IEEE Future Networks World Forum
13–15 November 2023 // Baltimore, MD, USA
Imagining the Network of the Future

Automotive Panel: Future of Intelligent Vehicles

Date and Time

Monday, 13 November 2023 // 11:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 15:30, and 16:00 - 17:30 // EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST)


  • Meng Lu, Aeolix ITS, The Netherlands
  • Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum/Univ. of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Shashank Gaur, TTTech Auto


Session Part I: 11:00 - 12:30 EST

  • 11:00 - 11:05 Openging & Introduction, by Meng Lu (IEEE ITSS)
  • 11:05 - 11:40 Software Defined Vehicles - the Next Generation of Cars is Emerging - Empowered by Connectivity, by Florian Rohde (iProcess, USA)
  • 11:40 - 12:05 Technology Roadmap: Evolution of In-Vehicle Communication enabled by Ethernet, by Dr. Shashank Gaur (TTTech Auto, USA)
  • 12:05 - 12:30 3GPP Standardization: Impacting Release 19 and beyond, by Hans van der Veen (NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany)


12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break 

Session Part II: 14:00 - 15:30 EST

  • 14:00 - 14:10 Introduction, by Prof. Latif Ladid (University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg), Meng Lu (IEEE ITSS)
  • 14:10 - 14:35 Machine Learning Enabled Cooperative Perception for Connected and Automated Vehicles, by Dr. Yang, Qing (University of North Texas, TX, USA)
  • 14:35 - 15:00 Bringing Teleoperation to the Transport & Logistics Domain: A 5G connectivity and Techno-Economical Perspective, by Prof. Johann M. Marquez-Barja (IDlab, imec-University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 15:00 - 15:25 Enabling Beyond 5G and 6G Trials with Evolving Experimental Infrastructures, by Jarno Pinola (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)


15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

Session Part III: 16:00 - 17:30 EST

  • 16:00 - 16:10 Introduction, Shashank Gaur (TTTech Auto, USA), Meng Lu (IEEE ITSS)
  • 16:10 - 16:35 Co-Operative Driving Networks and Applications, by Divya Garikapati (Systems and Safety Expert, Automated Vehicles)
  • 16:35 - 17:20 Panel discussion. Florian Rohde (iProcess, USA), Dr. Shashank Gaur (TTTech Auto, USA), Hans van der Veen (NEC Europe, Germany), Dr. Yang, Qing (University of North Texas, TX, USA), Prof. Johann M. Marquez-Barja (IDlab, imec-University of Antwerp, Belgium), Jarno Pinola (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
  • 17:20 - 17:30 Closing & Remarks, by Shashank Gaur, Latif Ladid, Meng Lu


Invited Speakers and Panelists

  • Florian Rohde, Ex-Tesla, iProcess, USA, Software Defined Vehicles - the Next Generation of Cars is Emerging - Empowered by Connectivity
  • Divya Garikapati, Co-Operative Driving Networks and Applications
  • Shashank Gaur, TTTech Auto, Technology Roadmap: Evolution of In-Vehicle Communication Enabled by Ethernet
  • Qing Yang, University of North Texas, TX, USA, Machine Learning Enabled Cooperative Perception for Connected and Automated Vehicles 
  • Johann M. Marquez-Barja, Professor, IDlab, imec-University of Antwerp, Bringing teleoperation to the Transport & Logistics Domain: A 5G Connectivity and Techno-economical Perspective
  • Hans van der Veen, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany, 3GPP Standardization: Impacting Release 19 and beyond
  • Jarno Pinola, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Enabling Beyond 5G and 6G Trials With Evolving Experimental Infrastructures


Short Bio of Organizers/Moderators/Invited Speakers/Panelists

Meng Lu, Strategic Innovation Manager at SWARCO PEEK, The Netherlands; Expert / Head of Delegation (The Netherlands), ISO/TC 204 - Intelligent transport systems; Executive Committee Member / VP Standards Activities, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society; Steering Committee Member, IEEE Future Networks Technical Committee; Corresponding Member, IEEE TAB (Technical Activities Board) Committee on Standards; Senior Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. In 2011-2015 Programme Manager at Dutch Institute of Advanced Logistics, The Netherlands; In 2009-2010 Visiting Professor at the National Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, P.R. China. Since 2002 active in the areas of ICT for transport and logistics. Participation in European initiatives and R&D projects since 2005, as Coordinator, WP Leader and/or Partner. Education: PhD at LTH (Faculty of Engineering), Lund University, Sweden; Master's title and degree of Engineering in The Netherlands and P.R. China.


Latif Ladid is the Founder and current President of the IPv6 Forum, and Board member of 3GPP since 1999. He is also the chairman of the 5G World Alliance, Chairman of following technical Committees: IEEE COMSOC IoT subCommittee, IEEE COMSOC 5G subCommit, and ETSI IPv6 ISG (including 5G). He is Co-Chair of IEEE COMSOC SDN-NFV subCommittee. Latif Ladid is a member of the UN Strategy Council, a Member of the present EU Future Internet Forum, representing the Luxembourg Government. He sits on the IPv6 Ready Logo Program Board. He is Program Coordinator at the University of Luxembourg, contributing to several EC funded projects on next Generation technologies. Mr. Ladid brings the Consortium extensive skills regarding IPv6 state-of-the-art insight and field deployment experience, notably the creation of the IPv6 Forum based in Luxembourg and the initiation of strategic IST research projects focused on the exploitation of IPv6 that add substantial value to the European industry at large.


Shashank Gaur (Ph.D., M.S., B.E.) is currently Manager of Pre-Sales in Systems Engineering Department at TTTech Auto, the Austrian technology company providing safe software and hardware platforms for automated driving. Shashank and his team are responsible for understanding customer problems early on and finding solutions using the product portfolio of TTTech Auto. In past roles, Shashank actively contributed to topics such as Communications and Scheduling in various domains including automotive. Shashank was an active contributor to the Real-Time Systems Community at multiple conferences such as ICC, GLOBECOM, RTSS, RTAS, IPSN, ECRTS, WFCS, etc. In addition, Shashank has been an active IEEE volunteer since 2007.


Florian Rohde worked for several years at Siemens and Continental managing the validation of the first generation electric power steering systems. From 2012 to 2018 he implemented a continuous validation concept at Tesla in his role as senior manager of vehicle firmware validation. The solutions allowed Tesla to launch vehicle software packages within 24 hours from code change to over the air customer deployment. The test coverage includes all static vehicle functionality, UI/UX, chassis and powertrain as well as autopilot, and runs in an end to end automation environment. After Tesla, Florian served as director of system integration and validation at NIO wherein he built up technology that allows integration and validation to be fully automated and continuous during the development of new products and features. Florian joined iProcess as a Consultant in 2019, with a main focus on helping to integrate complex and safety relevant mechatronic systems, as well as evolving software over time into cutting edge products.


Divya Garikapati is a seasoned professional in the Automotive industry with more than ten years of expertise in Automated Vehicles. Her focus on enhancing Systems and Safety Engineering methods has significantly improved efficiency in Embedded Software development. Actively involved in standardization discussions with IEEE and SAE, Divya contributes insights on software-defined and connected vehicles, AI/ML, and parallel autonomy systems. She holds certifications as a Cisco certified network associate and is TUV SUD Functional Safety and SOTIF Certified. She leads the mentorship program at "Women in Autonomy". Divya completed her master's in electrical engineering with a focus on communications, controls and networking from the University of Michigan. Her academic experience includes research assistant roles at e.g. University of Michigan, New York University and TV Broadcasting station.


Qing Yang is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Auburn University, Alabama, USA. He is the Co-Director of eCAT (Electric, Connected and Autonomous Technologies for Mobility) center that is recently funded by U.S. National Science Foundation's Industry-University Research Partnerships (IUCRC) program. He works on connected and automated vehicle technology, with research interests focused on cooperative perception. His research was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Arm Research Lab, Toyota InfoTech Inc., and Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc. He is currently serving as an area chair for IEEE Internet of Things, on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transaction on Multimedia, and Elsevier Vehicular Communications.


Marquez-Barja is a distinguished academic and researcher, currently holding a dual role as a Professor at the University of Antwerp and IMEC, Belgium. He leads the Flexible & Programmable Networks Group at IDLab/imec Antwerp, where he has played a pivotal role in advancing wireless technology and communication networks. Throughout his career, Prof. Marquez-Barja has been deeply involved in numerous European research projects. His research interests encompass cutting-edge areas like 5G advanced architectures, edge computing, and IoT communications. He is also deeply committed to connected mobility development and is leading the Citylab Smart City testbed and SmartHighway in Antwerp, Belgium. He has delivered keynote speeches at major events, received numerous awards throughout his career, and authored over 250 publications.


Hans van der Veen graduated cum laude in Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) in 1992. His involvement in 3GPP standardization started while at Ericsson in 1999. After 3-year stints as Secretary of 3GPP TSG RAN plenary and 3GPP TSG RAN WG2 at ETSI headquarters (Sophia Antipolis, France), Hans became 3GPP plenary delegate for NEC in 2002 (Germany). Starting with the June 1999 meetings, he has been an active participant in all 3GPP TSG RAN plenary meetings and many SA plenary meetings, and has also attended 3GPP Working Groups, various ETSI groups (e.g. MSG, DECT, ITS, M2M, PDL), NGMN, BBF, etc. Since 2015, he has been rapporteur on 3GPP plenaries in the 5G/6G-IA Pre-Standardization WG and supported a number of EU projects, including most recently the BeGREEN project.


Jarno Pinola works as a Senior Scientist in the 5G and Beyond Networks research team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He has contributed to numerous national and international R&D projects, which have studied, developed, and tested commercial communication technologies ranging from 3G UMTS and 4G LTE to WiMAX and WLAN. His current research interests include programmable network architectures, performance evaluation, and testing of wireless communication technologies in the 5G and 6G context. During the past few years, Jarno has contributed to the European large-scale 5G trials with verticals through the 5G IA Trials Working Group and Finnish national 5G trialing ecosystem as well as through the Horizon 2020 5G-HEART and Horizon Europe 6G-XR projects.



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