Archives: Speakers

Eric Deng

Eric is a Product Manager at Waymo where he works with teams building software that makes sure our vehicles exhibit safe and comfortable behaviors with cyclists, motorcyclists, and other micromobility users.   Prior to Waymo, Eric was a Product Manager at Uber ATG where he drove the technical development and commercialization strategy for many core technologies. …

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Cindy Heredia

Cindy is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is the co-captain and general manager of MIT Driverless.  Before pursuing her MBA, Cindy held a multitude of impressive positions while gaining practical business experience, most recently as a Corporate Development and Strategy intern at TuSimple and as part of …

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Nayana Suvarna

Nayana is a recent Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Pittsburgh,  She was the previous Pitt General Manager as well as club president for the Pitt Robotics and Automation Society. Her areas of interest are in robotics and automated systems — specifically in the areas of motion planning and multi-agent systems — as well …

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Congcong Li

Congcong Li is a Director of Engineering at Waymo where she leads a team in Perception that develops solutions to understand the semantics of objects and the holistic scene as well as delivering tools to improve data efficiency and quality throughout the entire Waymo data funnel. Prior to that, Congcong worked at Google to develop …

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Allison Thackston

Allison Thackston leads a Planner Reasoning team at Waymo, solving some of the toughest problems in autonomous driving technology. Prior to working at Waymo, she worked at Nuro and held the position of Engineering Lead and Manager of the Shared Autonomy Robotics team at Toyota Research Institute. She has also worked as the Lead Manipulation …

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Shipla Gulati

Shilpa Gulati has been interested in building robot brains to improve human well-being since she was in her teens. She leads the Behavior Prediction team at Waymo that develops algorithms to predict the future actions of other users, such as other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. This is one of the key technologies comprising an autonomous …

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Justyna Zander

Dr. Justyna Zander works on scaling and automating autonomous vehicles simulation and validation efforts at NVIDIA to enable a safe fleet deployment. Before she was with Intel, MathWorks, White House, German car industry, and Fraunhofer Institutes. She earned two BSc-s, MSc, and PhD in Germany, and did a postdoc at Harvard University.

Annie Lien

Annie Lien has 20 cumulative years experience in automotive and autonomous driving R&D with a diverse background in technical strategy, business, product, marketing, PR/communications, government-related affairs, customer focus, user experience/human factors. Annie started her career in UX and Machine Learning at Robert Bosch’s Silicon Valley research center.

Anca Dragan

Anca Dragan is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley and a Staff Research Scientist at Waymo, a consultant position she holds alongside being a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. At Waymo, Anca advises the behavior team, who is responsible for prediction and planning for the Waymo Driver.

Annabel Chang

Annabel Chang is the Head of State Policy & Government Affairs where she oversees the U.S. State legislative, policy, regulatory and government affairs work for Waymo. Previously, she served as Vice President of the Bay Area for Alaska Airlines and helped to oversee the merger with Virgin America.