2019 IEEE ITSS Board of Governors Election Results

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society is pleased to welcome five new members to the Board of Governors for the 2020-2022 term. Their terms will begin in January 2020.

Meet the Incoming Members of Board of Governors for 2020-2022

Arnaud de La Fortelle

Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has engineer degrees from the French École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées (2 top French institutions) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Probability Theory). He managed (being coordinator twice) several French and European projects. He moves to MINES ParisTech in 2006 where he becomes director of the Center for Robotics in 2008. He was Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2017-2018. He has been elected in 2009 to the Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society. He has been member of several program committees for conferences and was General Chair of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2019 in Paris. He was member, then president of the French ANR scientific evaluation committee for sustainable mobility and cities in 2008-2017. He also serves regularly as expert for the European research program (FP7, H2020).  His main topic of interest is cooperative systems (perception, communication, data distribution, control, mathematical certification) and their applications (e.g. collective taxis, cooperative automated vehicles). He chairs the international research chair Drive for All with sponsors Valeo, Safran and Peugeot and partners UC Berkeley, EPFL and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia is Associate Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, working in the field of robotics and automatics, he is currently Vice-Director for Relationships with Companies and MakerSpace, at the Escuela Politécnica de Leganés, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and chair of the Spanish Chapter of IEEE-ITSS. His research fields are perception and control, mainly applied in the area of autonomous vehicles, drones and trains. During his career as researcher he has published numerous articles in congresses and international journals. He has experience of more than 12 years in this sector, applying these technologies in a broad variety of projects, including the first autonomous bus to be deployed in Spain, developed for Timanfaya National Park. He has proven experience in managing and coordinating projects and professional teams, as well as in coordinating organization of research events, such as conferences and competitions. All these activities have allowed him to obtain some relevant recognitions, such as the finalist of the best thesis award, given by the Spanish Chapter of IEEE-ITSS, Best Committee award of the ITSS-IEEE Society in 2018 and Barreiros Foundation’s Award in 2014, among other recognitions. He acted as visiting researcher in different internationally recognized laboratories such as VisLab laboratory from University of Parma (Italy) and State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). He has given seminars and lectures in national and international entities, such as the New York State University at Buffalo, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Parma. He has been member of the Board of Governors of the ITSS-IEEE Society for the period 2017-2019, he collaborated in the organization of numerous events and congresses of the IEEE-ITSS society, and organized workshops on them. To put some examples, he served as Registration Chair of the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems(ITSC) in the years 2018 and 2019, as well as Co-Program Chair of the Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in the year 2019, and currently he is Program chair of this conference for the year 2020. He has been General Chair of ICVES conference in the years 2018 and 2019. He also served as editor in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, working in the Theses Column as well as in several special issues of this publication. He has worked hard in the latest years for the development of the IEEE-ITS Society both organizing events and serving in the BoG, pushing forward for the advance and the development of this society, helping it to grow and to strengthen its position as leader of the Intelligent Transportation Systems at both academic and industrial levels, assuring the high standards of the different forums that are managed by the society.


Jonas Sjöberg

Professor Jonas Sjöberg (GScholar H index 30) (male) has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Linköping University (1995). Since 2001 he is a full professor and is leading the Mechatronic research group at Chalmers with some 25 co-workers. His expertise is within modelling and control with focus on data driven methods. Since some 15 years he has worked closely with the automotive industry on topics concerning active safety and automated driving. Core competence is system identification, estimating nonlinear models from data. This includes AI related techniques such as neural networks and sampling techniques to calculate the Maximum Likelihood estimate. In the area of automated vehicles these methods are exploited to develop “human like” decision algorithms to facilitate mixed traffic, and to understand and model interaction between humans and automated vehicles. Jonas has been general chair of two larger conferences FASTzero 2015:  http://fastzero15.net (co-sponsored by IEEE ITSC) and IEEE IV’16: http://iv2016.org/


Kazuya Takeda

Dr. Kazuya Takeda is an active leader in the field of signal processing technology research with vehicle and traffic applications. His development of corpora of driving behavior signals recorded in real traffic was a pioneering work. This allowed research utilizing a data centric approach in order to understand variation in individual driving behavior. He is active in the fields of driver modeling and development of safety technologies using this real-world data.

Dr. Takeda is a Professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and the Green Mobility Collaborative Research Institute, Nagoya University, Japan. He received his B.E.E., M.E.E. and Ph.D. from Nagoya University. After completing his doctorate studies in 1985, he was employed by Advanced Telecommunication Research Laboratories and KDD R&D Laboratories, Japan, mostly in the area of speech signal processing. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from October 1988 to April 1989. In 1995, Dr. Takeda returned to Nagoya University, where he started a signal processing applications research group. Since then, he has been working on a wide range of research topics in the fields of acoustics and speech, in addition to his work on driving behavior. Many of his former students are now employed in the automotive industry. Dr. Takeda has wrote/co-edited seven books on vehicular technologies and is the co-author of more than 150 journal articles. Dr. Takeda is also active in organizing research initiatives and is currently leading four national projects in vehicular technology area, receiving grants of 300 million yen for these projects. He actively collaborates with local companies in the automotive industry. In 2016, he co-founded a startup company TierIV and started to distribute an open source software Autoware, which is currently widely used among research community. He is currently a representative director of TierIV. Dr. Takeda is also active in professional communities. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE ITS Society. He is also a co-chair of the Technical Committee for Naturalistic Driving Data Analytics of the society. He has been serving for the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles as an associate editor and currently senior editor of the journal. He co-founded a biennial workshop on Digital Signal Processing in Vehicles, which was first hosted in Nagoya in 2003, and has been a local chair/general chair of fast-ZERO, a conference on active safety technologies organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, from 2013-2017. He has worked for the organizing committees of IEEE ITSS conferences; IV 2018 (Publicity co-chair) Universal Village 2016 (General Co-chair), ITSC2014 (Financial Co-chair), ICVES 2009 (Program Co-chair) and IV2010/14,17,18,19 (Associate Editor). He is organizing IV2021 in Nagoya Japan as the general chair. He served as a Guest Editor of IEEE’s Signal Processing magazine (Special Issue on Intelligent Vehicles). He has served as a vice-chair of the ITU-T focus group on driver distraction. He is a senior member of IEEE and has participated in organizing committees of major IEEE conferences on signal processing such as ICASSP. He is a vice president of the IEEE ITSS Nagoya Section and is the president of the IEEE SPS Tokyo Joint Chapter (2019-2020). During his previous term in BoG (2017-2019), he organized NDDA workshops in IV 2017, 2018 and 2019; and organized student hackathons in ITSC 2017 and 2018. All those activities contributed the member recruiting.


Ljubo Vlacic

Professor Emeritus Ljubo Vlacic is with Griffith University’s Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems.   He is a control systems scientist and practitioner, renowned for his contributions to co-operative driverless vehicles and intelligent control systems research and development. His research achievements made news headlines, and were broadcast through media outlets throughout the world. Throughout his career he has held leading roles in both research & development industry sector and academia. He received 19 international and national awards in recognition to his contributions to research and profession. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of ITS Magazine. Ljubo also graduated Conservatorium of Music and played a violin with professional philharmonic and symphony orchestras.