Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications Conference

January 28-29, 2019
Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA

ION’s Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference. Featuring well-recognized experts and leaders from government, industry and academia.

General Chair: Prof. Zak Kassas, University of California, Irvine
Technical Program Chair: Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology

The CASSCA 2019 Conference will explore the current state of the art in autonomous vehicles development, from the often disparate perspectives of government, industry and academic institutions. Plenary speakers, representing the wide variety of interests and perspectives on autonomous vehicles, will kick off the conference with insight into what these vehicles are capable of, and what interesting concepts are now within reach. Conference discussions will investigate the unique challenges and difficulties associated with addressing the needs of safety-critical applications in the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Crucial perspectives and important concerns from the trust, policy and ethics communities on the development and deployment of these vehicles will be heard. Technical success alone cannot secure widespread adoption and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Successful solutions will emerge from the combined efforts of scientists, engineers, and policy-makers.

SESSIONS

CASSCA 2019 will be composed of the sessions below. Each session will be composed of 4-6 presentations and a Q&A panel. Speakers are by invitation only. The schedule will be continuously updated to reflect confirmed speakers.

Plenary and Q&A Panel

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, National Science Foundation
Dr. Joseph Lyons, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Randy Beard, Brigham Young University
Dr. Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington
Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, The Ohio State University

Aerial Vehicle Autonomy 1

Session Chair:
Dr. Randy Beard, Brigham Young University

A wide perspective of the current state of the art in autonomous aerial vehicles. Speakers will explore development and challenges for everything from small delivery-style drones to full-scale electric flight. Development of autonomous air vehicles has been ongoing for quite some time, but has become more pressing recently, after regulation changes have let in a little room for commercial enterprises.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. David Casbeer, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Ella Atkins, University of Michigan
Dr. Derek Paley, University of Maryland
Dr. Mazen Farhood, Virginia Tech
Dr. Raj Sharma, University of Cincinnati

Aerial Vehicle Autonomy 2

Session Chair:
Dr. Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington

A wide perspective of the current state of the art in autonomous aerial vehicles. Speakers will explore development and challenges for everything from small delivery-style drones to full-scale electric flight. Development of autonomous air vehicles has been ongoing for quite some time, but has become more pressing recently, after regulation changes have let in a little room for commercial enterprises.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Richard Scott Erwin, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Jason Gross, West Virginia University
Dr. John Raquet, Air Force Institute of Technology

Ethics and Policy

How do you regulate an autonomous vehicle such that it is safe for users, bystanders, and fellow travelers and simultaneously, allow the requisite flexibility to be able to mature the technology? This session will address some of the key societal, political and psychological challenges associated with the ethics and policy of autonomous systems, including their development, use and wide-scale deployment. A wide variety of authorities, policy-makers and legal experts will provide unique and essential insight to these unique problems pertaining to autonomous vehicles.

Confirmed speakers:
Mark Fagan, Harvard Kennedy School
Elizabeth Dietzmann, Independent Consultant/Attorney in Aviation and UAVs
Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, The Ohio State University
Stephen Goose, Human Rights Watch/Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Ground Vehicle Autonomy

Session Chair:
Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, The Ohio State University

Autonomous cars have been at the forefront of our national conversation with discussions about the performance and capabilities of the different developers, questions regarding appropriate policy and regulations, and tragic events resulting in lost lives. The issues, much broader than just technical, clearly still need to be addressed. This session will discuss a wide-array of topics and challenges associated with the development of autonomous ground vehicles that are prepared for safety-critical applications.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Junmin Wang, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Brett Piekarski , US ARMY Army Research Lab RDECOM
Dr. Arda Kurt, TuSimple

Human-Machine Symbiosis

Session Chair:
Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, National Science Foundation

The relationship between people and autonomous vehicles goes beyond trust. The usability, interaction, and understanding that needs to exist is currently being studied. Current state-of-the-art concepts, algorithms, and approaches regarding how we utilize and interact with autonomous systems will be presented.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Signe Redfield, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Meeko Oishi, University of New Mexico
Dr. Stephanie Gil, Arizona State University
Dr. Benjamin Seibold, Temple University
Dr. Brett Borghetti, Air Force Institute of Technology

Trust in Autonomous Vehicles

Session Chair:
Dr. Joseph Lyons, Air Force Research Laboratory

A key issue with the widespread adoption of any autonomous technology is trust. How do users, by-standers, and fellow travelers know that they can trust an autonomous vehicle to behave in a predictable, logical manner? This session addresses the key technological and psychological challenges associated with the broader questions of widespread adoptions of autonomous systems.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Missy Cummings, Duke University
Dr. Ewart de Visser, George Mason University
Dr. Alan Wagner, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Kristin Schaefer, US Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Benjamin Knott, Office of Naval Research

 

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