Automated Vehicles Special Interest Group (SIG) Presenters

Tanim Islam

Sr. Field Autonomy Engineer at May Mobility

Tanim Islam is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Michigan working to connect people to technology and build trust in the autonomous vehicle industry. As a Field Autonomy Engineer, Tanim helps take the exciting technology developed at May’s Ann Arbor HQ and deploy it to the field where May currently gives real rides to real people. On a day-to-day basis, this entails creating the required maps and infrastructure for the vehicle to use, testing and improving performance, and being a steward for many people’s first ever ride in an Autonomous Vehicle.


Dr. Ruth Madigan

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Dr. Ruth Madigan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds. She has a background in applied psychological research, and completed her PhD on driver training and hazard handling at University College Cork in 2014. Since joining ITS in 2016, Ruth has worked on five EU projects investigating road user interactions with automated vehicle systems – AdaptIVe, CityMobil2, interACT, L3Pilot, and Hi-Drive; along with conducting DfT-funded research into the use of head-mounted displays for driver training. Her main interests lie in studying the interactions between drivers, external road users, and automated vehicles, using a variety of methods such as experimental studies, questionnaire data, and qualitative video analysis techniques. In particular, her research focuses on understanding how road users interpret and react to automated vehicle movement and communication patterns.


Dr. Justin Mason

Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida and Director of the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation Lab

Dr. Justin Mason is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida (UF) and Director of the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP) lab.

He received his M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Ph.D. in Exercise Psychology from Florida State University and completed his postdoctoral training in rehabilitation science at UF. Dr. Mason’s research focuses on the role that lifestyle factors (aerobic exercise) and emerging technologies (vehicle automation) have in promoting wellbeing, community mobility, and driving performance in older adults.


Matt Peak

Managing Director at Energy Systems Network

Matt Peak is a business and policy strategist, facilitator, and investor with extensive experience catalyzing emerging transportation and clean energy technologies.

As Managing Director at Energy Systems Network (ESN), Matt leads the organization’s efforts to advance clean, safe, and affordable transportation technologies by creating and managing collaborative efforts with corporate and strategic partners including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ansys, Bridgestone and Microsoft on the Indy Autonomous Challenge, and the Toyota Mobility Foundation and emerging technology leaders on the Future Mobility District.

Previously, Matt provided strategic consulting services to C-level executives in the fields of connected and automated vehicles and infrastructure, shared mobility, smart cities, big data, advanced mobility, and clean energy technologies. Matt previously led Prize Capital’s development and implementation of a diversified early-stage venture capital model tied to inducement prize competitions, an effort that included his creation of what became the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. He was also the first employee of a venture-funded battery technology startup focused on commercializing a new type of lithium battery for electric vehicles and other markets.

Matt has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.S. in environmental policy from The London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

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