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How edge cases and data will enable autonomous transportation in cities across the U.S.

Data will play a vital role in solving the critical edge cases required to gain city approval and deploy autonomous transportation at scale. Pilot projects are underway across the U.S. and cities such as Las Vegas are leading the way for progressive policies, testing and adoption. But, how do these projects involving a limited number of vehicles gain city approval, expand to larger geographic areas, include more use cases and service more people? Join our expert panel discussion as we examine the progress, challenges and road ahead in harnessing data to enable multiple modes of autonomous transportation in major cities across the U.S.


Chris Barker — Founder and CEO, CBC

Chris is the founder and CEO for CBC, a global transportation and technology consulting firm focused on helping cities, companies, universities, and governments around the world to advance autonomous transportation and other new mobility services. Chris has more than 25 years of experience in deploying aerospace, autonomous transportation, cybersecurity, and smart city innovations for companies such as Boeing, Cisco, Honeywell, Lucent, Microsoft, Raytheon, Real Networks, and the Volvo Group. Chris is currently a transportation/smart cities advisor for the Cities Today Institute helping cities around the world with transportation infrastructure and autonomous surface transportation planning. His CBC team has also developed and deployed self-driving car simulators for State DOTs/DMVs, universities, museums and other public facilities – to teach the public about self-driving vehicles. Previously, Chris was the Vice President of New Mobility at Keolis Group and helped launch the first open road #autonomous #shuttle service in North America. Chris is a national Board Member for the Association for Commuter Transportation. He’s also a global keynote speaker on topics ranging from smart cities and new mobility services to cybersecurity, alternative energy options and advancements in artificial intelligence.

Michael Sherwood — Chief Innovation Officer, City of Las Vegas

Michael Sherwood is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Las Vegas – the first city in North America to deploy an autonomous shuttle service on open roads in the downtown corridor. Sherwood has more than 20 years of management experience, specifically in the field of technology, process improvement and innovation with the majority of that experience being in municipal government operations. Previously he served as the deputy director of public safety, business services and city technology for the City of Irvine, CA. In that capacity he was responsible for budgets of both public safety at $70 million and technology at $8 million. He was responsible for more than 100 professional, technical employees and contractors. In that role he developed and implemented key technology strategies that reduced the annual technology operating costs by more than $1 million. He also provided key leadership in bringing Google Fiber to the city. Prior to that position, Sherwood served as the manager of business services for the City of Irvine, CA from 2012-2013, the Chief Information Officer for City of Oceanside, CA, from 2001-2012 and the information technologies manager for the City of Oceanside, CA from 1997-2000. Before 1997, he served in the private sector. Sherwood earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Pepperdine University followed by a Master of Science in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.

Radha Basu — Founder and CEO, iMerit

Radha Basu is the founder and CEO of iMerit, a global data annotation company delivering high-quality data that powers machine learning and artificial intelligence applications for Fortune 500 companies. Under Radha’s leadership, iMerit employs an inclusive workforce of more than 4,000 people worldwide, with 80% from underserved communities and 54% are women. Radha led iMerit through two funding rounds, raising $23.5 million to date from investors and led the company to reach new revenue heights. Previously, Radha was the SupportSoft Chairwoman and CEO. She spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard, where she grew HP’s electronic software division into a $1.2 billion business and launched HP in India. Radha has received accolades including the Global Thinkers Forum Award, UN Women-ITU Gender-Equality Mainstreaming Technology Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, Top 25 Women of the Web and CEO of the Year. She serves on the boards of NetHope, Jhumki Basu Foundation and the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Radha founded the SCU’s Frugal Innovation Hub and co-founded the Anudip Foundation.