TigerTalks in the City: Self-Driving Cars - Policies and Technologies

Dec 6, 2018, 6:00 pm8:45 pm
Yext, 1 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York NY 10010
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Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and Princeton's Operations Research and Financial Engineering department cordially invite you to another TigerTalks in the City panel discussion to discuss the fascinating subject of self-driving vehicles. Autonomous vehicles are “driving” significant technology investments and fueling a frenzy of startup activity and corporate partnerships. The implications for the future of many mainstream industries (e.g., auto, commercial real estate, insurance) are equally significant and this emerging industry is raising a myriad of policy and legal issues. Our panel will discuss these topics from a variety of perspectives.

Our panelists are Alain Kornhauser *71 (Princeton Professor, Director of the Transportation Program, Faculty Chair, Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, and Editor of the Smart Driving Cars Newsletter (www.SmartDrivingCar.com)), Ro Gupta ’00 (Co-Founder and CEO of CARMERA, the street-level intelligence platform specializing in high-definition mapping for autonomous vehicles), and Eric Rothman ’93 (President of HR&A Advisors and nationally-renowned expert in transportation planning and transit-oriented development). The panel will be moderated by Margaret Holen *95 (Lecturer at Princeton in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, investor and advisor to a number of startup companies, and formerly a partner at Goldman Sachs).

This exciting TigerTalks in the City event will be held on Thursday, December 6 at Yext in Manhattan. Check-in begins at 6:00 pm, the panel discussion will start at 6:30, and a networking reception will follow.

Please register early for this event to assure your seat.

6:00pm Check-In

6:30pm Panel discussion and audience Q&A

7:30pm Networking reception

Read more about our panelists:
Alain Kornhauser *71 is a Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. Born in France, He studied Aerospace Engineering at Penn State where he obtained a BS and MS, and earned his PhD from Princeton in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences. He then joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor applying automation, network analysis and optimal control to transit vehicles. He joined Princeton’s faculty in 1972 and continued his pivotal work in the network design and operational analysis of personal rapid transit which he also extended to more conventional forms of transportation, rail, and highway, whereby creating the Princeton Transportation Network Model which pioneered the application of Geographic Information Systems in the quantitative analysis of large-scale transportation systems. In 1979 he founded ALK Technologies, Inc. to assist the private North American Railroad System to rationalize its network structure and implement substantial operational efficiencies, including the creation of the first computer-graphic operation control center and the first nationwide GPS system on the market.

At Princeton, Prof. Kornhauser is completing his 46th year on the Princeton faculty as Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering. He serves as Director of the Transportation Program where he continues his basic research in Transportation focused on the real-time operation of large fleets of driverless vehicles and on the development of Deep-Learning Neural Networks that safely drive road vehicles. He is Faculty Chair of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE), an extracurricular undergraduate Smart Driving Car research effort at Princeton, Editor of the Smart Driving Cars Newsletter (www.SmartDrivingCar.com), Organizer of the Annual Princeton SmartDrivingCars Summit and Board Chair of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA). He is currently in the process of creating a major Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety.

Ro Gupta ’00 is the CEO and Co-Founder of CARMERA, the street-level intelligence platform specializing in high-definition mapping for autonomous vehicles. Before CARMERA, he created data products and helped grow web discussion network, Disqus, to 2 billion users. Prior to that, he held business development roles at Disney and strategic advisory roles for Fortune 500s and NGOs in the U.S., South America and Africa. Ro majored in Operations Research and first began working on autonomous transit, neural networks and computer vision at Princeton in the 1990s.

Eric Rothman ’93 has combined experience serving as a senior public transit agency manager with an extensive consulting practice that includes expertise in strategic planning, transportation planning and development, economic development, capital-program management, financial management and program implementation. He works nationally and internationally with transit agencies, municipalities, large-scale institutions, private companies and non-profits.

For over 20 years, Eric has worked extensively in transportation planning and transit-oriented development. He leads the firm’s work creating transit-oriented development strategies anchored by station redevelopment across the United States, including Philadelphia’s 30th Street StationUnion Station in Washington D.C., Moynihan Station for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. He serves as a trusted real estate and economic development advisor for clients and communities across the country.

Prior to joining HR&A, Eric worked as Head of Business Planning for Transport for London (TfL) where he created and directed the business planning process to invest $7.5 billion in annual funding in London’s transportation network and for the New York City Transit Authority.

Eric holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.

Margaret Holen *95 is a Lecturer at Princeton in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering department, where she is launching a course on financial technology and data-driven innovation. She also works with startup technology companies as an investor and advisor, notably with ThinkNum, a provider of alternative data and business intelligence tools, co-founded by two Princeton alumni. After earning a PhD in mathematics from Princeton, Margaret pursued a career in data and analytics in finance, primarily at Goldman Sachs as a partner. She led efforts that spanned the firm’s business units and engaged extensively with clients across industries on systematic decision making and risk management. At Goldman, she founded, led, and scaled diverse technical teams in equities, fixed income, credit, foreign exchange, and mortgages. She currently serves as a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), as Vice-Chair for the Riverside Park Conservancy, and on the Goldman Sachs Foundation Investment Committee.


  • Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
  • Princeton Department of Operations Research & Financial Engineering
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Smart cities