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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/

EEN matchmaking


Time  Topic
14:00 A brief history of CAV

Speaker: Don Dhaliwal, Lead Parntern, 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 & Current Legislation

Speaker: Charlotte Walker-Osborn, International Head of Technology Sector at Eversheds Sutherland

Charlotte Walker-Osborn heads up global law-firm Eversheds Sutherland’s Technology, Media and Telecoms Sector across EMEA and Asia-Pacific. She has been a technology, telecoms and outsourcing lawyer for 17 years and a Partner for 9 years. She has spent 6 months of her career seconded to Cisco Systems. Charlotte has significant expertise working on both traditional technology/outsourcing projects and bleeding-edge digital projects across a number of sectors, including diversified industrials, retail and the technology/telecoms sectors. Charlotte has been working with clients supporting their automotive technology projects for a number of years, including acting for Honda Motor Europe in relation to its connected car projects across more than 50 countries. She acts for 2 of the global auto-manufacturers as well as Conigital and personally advises more than 10% of the FTSE 100. Charlotte recently won the accolade of Legal Advisor of the Year at the Global Sourcing Association Awards (UK) 2017

14:20 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.

14:30 Hydrogen Fuel Cells and CAV

Speaker: Microcab

14:40 CAV & Cyber Security

James Hunt PwC
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.

14:50 CAV Automation & The Journey to SAE Level 5

Speaker: Tom Robinson, Technical Director, Conigital

tom robinson

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.

15:00 Panel Discussion
15:15 Coffee Break
15:30 Live CAV Projects

Speaker: TBC

15:40 Microsoft’s Vision of the Future of Transport

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

John Stenlake

Responsible for worldwide Automotive vertical – strategy, collateral, readiness, product alignment and architecture guidance for highest priority customer engagements.

Specialties: Service Orientated Architecture, Web Services, Enterprise Architecture, architecture governance, Large Organization IT, Automotive Industry, Leading Edge Technology Adoption, HighPerformance Management of elite Technical Teams.

15:50 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.

 16:00 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.

16:10 CAV & Simulation

Speaker: Aimsun

16:20 Last Mile CAV

Speaker: Birmingham City University, IDEA (Institute for Design and Economic Acceleration)  Associate Professor Beverley Nielsen


Beverley Nielsen

Beverley, having recently stood as Lib Dem Mayoral candidate in the West Midlands and as a long time Midlands’ champion, is passionate about transport and connectivity as well as bringing people, businesses and products together to create opportunity for all through building better futures. With a decade of experience in policy, campaigning and lobbying as Director, CBI West Midlands and CEO, Heart of England Tourist Board, a decade as Director of the iconic FTSE-250 business, AGA Rangemaster plc, and MD, Fired Earth, and a further decade working in Higher Education as Fellow at WMG, University of Warwick and Director at Birmingham City University, she is well positioned to host a lively debate, gaining key insights into what the future holds for transport in the region.

 16:30 CAV Use Cases

Speaker: TBC

 16:40 Access to Finance

Speaker: EEN & Innovate UK

 16:50 Panel Discussion
 17:10 – 19:00 Networking & Drinks Reception

Drinks reception


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