Stanford Seminar – Edge Computing in Autonomous Vehicles (panel discussion)

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Dr. Sven Beiker
Silicon Valley Mobility, LLD

Dr. Maarten Sierhuis
Silicon Valley, Nissan North America, Inc.

October 17, 2019
Sven Beiker is a Lecturer in Management at the GSB, and the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, an independent consulting & advisory firm. He covers the electrification, automation, connectivity, and sharing of automobiles through the lens of new technologies and business models. This is reflected in his teaching at the GSB as well as in his professional engagements. Prior to his independent consulting work, he served as an Expert Consultant for mobility topics at McKinsey & Company for 2.5 years.

Dr. Beiker is also the former Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, an industry affiliates program that he launched in 2008 together with Stanford Professors Gerdes, Nass, and Thrun. Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Beiker worked at the BMW Group for more than 13 years. Between 1995 and 2008 he pursued responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He primarily applied his expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, which also provided him with profound insights into the industry’s processes and best practices. In addition, he worked in three major automotive and technology locations: Germany, Silicon Valley, and Detroit.

Dr. Beiker received his MS (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. He published various technical papers and holds several patents in the fields of vehicle dynamics and powertrain technology.

In this role Sierhuis has oversight of all technical innovation with responsibility to connect Silicon Valley research outcomes to all Alliance research & advanced engineering functions. Previously, as the founding Director of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, Sierhuis created the NRC-SV research portfolio and lead a team of researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and Human-Machine Interaction and Interfaces (HMI²) to help shape the future of intelligent cars capable of driving themselves.

Prior to Nissan, Sierhuis spent more than 12 years at NASA Ames Research Center, where he researched the development of human and autonomy systems for space exploration. He developed an autonomous multi-agent system for human and robotic planetary exploration that was used to automate the work of flight controllers in NASA’s Mission Control for the International Space Station. Sierhuis is one of the creators of the Brahms agent language.
Sierhuis joined Nissan in 2013. In a career in research and software engineering spanning 25 years, Sierhuis has also worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NYNEX Science & Technology, IBM Corporation, and as a founder of a startup Ejenta.

Sierhuis earned a bachelor degree in Computer Science from The Hague University and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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