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2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 to Friday, 17 November 2017 from 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia



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Organisation: Peloton

Position: Director of Advanced Development

Shad Laws is the Director of Advanced Development at Peloton Technology. In this role, he leads Peloton's government research projects as well as their developments toward increased automation. Prior to this role he was the Autonomous Driving Lead at Renault in Silicon Valley, where he led Renault’s autonomous driving efforts in California, collaborating with academic labs, working with startups, and piloting their prototype vehicles.

He has a background in engineering, design, startups, and software development. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University researching vehicle dynamics and control. For this work, he developed both theoretical simulations and full-scale prototypes, which he continued at LIVIC in France after graduation. Before this, he received a MS from Stanford University and a BS from Northwestern University, both in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on design. In his spare time, his hobbies transform him into an avid gearhead, an open-source coder, a jazz musician, a seasoned traveler, and a storied photographer.

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Organisation: RDM Group

Position: Director, Connected and Autonomous Mobility Programmes

After completing a PhD on the feasibility of autonomous navigation in 2009, Richard worked as a Research Associate at Newcastle University developing V2V and V2I technologies and improving access to transport for vulnerable and elderly passengers through technology.

In 2011, Richard moved to industry, where he worked to set up and manage an automotive telematics division at RDM Group in Coventry. Where, amongst other projects, he delivered a bespoke telematics software package reporting movements of 1,200 vehicles at a huge international sporting event in London during the summer of 2012.

Richard left RDM in 2013 to take a position of Engineering Director at AVID Technology Group in Newcastle, winning several awards and was responsible for developing and supplying advanced electrification solutions into heavy-duty vehicles across the world.

Having returned to RDM in early 2017, Richard has taken up the challenge of developing connected mobility solutions utilising autonomous vehicles to improve transport choices and accessibility for all travellers.


Organisation: RACWA

Position: General Manager, Public Policy

Anne is General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team where she leads the formulation of RAC policy papers and demonstration projects relating to congestion management, transport planning, road safety, vehicles and transport affordability.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience, having led the delivery of transport projects in Australia, Dubai, the UK and New Zealand.

Her role at the RAC is to work with partners to help deliver RAC's Mobility Agenda of safe, accessible and sustainable transport. Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management and a member of the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, the Western Australian Bike Network Plan Implementation Reference Group and the Australian Automobile Association’s Public Policy Forum.

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Organisation: Local Motors

Position: Vice President of Product Management

Hugh Palmer is the vice president of product management at Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles. This disruptive company is redefining vehicle development by utilizing advanced micro-manufacturing techniques and large-scale 3D printing, which accelerates the development and commercialization process of smart vehicle technology.

Hugh Palmer is an award winning product development executive with 18 years of manufacturing experience in high-tech and automotive, six years of which he lived and worked in China. Hugh is a thought leader in the use of direct digital manufacturing and large-scale 3D printing, as it pertains to the growing need for purpose-built smart mobility solutions. He leads the charge in developing a growing portfolio of vehicles that are market-driven, technology-enabled and adaptable to the needs of the local community.

Hugh and his team are rethinking the future of transportation with products such as Olli, an electric self-driving shuttle that offers cities and communities around the world a solution to the first/last mile problem with transportation.

Hugh received his engineering degree from Brigham Young University and holds a master’s in business administration from Thunderbird University. Hugh has a strong track record for successfully bringing innovative products to market and recently won R&D Magazine’s "Best Products of the Year” award.

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Organisation: Telstra

Position: Director Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Mark Chapman is a Telecoms executive with 20 years’ experience in network engineering, digital media, marketing and business development and has a strong track record of growing businesses against disruptive backdrops. He currently heads Telstra’s Enterprise Mobility Business that incorporates and serves Australia’s corporate customers (in excess of 2.6m services). Mark leads the strategy and future direction for IoT across Telstra. His team have won the Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific M2M Service Provider of the Year in 2014, 2016 & 2017.

Prior to joining Telstra, Mark spent 6 years at Ericsson training customers across AsiaPac in network operations and management. He holds a Dual Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. In his spare time Mark draws inspiration from his self-built tranquil marine aquarium, home to over 50 species of exotic fish.


Organisation: Uniti

Position: Chairman

Michael Molitor is the Chairman of Uniti —a new company designing and assembling autonomous electric vehicles in Sweden and Australia. He is interested in the transition to a circular economy, disruptive innovation, and improving overall resource productivity. He completed a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a PhD from Cambridge University, a joint MSc between the London School of Economics and Imperial College and a BA from the University of Michigan.

He has held academic appointments at the University of California, Columbia University, and part time positions at Stanford University and SciencesPo. He spent 20 years in the private sector as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and as a senior advisor at BP, McKinsey and the OECD.