Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote -

AI Surprises in ADAS: Not good for drivers

Mary “Missy” Cummings
Duke University

Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is currently a Professor in the Duke University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, and a member of several technology-focused national committees. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Closing Keynote Panel-

People overestimate technological impact in the short term,
while underestimating its long-term implications. 

Jane Lappin 
TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation

Jane Lappin chairs the National Academies of Engineering Transportation Research Board Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee and is co-founder of the annual Automated Road Transportation Symposium.  She is recently retired as Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Toyota Research Institute where she monitored global regulatory affairs related to highly automated vehicles.  Previously, Jane worked for USDOT Volpe Center, where she managed projects assessing public response to advanced vehicle technologies and the impact of those technologies on driver behavior.  Jane served as USDOT secretariat to the trilateral US-EU-JPN international research collaboration on intelligent transportation, and as the US co-chair of the US-EU-Japan Automation in Road Transportation Working Group.  Before discovering her true calling in transportation, Jane worked for Abt Associates in their business strategy group, for the Canadian International Development Agency evaluating women’s economic development programs in Bangladesh, and co-directing a public health survey in Haiti.  She studied sociology as an undergraduate at Boston University and earned an MBA from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management, the world’s only all women’s business school.  Ms. Lappin is currently consulting on automated vehicles safety, operations, and policy issues.

Asaf Degani
General Motors

Asaf Degani is a Technical Fellow at General Motors R&D.  His research focus is on the analysis and design of human-machine interaction with special emphasis on autonomy.  He supports several major projects at GM concerning automated vehicles and leads research work on the implications of this technology with respect to the public space, public acceptance, and ethics.