Research Talks Spring 2018 Series

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 11:45 am - 1:00 pm EDT

The spring 2018 series of Research Talks celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn more about some of the world-class research underway at Waterloo.

Please register as seating is limited and registration will close when room capacity is reached.

Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch.

Please note: Due to a scheduling conflict, Jayant Bansal, a roboticist at General Motors, will replace Ted Graham on the panel.

Driving the future of autonomous vehicles and responsible innovation

A panel presentation for Waterloo staff, faculty, and students featuring:

Heather Douglas
Responsible innovation

Heather Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Associate Director for the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Waterloo Chair in Science and Society. Her research focuses on the interface between science and policy, including the use of science in policy-making and policies for science. She believes the value-free ideal for science is an inadequate ideal, for both epistemic and moral reasons arising from the importance of science for policy-making. She also works on the moral responsibilities of scientists with respect to their work, how to understand scientific integrity, and how the institutional structures of science help or hinder scientists in doing their work with integrity and responsibility.

Sebastian Fischmeister
Safety and security of real-time software and autonomous driving

Sebastian Fischmeister is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has a cross-appointment with the Cheriton School of Computer Science. His research focuses on safety and security of cyberphysical systems such as autonomous vehicles, aerial vehicles, and medical devices. His research targets systems research at the intersection of software technology, distributed systems, and formal methods. Recent key highlights of his research center on the topics of information extraction, specification mining, runtime monitoring, and anomaly/intrusion detection shown in demonstrators such as the APMA Connected Vehicle, the Renesas Skyline autonomy demonstrators, and the DENSO cooperative driving demonstrator.

Jayant Bansal
Research and development of unmanned systems

Jayant Bansal is a roboticist, specializing in research and development of unmanned systems, with a focus on driverless vehicles. Jayant has a strong background in developing and leading teams specializing in development of specific areas of technology – developing culture – as the core building block for an organization with strong deliverables and continuous value addition.

Jayant is currently the Engineering Group Manager – Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors, Canada and leads a team which defines and designs various systems and modules of the GM Autonomous Vehicle

Formerly, he was the Program Manager of Defense Robotics at Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz, and led the team in developing various unmanned solutions for the both defense and civilian applications. His team launched the first driverless shuttle in India at Auto Expo ’16 and the accomplishments of his team in various civilian and defense applications have been covered widely in the global media.

George Takach
Legal aspects of technology

George Takach practices all facets of the law related to technology and is a senior partner with McCarthy Tétrault, a leader in technology law in Canada. George brings significant value to clients in their tech company mergers and acquisitions/financing deals, sophisticated tech licensing/tech procurement transactions, and challenging e-commerce activities, including work on cloud, SaaS, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, AI, and fintech deals. George represents a wide range of software, hardware and other technology companies on commercial and financing/mergers and acquisitions matters. He has a national tech procurement practice, regularly assisting companies and organizations in all sectors of the Canadian economy, including in the public sector.

Research Talks is supported by the Research Support Fund.