Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications Workshop

ION’s Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications Workshop (CASSCA).

Featuring well-recognized experts and leaders from government, industry and academia.

The workshop will discuss the opportunities and challenges (technical, commercial, ethical, and legal) associated with developing fully autonomous systems that are cognizant and trustworthy for safety critical applications.

Monday, January 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA

Sponsored by the Institute of Navigation, the workshop is free to attend.

Organizer: Prof. Zak Kassas, University of California, Riverside

Workshop Program





8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Zak Kassas

Opening Remarks by Workshop Organizer

University of California, Riverside

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Signe Redfield

Roboticist and Mission Manager

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Joao Hespanha

Professor and Chair of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of California, Santa Barbara

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.




10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Steven Rogers

Senior Scientist for Autonomy

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

David Corman

Program Manager, Cyber-Physical Systems Program

National Science Foundation (NSF)

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Morning Panel

Panelists: Redfield, Hespanha, Rogers and Corman


12:15 - 1:45 p.m.


Lunch on your own


1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Paul DeBitetto

Vice President, Software Engineering

Top Flight Technologies

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Keith Redmill

Research Associate Professor

The Ohio State University

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.




3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Robert Peterson

Professor and Director of Center for Insurance Law and Regulation

Santa Clara University

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Loren Smith

Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Policy

U.S.Department of Transportation (DOT)

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Afternoon Panel

Panelists: DeBitetto, Rizzoni, Peterson and Fulton


5:15 - 5:30 p.m.


Closing Remarks by Workshop Organizer: Zak Kassas

University of California, Riverside