Opening Remarks and Keynote Speakers

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Assistant Deputy Minister (Defence Research and Development Canada), Department of National Defence, Canada
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Major General Chris Zimmer, Chief, Digital Transformation Office, Department of National Defence, Canada
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Keynote Speakers:

Siegfried Usal, VP, Thales Digital Solutions
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Professor Ljiljana Trajkovic, Simon Fraser University
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How lessons learned from self-driving cars can inform broader AI regulation

Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings, George Mason University
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Abstract: Professor Cummings was the senior safety advisor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from Nov. 21- Dec. 22 and studied autonomous vehicle performance in detail, as well as the systems-level impacts these cars and trucks had on the larger transportation ecosystem. She will offer up five lessons learned in attempting to regulate autonomous vehicles, and demonstrate how these extend to other forms of AI, especially generative AI.

Biography: Professor Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is a Professor in the George Mason University College of Engineering and Computing and is the director of the Mason Autonomy and Robotics Center (MARC). She is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, and recently served as the senior safety advisor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Her research interests include the application of artificial intelligence in safety-critical systems, assured autonomy, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

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