Dr. Liam Pederson
Deputy Director, robotics at Alliance Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley
“Toward safe and socially acceptable autonomous vehicles“

Liam Pedersen is Deputy Director at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Silicon Valley Lab where he created the Autonomous Driving team and now directs research in driverless transportation systems and urban mobility. Prior to this he worked on robotic systems for planetary exploration at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. He holds a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (for the first robotic discovery of a meteorite), and is the recipient of NASA’s Public Service Medal and the NSF Antarctic Service Medal.