Speakers

The presenters of Electronomous 2017 (below) did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise with you.

Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts over the coming months for announcements of next year’s event.


ADAS & Autonomous

Quentin Wilson

Event Master of Ceremonnies

Quentin Willson

Quentin Willson

One of the UK’s best-known motoring commentators Quentin was a Top Gear presenter for over a decade, wrote and presented BBC2’s the Car’s The Star, started Channel 5’s Fifth Gear, created the Britain’s Worst Driver format (now shown in 14 international territories) and now presents The Classic Car Show on Channel 5 and is also Executive Producer

His knowledge on new cars, used and classics is industry leading but he’s also a vocal campaigner on new and used car and fuel prices with his million-signature FairFuelUK petition that’s saved UK motorists £20 billion in fuel duty and VAT. A regular face in Westminster, Quentin lobbies ministers and MPs to getter a better deal for Britain’s 40 million licence holders.

He’s written weekly columns for the Mirror and Sunday Mirror for 15 years, Classic Cars Magazine for nine years and writes for many other magazines and newspapers. He was awarded the Press Association Motoring Writer of the year Award for his work to bring new car prices in the UK to the same level as Europe, saving British motorists £3 billion.

Quentin is also a campaigner for low emission and electric cars, working with the government and Office of Low Emission Vehicles. He’s a patron of the Hydrogen Trust and judge for the £10 million Future UK EV Battery prize.


David Thomas

David Thomas

David Thomas

Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland

David has significant industry experience, having worked with Volvo Cars for 22 years in various international posts. He has worked in a number of senior management roles within the company, he has served as Managing Director of Russia, Regional Vice President, based in Sweden, Vice President Global Fleet, Managing Director of Switzerland and Vice President Customer Experience and Network Americas.

David moved to Ireland in January of this year when he took up his current appointment as Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland.


Prof. Siobhán Clarke

Professor in Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin.

Prof. Siobhán Clarke

Prof. Siobhán Clarke

Siobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She joined Trinity in 2000, having previously worked for over ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments. She has published over 150 papers and is a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, exploring an Internet of Things middleware for adaptable, urban-scale software services.

Prof. Clarke is the founding Director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Social Science, Geography, Law, Business and the Health Sciences. She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006.


Dr. Martin Glavin

Connaught Automotive Research Group, NUI Galway

Dr. Martin Glavin

Dr. Martin Glavin

Dr. Martin Glavin is a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway, and co-director of the Connaught Automotive Research Group at NUI Galway. He got his BE in Electronic Engineering in 1997 and his PhD in 2004. He has worked for 18 years on signal and image processing for automotive and biomedical applications. He has published over 60 peer reviewed journal papers, 70 conference papers, 4 book chapters and one patent (with several other patent applications currently under review). He is currently working on a range of research projects on autonomous vehicle systems and driver monitoring and is funded by SFI, Horizon 2020 and has a number research projects co-funded with Valeo and the Irish Research Council under the Enterprise Partnerships Scheme.


Jonathan Horgan

Jonathan Horgan

Jonathan Horgan

Computer Vision Algorithms Manager / Valeo Expert, Valeo

Jonathan Horgan is a Computer Vision Algorithms Manager and Valeo Expert at Valeo Vision Systems, Galway, Ireland. He has worked in the field of computer vision for over 12 years with a focus over the last 6 years on automotive computer vision for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated parking/driving. He has technically led computer vision projects for many large automotive OEMs on state of the art series production developments including BMW, Daimler, and Jaguar Landrover. He was the technical lead on the first computer vision ADAS project developed completely in Valeo Vision Systems to go to series production; Cross Traffic Alert with BMW in 2014. He has 15 publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals and over 20 patents in the field of computer vision and ADAS. He is now working on next generation advanced computer vision and deep learning with the ultimate goal of achieving fully autonomous driving and parking.


Dr. Martin Mullins

University of Limerick in Colaboration with Road Safety Authority

Dr. Martin Mullins

Dr. Martin Mullins

Dr Martin Mullins is Head of Department Accounting and Finance at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and is a Senior Lecturer in Risk and Insurance. He is currently working on a number of insurance related research projects, including three EU Commission funded projects in the area of emerging technologies and risk transfer. One of these focuses on nanotechnology http://www.sun-fp7.eu/ and the others on assisted driving systems, namely VIDAS and Cloud-LSVA funded under the MG3.6 and ICT 16 calls respectively. Dr Mullins maintains strong links with the insurance industry and works closely with Lloyd’s of London and XL Catlin on emerging risk. High impact outputs from this research include Mullins, Martin, et al. “The insurability of nanomaterial production risk.” Nature nanotechnology 8.4 (2013): 222-224.

His work also encompasses the area of applied ethics as it pertains to new technologies. In the field of Applied Ethics, Dr Mullins works closely with the insurance industry and lectures on Applied Ethics in the Insurance Industry.  He is member of international advisory board at The Center for Ethics & Value Inquiry (CEVI) at Ghent University, Belgium. Dr Mullins has in the past been a key member of an EU-China partnership team engaging with civil servants and academics in the area of financial regulation across China.


Roy Darch

Insurance Services Development Manager, Thatcham Research

Presentation Title: Autonomous Driving and the effect on Insurance

Roy Darch

Roy Darch

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research tests and accredits crash repair parts, vehicle repair technicians, and a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

As Insurance Services Development Manager, the key aspect of Roy’s role involves engagement with member insurers and building on existing relationships as well as establishing new relationships with non-insurer members. Alongside this Roy is responsible for ensuring that Thatcham delivers value to its members through new and innovative products and services.

Roy has a background in financial services with over a decade of experience in the insurance industry having spent many of those years as a motor claims manager at a leading UK insurer.


Electric Fuel

Paulo Alves

Paulo Alves

Paulo Alves

Managing Director of BMW Group Ireland

Paulo is a Chartered Engineer and MBA from Warwick Business School, began working with BMW Group in 1997 and was involved in engineering projects such as Range Rover, the MINI Hatch and the MINI Convertible.

He joined BMW UK in 2007 where he initially worked as Market Intelligence Planning and Strategy Manager. He also worked at BMW UK in the role of General Manager, Marketing Communications.

Paulo moved to Ireland in 2014 to take up his current role of Managing Director of BMW Group Ireland.


Dr. Brendan Howlin

Dr. Brendan Howlin

Dr. Brendan Howlin

Director of Postgraduate Research, University of Surrey

Dr Brendan Howlin is a Senior Lecturer at the Chemistry Department of the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey, UK. He has worked on polymers for 30 years, mostly on thermosetting resins for Aerospace applications. During his time he has published over 150 papers and several book chapters. He has worked with Dr Don Highgate (of Augmented Optics Ltd) on hydrophilic polymers throughout this time and his current research involves developing conducting hydrophilic polymers for a range of applications in both industrial and life science applications.


Patrick Foley

Patrick Foley

Patrick Foley

Infrastructure and Engineering in ESB ecars

Patrick has worked in the electrical industry for 13 years and is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He has worked with ESB ecars for the past five years, and in that time, has participated in the Irish standardisation of charging equipment installations with the Electro-Technical Council of Ireland and in Europe with Renault/Nissan on EV Ready. In addition, Patrick project manages the installation of ESB ecars electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

 


Graham Brennan

Graham Brennan

Graham Brennan

Transport Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Graham Brennan is a graduate of University College Galway in Ireland and Cranfield University in England.  He worked initially in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen and later worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby, UK.  From there he joined the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to manage the Renewable Energy Research Development and Demonstration programme.  Graham has been responsible for preparing Ireland’s Ocean Energy Strategy and promoting the development of renewable energy products and markets for a wide range of technologies.

He is currently responsible for managing the Electric Vehicle programme in SEAI.  He is a member of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicle Task Force and the International Energy Agencies’ Hybrid and Electric Vehicles technology programme.


Dean Bowkett

Residual Values

Dean Bowkett

Dean Bowkett

An experienced automotive executive with over 25 years’ of industry experience and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Areas of expertise include product development (automotive vehicles and financial services), business strategy, automotive trending, new vehicle sales, residual value management, pricing, remarketing and commercial operations

Dean has worked in manufacturing, full-service leasing, financial services, remarketing, retail automotive dealerships and most recently automotive data research and analysis. He was the former Group CFO, and a member of several supervisory boards, for GMAC International’s Discops division which covered 31 wholesale and retail funding and full service leasing businesses in 25 countries across the world. Dean is also an automotive expert witness for legal matters.


 

Connected Car

Owen Murray

Cubic Telecom

Owen Murray

Owen Murray

Owen Murray, Automotive Connectivity Specialist at Cubic Telecom, has over 20 years of experience in the motor industry in Ireland. Beginning his career in 1997, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the various brands and technical solutions currently being offered. Owen held a variety of roles within the motor industry for some well-known leaders such as Windsor Motor Group, and Murphy & Gunn, among others.

Owen joined the Cubic Telecom team in 2015, initially as a Test Engineer for the Audi Connect product, and later moving into a Commercial role as Automotive Connectivity Specialist. Owen is the Cubic in-house expert on all things automotive.

A regular motorsport competitor, Owen has always been interested in cars and technology and is delighted to be at the forefront of the emerging connected car and autonomous driving sector with his position at Cubic Telecom. Owen has been involved in Connected Car and Autonomous Driving events around the World including the recent autonomous driving showcase on open roads at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. This project was a collaboration between Cubic Telecom, Microsoft, Swiss Re Insurance, IAV, ESRI, and NXP Semiconductors.

From his extensive research across a wide cross section of the industry, and his knowledge of the evolving trends in the automotive space, Owen’s talk is sure to be both interesting and insightful. Owen is available after the event to answer any questions or conduct in-car demonstrations in an Audi connected car. See for yourself all of the services that are currently available including high speed 4G in car Wi-Fi.


Jeff Aherne

Cartell.ie and Car and Us

Jeff Aherne

Jeff Aherne

Jeff is a director at Cartell.ie and CEO at Carandus.com, both of which he co-founded and previously worked a manufacturing engineer at Intel. Jeff has a degree in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales and a post grad in Computing for Technologists at DIT. He is also a City and Guilds trained in Heat Pump Technology, holds a Private Pilots License and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Automotive Engineering Assessors having studied automotive engineering in DIT.

Jeff traveled to Silicon Valley with Enterprise Ireland in 2015 to demonstrate Connected License Plate technology. While there, he met with GM’s Frankie James (credited with Onstar) along with Peter Burgner Head of Digital Life Innovations in BMW Silicon Valley and has worked with BMW on bringing forward Connected License plate technology. Jeff is an advocate of EV and ADAS technologies, connecting them to the license plate for use across the full motoring spectrum including, glazing, parts and insurance.

 


 

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