Session 2 - Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles

Stan McClellan

Chair - Session 2 - Mobility

Stan McClellan is a professor and former Director of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University, where he researches advanced communication & networking technologies, including applications in the “Smart Grid” and “Smart City” space. From 2013 to 2018, he was the Director of the School. McClellan has held notable positions in the commercial and military/aero spaces, including Hewlett Packard, ZNYX Networks, and General Dynamics. He has made invited contributions to well-known references including Advances in Computers and The IEEE/CRC Electrical Engineering Handbook, and is the editor of a series of books from Springer on Smart Cities, including “Smart Cities: Technologies, Standards, Applications, and Driving Factors” and “Smart Cities in Application: Healthcare, Policy, and Innovation.”

Eric Thorn

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Dr. Thorn is the Manager for the Cooperative Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He leads a staff of engineers and developers conducting advanced research related to connected and automated vehicles, and cooperative systems. He also has over eleven years of experience designing, implementing, and validating advanced unmanned systems. His work involves applying connected and automated vehicle enabling technologies to passenger, commercial, transit, and military vehicles to improve safety and mobility.

Darran Anderson

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Darran Anderson is the Director of Strategy & Innovation for the Texas Department of Transportation. He directs technology and business process improvements, and strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT. He is also responsible for coordinating TxDOT’s strategies and performance analytics.

Al Mok

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Quincy Lee Centennial Professor in Computer Sciences, UT Austin

Areas of Interest: Fault-tolerant hard-real-time systems, system architecture, computer-aided system design tools, and software engineering

Current research include conducting fundamental research in the area of distributed real-time systems. My primary concerns include specification techniques for real-time systems, algorithms for guaranteeing stringent timing constraints and understanding the trade-off between the robustness and response times of time-critical systems. The goal is to develop a formal framework for automating the analysis and synthesis of robust real-time systems. Application areas include robot control systems, avionics software and industrial process control systems. Funding is being provided by the Office of Naval Research to develop a highly automated design environment for real-time systems.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1977), M.S. (1977), Ph.D. (1983)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dharm Singh

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Prof. Dharm Singh Jat received his Master of Engineering and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from prestigious universities in India. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). From 1990 to 2014, he was with the College of Technology and Engineering, Maharana Pratap University of Agricultural and Technology—[MPUAT], Udaipur, India. He has guided about 8 PhD and 24 master research scholars.

He is the author of more than 146 peer-reviewed articles and the author or editor of more than 16 books. His interests span the areas of multimedia communications, wireless technologies, mobile communication systems, edge, roof computing, Software Defined Networks, Network security, and Internet of things. He has given several Guest Lecturer/Invited talks at various prestigious conferences.

He has been the recipient of more than 19 prestigious awards, such as Eminent Scientist Award, Distinguished Academic Achievement, Eminent Engineering Personality, CSI Chapter Patron, CSI Significant Contribution, Best Faculty Researcher, Best Technical Staff, Outstanding University Service Award and Distinguished ACM Speaker award.

Prof. Dharm Singh is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (I), Computer Society of India and Chartered Engineer (I), Senior Member IEEE and Distinguished ACM Speaker.

He has contributed much to the development of multimedia communication over wired and wireless networks and formed the Special Interest Group on Wireless Networks (SIG-WNs) of Computer Society of India (CSI) and designated first Convener and Chairman, SIG-WNs by CSI. He was Member of International review committee for accreditation and chairing of a number of programs of International Conferences. He also developed an experiment based on simulation software for network experiments, research and project work for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

His research in developing video communication platform for solving QoS issues in video communications and developed a framework for video transmission over wireless networks for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Adam Drobot

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Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously, from 2010-2012, he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, and from 2002 to 2010 he was the President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies (Bellcore) and the company’s CTO. Prior to that, from 1975 to 2002, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC/Leidos). He also served as the company’s Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC.

Adam has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific and engineering code systems and software for managing the design and production of complex platforms. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is a member of several corporate boards, and the FCC Technology Advisory Council. He was previously on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he Chaired the TIA Technology Committee; the Department of Transportation ITS Program Advisory Committee; and the University of Michigan Transportation Institute External Advisory Board.

He is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. For the IEEE he has Chaired the IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, the IEEE Awards Recognition Council, served as a member of the IEEE Awards Board. During 2017 and 2018 he chaired the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.