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Tuesday 03 September 2013, 08:30–09:15 (Encore Ballroom 4-8)

Alberto Broggi, VisLab - University of Parma

VisLab has been active in the field of intelligent vehicles for the last two decades: after the first test (2000+ km in semi-autonomous mode in 1998), VisLab designed and realized the perception system of TerraMax, the largest entry in the DARPA Challenges, and was the only vehicle that reached the end of the DARPA Grand Challenge with vision as primary sensor. In 2010 VisLab conceived and realized the longest ever test for autonomous driving: 13000 km from Italy to China.

On July 12, 2013, VisLab tested downtown driving in a real environment for the first time ever; BRAiVE, VisLab's most advanced intelligent vehicle, drove in downtown Parma, negotiating two-way narrow rural roads, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, artificial bumps, pedestrian areas, and tight roundabouts.

The presentation will discuss the current trends and the evolution of ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance Systems) and will also discuss VisLab’s vision on environmental sensing for intelligent vehicles.

Prof. Alberto Broggi received the Dr. Ing. (Master) degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology both from the Universita` di Parma, Italy. He is now Full Professor at the Universita` di Parma and the President of VisLab, the Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory.
As a pioneer in the use of machine vision for automotive applications and on driverless cars, he authored of more than 150 publications on international scientific journals, book chapters, refereed conference proceedings. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems for the term 2004-2008; he served the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society as President for the term 2010-2011. He is recipient of two ERC (European Research Council) prestigious grants.

Special Keynote: Connected Vehicles and the ITS JPO Initiatives

Wednesday 04 September 2013, 08:00–08:40 (Encore Ballroom 4-8)

Gregg Winfree, Acting Administrator of US DoT Research and Innovative Technology Administration

US DOT RITA coordinates the U.S.DOT research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve the U.S. transportation system.

RITA leads USDOT in coordinating, facilitating and reviewing the department’s research and development programs and activities, advancing innovative technologies, including intelligent transportation systems, performing comprehensive transportation statistics research, analysis and reporting and providing education and training in transportation and transportation-related fields.

Mr. Winfree will outline how RITA coordinates U.S. DOT’s research programs and advances the deployment of cross-cutting technologies. Mr. Winfree will discuss some of the cutting edge transportation research projects that are supported by U.S. DOT today including connected vehicles, automated vehicles, Integrated Corridor Management, and Next Generation 9-1-1. He will also give U.S. DOT’s perspective on the significance of transportation research.

On June 2, 2011, Secretary Ray LaHood appointed Greg Winfree Deputy Administrator of RITA and he was sworn in on July 15, 2011. Greg originally came to RITA on March 15, 2010 as Chief Counsel. He has served as the agency's Acting Administrator, and as chairman of the Department of Transportation's Innovation Council.
Prior to his RITA appointment, Greg served as Chief Litigation Counsel for Freeport-McMoRan Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of copper, gold, molybdenum and other industrial and precious metals. He also served as Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' Director of Litigation and Union Carbide Corporation's Senior Litigation Counsel. Before embarking on an in-house career pathway, Greg served as a Trial Attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division which he joined after a stint at a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm.
Throughout his corporate career Greg has been affiliated with organizations with a strong focus in the STEM disciplines. Moreover, Greg is a holder of design and utility patents for innovations he developed. He earned a B.S. degree in Communications/Public Relations from St. John's University and a J.D. from Georgetown University where he served as a Lead Articles Editor for The Tax Lawyer, the A.B.A. journal of taxation. Greg also carries a valid motorcycle endorsement and is a founding member of the USDOT Triskelions Motorcycle Club.

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