Keynote Speakers



Hani Mahmassani

Professor of Civil and Environmental and (by courtesy) Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Engineering

Northwestern University





Professor Hani S. Mahmassani specializes in multimodal transportation systems analysis, planning and operations, dynamic network modeling and optimization, transit network planning and design, dynamics of user behavior and telematics, telecommunication-transportation interactions, large-scale human infrastructure systems, and real-time operation of logistics and distribution systems.

  • William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation
  • Director, Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC)
  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Professor (courtesy), Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management






Daniel Work

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Berkeley

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Berkeley

B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering The Ohio State University



Dan Work is a Chancellor Faculty Fellow and professor in civil and environmental engineering, computer science, and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. He has held research appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010-17), Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (2015, 2020), Microsoft Research Redmond (2009), and Nokia Research Center Palo Alto (2007-09). Dr. Work pioneered methods for monitoring and controlling road traffic using vehicles, rather than fixed infrastructure, to sense and control road congestion. In 2015 he and his collaborators were the first to experimentally demonstrate that "phantom" traffic jams, which seemingly occur without an obvious cause but are due to human driving behavior, can be eliminated via control of a small fraction of automated vehicles in the flow. Work is a recognized transportation expert whose work has appeared in media outlets including ABC's Good Morning America, Reuters, Wired, and MIT Technology Review.

Daniel Work Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Berkeley MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Berkeley B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering The Ohio State University






Holger Caesar

Intelligent Vehicles Lab, TU Delft 



Dr. Holger Caesar is an Assistant Professor at the Intelligent Vehicles group of TU Delft in the Netherlands. Holger's research interests are in the area of Autonomous Vehicle perception and prediction, with a particular focus on scalability of learning and annotation approaches. Previously Holger was a Principal Research Scientist at an autonomous vehicle company called Motional (formerly nuTonomy). There he started 3 teams with 20+ members that focused on Data Annotation, Autolabeling and Data Mining. Holger also developed the influential autonomous driving datasets nuScenes and nuPlan and contributed to the commonly used PointPillars baseline for 3d object detection from lidar data.


Currently Holger has the following roles:

  • TU Delft Robotics Institute "Robotics in the Field" representative
  • ELLIS Delft Unit seminar organizer
  • Founding member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Project OpenBytes


Holger received a PhD in Computer Vision from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland under Prof. Dr. Vittorio Ferrari and studied in Germany and Switzerland (KIT Karlsruhe, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich). In his spare time he likes to hike with his small family, as well as sing, run, or cross the Alps by mountain bike.




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