Speaker Biographies

Roger Berg
Vice President, North America Research and Development, Denso International America

In his current role, Roger Berg oversees vehicle communication and automation technology, as well as DENSO’s regional research and development of connected vehicles, automation and cyber security. He joined DENSO in 2000 as Vice President of Wireless Communications, overseeing the design and development of cellular handset and telematics technology and products. In 2003, his group began to shift toward wireless technology research and development with an extensive focus on V2X imminent crash avoidance systems.

Before joining DENSO, Berg held positions at electronics companies such as Sony and Motorola, overseeing the design and development of cellular handset and accessory products in major markets around the world. The holder or co-holder of eight U.S. and international patents, Berg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee, the On-Road Automated Vehicle Stardas Committee and Safety Testing Working Group, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also chairs the ITS America Connected Vehicle Task Force.

Fabián E. Bustamante
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University

Dr. Fabián E. Bustamante completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively, working under the direction of Dr. Karsten Schwan. Before going to Georgia Tech, he studied and taught at the Universidad Nacional de La Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Argentina), from which he received both 3-year and 5-year-and-project degrees in computer science. 

Bustamante’s research interests span several areas of experimental systems, with a focus on large-scale distributed computing in wide-area and mobile networks. Fabián is a senior ACM member, a member of USENIX and the IEEE. Fabián is a recipient of the National Science Founation CAREER award and the Science Foundation of Ireland E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award.

Leo Danielides
Project Management Officer, Navistar

Leo Danielides came to Navistar five years ago, initially taking responsibility for the TACOM program, which supplies military vehicles for the US Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of National Defense. Eventually, Danielides took over responsibility for all engine/vehicle regulatory and compliance programs, which he now oversees, along with Navistar’s emergent Connected Vehicle program. Prior to Navistar, he was the Director of Program Management for Air Cargo Carriers.

Over his nearly three-decade career, Danielides has focused on providing strong leadership and direction that maximizes organizational efficiency and success. He excels at bringing new and emergent technologies from conception through deployment. In addition, he has a vast array of experience designing and implementing these technologies onto new or existing vehicle platforms.

Brian Droessler
Vice President of Software and Connected Solutions, Continental Automotive Systems

Brian Droessler has spent more than 20 years in the automotive electronics industry. He currently oversees software and connected solutions for Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit. Previously, he managed all North America Telematics business operations at Continental. He joined the Telematics Business unit in 1998 as a program manager and later lead North America Business Development and Strategy. He joined Motorola’s Automotive Group in 1993 as an Electrical Engineer and later held positions in Engineering Rotation and Powertrain Electronics. The group was acquired by Continental in 2006. 

Droessler earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his MBA from University of Chicago.

Hani Mahmassani
William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation, Northwestern University; Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center.

Dr. Hani Mahmassani joined Northwestern University in 2007 with joint appointments in the McCormick School of Engineering and the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to joining Northwestern, he was the Charles Irish Senior Chaired Professor in Transportation Engineering and Director of the Maryland Transportation Initiative at the University of Maryland. He previously spent 20 years on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.

Mahmassani has more than 30 years of professional, academic, and research experience in the areas of multimodal transportation planning and network modeling, freight and logistics systems analysis, homeland security and emergency systems operations, intelligent transportation systems, econometric modeling (with applications to travel and freight demand forecasting), intergrated systems management, and travel and shipper behavior analysis.

Ogi Redzic
Vice President, Connected Driving, HERE, a Nokia business

As part of his role to deliver new innovations to the connected car, Ogi Redzic leads HERE Traffic, HERE Automotive Cloud Services, and HERE Auto—embedded and companion
Automotive applications. Prior to joining HERE, he served as Vice President of Product Management and Business Development at PCTEL, Inc. and also worked at Motorola, where he led a product management team.

Redzic holds a BS in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University, an MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Joshua Switkes
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peloton Technology, Inc.

Dr. Joshua Switkes has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for more than 13 years. He founded Peloton Technology in 2011 and has assembled a world-class team that brings groundbreaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of leading-edge sensing, control, and communications to today’s trucking operations, augmenting the abilities of human drivers.

Prior to Peloton, Switkes developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology. He previously worked on a variety of vehicle control systems, including guaranteeing safety for lane-keeping assistance and steering wheel haptic feedback, at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.