Save the dates: 25 - 30 January 2025
Industry Event
Panel Discussion on Disruption to the Automotive Industry: the Impact of Automation and Connectivity
1 February 2023 • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM PST | Moscone Center, Expo Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level) 
Over one-hundred years ago the first mass-produced automobile transformed transportation, but also had a global impact on everything from manufacturing practices to the distribution of goods. Today, the automotive industry is seeing its biggest transformation since that first Model-T rolled off the line with the mass adoption of sensors, IoT, and EV technologies. Learn how startups and industry stalwarts are using optics and photonics in their efforts to disrupt the automotive industry in this panel discussion sponsored by Photonics Focus.


William Schulz
William Schulz
Managing Editor of Photonics Focus
SPIE (United States)
William G. Schulz is Managing Editor of Photonics Focus, SPIE's award-winning bimonthly magazine that highlights real-world applications of optics and photonics technology. His career as a science writer, editor, and communications specialist has spanned publications of the Smithsonian Institution, American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, University of California, Berkeley; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to name a few. He has served as co-chair of the National Association of Science Writers' Information Access Committee, and as a board member of the Ohio University Post Alumni Association. He is also a member of the DC Science Writers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.


Marcus Dahlem
Marcus Dahlem
Program Manager for Optical 3D Sensing
IMEC (Belgium)
Dr. Marcus Dahlem received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2011. He joined IMEC in 2018 as Principal Member of Technical Staff, and is currently the Program Manager for Optical 3D Sensing, where he focuses on developing solid-state LiDAR systems for automotive. He has co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to joining IMEC, he was an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center of Excellence on Integrated Photonics at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. He also worked at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, and at the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto.

Chuck Gershman
Chuck Gershman
Co-Founder and CEO
Owl Autonomous Imaging (United States)
Mr. Gershman knows what it takes to turn a vision to reality – having served as CEO/COO and Board Director for three companies, he has led successful exits with acquisitions by Intel and PMC-Sierra. Among those, he founded and lead Bay Microsystems from startup to a thriving profitable industry leader. With Chuck as co-founder and CEO, Owl Autonomous Imaging is poised to disrupt the automotive industry and save lives.
Chuck is a Drexel University College of Engineering inductee into the Alumni Circle of Distinction. He has been honored as a finalist for CMP publications (EE Times) prestigious ACE award as High Technology Executive of the Year and was previously named a Top 40 Healthcare Transformer by Medical Marketing & Media for his work on Clinical AI Decision Support for cancer patients. Chuck holds four US patents for his contributions to Microprocessor Architecture, and AI.

Shauna McIntyre
Shauna McIntyre
CEO and Board Member
(United States)
Shauna McIntyre is a visionary business leader with a proven track record of steering corporate governance and leading strategic organizational growth while turning around underperforming businesses in both Fortune 100 and emerging growth settings. A two-time CEO, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lithia Motors (Fortune #158), one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. and largest providers of personal transportation solutions. In close partnership with the CEO and CTO she provides oversight of the company’s technology strategy including cybersecurity.