About: The Autonomous Vehicle Verification Consortium

Dr. Rahul Razdan

Rahul has over 25 years experience in startups, academia, and Fortune 500 companies. In academia, he has worked in areas such as STEM education, Autonomous Vehicle Technology, and SemiConductor Design. He has successfully led a number of startups (WiPower, PwrLite, Ocoos) and held senior corporate roles at Cadence and DEC (HP now). He has authored numerous technical papers, is named on over 24 issued patents, and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University (M.S./B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University).

Dr. Mustafa Ilhan Akbas

Dr. Mustafa Ilhan Akbas serves as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University.

His research interests span various topics and applications, including the Internet of Things, wireless networks, complex adaptive systems, autonomous and connected vehicles and simulation and modeling. You can find more in-depth information on his work HERE.

Prior to joining Florida Poly, he was a research scholar at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF, he also worked as a Research Associate and Database Analyst at the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory. Dr. Akbas participated in projects simulating and modeling cyber-physical systems, as well as the testing of innovation networks and higher education data analysis. Learn more about that experience HERE.

He received his doctorate degree in Computer Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UCF. Dr. Akbas is a recipient of the UCF Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology Laboratory Fellowship.

Starting from his senior year in college, he worked as a systems engineer for over four years in the Military Communications System Engineering Department of ASELSAN Electronics Industries Inc., the leading multi-product electronics company in Turkey.

Dr. Akbas bachelor's and master's degrees are from one of the most elite polytechnic institutes in Europe, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi (METU), Turkey. He received both of these degrees through the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

He is a member of the Institute of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to include the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Internet of Things and IEEE Cloud Computing Communities and Complex Systems Society.

Dr. Arman Sargolzaei

Dr. Arman Sargolzaei earned his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2015, 2012, and 2010 respectively. He is currently an Assistant professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Florida Polytechnic University. He was a Research Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Florida International University (FIU) for a year before his recent position. Dr. Sargolzaei has more than 8 years of research experience. He has also worked in industry for several years and has been involved with research and development projects in the United States and South America. His work on industrial and research projects has led to several peer-reviewed high impact factor journal articles and book chapters, and he has given scientific presentation at different IEEE and ACM international conferences and symposiums. He has also organized a number of industrial and research workshops in the past several years. Dr. Sargolzaei has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. He has presented extensively in international and national conferences and workshops, chaired industrial and research workshops and training events, received research awards, grants and reviewed top quality journal papers. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Instrumentation and Control Systems, the Machine Learning and Applications: An International Journal. He is also a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transaction on Cybernetics, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Applications, Asian Journal of Control and Journal of Energy and Power Engineering.

Dr Sargolzaei has an interdisciplinary background and experience emphasizing cyber security, nonlinear control and power systems, Cyber Physical Systems, unmanned Ground and Arial vehicle, control systems with time delays, and robotics.

Dr. Ala’ “Peter” Jamil Alnaser

Dr. Ala' "Peter" Jamil Alnaser brings a strong background as a professor and researcher in Cryptography and Algebraic Number Theory to his position as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Previously, he served as an assistant professor of Mathematics at Trine University in Indiana for five years, and often utilized instructional technologies that included MyMathLab, WebAssign, MatLab and Scientific Graphing Calculators.

"I place an emphasis on creative thinking and the need to consider mathematics in a broad sense," Dr. Alnaser explained. "I always encourage my students to ask why certain problems are solved using certain methods, and where these methods come from. I have found that students are more interested in the material if the instructor allows them to arrive at the solutions by themselves."

Dr. Alnaser holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in mathematics from Kansas State University, completing his doctoral dissertation in the area of Algebraic Number Theory and developing new methods for finding upper bounds for Waring's number over the rational integers. His bachelor's degree is in Mathematics from Jordan University of Science and Technology. From 2003-2009, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Kansas State University, where the courses he taught included College Algebra, Calculus II and III, Linear Algebra and Applied Matrix Theory.

He is a member of the American Mathematical Society.

Michael DeKort

Program/Engineering Management and Systems Engineer – Autonomous Vehicles, Aerospace, IT/Cybersecurity and Manufacturing

Member SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Verification and Validation Task Force

Founder - Professionals for Safe and Responsible Autonomous Mobility

Received IEEE Barus Ethics Award presented in US Congress

Career Summary
- PM and Systems Engineer Aerospace Simulation
- Worked with FAA on Testing Flight Simulators
- Engineering Manager and Senior Program Manager for NORAD
- Managed up to 300 engineers – CMMI Level 5
- Software PM for Aegis Weapon System
- Communications Engineer US State Department Counter-terrorism
- PM Commercial IT – Software Dev and Cybersecurity

I have a passion for driverless technology. I would like very much to leverage the experience I gained from aerospace, DOD and commercial IT in areas current AV companies are now heavily involved in. This experience includes systems and software engineering best practices to CMMI Level 5, sensor integration and true real time architectures. Domains include Simulation, NORAD, C4ISR for DoD/DHS and the Aegis Weapons Program.