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Automated Vehicles Symposium to Return to San Francisco, July 11 to 13

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will host the fourth annual Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco from July 11 to 13. The event, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, will bring together more than 1,500 representatives from academic institutions, government, and industry to exchange ideas and insights to expedite the future of automated vehicles.

The symposium will build upon last year’s event, which included attendees from 28 countries and 46 states. Leading experts on technology challenges, policy development, and emerging issues will provide updates on state-of-the-art road vehicle automation research through plenary sessions, breakouts, exhibits, and networking opportunities. Discussion topics will include Public Transport and Shared Mobility, Deep Learning and Highly Automated Vehicles, Trucking Automation Technology Developments, and Making Automation Work for Cities.

The plenary session, which will be held on July 11, will open with a keynote speech by Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute. Dr. Pratt, a former program manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, will discuss his vision for the future of automated vehicles. He will be joined by more than 40 plenary speakers discussing the industry’s latest technical advancements, key developments in urban mobility, automated trucking, planning and related subjects.

Other speakers scheduled to address the symposium include:

•    Andrey Berdichevskiy, Practice Lead Urban Mobility, World Economic Forum
•    Malcolm Dougherty, Director, California Department of Transportation
•    Dr. Aravind Kailas, Principal Technology Planner, Volvo Group North America
•    Dr. Karl Iagnemma, CEO, nuTonomy
•    Joseph Okpaku, VP, Government Relations, Lyft
•    Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
•    Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research, Uber
•    Dr. Maarten Sierhuis, Director, Nissan Research Center

More information on the symposium is available at Complimentary registration is provided to the media to cover the event. For more information, contact Zach Semple by email at or by phone at 571-255-7798.


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

About TRB

TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine. TRB’s varied activities annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels and task forces. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies, including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation.

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