Event Overview

Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:15 a.m.)
Location: Engineering 7, University of Waterloo

Agenda Outline for 2018:

7:15 a.m. Exhibitor setup
8:15 a.m. Registration – Exhibits open, Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks/ Defining AutoTech
9:15 a.m.  Opening Keynote: Nikolas Badminton

Vehicles are hot news these days; from self-driving to electric vehicles that upgrade automatically without recall, from the Internet of Cars to the challenges of changing city infrastructures, we are seeing innovation disrupt one of the world’s stalwart industries. Nik’s keynote presentation will offer some refreshing opinions and kick-start AutoTech’s opening discussion on where we’re headed (no pun intended!)

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9:50 a.m. Navigating AutoTech in Ontario
10:00 a.m. Break –Exhibits open
10:40 a.m. Morning Panel Sessions (concurrent)
      Panel A: Connectivity through ADAS - E7 5353

Moderator: Colin Dhillon, APMA

Panelist: Andrey Golubinskiy, Apostera

Panelist: Todd Schneider, Dejero

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Vehicle connectivity is advancing rapidly on many fronts; vehicle to infrastructure (V2I), to other vehicles (V2V) and to the cloud (V2C).  Simultaneously, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are becoming ever more functional with the ability to enhance vehicle connectivity. The ‘Connectivity through ADAS’ panel will assess where vehicle connectivity is, where it is going and how ADAS can play a role alongside Bluetooth, DSRC and 4/5G.

      Panel B: Driver Health Monitoring - E7 5343

Moderator: Elliot Fung, Waterloo Wellington LHIN

Panelist: Alex Wong, University of Waterloo

Panelist: Joel Adams, Erwin Hymer Group NA

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Technology that monitors the alertness of drivers has significantly evolved, with today’s sensors doing much more as they can observe driver health in-vehicle. Capabilities range from observing glucose levels to reporting heart rates and determining blood-alcohol levels. The ‘Driver Health Monitoring’ panel will look at the future of this emerging driver safety segment and integration prospects with devices outside the vehicle.

11:25 a.m. APMAtec
11:40 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Opening
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Panel Sessions (concurrent)
     Panel C: AI: Powering Mobility - E7 5353

Moderator: Jon Walgate, University of Waterloo

Panelist: Charles Hooper, Element AI

Panelist: Sheldon Fernandez, Darwin AI

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) reaches beyond autonomous driving, with potential across the mobility sector. Increased computing capacity; on-board vehicles, on smartphones and through the Internet of Things (IoT) offer near-term opportunities to deploy AI in the form of operational machine learning. The ‘AI: Powering Mobility’ panel will discuss the prospects; in our cars, on our devices, among fleets and within Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS).

     Panel D: Disruption through Innovation - E7 5343

Moderator: Petrina Gentile, The Globe and mail

Panelist: Valerie Zelko-Byrd, Calsonic

Panelist: Greta Cutulenco, Acerta

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As technological convergence rapidly continues onboard vehicles, innovation can lead to the creation of new companies, disrupting the market. AutoTech innovation is also deployed across existing organizations, disrupting processes and structures internally. Learn through real-world examples how to identify and succeed with disruptive innovation

2:00 p.m. Regional Tech update #3
2:15 p.m. Break – Exhibits open
2:35 p.m. Closing Keynote: Arianne Walker, Head Evangelist, Alexa Auto, Amazon
AutoTech’s final talk with be presented by Arianne Walker of Amazon. As the Head Evangelist for Alexa Auto at Amazon, Arianne focuses on educating those within the automotive and device manufacturing industries about voice.

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3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Reception – Exhibits open
Lab Tours


The newly opened RoboHub (September 2018), a two-storey glass cube, is a state-of-the-art robotics research and demonstration facility. The RoboHub enables innovative research across multiple teams with its unique fleet of humanoid, aerial (UAVs), terrestrial (AVs) and magnetic-levitation (maglev) robots. 

IDEAs Clinic

Early experiential education is what makes Waterloo Engineering unique. The newly opened Engineering IDEAs Clinic (September 2018) creates a hands-on journey through increasingly complex activities and workshops where students learn about real-world engineering applications.

GAIA - Green and Intelligent Automotive

Next generation electric and hybrid vehicle development is the focus of GAIA’s leading research infrastructure. Anchored with a full chassis vehicle dynamometer, GAIA also advances vehicle dynamics (vehicle measurement system), energy storage (battery cyclers, AC/DC converter) and emissions reduction (motor, engine and transmission dynamometers).

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3:55 p.m.         – Tour Group A
4:15 p.m.         – Tour Group B
4:30 p.m. Reception concludes – Exhibits close
4:45 p.m. Lab tours conclude


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