laufer earned his Master of Science degree from the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Technical University of Berlin in 2021. During his semester abroad at the University of California, he discovered his passion for artificial intelligence and has been pursuing a PhD in human-centered artificial intelligence at the Technical University of Berlin since completing his master’s degree. Since 2020, he works as a development engineer at IAV Vehicle Safety in the field of interior sensing.

Per Fogelström

Principal system architect

Tobii AB

Per Fogelström

Per Fogelström

Principal system architect
Tobii AB

Mr. Fogelström has 14 years of experience in development of eye tracking products and has been part of camera and illuminator specification for all Tobii products since 2008.

Philippe Aumont

General Editor

Driving Vision News

Philippe Aumont

Philippe Aumont

General Editor
Driving Vision News
Pierrick Boulay

Analyst

Yole Group

Pierrick Boulay

Pierrick Boulay

Analyst
Yole Group

Pierrick Boulay is a senior technology and market analyst within the Photonics and Sensing Division at Yole Intelligence, part of the Yole Group.

Pierrick works in the fields of solid-state lighting and lighting systems, carrying out technical, economic, and marketing analyses. In addition, he leads automotive activities within the company. Pierrick has authored several reports and custom analyses on topics such as automotive lighting, LiDAR, sensing for ADAS vehicles, and VCSELs. Prior to Yole, Pierrick has worked for several companies where he developed his knowledge of lighting and automotive applications, mainly in R&D departments for LED lighting applications.

Prateek Kathpal

CTO

Cerence

Prateek Kathpal

Prateek Kathpal

CTO
Cerence

Prateek Kathpal, Chief Technology Officer, Cerence Inc.

A seasoned technology executive, Prateek Kathpal serves as Cerence’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Prateek is responsible for Cerence’s technology vision, R&D, and professional services, as well as the company’s user research and experience group. Prior to joining Cerence, Prateek served as General Manager of AI & IoT Products at View, responsible for leading product strategy, defining and driving the product roadmap, and supporting M&A activity to accelerate growth. Prior to View, he served as VP of Product & Solution Management at Polycom; Chief Strategy Officer at HighQ; and, VP of Product Strategy at Accusoft, which acquired Adeptol, a company Prateek founded. Prateek holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation & Process Control.

Riccardo Groppo

CTO

Satechnologies

Riccardo Groppo

Riccardo Groppo

CTO
Satechnologies

Riccardo Groppo has a long-lasting experience in the automotive domain. He worked at FIAT Research Centre for almost 25 yrs, being the Head of Automotive Electronics Dept. He has been involved in several successful technological transfer (e.g. Common Rail, MultiAir, Dry Dual Clutch) and has promoted the development of a family of intelligent smart drivers in cooperation with BOSCH and Freescale Semiconductors. He owns 33 patents. He is Chairman of the Automotive Working Group and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors within EPoSS (European Platform on Smart Systems Integration).
He has been the CEO and founder of Ideas&Motion Srl, a company developing high-tech smart systems for automotive applications.

He is the CEO and founder of Sleep Advice Technologies Srl, an innovative start-up in Turin (Italy).

Ryan Winczewski

Technical Project Lead & Specialist Lighting

Varroc

Ryan Winczewski

Ryan Winczewski

Technical Project Lead & Specialist Lighting
Varroc

Ryan Winczewski is an accomplished Lighting Technology Leader and the Lead Architect for Lighting Systems at Varroc, a global Tier-1 automotive supplier. With over a decade of experience in designing various lighting applications for the automotive industry, Ryan has a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions that meet state-of-the-art technology trends, customer needs, and regulatory requirements.

In his current role, Ryan is responsible for designing and developing advanced lighting systems and control units for a wide range of vehicles, from two-wheelers and passenger cars to commercial trucks. He collaborates closely with Varroc’s global cross-functional teams that have business unit experts in Lighting, Control Units, Driver Monitoring, and other Sensing applications to ensure that the systems are designed to the highest standards. Throughout his career, Ryan has supported various suppliers with lighting-related electronics for major automotive companies such as Ford, General Motors, Stellantis, Tesla, Rivian, and many more.

Before joining Varroc, Ryan held Senior Electrical Engineering and Technical Business Development Segment Lead positions at OSRAM, OSRAM-Continental, Novita, and EBW. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University with an emphasis in Physical Phenomena and Optoelectronics. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys restoring classic cars, hiking, soccer, and exploring history and the great outdoors with his family.

Trefor Morgan

General Manager R&D

Optalert

Trefor Morgan

Trefor Morgan

General Manager R&D
Optalert

Dr Trefor Morgan heads the R&D team at Optalert, a company specialising in blepharometry (eyelid movements) and drowsiness detection. He has worked in key technical roles at a number of innovation companies. He holds a Masters in Machine Learning and a PhD in Photonics. He aims to raise awareness and educate others on automotive drowsiness as well as the importance of having an accurate drowsiness detection system in vehicles. Trefor is working on the next frontier in blepharometry by finding biomarkers that link eyelid movement characteristics to neurological disorders.

Varun Arora

Vice Director

Sony Depthsensing Solutions

Varun Arora

Varun Arora

Vice Director
Sony Depthsensing Solutions