Autonomous Cars Will Make Us Better Humans
Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Self-driving cars, and the artificial intelligence that powers them could all have the same seismic impact on society that networking PCs did on computing and communication. Hear from automotive, design, energy and technology experts as they discuss the pros, hazards, ethics and inevitabilities related to autonomous fleets, talk solutions that will enable people and machine-driven cars to co-exist and preview mind-blowing new technologies we'll use to maneuver and live in urban settings in faster, safer, cheaper and greener ways.
Partner/Exec Design Dir
As a Partner at IDEO, Danny serves as an Executive Design Director. With a background in fine art, visual communications and product design, Danny was drawn to the field of interaction design throu...Show the rest
As a Partner at IDEO, Danny serves as an Executive Design Director. With a background in fine art, visual communications and product design, Danny was drawn to the field of interaction design through his interests in visual design and time-based media. He loves working with interdisciplinary teams to shape how we interact with products and services and strives to make the world a better place through focusing on design excellence.
Danny’s deep grounding in interaction design at IDEO has richly intersected IDEO’s transportation and mobility work. Working with many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, Danny has helped shaped a variety of innovative Human-Machine Interface touch points for vehicles. Projects include designing for vehicle-to-vehicle interactions, climate and ambience control, vehicle access approaches, gestural interactions, active heads up displays, personal media and device integration as well as wider ranging ownership, training and telematics programs. Many of these engagements have been focused on enhancing safety and positively impacting our ecosystem at large.
Prior to joining IDEO, Danny taught interactive media courses in higher education and consulted as an interaction designer. Today he continues to mentor and learn from other design colleagues by working directly with them across a range of content areas. Danny also remains active in higher education through serving on several design school boards and by lecturing and teaching design modules.
Danny’s award-winning work and perspective have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, WIRED, BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, the Webby Awards, the IDEA Awards, and has resulted in various patent awards. He has spoken internationally about interaction design and design thinking.
Specialties: Interaction design, transportation design, design thinking, innovation, medical product design, telecommunications product design, website design, vehicle telematics.Hide the rest
J Christian Gerdes
Chief Innovation Officer
US Department of Transportation
Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford. His la...Show the rest
Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford. His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves. When not teaching on campus, he can often be found at the racetrack with students, instrumenting historic race cars or trying out their latest prototypes for the future. Vehicles in the lab include X1, an entirely student-built test vehicle, and Shelley, an Audi TT-S capable of turning a competitive lap time around the track without a human driver. Professor Gerdes and his team have been recognized with a number of awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Ralph Teetor award from SAE International and the Rudolf Kalman Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.Hide the rest
Icebreaker Ventures/BMW i-Ventures
Mark is Senior Advisor with the BMW i-Ventures fund, Managing Director of Icebreaker Ventures and a Partner with Birchmere Ventures. Prior, he was a serial CEO and a partner at Trident Capital and...Show the rest
Mark is Senior Advisor with the BMW i-Ventures fund, Managing Director of Icebreaker Ventures and a Partner with Birchmere Ventures. Prior, he was a serial CEO and a partner at Trident Capital and VantagePoint. Mark's focus is on battery technology, electric vehicles and how autonomous mobility will change everything about transportation, life, and cities.
Mark is co-founder of Amprius, a Lithium-ion battery company spun out of Stanford. He was an early investor in Tesla. He has served as CEO or on the Boards of numerous companies, including: ELO, the Raychem subsidiary that pioneered the touchscreen; Synxis, acquired by Sabre; Everdream (Dell); Idetek (Idexx); Zing (Sony); and Ancore (Rapiscan). Mark earned a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan and his MBA from Stanford University. As a Lieutenant in the Navy, Mark was on Admiral Rickover's nuclear submarine engineering staff.Hide the rest
Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of NAUTO, the Palo Alto-based smart car and urban mobility company. NAUTO’s proprietary, computer vision-enhanced system is an affordable way to upgrade any c...Show the rest
Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of NAUTO, the Palo Alto-based smart car and urban mobility company. NAUTO’s proprietary, computer vision-enhanced system is an affordable way to upgrade any car to get network and safety features previously only available in high-end luxury cars. Dr. Heck is also Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, teaching courses and conducting research on innovation, energy, and resource economics. He directs the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC) a new program applying the talent of the Stanford community and Silicon Valley to develop and deploy novel solutions to the world’s most vexing energy problems. Through specially-designed year-long curricula, students, faculty, industry practitioners, and policy-makers work together to design and launch innovative projects that can be scaled and replicated.
Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice.
Stefan is on the Innovation Advisory Board of United Technologies, the board of the Biomimicry Institute, the advisory boards of New World Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford and has published a book Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century.
He is a sought-after speaker and has recently appeared at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Re/Code Mobile, The VERGE/Green Business conference and more to discuss topics ranging from clean tech and enegy to the future of transportation and urban mobility. His views and ideas often appear in news media, including in The New York Times, Engadget, Green Business Report and more.
Stefan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research focused on deep learning.