Autonomous Driving – Transportation of Goods and Other Opportunities from the Trough of Disillusionment

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: KPMG
3975 Freedom Circle Drive
Suite 100
Santa Clara, CA 95054



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In last year’s Keynote on “Islands of autonomy,” we discussed how autonomous vehicles would eventually transform the way consumers move themselves beginning on the islands – those urban areas where population density, available technology, and the regulatory environment speed autonomous adoption. Consumers moving themselves, however, is only half the story of what autonomy transforms. This year, we want to explore autonomous use cases around the movement of goods.

It has become increasingly clear that true full autonomous driving (Level 5) of consumers has entered the “trough of disillusionment,” suggesting that it will be a number of years before there is both widespread availability and widespread acceptance of the technology. However, the autonomous transportation of goods will potentially create new business opportunities even as the movement of people gets delayed. One such use case is consumers moving goods to themselves using autonomous delivery. This powerful change in consumer behavior will lead to explosive new demand for autonomous delivery vehicles, specialized for different kinds of delivery, as well as new service businesses and new infrastructure.

Join us as Gary Silberg, Partner and Head of Automotive at KPMG, gives a short Keynote presentation on Autonomous Delivery followed by a robust Keynote Panel in which our group of Industry Experts discuss the business opportunities that are most likely to arise as autonomous driving technology moves the trough of disillusionment on its path to widespread adoption.


Our Distinguished Panel


Adam Laponis

Former VP Finance, WW FP&A & Business Operations

Adam Laponis is a finance executive with 20 years of experience across healthcare and technology companies. Most recently Adam was the VP of WW FP&A and Business Operations at Tesla where he helped guide the organization though the Model 3 launch. Prior to Tesla, Adam was the VP of Finance and WW CFO for Cordis, leading the divestiture from Johnson & Johnson and the integration into Cardinal Health. Prior to Cordis, Adam supported multiple J&J companies in Finance & Accounting.

Adam has an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Ben Landen

Director of Product

Ben is DeepScale’s Director of Product. DeepScale develops perception software for assisted/autonomous driving and specializes in efficient deployment of accurate deep neural networks.

Ben’s career has been dedicated to automotive technology. He joined Maxim Integrated during the early stages of the company’s automotive business expansion. He held P&L responsibility for a variety of infotainment and ADAS semiconductors, which are deployed in millions of vehicles all over the world.

Ben holds a BSEE from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas.


Adrian Koh, Ph.D.

Sr. Director, Automotive Business Development
Alpha and Omega Semiconductors

Adrian Koh leads the Automotive Business Development at Alpha and Omega Semiconductors focusing on the electrification of vehicle. Adrian has 18 years of experience in the automotive electronics industry.

Prior to joining AOS, Adrian was Director of Automotive Business Development at NXP where he started up & head the NXP Automotive office in the Silicon Valley in 2014 engaging innovation in the autonomous vehicle, smart cities & smart transportation technology.

Adrian was born and raised in Singapore. He has both received his higher educations & worked in the UK, Germany & US. Adrian hold a Ph.D. from University of Wales on Silicon Carbide for power devices and an executive MBA from Kellogg-WHU.


Bibhrajit Halder, Ph.D.

CEO & Founder
SafeAI, Inc.

Bibhrajit Halder, Ph.D., CEO and founder of SafeAI Inc. is building autonomous platform for heavy equipment.
He is an industry expert for self-driving vehicle, autonomous robotics, AI and Deep Learning. He has been working on autonomous robotics for over 15 years. Bibhrajit completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and has an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ohio University. During his Ph.D., he worked on fault detection and isolation and a supervisory control architecture that allows autonomous robots to identify failures and take safe action.

Bibhrajit joined Caterpillar and worked on Autonomous Mining Truck for 7 years, which is one of the first commercially available fully autonomous trucks in the world. After Caterpillar he joined Ford and built a team to develop self-driving algorithms, then later worked at a start-up, Faraday Future, where he led a team to develop self-driving software for next generation smart cars. Later he worked at Apple as Sr. Architect and led the effort of software and hardware architecture for autonomous vehicles.

Bibhrajit has published 1 book on autonomous robotics, over 15 journal papers, and filed more than 40 patent applications.


Evangelos Simoudis, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Synapse Partners

Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in data-driven AI, new mobility, digital platforms, and corporate innovation. He is the author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future.

Evangelos is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing data-driven AI enterprise applications. During his long investment career, he has also served as a managing director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners.

Prior to his investing and advisory work, Evangelos had more than 20 years experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering. He was the CEO of two startups.

Evangelos is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the Advisory Board of DOT’s Center for Smart Mobility, the advisory board of Center for Urban Science and Progress, and the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Gary Silberg

Partner – Nat’l Auto. Industry Leader

Gary Silberg is the KPMG LLP’s National Industry Lead Partner for the Automotive, as well as the Global Lead Partner for Ford Motor Company. With 25+ years of business experience, including over 15 years in the automotive industry, he advises numerous domestic and multinational companies in areas of strategy and mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. His specific focus includes helping clients identify and evaluate investment and growth strategies from technology start-ups to large scale, multibillion dollar investments. In addition, for the past six years, he has focused on the intersection of technology and the automotive industry with groundbreaking research on self-driving cars, connectivity and mobility-on-demand services. He has written extensively about the auto industry

Gary has served as a keynote speaker at industry and corporate events such as: The U.S. Dept. of Energy including four of the US National Labs, the Hyundai Executive Summit in Korea (top 300 Hyundai executives); the Toyota Leadership Conference in Japan (top 200 Toyota execs), the NVIDIA GPU2017 conference, the OESA Annual Conference, Goldman Sachs Car 2025 conference, the SAE annual conference, AutoTech Council, CERES High performance Computing Conference at the University of Chicago, South Carolina Automotive Summit, and the Kentucky Automotive Summit.