The Sproul Company is pleased to announce that Jim Sproul will be moderating an AUVSI New England panel on cyber defenses for autonomous systems.

Unmanned systems run on networks and networks are inherently vulnerable to cyber related threats and systems failures. Reliance on unsecured channel communications and un-validated external input sources can open the door for faulty data, invalid mission throughput or other critical operational command failures. Whether these threats come via erroneous component degradations or intentional malicious activities, building up your system’s ability to defend against these threats is crucial.

In partnership with the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Waterloo EDC and our chapter sponsors, AUVSI New England presents an afternoon with experts in the world of cyber-security and vehicle component systems protections.

This AUVSI New England special event launches our Unmanned Insights program and will feature panelists with expertise in cyber-security, platform systems defense and distributed data encryption.

Panelists Scheduled:
Alex Manea, Chief Security Officer, BlackBerry
Paul Lucier, VP Sales and Business Development, ISARA
Chris Poulin Principal/Director, IoT Security & Cyber Futures, Booz Allen Hamilton

Moderated by Jim Sproul, Founder of The Sproul Company (and AUVSI NE Director).


Alison Sander of the Boston Consulting Group focuses AltWheels on fleets, given the ability of fleet managers to influence the future of transportation.

AltWheels Fleet Day is the largest meeting of corporate and municipal Fleet Managers on the East Coast. It includes the latest in fleet transportation technologies, alternative fuels and fleet management practices.

The day consists of panels, exhibits, and vehicles offering a showcase of alternative transportation solutions — from concept vehicles to vehicles that are available and affordable today.  TSC moderated the session below:

Autonomous Vehicles: When will they arrive and with what features?

Hear from national and local leaders on the current state of the autonomous vehicle market and how it will affect your business operations in the years to come. Boston is one of the test cities for autonomous vehicles and the technology will build on telematics platforms and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features.

Kristopher Carter, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics – City of Boston

Jane Lappin, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy – Toyota Research Institute

Carmine Senatore, PhD, Senior Associate, Vehicle Engineering Practice, Exponent, Inc.

Moderator: James Sproul – The Sproul Company

How will Autonomous and Self-Driving Vehicles in Cities such as Boston affect you?

Speakers from industry, government, and technology provided our attendees with insight on the current state of the autonomous vehicle marketplace and visions of the future of transportation.


  • Current Policy Landscape for Autonomous and Self-Driving Vehicles in Greater Boston
  • AV Ready Cities or City-Ready AVs
  • Exploring Autonomous Technologies within Greater Boston




The ROBOTICA summit brings together unmanned and robotic systems companies to showcase their capabilities and technologies to a broad audience of end-users and developers. The event features industry talks, workshops, and live demonstrations.

Featuring a packed agenda of insightful keynotes, and industry trends, exhibitors covering commercial, medical, and professional unmanned vehicle and robotic systems, together with enabling capabilities (technology, insurance, law).

The Automated Vehicles Symposium convenes industry, government, and academia from around the world to address complex technology, operations, and policy issues. Its mission is to inform and engage, to support progress towards safe, automated mobility.

Topics include law, infrastructure, operations, human factors, shared mobility, cybersecurity, ethics, aftermarket products, enabling technologies, roadworthiness certification, cities, public policy, and consumer acceptance. Now in its fourth year, the symposium is the largest dedicated automated vehicles meeting in the world.

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