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Jeremy Anwyl Jeremy Anwyl Jeremy Anwyl is the Chief Executive Officer of Edmunds.com Inc., the Internet's leading consumer resource for unbiased automotive information. Edmunds publishes Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders: Edmunds.com, InsideLine.com and AutoObserver.com. Previously, Mr. Anwyl led Marketec Systems Inc., an international firm he founded in 1990 that provided consulting services for automakers. Throughout more than three decades in the car business, Mr. Anwyl has been regularly called upon by executives, politicos and media to share his knowledge of the automotive industry and related disciplines. Speaker's Materials
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Peter_Appel Peter Appel Peter H. Appel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) on April 29, 2009. Since joining RITA, Appel has worked with Secretary Ray LaHood to advance key U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiatives including: two Distracted Driving Summits, the bolstering of USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program to best improve safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability across all modes of surface transportation; the enhancement of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' data collection, coordination and analysis capabilities; and the establishment of the Department's Safety Council, which brings together all ten modal administrators to advance transportation safety across the Department. Before joining RITA, Mr. Appel was with the global management consulting firm of A.T. Kearney, Inc. He has led business improvement initiatives for clients in the private and public sectors, with a focus on Transportation and Infrastructure. Mr. Appel has over 20 years of experience in Transportation. Mr. Appel earned his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in Economics and Computer Science with Highest Honors, and received his Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Speaker's Materials
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Dan Ariely Dan Ariely Dr. Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. Apart from his prolific academic writing, he published two popular books, one titled "Predictably Irrational" and the other titled "The Upside of Irrationality," both of which became New York Times best sellers. Dr. Ariely holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in business from Duke University. Speaker's Materials
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Ben Hamilton-Baillie Ben Hamilton-Baillie Ben Hamilton-Baillie is an architect, urban designer and movement specialist, based in Bristol, England. His work on shared space and the factors that promote civility has helped transform established assumptions and practice surrounding traffic engineering, speed and safety. He has researched and promoted fresh approaches to traffic management and street design, exploring new ideas for reconciling the relationship between people, places and vehicles. He is an advisor to the UK's Department for Transport and to English Heritage, and served on the European Union "Shared Space" research project. He is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath and the West of England, and is a Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow, 2001. Speaker's Materials
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Daphne Bavelier Daphne Bavelier Dr. Daphne Bavelier is Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. She is also Co-Director of the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging and Director of the Mind-Space Laboratory, and heads a Mutlidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) sponsored by the Office of Naval Research that studies complex learning and skill transfer with video games. Dr. Bavelier's research concerning video games and visual learning, among other cognitive studies, has won her a variety of grants, awards and speaking opportunities as well as international media attention. She earned a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an alumni of the Ecole Normal Superieure de Paris, where she received an M.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Cellular Biology. Speaker's Materials
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Roger Berg Roger Berg Roger Berg is vice president of Wireless Technologies at DENSO's North American Research Laboratories, overseeing vehicle communication technology. Mr. Berg joined DENSO in 2000 and is responsible for DENSO's research and development of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology for the United States Department of Transportation's (USDOT) IntelliDrive (SM) program. He also works with the USDOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), and DENSO V2X groups in Japan and Germany. The inventor or co-inventor on eight U.S. and international patents, Mr. Berg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Berg is currently an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is on the Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) Technical Committee, DSRC Vehicle Safety Committee, Digital Map and Vehicle Interface Methodology Sub-committees and the ITS America IntelliDrive (SM) Task Force. Speaker's Materials
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Billie Blair Billie Blair Dr. Billie Blair heads the organizational change management firm, Change Strategists, Inc., which includes a non-profit focused division, Leading and Learning. Change Strategists, Inc. serves as strategy technical advisors to the leadership and boards of directors of a wide range of change oriented corporations and organizations. Dr. Blair holds a doctorate in organizational psychology and has worked with executives and CEOs for the past 25 years to institute strategy building systems, manage organizational change, assess employees for growth and leadership potential, and institute processes of change within their businesses and institutions. She currently serves in leadership positions on numerous national boards and is ISS Corporate Governance Certified by the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Blair is the author of All the Moving Parts; Organizational Change Management and Value + Employees as Valuers. Speaker's Materials
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Thomas Broberg Thomas Broberg Thomas Broberg has worked with safety at Volvo Cars in various positions since 1995. His background is within Computer Aided Engineering and Calculus and he holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. He has been part of the management team at Volvo Cars Safety Centre since 1999, holding various management positions. He worked as the Deputy Director of the Safety Centre between 2003 and 2006. In his current role he acts as a Technical Advisor within Safety for Volvo Cars while also conducting own research within the safety area. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Chalmers, focusing on automotive safety for an aging population. Speaker's Materials
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Joan Claybrook Joan Claybrook Joan Claybrook was appointed to head to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation by President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In 1966, she worked in the U.S. Congress on the passage of the nation's first auto safety laws — The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. Ralph Nader, who had just written "Unsafe At Any Speed," was instrumental in lobbying for these new laws, including the offices in which Ms. Claybrook worked on Capitol Hill. The 1966 acts empowered the government to establish safety standards for new motor vehicles, to conduct new research on motor vehicle safety, and require recalls by manufacturers for defective vehicles and parts. Ms. Claybrook earned her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was the recipient of honorary degrees from Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland and her alma mater, Goucher College in Baltimore Maryland. She was the President of Public Citizen from 1982 to 2009. She has served on the boards of Consumers Union, Public Justice, and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, among other consumer advocacy groups. She serves on the board of Public Citizen and on the Advisory Board for the Georgetown University Law Center which she chaired in 1998/9. Speaker's Materials
Ely Dahan Ely Dahan Ely Dahan is Princeton University's James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for 2011, and formerly taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management and UCLA Anderson's School, where he was awarded several teaching awards. He also holds a Researcher appointment at the UCLA Medical School. Dahan develops Internet-based market research methods, mathematical models of parallel and sequential prototyping, the economics of cost reduction, and strategies for mass customization. He is the recipient, along with his coauthors, of the INFORMS John D.C. Little Award, the American Marketing Association EXPLOR Award, the INFORMS Frank M. Bass Outstanding Dissertation Award (based on Olivier Toubia's PhD thesis), and the Journal of Product Innovation Managment Hustad Award. Dahan earned his PhD in the Operations & IT program at Stanford Business School, where he was a Department of Energy Fellow, an AACSB Doctoral Fellow, and a recipient of the Jaedicke Prize for scholarly achievement. He received a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard in 1980. Speaker's Materials
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John Dingell John Dingell John Dingell, Jr. is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 15th congressional district, serving since 1955. He is a member of the Democratic Party, is the longest currently-serving member of Congress and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. He has also served on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment and the Subcommittee on Health. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with a law degree in 1952. Speaker's Materials
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Thomas_Dingus Thomas A. Dingus Thomas A. Dingus is Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Dingus has conducted transportation safety and human factors research since 1984, including the safety and usability of an advanced in-vehicle devices, crash avoidance countermeasures, truck driver fatigue, and driver distraction and attention. Dr. Dingus is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society from which he has received several awards, including the A.R Lauer Award career achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of safety. He has had the honor of testifying before a U.S. Congressional sub-committee and the National Council of State Legislatures on issues of driver distraction and attention. Dr. Dingus has over 150 technical publications and has managed over 100 million dollars in research funding thus far in his career. Speaker's Materials
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Janette Fennell Janette Fennell Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org, is recognized as the national leader for child safety as it relates to the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with an in-depth specialty regarding events that take place off public roads and highways; most commonly referred to as nontraffic incidents. Ms. Fennell testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the "Auto Safety: Existing Mandates and Emerging Issues" hearing and testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection for the "Reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration" regarding vehicular safety for children. KidsAndCars.org supports over 200 volunteer community advocacy programs with education materials, research, and organizational support to raise awareness about nontraffic incidents. Speaker's Materials
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Janet Mullins Grissom Janet Mullins Grissom Janet Mullins Grissom is a partner in the lobbying firm of Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart. Previously, she served as Ford Motor Company's Corporate Vice President for Government Affairs. As head of government affairs for Ford, she twice chaired the Executive Committee of the auto trade association. She spearheaded the efforts to merge rival trade associations into what is now the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. During the 2000 Firestone tire controversy, Grissom led Ford's efforts during the investigative process that led to the eventual passage of the TREAD Act. Ms. Grissom received a B.A in political science at the University of Louisville and studied international economics at American University. Speaker's Materials
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Barbara Harsha Barbara Harsha, GHSA Executive Director Since April 1988, Barbara Harsha has been the Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)— the nonprofit organization that represents state highway safety offices. GHSA members are charged with implementing their governors' highway safety plans and administering federal behavioral highway safety funds. Harsha is responsible for directing the organization's Washington Headquarters office, serving as the association's chief liaison with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), representing the organization in numerous other capacities and administering federal grants. She holds a Master's Degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Speaker's Materials
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Les Jackson Les Jackson Les Jackson is a professional automotive journalist who test-drives and reviews approximately 100 new vehicles yearly. He writes a weekly column, Ask Dr. Crankshaft, for the 255-newspaper Journal Register chain, is co-host and technical expert of Cruise Control Radio, and is the executive editor and restoration master of the internet's only tutorial auto restoration website, http://www.secondchancegarage.com/. He consulted on over 100 automotive-related legal cases in VA and DC, and now, having relocated to upstate New York, is the on-air automotive expert for WTEN TV, the Albany NY ABC affiliate where he is regularly contributes on safety and technology issues. Mr. Jackson is past-President of the Washington Automotive Press Association and a member of the International Motor Press Association. His educational background in mechanical engineering and laser physics has enabled him to stay abreast of all aspects of automotive technology for over 40 years. Speaker's Materials
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Mike Jackson Mike Jackson Mike Jackson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation, Inc., the only automotive retailer to be a member of the S&P 500. Mr. Jackson is widely regarded as one of the most influential and effective leaders in today's automotive industry. Under his guidance, AutoNation not only reinforced its position as America's largest automotive retailer, the company also set milestones that stand as testimony to his vision of the company as a standard bearer for a more customer-focused, transparent and contemporary business model. Before joining AutoNation, Mr. Jackson served as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. Speaker's Materials
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Peter Kissinger Peter Kissinger J. Peter Kissinger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a position he assumed in May of 2002. The Foundation is a publicly supported, charitable research and educational organization that was founded by AAA in 1947. Its focus is on "saving lives through research and education." Prior to joining the AAA Foundation, Mr. Kissinger was the Senior Vice President of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF), the research arm of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Earlier in his career, Mr. Kissinger was employed by the National Transportation Safety Board for twelve years, serving the last eight as Managing Director. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and an M.S. in Operations Research from The George Washington University. Speaker's Materials
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Michelle Krebs Michelle Krebs Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst for Edmunds.com and Editor In Chief of Edmunds' AutoObserver.com, has covered the automotive industry for more than 25 years, regularly writing for publications such as The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, Parade, Motor Trend and AutoWeek. Before starting her own business, she was staff writer for Automotive News, covering the financial beat and General Motors Corp. Krebs has written a column for Inside Line, Edmunds' high-speed online car magazine and the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site, since its launch in January 2005. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Detroit's College for Creative Studies. An award-winning writer, Krebs has served as president of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit and is a graduate of Syracuse University. Speaker's Materials
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Adrian Lund Adrian Lund Adrian Lund is president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute. He joined the Institute in 1981 as a behavioral scientist, became senior vice president for research in 1993, chief operating officer of the Institute and HLDI in 2001, and president in 2006. Trained initially as a psychologist, Dr. Lund has been involved in health-related research since 1975. Dr. Lund is the author of numerous scientific papers and has served on the boards and committees of many highway safety groups. Speaker's Materials
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Don Norman Don Norman Don Norman is cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group and former Vice President of Apple. He advises companies on consumer products, understandable design and safety. He has consulted for numerous companies, including GM, Ford, Toyota, and BMW. His book, The Design of Future things, covers the increasing amount of automation in the automobile. He is Breed Prof. of Design, and EECS, emeritus at Northwestern, Prof of Cognitive Science, emeritus at UC, San Diego and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin medal in Computer and Cognitive Science and has honorary degrees from the University of Padua (Italy) and the Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). Mr. Norman is the author of numerous books, including The Design of Everyday Things, Emotional Design, and Living with Complexity. He can be found at www.jnd.org. Speaker's Materials
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Tim Ogden Tim Ogden Tim Ogden and Jeffrey Liker are the co-authors of Toyota Under Fire (McGraw-Hill: April 2011). Mr. Ogden is Executive Partner at Sona Partners, a thought leadership communications firm. He has written for Harvard Business Review, Miller-McCune magazine, and Alliance magazine and he blogs regularly for Harvard Business Review and for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has collaborated on, edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen books. He is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Mr. Ogden graduated from Davidson College with honors, earning a BA in International Political Economy. Speaker's Materials
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Russell Perkins Russell Perkins Russell Perkins is the founder and managing director of InfoCommerce Group Inc., a Philadelphia-based consultancy, conference producer and research firm serving the business information industry. Russell has over 25 years experience in directory and database publishing, and is the author of a compelling blog (at http://infocommerce.typepad.com/) that covers creative and powerful uses of data. He served as President and CEO of Dorland Healthcare Information and was the founder of Morgan-Rand Inc. Mr. Perkins is author of two books and has served as a director of the organization that is now the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Directory and Database Publishers Forum & Network (DPFN). Russell attended Sarah Lawrence College. Speaker's Materials
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Bob Price Bob Price Dr. Bob Price is a Professor of Sociology at Texas State University with keen interest in the sociology of technology. He is working on a book on the topic of "transformative technologies" - technologies, including the car, that have broad impacts on multiple social institutions once they are adopted by a society. An avid car enthusiast, Dr. Price got his B.A. from Texas Christian University, his M.A. from U.T. Arlington, and his Ph.D. from U.T. Austin. Speaker's Materials
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Bryan Reimer Bryan Reimer Dr. Bryan Reimer is the Associate Director of the New England University Transportation Center and a Research Scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His work focuses on how drivers across the lifespan interact with and are affected by in-vehicle technologies, different types and levels of cognitive load, and medical impairments. His research seeks to measure and understand human behavior in dynamic environments utilizing eye movements, physiology, performance and self-report measures. Dr. Reimer is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Manufacturing Engineering and a Ph.D. entitled Automated Methods of Detecting Driver Distractions. Speaker's Materials
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Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz Dr. Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1971. The author of The Paradox of Choice and other books connecting psychology and economics, he often studies decision-making, the creation of values, the interaction of morality and self-interest and basic learning processes, among other topics. Dr. Schwartz earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor's degree from New York University. Speaker's Materials
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John Sternal John Sternal John Sternal serves as Vice President of Communications and Research for LeaseTrader.com, the nation's most popular online marketplace for car leasing. As a responsible automotive company that was born from a consumer mindset, LeaseTrader.com has taken an interest in auto safety. Mr. Sternal directs all research initiatives for the company, which studies a variety of leasing and auto safety initiatives important to consumers. The company's research division most recently conducted a study on rear-seat restraints and found that the vast majority of adult passengers choose not to wear one. The company is currently lobbying the State of Florida to enact legislation requiring the use of rear seat restraints in an effort to promote increased safety. Mr. Sternal also serves as chief spokesperson for the company, advocating for the car leasing industry and educating all audiences on the option to transfer a car lease. Speaker's Materials
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David Strickland David Strickland David L. Strickland was sworn as the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He held a staff leadership role in the 2005 reauthorization of NHTSA in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act — a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). His work in advising Commerce Committee members led to the inclusion of several significant vehicle safety mandates, including the electronic stability control mandate for every passenger vehicle. Mr. Strickland advised Congressional members on safety reforms and funding increases for NHTSA's seat-belt and drunk-driving grant programs and earned national recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who named him Congressional Staffer of the Year in 2004 for his role in making the driving public safer. Mr. Strickland earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and his B.S. degree in communication studies and political science at Northwestern University. Speaker's Materials
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Chris Theodore Chris Theodore Chris Theodore heads Theodore & Associates LLC, consulting on Product Development, M&A, Lean Product Creation, Safety, Emerging Technologies, Innovation and all things automotive. Before opening the company in 2009, Chris Theodore worked for nearly every automaker over a 30-year span. Most notably, he served as Vice President of North America Car Product Development for Ford Motor Company. Previously, he rose through the ranks at Chrysler to become Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering for Daimler-Chrysler. Earlier, he worked at General Motors as a research engineer in the Detroit Diesel Division. Mr. Theodore earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1972, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1975 and an MBA from Michigan State University in 1989. Speaker's Materials
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Mark Vizecky Mark Vizecky Mark Vizecky is a licensed professional engineer specializing in traffic safety. In his role as State Aid Program Support Engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, his work covers includes crash data management and traffic sign reduction to the state-wide County Roadway Safety Plans (CRSP). CRSP is a unique project that generates a risk-based assessment to all county roadways in the state. Mr. Vizecky provides an integral link between the state and local units of government in Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Program which was awarded the 2010 APWA Exceptional Performance Award and the 2009 International Road Federations' Global Achievement Award for Safety. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. in civil engineering. Speaker's Materials
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