Date: Jan 28, 2019 11:15 am – Jan 29, 2019 12:15 pm

The Institute of Navigation (ION) is holding the Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, in Reston, Virginia.


Chaired by Professor Zak Kassas, University of California, Irvine and Technical Program Chair, Dr. Robert Leishhman, Air Force Institute of Technology, the 2-day conference includes presentations and discussions on the current state of the art in autonomous vehicles development, from the often disparate perspectives of government, industry and academic institutions. Plenary speakers, representing the wide variety of interests and perspectives on autonomous vehicles, will kick off the conference with insight into what these vehicles are capable of, and what interesting concepts are now within reach. Conference discussions will investigate the unique challenges and difficulties associated with addressing the needs of safety-critical applications in the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Crucial perspectives and important concerns from the trust, policy and ethics communities on the development and deployment of these vehicles will be heard. Technical success alone cannot secure widespread adoption and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Successful solutions will emerge from the combined efforts of scientists, engineers, and policy-makers.


The Plenary Speakers include: Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle, National Science Foundation; Dr. Joseph Lyons, Air Force Research Laboratory; Dr. Randy Beard, Brigham Young University; Dr. Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington; and Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, The Ohio State University. The conference also consists of speakers and panelists in six regular sessions: Aerial Vehicles I & II, Ground Vehicles, Human-Machine Symbiosis, Trust in Autonomous Vehicles, and Ethics and Policy.


The modest registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, a lunch that will be provided on Tuesday, January 29 in the Exhibit hall, online access to the presentations speakers make available for distribution and the opportunity to directly network with those advancing technology and influencing policy.


Register today for the CASSCA Workshop at


See you in Reston.


Zak M. Kassas, Ph.D.

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering  |  Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

University of California, Irvine




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