Conference Programme



Day 1: Wednesday 13 February

NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast!
08:15 - 08:55

Europasaal Opening Session

Moderator

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

09:00

ASI's state-of-the-art technology for driverless industrial vehicles

Mel Torrie
Founder and CEO
Autonomous Solutions Inc
USA
Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) has robotic vehicles operating around the world in markets like mining, agriculture, automotive and material handling. Technology developments like ASI’s multi-vehicle command and control software give a single operator control over a fleet of vehicles. However, ASI’s driverless technology wouldn’t be possible without continued work in localisation for increased accuracy indoors/outdoors and environmental awareness for obstacle detection/avoidance. ASI engineers have succeeded along the way to make the technology smarter and more aware of surroundings. Learn how ASI’s cutting edge driverless ground vehicle technology is changing the commercial industry.

09:30

Challenges and opportunities for automation in agriculture

Brett McClelland
Autonomous vehicles product owner
CNH Industrial
USA
The presentation will offer an overview of the headline challenges facing the agricultural industry related to autonomy compared with the vast opportunity to solve new problems with the technology. This will include updates on insights learned from the CNH Industrial autonomous vehicle pilot programmes, where we are pioneering new technologies while learning alongside customers in the field.

10:00

Resilient software architectures for autonomous systems

Dominique Seydel
Research engineer
Fraunhofer ESK
GERMANY
AI-based solutions are a suitable approach to cope with the complexity of autonomous driving tasks. However, decisions taken by AI are not reliable, as their decision-making process cannot be validated. AI-based solutions therefore require fundamentally different approaches to guarantee the dependability of the system in every driving situation and its failsafe behaviour. Therefore, resilient software architecture solutions give the AI adequate freedom to play out its strengths and intervene when the data determined by AI could lead to unsafe decisions. This presentation will give an insight into different approaches for resilient software architectures used for dependable autonomous systems.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00

Electric Site: autonomy for a complete site solution

Uwe Müller
Chief project manager - advanced engineering
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Uwe Müller was the chief project manager for the groundbreaking Electric Site study carried out in a quarry with a fleet of autonomous and electric machines, resulting in a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, 70% reduction in energy costs and 40% reduction in operator costs. The project involved developing new machines and site management systems, forming a complete site solution with connected machines programmed to collaborate to carry out a specific set of actions on a pre-defined route. A specialist in autonomous technologies, Uwe will also share other pioneering development at Volvo CE to help customers improve efficiency, safety and costs.

11:30

A guide for building off-highway autonomous machines

Dr Elza Marisa Paiva de Figueiredo
Autonomous system manager for Europe
Danfoss Power Solutions
DENMARK
There are several technical considerations to keep in mind when designing an off-highway autonomous machine. This presentation will cover some practical applications of the various technologies encountered when building an autonomous machine, and focus on the environments where they are best suited. A few helpful tools will also be highlighted to help accelerate your development efforts as you embark on your journey to build safer, more intelligent machines.

12:00

Limited-environment autonomous driving

Farhad Bolourchi
Manager - ADAS and controls
Nexteer Automotive
USA
In this presentation, we will discuss an indoor autonomous robot project we have been working on, including the system architecture, perception, planning and control, with an emphasis on the importance of improving performance through a position control actuator. Nexteer Automotive is a leading Tier 1 supplier of automotive steering systems. The firm has provided dual redundant electric power steering (EPS) systems with command tracking software to many leading autonomous vehicle startups and major OEMs. We will discuss the importance of dual redundant EPS for functional safety.

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch

Moderator

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

13:45

Hardware and software platforms for autonomous operations – challenges and opportunities

Roberto Ferrari
Director services and operations off-highway
TTControl GmbH
AUSTRIA
The rising demand from mobile machinery manufacturers for autonomous operations is linked to new challenges, but also to new opportunities for hardware and software suppliers. In addition to the need for higher CPU performance and storage capacity to handle the data flow, higher safety, new processes and tools are required to fulfil the increasing demand. The future collaboration between the operator and the machine itself will be redefined. Still, we need to be aware that this approach requires a strict separation of autonomous and manual mode, even though the responsibilities of the operator will change in the future as well.

14:15

Enabling autonomous electrohydraulic control of pilot-operated off-highway machines

Ben Holter
Systems engineering development manager
Husco
USA
Simon Yardley
Director of strategic business development
Husco
USA
This case study details the project conducted at Husco to enable electrohydraulic control of a standard pilot-operated 21 tonne excavator. The study details the challenges in interrupting the operator signal to provide precise digital control of the excavator. Utilising the installed control system, Husco was able to test and validate autonomous and augmented functions on the machine. The presentation will detail the controller, sensors, hardware and software that were packaged into the machine, and the future direction of the project.

14:45

The future of edge security for autonomous transportation

Christopher Autry
Chief executive officer
Iothic Ltd
UK
As the means to authenticate internet trust, the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, developed the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as a robust security model. PKI is now the single most dominant security protocol used for authentication, but it is mathematically complex, CPU intensive and not designed for a decentralised IOT environment. IoT is the foundation of the automated future, but its serious impediments remain security and interoperability. The presentation will introduce academic research and development and industrial application that have produced an achievable model of security and interoperability, specifically for autonomous transportation, smart cities, critical infrastructure and Industry 4.0.

15:15 - 15:45

Break

15:45 - 16:30

Panel Discussion - What are the technical, legal and human factors that will delay the implementation of autonomous industry vehicles and how do we overcome them?

Panel Moderator:

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

Panelists:

Mel Torrie
Founder and CEO
Autonomous Solutions Inc
USA
Uwe Müller
Chief project manager - advanced engineering
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Christopher Autry
Chief executive officer
Iothic Ltd
UK

Drinks Party - held in IVT Expo hall 11.1

Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change

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