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Keynote Speakers

Clearing the validation hurdle for CAV’s

Reuben Sarkar

President & CEO

Thursday, Apr. 29, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Bio: Reuben Sarkar serves as the President and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM). He has more than two decades of experience in transportation innovation in corporate, government, and entrepreneurial roles.

Prior to joining ACM, Reuben was Chief Product Officer for Forge Nano, a corporate venture-backed start-up whose portfolio included advanced materials for EV batteries and fuel cells. Formerly, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he oversaw more than $1.8B of R&D investments into the sustainable transportation sector through their Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies Offices. While at U.S. DOE, he established EERE’s focus on mobility systems.

Before joining EERE, he worked at Proterra Inc., a leading manufacturer of electric buses, where he led the development of their 1st generation 35-foot all-electric bus and fast charging station as well as product planning for their 2nd generation 40-foot electric bus that are in transit fleets today. Prior to that, Reuben spent more than a decade at General Motors where he was the lead engineer on the 1st generation electric drive unit for the Chevy Volt.

Reuben is a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is a Venture Partner in the Sustainability Practice at Ridge-Lane LP. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA with high distinction, all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

New Form of AD Vehicle to Transform Mobility Landscape

Tony Han

WeRide Founder & CEO

Thursday, Apr. 29, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Bio: Tony HAN is Founder & CEO of WeRide, a smart mobility company aiming at developing cutting edge level-4 autonomous driving technology. WeRide has received strategic investments from top-tier global automakers, including Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Yutong Group.

Tony is one of the top scientists to pioneer self-driving technology development and commercialization. Before founding WeRide, he was tenured professor and the Director of Computer Vision and Machine Learning Lab at the University of Missouri (MU). He was also former Chief Scientist of Baidu's AI Lab and Autonomous Driving Unit. Tony is an initial contributor to deep speech-based Mandarin speech recognition engine DeepSpeech2, which was named in Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review.


Autonomous Driving: Where are we today?

Thursday, Apr. 29, 2:30 - 3:30 PM


Weisong Shi

Wayne State University


Tom Tasky

Director, Intelligent Mobility at FEV North America, Inc.

Walter Sullivan

CTO, Designated Driver

Zehua Huang

SVP of Engineering at TuSimple

Christian John

President at Tier IV North America Inc.