Pre-Event Teaser:


Autonomous Off-Highway Machinery Technology Hybrid Summit

January 24, 2023 - Online
14:00 - 17:40 CET | 8:00 - 11:40 EST
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In preparation for our Autonomous Off-Highway Machinery Technology Hybrid Summit taking place on 23-24 February 2023, we are delighted to introduce this completely FREE Pre-Event “teaser” webinar – limited to 500 places for our clients! With the world rapidly adopting autonomous machines, the most innovative and impressive technologies are on display in the off-highway sector, and that’s why we are providing an inside-industry look at the subject with top companies with exclusive materials.

This Pre-Event webinar enables you to check out the buzz around our Main Event, the ‘Autonomous Off-Highway Machinery Technology Hybrid Summit’, and have a sneak peek at the premier topics from our speakers such as the deploying autonomous mobile machines, infrastructure challenges, innovations in positioning and navigation, and ADAS technology perspectives.

The Pre-Event Teaser is limited to 500 seats only. Don’t miss out, book your place now!


Rauno Heikkilä

Professor, Director of Research Team

Dr. Rauno Heikkilä is a professor of digitalized construction and mining operations in the Faculty of Technology at University of Oulu, Finland. He received his Dr. Tech in 1996 from the University of Oulu. His major research interests cover structures and construction technology, information modelling (BIM in construction) automation and robotics in the construction of roads, railways, fairways, bridges and buildings as well as in mining.

Aref Mohammad

Technical Lead, Robotics & AI

Dr. Mohammad Aref is currently working as the Technical Lead, Robotics & AI in Cargotec, with business areas of Kalmar, HIAB, and MacGregor during their journey towards robotization. He contributed to the development of several Cargotec products benefiting from mechatronic design, robotics, and AI. He has international experience in robotics and artificial intelligence applications in collaboration with international research organizations (e.g. CERN, GSI Helmholtz) and several Nordic companies. His Ph.D. is in the field of mobile manipulation by heavy-duty machinery and his MSc is in mechatronics. Dr. Aref has some 60 scientific publications and patents.

Ali Soofastaei

AI Program Leader

Dr. Ali Soofastaei is a global artificial intelligence (AI) projects leader, an international keynote speaker, and a professional author.

He completed his Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, Australia, in the field of AI applications in mining engineering, where he led a revolution in the use of deep learning and AI methods to increase energy efficiency, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in surface mines. As a scientific supervisor, for many years, he has provided practical guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical and mining engineering and information technology.

He has been involved in industrial research and development projects in several industries, including oil and gas (Royal Dutch Shell); steel (Danieli); and mining (BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, and Vale). His extensive practical experience in the industry has equipped him to work with complex industrial problems in highly technical and multi-disciplinary teams.

Bryant Walker Smith

Associate Professor

Bryant Walker Smith is an associate professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina, as well as an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

Trained as a lawyer and an engineer, Smith advises cities, states, countries, and the United Nations on emerging transport technologies. He coauthored the globally influential levels of driving automation, drafted a model law for automated driving, and taught the first legal course dedicated to automated driving [pdf] (in 2012). Smith is currently writing on what it means for a company to be trustworthy. His publications are available at

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Smith led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Smith worked as a transportation engineer.



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Director – Sustainability, E-Mobility & Decarbonisation




  • Network one-on-one over live video.
  • “Connect” and exchange virtual business cards for following up later.
  • Join breakout sessions and participate in groups.
  • Watch keynote presentations on stage, send chat messages, fill out polls, and explore interactive expo areas.

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