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Charlene Chu is Vice President of Aptiv Connected Services, a position she has held since March 2019. Charlene is responsible for the product management and marketing of Aptiv’s connected vehicle services, which includes their edge computing and data as a service platform. Connected Services is a critical component of Aptiv’s overall next generation Smart Vehicle Architecture, Autonomous Mobility and Advanced Safety systems. Charlene also serves on the Aptiv Foundation Board, an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is strategically contributing funds to worthy causes with a focus on education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Before joining Aptiv, Charlene has held various marketing and product development roles at Ford Motor Co. and FordDirect. Charlene also worked at Boston Consulting Group, focusing primarily clients in the automotive sector. Charlene has a MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BS and MS from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Outside of work, Charlene enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two children.
Dr. Henry Liu is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Director for the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (USDOT Region 5 University Transportation Center). From July 2017 to August 2019, he took a leave of absence from the University of Michigan and served as Chief Scientist on Smart Transportation for DiDi Chuxing in China, one of the leading mobility service providers in the world. While he was with DiDi, he established and led the Urban Transportation Business Unit. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 and his Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 1993. Dr. Liu’s research interests focus on transportation network monitoring, modeling, and control, as well as mobility and safety applications with connected and automated vehicles. On these topics, he has published more than 100 refereed journal articles. Dr. Liu is the managing editor of Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and an editor of Transportation Research Part C.
Working with the Governor’s office, MEDC’s Planet M Program and MDOT, Elise is helming the NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge. The NAIAS Challenge calls upon industry innovators to propose new and dynamic technology deployments that embody how autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can transform how we live, work, and play by bringing cutting-edge autonomous vehicle technology to the City of Detroit. As the Connected Vehicle Technical Specialist for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s statewide ITS Program Office, Elise ensures the continued development of Michigan’s statewide connected vehicle program. This program is where statewide project and device consistency operate hand in hand with the assurance that Michigan continues to remain at the forefront of the national CAV conversation. Working with the Governor’s office, MEDC’s Planet M Program and MDOT, Elise is helming the NAIAS 2020 Michigan Mobility Challenge. The NAIAS Challenge calls upon industry innovators to propose new and dynamic technology deployments that embody how autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can transform how we live, work, and play by bringing cutting-edge autonomous vehicle technology to the City of Detroit. Elise began her career at the ITS Program Office in 2012 with a focus on post construction asset management including, software system framework development, statewide ITS device and network maintenance, and RWIS program development. Elise is a licensed professional engineer with the state of Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.