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CAV, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Optimisation is transforming the business landscape by empowering the next generations of fleets of Connected Autonomous Vehicles. The CAV, AI & Optimisation workshop is being run as part of the 15th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference bringing together these two important areas of innovation. We will be addressing key CAV themes without the Hype and address specific use cases to ensure delegates are fully informed of the impact of CAVs, AI and Optimisation.

Tickets for this event are £95 ICAV founder/associate members, £295 for non-members. Tickets include full access to the Hydrogen and Fuel cell event.

FREE Passes available by Enterprise Europe Network: if willing to take part in the EEN matching event designed to complement the programme, offering you an exclusive opportunity to meet with strategic partners, as well as potential customers and suppliers. Your ticket will be fully funded to cover both the CAV workshop and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Event and includes all food and drinks throughout the day. For more details please see https://fuelcell2019.b2match.io/

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Time  Topic
14:00 A brief history of CAV

Speaker: Don Dhaliwal, Lead Partner, ICAV

Founded Conigital in 2015, a government backed innovative Research Technology Organisation (RTO) in the Smart City, IoT and Connected Autonomous Vehicle Space. He is a multi-disciplinary strategic business leader with extensive Programme management experience of  £multi-million European government and privately funded projects in the Digital, Cloud & Smart City technology sectors. He was previously an Associate Director of IDEA (Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration) thinktank, a Visiting and guest lecturer/ consultant at BCU  teaching Project Management and Business Information Technology to Post Graduates and interim marketing director for a start-up airline responsible for sales and marketing. He has 15+ years of Technical Project Management, Business Development & Marketing Consultancy and is a Founder of the ICAV initiative.

14:10 CAV Testbeds in the UK

Speaker: Mike Waters, Director of  Policy, Strategy and Innovation for TfWM

Mike Waters is currently the Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation for TfWM. Previously Mike was Head of Transport Infrastructure at Coventry City Council, where he was responsible for establishing many of the city’s recent major infrastructure improvements, including a multi-million programme of collaborative Intelligent Mobility projects and public highway based connected and autonomous vehicle projects. At TfWM Mike is a Board member with departmental responsibility for the development of TfWM’s policy, strategic priorities, monitoring and research and innovation activities. Mike is also embedded in Coventry University’s Centre for Mobility and Transport as a researcher focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

14:20 The CAV enabling environment perspective

Speaker: Mark Stileman, External Engagement Manager, Ordnance Survey

Mark leads external engagement in Ordnance Survey’s Innovation and Outreach team, with responsibility for coordinating bids for collaborative innovation project funding, focusing on Infrastructure, Connectivity and Mobility themes, and responding to public consultations.

Mark is a Chartered Geographer. He has worked in a variety of roles within OS over 19 years, spanning research, data capture, product development and bid management, with a passion for harnessing the power of geography and location to solve problems and make better decisions.  He began his career as a GIS analyst at Halcrow consulting engineers and then worked as the mapping officer for Bermuda (someone had to do it).

14:30 CAV & Cyber Security

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Speaker: James Hunt, Cyber Security Senior Manager at PwC

James Hunt delivers Cyber Security Services across the public and transport sectors at PwC. He is the firm’s head Security and Information Risk Advisor under the NCSC’s cyber security services framework and has over 11 years professional experience in leading and being responsible for:

• Multi-national IT Change programmes.
• Global communication and collaboration systems.
• Large scale cyber security initiatives.
• Aviation surveillance, navigation & communications maintenance teams.
• Mission critical command and control systems.
• Highly secure unified communications requirements articulation.

14:40 CAV Automation & The Journey to SAE Level 5

Speaker: Tom Robinson, Technical Director, Conigital

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With a computer science and software engineering background, Tom has gained over 30 years of experience of which 22 years has been within the automotive sector. A significant portion of this time has been in building ITS and CAV capability within organisations (Ricardo, InnovITS and more recently Applus IDIADA).

An experienced project director and business unit leader who has been responsible for multiple commercial developments both within the automotive and the structural monitoring sectors. Commercial projects examples include infotainment modelling and requirements management and product automotive infotainment systems

Tom has wide ranging experience managing European and UK funded research projects including; SARTRE, An EU FP7 project developing and exploring the issues around a mixed vehicle type road train that can operate on public highways; FootLITE – a TSB sponsored project looking at driver behaviour and coaching to improve road safety and fuel efficiency; and Sentience – an InnovITS sponsored project looking at using road and topological data to improve the efficiency of a hybrid vehicle.

14:50 Speaker: Tom Williams, Ascendal Group

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Tom Hamlyn Williams leads on the development and implementation of Ascendal Group’s technology and innovation strategy. Recruited from a non-transport background he approaches public transportation without preconceptions, enabling him to identify challenges from a different perspective, bringing new insight to solving some of the industry’s key issues.

Tom’s focus is to identify the best practical solutions for new transport technology where it can truly transform the way we move. These include the deployment of autonomous vehicles, demand responsive transport, active travel, car hire and ride hailing, while continually piloting new solutions, positively enabling Ascendal Group to transform public transport in the world’s top cities.

15:00 Panel Discussion
15:15 Coffee Break
15:40 Speaker: Dr Luca Fragonara, Lecturer, Cranfield University

Dr Luca Zanotti Fragonara is Lecturer in the Centre of Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems and in the Aerospace Integration Research Centre.

His research is focused on structural health monitoring, machine learning and system identification. He is involved in a series of high-impact research projects ranging from autonomous inspections of aerospace structures to structural health monitoring for increasing the resilience of industrial plants.

He matured a wide and unique experience working in monitoring problems applied to civil, mechanical, aerospace and space structures. Moreover, his interests in machine learning applied to monitoring allowed him to expand his research activities to other areas, such as perception, tracking and sensor fusion.

He has a solid knowledge in vibration problems, non-linear dynamics problems and in finite element modelling.

15:50 Microsoft and Driving Future Mobility

Speaker: John Stenlake, Head of Connected Cars, Microsoft.

John Stenlake is Director of Automotive Industry for EMEA for Microsoft Corporation and is responsible for advocacy and support for our European automotive industry accounts.

John is a veteran of implementing advanced technology in the automotive and adjacent industries. He started his automotive career at Ford, where he spent nearly 20 years in a range of roles—working on everything from engine management software to AI cost-estimating systems to large-scale enterprise class integration, and finally as Chief Architect, where he drove development of strategic solutions and technology standards within and outside the company.

He then joined Microsoft working first with MCS and the U.S. industry team, then moving to Redmond as CTO of the WW Automotive team. Much of this time was spent building the foundation for our Connected Car strategy, working with multiple OEMs worldwide and several product teams. John then received an offer to join Living PlanIT—a startup focused on building a scalable Smart City / IoT platform called the Urban Operating System (UOS)—as CTO, driving the engineering and application of the UOS platform, based on Microsoft and Formula One-derived technology.

John’s educational background is in Mathematics and he is also a Certified Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Architect.  He grew up in Oxford, UK, near the body plant where his father worked as a Manufacturing engineer (now the MINI European plant).

16:00 CAV & Agritech

Speaker: Parmjit Chima, Head of Engineering, Harper Adams University

A multi-disciplinary academic with a specialism in mechatronics & robotics, embedded systems & IoT technologies. With over 30 years’ experience as an academic and manager. Parmjit leads the Department of Engineering at Harper Adams University. Over the years, Parmjit has provided strategic leadership in the development of innovative teaching and learning programmes, business engagement activities, technology transfer and applied research in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Parmjit is a great believer in the transformative power of education and the potentially life-changing opportunities that higher education can bring to all. As a result, Parmjit has established strategic links with international institutions and companies to augment student employability prospects as the new generation of global engineers with leading edge know-how.

Research interests include the evaluation and adoption of new teaching and learning methodologies; and the practical applications of augmented and virtual reality in engineering education and commercial environments. Parmjit’s current area of research is in the development of driverless vehicles, which be trialled in Birmingham and Manchester.

 16:10 CAV, Optimisation & AI

Speaker: Dr Christos Tsotskas, Chief Technology Officer, Conigital

Christos has come from an Aviation background, developing Optimisation Algorithms for the supply chain and Aerospace industry for medium, large and global FTSE250 organisations. He is leading Conigitals AI & Optimisation division developing Multi Objective Real-time Optimisation to creates Operational Efficiencies & Higher Utilisation for on-demand services & Assets to optimise CAVs across in complex driver and driverless transport environments such as Airports.  He has 15+ years in AI, Optimisation and Machine Learning and is passionate about software, brainware and peopleware – doing the right thing and doing it the right way.  Since 2013, Christos has worked on a number of  complex and mission-critical real-world systems and applications for optimised decision making in the Aerospace industry and transferring that tech into optimising transport in large campuses and our cites.

16:20 Access to Finance

Speaker: Alan Malin, Business Advisor with Enterprise Europe Network and Innovate UK

Alan provides free advice to businesses looking for guidance on how to take their business forward with a particular emphasis on Innovation. He helps companies who would like advice and support with any aspect of business but with an Innovation focus. Particular relevant advice for businesses with a new product or service that they wish to commercialise or take international. This is provided within the environment and with the full facilities support of Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. This support is provided through the Enterprise Europe Network in partnership with Innovate UK. Helping ambitious small and medium-sized companies innovate and grow internationally is Enterprise Europe Network’s mission. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

16:30 Speaker: Aanisah Begg, Midven

Aanisah joined Midven in August 2012. She is Investment Manager for both the MEIF West Midlands Equity Fund and the Early Advantage fund. Her role involves deal origination and portfolio management; managing B2B and B2C portfolio companies within the Early Advantage fund. Aanisah maintains links with the investor community across the West Midlands, particularly high-net worth individuals, grant providers and LEPs.

 16:40 Access to Finance

Speaker: George Filip, KTN

George Filip is the Knowledge Transfer Manager for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He is currently finishing writing up his PhD thesis on the theme of Trust and Calibration of Trust in CAVs at the University of Nottingham, Faculty of Engineering, after previously having obtained a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences as well as a Masters’ Degree in Contemporary Philosophy.

 16:50 Access to Finance

Speaker: Naomi Watts, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager at Tech Nation


Naomi Watts is the Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for the Midlands at Tech Nation, the UK network for ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs. She has helped hundreds of founders through her work at Innovation Birmingham as the manager of their tech start-up incubator, Entrepreneurs for the Future. Now having expanded her remit to the whole of the Midlands, Naomi is on the lookout for the next AI superstar to join the free Tech Nation 6-month Applied AI programme in the Autumn. Naomi will be explaining more about this as well as Tech Nation as a whole.

 17:00 Panel Discussion
 17:15 – 19:00 Networking & Drinks Reception

Drinks reception

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