Welcome to the 2018 International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS3)

The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) team is excited at the opportunity to present what will be the biggest and best Summit to date – which will be packed with an array of prominent national and international driverless vehicle experts representing a range of sectors.

This year, IDVS3 will focus on Accelerating the Mobility Evolution and will be a platform for the world’s preeminent experts on driverless vehicle technology to come together and discover, learn and collaborate with delegates to shape the nature of the worlds transport future.

As the only event of its kind in Australia this is a unique opportunity to listen, network and collaborate with speakers, companies and technology from around the globe, we invite you to join us on this journey by supporting this not-to-be-missed Summit.

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Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Newly-appointed NSW Chief Scientist
Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence and is on leave from his role as a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and its application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. In his career he has worked with many major companies, has co-founded three successful start-up companies, and has won many awards including being named 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year. He is particularly well known for his work with Patrick in delivering the automated container terminals in Brisbane and Port Botany, and for his work with Rio Tinto in pioneering the delivering the automated “Mine of the Future”. He is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy Advocacy and Members Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC WA)

Anne is a transport professional with both public sector and private sector consulting experience having delivered transport projects in the UK, the UAE, New Zealand and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts Honours and has previously worked for the London Borough of Barnett, Transport for London, Land Transport New Zealand and the Australian Road Research Board. She is currently General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team. Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management; and participates in a number of public policy forums and committees. She is also a member of RAC’s Innovation Board and is the Project Leader for RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program.

David Keene

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, RDM Group

David Keene is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of RDM Group. He has 34 years in the Automotive industry, including 24 years ownership of RDM Group and is a full member of the UK Automotive Council and Niche Vehicle network. Specialities include: New business start-up, business development and growth, finance, project management, acquisition, commercial fund raising, grants, autonomous vehicles, advanced EV and Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development and telematic systems.

Paul Gray

Chief Executive Officer, Cohda Wireless

Paul started at Cohda as Chief Engineer, laying the foundations for Cohda’s ground-breaking automotive and smart cities projects. He came to Cohda after six years in San Diego, working as CTO and Business Manager with wireless tech start-ups.
As CEO, Paul has led Cohda Wireless through two rounds of capital raising, attracting NXP Semiconductors and Cisco Systems as strategic investors. Under his leadership, Cohda has grown from 10 people to more than 50, and opened offices in Detroit, Munich and Shanghai.
Paul’s tenure at the helm has positioned Cohda as the globally recognised brand for connected autonomous vehicles and smart city infrastructure.

Hugh Palmer

SMART Mobility - US Regional Manager, SAGE Automation

Hugh is a seasoned Business and Product Development Executive with a proven track record for developing and commercializing innovative products. He specializes in Autonomous Mobility and AI technologies and has held corporate leadership positions including Vice President at Local Motors where he was responsible for the development of the first US manufactured self-driving shuttle bus (Olli) and the world’s first 3D printed car (Strati). He has been recognized for his work including winning the prestigious R&D Magazines Most Innovative Products of the Year Award. Today Hugh is working for SAGE Automation as their US Regional Manager helping to position the company for international growth in the Smart Mobility market with products such as Matilda - a connected bus stop for autonomous vehicles. Hugh has an Engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters in International Business from Thunderbird. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and 4 children.

Roland Pittar

General Manager, Office of Future Transport Technology Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Roland Pittar is the General Manager of the Office of Future Transport Technology in the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. The Office is responsible for working with a range of stakeholders across Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, as well as industry and research bodies in preparing for the deployment of advanced transport technologies, including highly automated vehicles.

During his career, Mr Pittar has held a range of positions within the department including the Major Infrastructure Projects Office and the North West Roads Branch. He has also held policy positions with the Australian Government, which have focused on agriculture, fisheries, mineral resources and science policy. Mr Pittar was posted to Australia’s Delegation to the OECD in Paris between 2005 and 2008 as its Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture).

Patrick Poh

Deputy Director Technology Integration Division/ Technology & Industry Development Group Land Transport Authority, Singapore

Mr. Patrick Poh is with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore, and heads the Technology Integration Division which oversees and manages the adoption of technologies to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency of public and land transport operations. In addition, Mr Poh also oversees the team in LTA to facilitate the autonomous vehicle (AV) development in Singapore, with emphasis on public transport. Under his AV portfolio, he works closely with industries on collaborative projects such as demonstrating the concept of mobility-on-demand using AVs, developing the 12 metres autonomous buses for public transport service, and AV standards development.

Before joining LTA, Mr Poh has held various positions in the fields of operations, capability planning, and systems evelopment. Mr Poh holds a Bachelor in Engineering in Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Science in Systems Integration from the
Naval Postgraduate School, California, United States of America.

Marcus Burke

Project Director, Compliance and Technology at the National Transport Commission

Marcus Burke is Project Director, Compliance and Technology at the National Transport Commission. Over the last three years he has lead the NTC’s automated vehicle program to develop the national legal framework for automated vehicles in Australia. Marcus previously lead a major reform of chain of responsibility laws for heavy vehicles. Marcus joined the NTC from the private sector, where he worked in IT and consulting.

Martin McMullan

Connected Journey Solutions Director, NZ Transport Agency

Since July 2016, Martin has led the Transport Agency’s approach to innovation and new technology. He is passionate about using data to provide smart solutions that connect people, services and infrastructure.
Martin joined the Transport Agency in 2014 as Zero Harm manager. Working with industry partners, Martin led the introduction of new technology and data analytics to support the government’s objective to reduce workplace fatalities and serious harm by 25 percent.
Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry.
He has also established two technology start-up businesses.
He sits on the Construction Safety Council Board of Directors and holds an executive role with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative. Martin is also a registered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Michael Molitor

Chairman, Uniti

Michael Molitor is the Chairman of Uniti —a new company designing and assembling autonomous electric vehicles in Sweden and Australia. He is interested in the transition to a circular economy, disruptive innovation, and improving overall resource productivity. He completed a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a PhD from Cambridge University, a joint MSc between the London School of Economics and Imperial College and a BA from the University of Michigan. He has held academic appointments at the University of California, Columbia University, and part time positions at Stanford University and SciencesPo. He spent 20 years in the private sector as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and as a senior advisor at BP, McKinsey and the OECD.
Uniti is a Swedish-Australian company designing and assembling next generation autonomous electric vehicles for urban environments in both countries. Our focus is on addressing the most common vehicle trip in the world (urban-suburban, less than 30kms, 1.2 people, average speed of 30kms/hr). We will offer a personal urban transport solution which is safer, more affordable and significantly cleaner.

Clare Gardiner-Barnes

Deputy Secretary of the Freight, Strategy and Planning Division of Transport for NSW

Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Deputy Secretary of the Freight, Strategy and Planning Division of Transport for NSW. Clare has a broad remit, including road and maritime safety, innovation and research, freight industry, and the formulation of policy and legislation across all modes of transport. Clare leads strategic planning across Transport for NSW, including leading the State’s vision for transport over the next 40 years with Future Transport 2056. Clare is a board member of Roads Australia, and is committed to working with her State and Territory counterparts, to ensure regulatory change that supports the adoption of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Before taking on leadership roles in Transport departments across Australia, Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and in the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an Executive Champion for women and flexibility and actively seeks opportunities to embed her values across Transport for NSW’s workforce of over 25,000 people.

Professor Anton van den Hengel

Director of The Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Anton van den Hengel is the founding Director of The Australian Institute for Machine Learning, a Chief Investigator of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision, and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. Professor van den Hengel has been a CI on over $60m in external research funding from sources including Google, Canon, BHP Billiton and the ARC.
Prof van den Hengel has won a number of awards, including the Pearcey Foundation Entrepreneur Award, the SA Science Excellence Award for Research Collaboration, and the CVPR Best Paper prize in 2010. He has authored over 300 publications, had 8 patents commercialised, formed 2 start-ups, and has recently had a medical technology achieve first-in-class FDA approval. Current research interests include Deep Learning, vison and language problems, interactive image-based modelling, large-scale video surveillance, and medical machine learning.
Prof van den Hengel and his team have developed world leading methods in a range of areas within Computer Vision and Machine learning, including methods which have placed first on a variety of international leaderboards such as: PASCAL VOC (2015 & 2016), CityScapes (2016 & 2017), Virginia Tech VQA (2016 & 2017), and the Microsoft COCO Captioning Challenge (2016). Professor van den Hengel’s team placed 4th in the ImageNet detection challenge in 2015 ahead of Google, Intel, Oxford, CMU and Baidu, and 2nd in ImageNet Scene Parsing in 2016. ImageNet is one of the most hotly contested challenges in Computer Vision.

Miranda Blogg

Director (Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative), Land Transport Safety Customer Services, Safety & Regulation, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Dr Miranda Blogg is the Director of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Miranda has worked for the department for the last 4 years, and prior to was a consultant working both in Australia and the United States. Miranda is a registered civil engineer with a PhD in traffic engineering, and has specialised in traffic engineering, transport planning and research for the past 20 years.

Rocco Zito

Professor and Head of Civil Engineering, Flinders University

Rocco is Professor and Head of Civil Engineering at the Flinders University of South Australia, a position that he took up on 1st July 2014. As a part of this leadership role he manages numerous research projects and teaching programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests include the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) for transportation applications. This research work has mainly involved the use of Intelligent Transport System technologies to improve the effectiveness of transport. He also has a background in the assessment and investigation of the environmental impacts of various transport policy initiatives, including the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. Rocco is currently also heavily involved in connected and autonomous vehicle research and trials.

Simone Pettigrew

Research Professor in the School of Psychology, Curtin University

Simone is a Research Professor in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Commerce, and a PhD in Consumer Research. A particular research focus is vehicle autonomy, especially the relevant motivators and barriers to uptake and the implications of the wide-scale use of driverless vehicles for individuals and society. Other areas of interest relate to the use of health promotion theories and techniques to encourage individuals to make behavioural changes to improve their health and well-being.

Simon Pearce

Head of Delivery Asia Pacific, Easy Mile

Simon joined the Easymile as Head of Asia Pacific in 2017 Simon was previously CIO for Transdev Australasia. Simon has over 21 years of experience as an IT executive across many industries including pharmaceutical distribution, utility, education and public transport and has previously held senior management positions with DKSH, Zinfra Group and CSL. As a result, he has diverse experience has fostered his expertise in Information Communication Technology (ICT) disciplines, including; sourcing, commercial and vendor management as well as an aptitude to understand and predict trends and challenges in the technology industry. Simon’s working knowledge of ICT solutions, proficiency in implementing new projects and his excellent project management skills make him a valuable member of Easymile's executive team. Simon holds numerous certifications in business systems, programming, and security administration; he has also participated in the Leadership Development Program from the Centre for Organisation Development

Cheng Lim

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Cheng Lim is a partner in the technology team in KWM who focuses on helping clients navigate complex legal and regulatory landscapes. He has a particular focus on AI, data, and security, and has been helping clients work through the implications of autonomous vehicles in their business environment.

Mike Lenne

Chief Scientific Officer (Human Factors), Seeing Machines

Mike is Seeing Machines’ Chief Scientific Officer (Human Factors). He has dedicated his 20-year career to leading applied research programs that deliver improvements in transport safety. Following nearly 15 years at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, his goal now is to transform Seeing Machines into a company that is renowned for the human factors science that underpins its state-of-the-art technology. He builds partnerships with automotive, aviation and fleet customers, and the academic sector, to drive Seeing Machines’ product development and validation programs. He maintains strong scientific credibility and profile within the international human factors community and is a primary spokesperson representing Seeing Machines’ scientific and commercial interests externally.

Stephan Winter

Professor in Spatial Information Science at the University of Melbourne

Stephan Winter is Professor in Spatial Information Science at the University of Melbourne, specializing in human spatial cognition, navigation, and intelligent transportation. He is pioneering formal and stochastic models of urban environments, and leads research in intelligent spatial systems, computational transportation science, and probabilistic time geography. He holds a PhD from the University of Bonn, and a habilitation from the Technical University Vienna.

Mark Borlace

Senior Manager Future Mobility, RAA

Mark has worked extensively across RAA’s automotive, engineering and policy divisions, and as Senior Manager Future Mobility, has overall responsibility for RAA’s policy on mobility and automotive issues, including vehicle emission testing, alternative energy and electric vehicles. He is a leader among the Australian motoring clubs in the development of autonomous vehicle and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Mark’s expertise in current and future mobility has given him a strong interest in how mobility will shape our lives in the cities of the future.

Michael Caltabiano

Chair, ADVI & Chief Executive Officer, ARRB

Michael Caltabiano is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Road Research Board and the Chair of the ADVI. He has over 25 years’ experience in the transport industry with previous positions placing him in charge of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association AAPA and as the director-general of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. He has extensive knowledge not only from an Engineers viewpoint but from a change management perspective too and is leading the charge in shaping our transport future.

Rita Excell

Executive Director, ADVI

Rita is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre of Excellence and is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia.
Her prior roles include Regional Manager of Australian Road Research Board’s South Australian office. Rita managed key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities and organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure.
Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience, which has included roles in Local Government and more than 13 years with RAA – where she worked on strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy. She is currently the Vice President of the IPWEA Australasia board, where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Currently, Rita is the Transport Expert for the Port Adelaide Enfield Council Assessment Panel, as well as a member of the New South Wales and South Australian Connected and Automated Vehicle Industry Reference Groups.

Dr Charles Karl

Principal Technology Leader, ARRB

Dr Charles Karl is Principal Technology Leader, Future Transport Technology at the Australian Road Research Board.
Over the last 30 years Charles has been working in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Charles’s background is in Network Operations.
He is also co-technical lead for the Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative (ADVI) since its establishment in 2014. Charles was the Technical Lead for the Volvo XC90 driverless vehicle demonstration in Adelaide, 2015, Eastlink’s AV trials 2016 and La Trobe University’s Autonobus trial, 2018.

Dickson Leow

Principal Technology Leader, ARRB

Dickson Leow is the Principal Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) within the Future Transport Technology Team. Prior to ARRB, Dickson has worked in various roles over 15 years with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. Dickson was also the ambassador for Toyota Australia in Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology & related hybrid technology. He has also assisted the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development (DIRD) with ADR legislation such as ADR 58 – Requirements for Omnibus Design.Dickson has over 19 years’ experience in Homologation, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Certification, ITS / CAV and IP Law, in both private and government sectors.

Dickson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering both from Monash University and is currently undertaking his MBA with University of Canberra. He is an active committee member of ISO for Intelligent Transport System as well as Standards Australia IT-023. His focus at ARRB will be facilitating the integration of automated and connected vehicle technologies with infrastructure and demystifying the community’s understanding of the technology.

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2017 Summit Delegate Feedback

“The variety of topics covered and the different methods of presentation were a highlight of the Summit”

“The number of enthusiastic delegates all willing to explore, assist and participate in any way possible to make autonomy available on Australian roads soon”

“While there was a well selected range of national and international speakers, the opportunity to ride on a driverless shuttle was a real highlight”

“An interesting and well-selected range of presenters, as well as the unique opportunity to network with key stakeholders”

“Invaluable networking opportunity to both keep abreast of latest developments and challenge thinking around future opportunities”

“An interesting and hands-on opportunity. Very important to encourage early acceptance and understanding”

“A good array of displays, and opportunity to interact with exhibitors”

“The summit generated an impressive and outstanding level of media interest, so well done to the PR team for delivering such outstanding results and generate a real buzz”


31 October – 2 November 2018



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