Self-Driving Industry Leader Chris Urmson to Deliver Keynote at Automated Vehicle Symposium in Orlando, July 15 to 18


For Immediate Release: June 4, 2019
Contact: Tom McMahon,, (571) 255-7786

Self-Driving Industry Leader Chris Urmson to Deliver Keynote at Automated Vehicle Symposium in Orlando, July 15 to 18

Subject matter experts from industry, government, and academia will participate in a three-day conference on autonomous technology and development.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Chris Urmson, the co-founder and CEO of autonomous technology developer Aurora, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Automated Vehicle Symposium. The symposium, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, on July 15 to 18, 2019.

Known as a leading expert in the industry, Urmson has developed self-driving and robotics technology for the past 20 years. Prior to founding Aurora, he was the chief technology officer for self-driving cars at Alphabet. Urmson previously worked as an assistant research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he helped the university’s team win the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Urmson earned his doctorate degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon in 2005.

Other subject matter experts from industry, government and academia will address the symposium on complex technology operations and policy issues, including:

  • Tom Alkim, Policy Officer Connected and Automated Driving, European Commission
  • Sen. Jeff Brandes, Florida State Senate
  • Jess de Looy-Hyde, Head of International Engagement, UK Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Kelly Nantel, Vice President, Communications and Advocacy, National Safety Council
  • Ryota Shirato, Senior Engineer, Alliance Technical Affairs and Product Safety Group, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Jack Stilgoe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
  • Ed Straub, Director, SAE Office of Automation
  • Noah Zych, Head of Safety, Uber ATG

The symposium will address key topics in the autonomous vehicle industry, such as:

  • The current policy and regulatory environment
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Public safety and consumer acceptance
  • Automated trucking deployment
  • Shared mobility
  • Technology advancements
  • Cybersecurity

A series of poster sessions will be on display presented by experts from across the autonomous vehicle community. Sessions will address hot topics in the industry such as human factors, user responses, automated vehicle technology developments, infrastructure, legal and policy issues, operations, and planning.

Visit the Automated Vehicle Symposium website for more information and media registration.



The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit

About TRB
The Transportation Research Board (TRB), part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, promotes innovation and progress in transportation through research. In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on leading transportation practices and policies for researchers and practitioners.