UvA Alumni Chapter San Francisco networking event

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Join the UvA Alumni Chapter San Francisco networking event with a talk by Maarten Sierhuis, Chief Technology Director of Nissan Research Center at Silicon Valley on 25July (18:30-20:30).

Integrating Autonomous Vehicles into New Automotive Reality

There is a lot of news about the future of mobility, and how autonomous vehicles will enable or not enable this future. In this talk, Maarten Sierhuis will give an overview of how autonomous vehicles will be introduced. He will focus on discussing the reality of what it takes to make fully autonomous vehicles possible in today’s society, and the issues we face in making this possible. He will introduce the Alliance’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility concept and will show how the SAM Human-in-the-Loop Teleoperation platform will enable fully autonomous vehicles sooner, rather than later.


  • 18:30 - 19:00      Doors open and registration (light dinner is provided)
  •  19:00 - 19:05     Welcome by Yunqi Xue, Ambassador of UvA Alumni Chapter San
  •  19:05 - 19.35      Talk by Maarten Sierhuis, Chief Technology Director, Nissan Research
                                                 Center. Followed by Q&A 
  •  19:35 - 20:30      Informal networking reception with drinks and snacks


Please register for the event  before 21 July. Admission is free of charge for UvA alumni, staff, students and UvA guests.

About the speaker

Dr. Maarten Sierhuis

Chief Technology Director, Nissan Research Center, Silicon Valley, Nissan North America, Inc.

Dr. Maarten Sierhuis is Chief Technology Director of Nissan Research Center, Silicon Valley. In this role he oversees technical innovation with responsibility to connect Silicon Valley internal research outcomes and external technology intelligence to the Alliance research & advanced engineering functions. Previously, as Director of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, Sierhuis led a team of researchers tasked with developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and Human-Machine Interaction and Interfaces (HMI²) to help shape the future of intelligent cars capable of driving themselves.

Prior to Nissan, Sierhuis spent 12 years at NASA where he created a computer language that was used to develop an intelligent system for all communication between Mission Control and the International Space Station. He also developed an autonomous system to monitor and give advice to astronauts during spacewalks. 

Sierhuis joined Nissan in 2013. In a career in research and software engineering spanning 25 years, Sierhuis has also worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, NYNEX Science & Technology, IBM Corporation, and as a founder of startup Ejenta, as well as a visiting professor and fellow with the Interactive Intelligence group Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Sierhuis earned a bachelor degree in Computer Science from The Hague University and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Science from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is based in Sunnyvale, California. 

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Networking reception

Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley

1215 Bordeaux Dr 94089 SUNNYVALE

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