Speakers

    • Adam Spence

      Adam Spence Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and InnovationOffice of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

      Adam Spence is the Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Innovation in the Executive Chamber of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Spence is responsible for the development and implementation of Governor Cuomo’s economic development efforts through the state’s economic development agencies as well as the coordination and promotion of innovation acceleration across state government. Prior to joining the Executive Chamber, Mr. Spence served as a Senior Vice President in Empire State Development. Mr. Spence came to ESD from a career of investing in growing private companies across a wide range of industries.

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    • Adel Sadek

      Adel Sadek Professor, University at Buffalo, Director of Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation CenterDirector of the University at Buffalo's Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics

      Dr. Sadek serves as the Director of UB’s Transportation Systems Engineering Lab and Acting Chair of UB2020’s Strategic Strength in Extreme Events. Before joining UB in 2008 to lead the development of the department’s interdisciplinary program in transportation systems engineering, Dr. Sadek was an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Vermont (UVM), and held a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He also served as co-Director of UVM’s Complex Systems Center.

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    • Allen Biehler

      Allen Biehler Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems & PolicyCarnegie Mellon University's Heinz College

      Allen Biehler is a Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. He is also the Executive Director of CMU's University Transportation Center, which aims to study, build, and deploy a targeted suite of complementary technologies and to inform policies to make surface transportation safer and more efficient.

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    • Camille Kamga

      Camille Kamga Director of the University Transportation Research CenterCity University of New York

      Dr. Camille Kamga is Director for the University Transportation Research Center, and an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. The Region 2 University Transportation Research Center is one of ten original National Centers, established in 1987, in recognition that transportation plays a key role in the nation’s economy and in the quality of people’s lives.

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    • Craig Marcinkowski

      Craig Marcinkowski Director of Strategy and Business DevelopmentGryphon Sensors LLC.

      Craig Marcinkowski is Director of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors LLC, an SRC Company, Inc., a research and development company with more than 55 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. Gryphon Sensors is  focused on developing commercial sensors systems for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the NAS (National Airspace System). Mr. Marcinkowski has over 12 years of experience in the Defense and Aerospace industry, including software engineering, capture and...

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    • David Bruemmer

      David Bruemmer CEO & Co-Founder5D Robotics

      David J. Bruemmer is CEO and Co-Founder of 5D Robotics, Inc. At 5D he works to develop innovations that can impact the future of robotics and enable more intelligent transportation. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics research programs for Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, Office of Naval Research and the Department of Energy. Bruemmer has been awarded 14 patents with many others pending, is a winner of the R&D 100 Award and has been recognized as an inventive young engineer by the academy of engineers. Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Bruemmer has developed r...

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    • Igor Tepermeister

      Igor Tepermeister Director of Systems, Innovation Center, Intelligent Sensor Solutions Inficon

      Dr. Igor Tepermeister is the Director of Systems, Innovation Center, Intelligent Sensor Solutions for Inficon. Previously, he was Process Metrology Manager for Lybold Inficon, Founder and Vice President of Low Entropy Systems and Post-Doctoral Fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Igor possesses a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a patent in “Inter-process sensing of wafer outcome” and h...

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    • Jay Goodwyn

      Jay Goodwyn Executive DirectorIBM Buffalo Innovation Center

      Jay Goodwyn is the Executive Director of the IBM Buffalo Innovation Center. With over 31 years of experience, he specializes in assisting clients in the strategy, planning and design of Business Intelligence solutions across numerous industries. In his various roles, including Director, Partner, Service Area Leader, Engagement Manager and Consultant, Mr. Goodwyn has advised many information system organizations from a variety of industries, including banking, insurance, government, healthcare, education, marketing and sales, manufacturing, agriculture and utilit...

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    • Joah Sapphire

      Joah Sapphire PresidentGlobal Dynamic Group, LLC

      Joah Sapphire is a catalyst for innovation and possesses over twenty years of experience leading complex public and private organizations. Mr. Sapphire is the Founder and President of Global Dynamic Group, LLC. Previously he was Founding Partner of Verulam LLC, China Representative of Ospraie Management, LLC, CFO of NROTB, Deputy Commissioner of Suffolk County, Finance Director of Nassau County and Senior Analyst for the New York State Assembly. Mr. Sapphire was a member of the organizing committees for the 3rd and 4th University Transportation Research Center Region 2 Symposiums on Connect...

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    • Kaan Özbay

      Kaan Özbay ProfessorNew York University, Tandon School of Engineering and Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)

      Kaan Ozbay (NYU) has recently joined Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University (NYU), on August 2013. Professor Oz­bay was a tenured full Professor at the Rutgers University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering until July 2013. He joined Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in July, 1996. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) Department of Princeton University. Dr. Ozbay’s...

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    • Lawrence Brinker

      Lawrence Brinker Executive Director NUAIR Alliance

      Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq. is an experienced pilot and aviation attorney currently serving as the Executive Director & General Counsel of the NUAIR Alliance, a Not-for-Profit corporation with over 70 public, private, and academic partners, managing the Griffiss International Airport, FAA authorized, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan. He is retired from the US Air Force with 25 years total active and reserve service. During his military career he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel an...

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    • Michael Brown

      Michael Brown Staff EngineerSouthwest Research Institute

      Mike Brown is a Staff Engineer with Southwest Research Institute and has been a leader in the research and development of intelligent systems for over eighteen years.  He has served various federal, state, and commercial clients in projects spanning the areas of Advanced Traffic Management and Traveler Information Systems, Connected Vehicle Systems, and Vehicle Automation.  Mike serves as a subject matter expert on many automated and connected vehicle related standards committees and he is currently leading the OmniAir Certification Services team for the USDOT Connected Vehicle - Next Stage Ce...

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    • Michael Fancher

      Michael Fancher Vice President for Economic Outreach and Business Development SUNY Polytechnic Institute

      Michael Fancher has over three decades of experience in industry, government and academia that includes over 18 years providing executive leadership at SUNY Poly for business development, economic outreach, workforce training alignment and guiding the Institute’s innovation direction as the Executive Director of the NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials. He is also an Associate Professor in Nanoeconomics. During his tenure, he has successfully developed a broad array of innovative public private partnerships with sustainable bus...

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    • Michael Watts

      Michael Watts Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Professor Michael R. Watts is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in 1996. He then joined Draper Laboratory as a Member of Technical Staff in their Fiber Optics Group. In 1999 he became a Draper Fellow and received his SM and PhD degrees from MIT in 2001 and 2005, respectively. In 2005 he joined Sandia National Labs w...

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    • Mohamad Talas

      Mohamad Talas Director, ITS project Management and TMC OperationNew York City Department of Transportation

      Mohamad Talas has over 27 years in Traffic Engineering and Operation experience in New York City Department of Transportation.  He currently serves as the Director for the NYC Department of Transportation ITS project Management and TMC Operation where he supervises NYC DOT ITS projects including the modernization 12,000 signals with Advanced Traffic Control, The NYC Midtown In Motion and recently the NYC Connected Vehicle Pilot.  Dr. Talas also is Adjunct Professor at NYU –Poly Transportation Graduate Program.

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    • Oliver Mitchell

      Oliver Mitchell PartnerMach 5 Ventures

      Oliver has been a leading investor and entrepreneur of emerging technologies for more than twenty years. As a partner of Mach 5 Ventures, Oliver advises and invests in early stage data-driven digital, hardware, and robotic companies. An example of recent exits have included Que Innovations, Ekso Bionics (OTCBB: EKSO), Locemia Solutions (acquired by Eli Lilly), and NovoCure (NASDAQ: NVSR). Oliver is also a chair of the Frontier Technology investment Committee of New York Angels, focusing on software innovations in the fields of autonomous mobility, industrial IoT...

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    • Robert Rausch

      Robert Rausch Vice PresidentTransCore ITS

      Bob has over 45 years of experience in the design and installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems including both hardware and software for a wide range of ITS devices and systems. He has been active in the “Connected Vehicle” program and continues to be active in the ITS standards program in both the US and internationally with ISO TC204.  He is a member of the SAE DSRC working group, co-author of the International Standard for the Vehicle-Infrastructure messaging standards, is a member of the NTCIP working groups for Traffic Signal Controllers (NTCIP 1202 V3), and the NTCIP protocol...

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    • Roderic Sechrist

      Roderic Sechrist Assistant CommissionerNew York State Department of Transportation

      Roderic Sechrist, P.E. is the Assistant Commissioner for the Operations and Asset Management Division of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).  He is responsible for the Department’s Operations program including Transportation Maintenance, Traffic Safety and Mobility, Modal Safety and Security and Fleet Administration and Support.  In this role, he has executive oversight of the Department’s Connected Vehicle program as well the Intelligent Transportation Systems program. Rod is responsible for the Departm...

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    • Stelios Patsiokas

      Stelios Patsiokas Chief Innovation OfficerSirius XM Satellite Radio

      Dr. Stelios J. Patsiokas was born in Serres, Greece in 1953.  He came to the United States in 1971 and entered Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania under a tuition fellowship in August 1971.  After the completion of his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975, he entered Virginia Tech where he obtained a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1977 under a graduate assistantship.  Dr. Patsiokas continued his studies at Virginia Tech, towards a Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering, which was completed in September of 19...

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    • Tao Zhang

      Tao Zhang Chief Scientist for Smart Connected VehiclesCISCO Systems

      Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow and Cisco Distinguished Engineer, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles, and has since also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, architectures, technology, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing. Prior or to joining Cisco, he was Chief Scientist and Director of Mobile and Vehicular Networking at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore). For over 25 years, Tao has been in various technical and executive positions, directing res...

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    • Thomas Mueller

      Thomas Mueller Director of Buisness Line Mobility SensorsAMS

       Mr. Thomas Mueller began his semiconductor industry career in 1995 when he joined the MEMS microsystems group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). In 2000 he joined ams to take over a corporate research position focused on magneto sensor technology. From 2003 to 2008 he headed the sensor interface design in ams’ automotive business unit. From 2008 to 2014 he was the program manager for automotive full custom ICs (ASICs) at ams. In 2014 he took over the Business Line Mobility Sensors in the Division Sens...

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    • Tom Kearney

      Tom Kearney Freight SpecialistFHWA

      Tom joined the Federal Highway Administration in February, 2000.  After serving for seven years as a Statewide Planner in the New York Division Office, Tom joined the Office of Freight Management and Operations in May, 2007, serving as FHWA’s Freight Operations Program manager.  As part of these duties, Tom managed FHWA’s Truck Parking Program, directed FHWA’s Electronic-Permitting/Virtual Weigh Stations initiative, led USDOT’s Smart Roadside Initiative and served as FHWA’s Project Manager for USDOT’s 2012 Comprehensive Truck Size & Weight Limits Study. ...

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    • Xuegang (Jeff) Ban

      Xuegang (Jeff) Ban Associate ProfessorRensselaer Polytechnic Institute

      Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban is an Associate Professor of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Automobile Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. in Computer Sciences and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests are in Transportation Network System Modeling and Simulation, Urban Traffic Modeling and Control, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Connected/Automated Vehicles. He has published over 50...

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