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A2Mobility Tech Meetup | Interplai: Forging Paths for Efficient Autonomous Fleet Delivery

Thursday, November 11 2021 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a fascinating deep dive into the logistics of autonomous delivery at the fleet scale. Local startup Interplai takes a systems approach that uses AI to both design a multi-robot system (MRS) that operates delivery robots on sidewalks and pedestrian areas, and to create a logistics software that solves the hard problem of optimizing the system’s operation. CEO Mark Crawford and COO Eddy Chiang will chat with Stantec Generation AV founder/director Corey Clothier about what it’s like for a startup to collaborate with a top tier global design and delivery firm.

4:00 – 4:05: Introduction
4:05 – 4:15: Overview of Interplai
4:15 – 4:35: Panel: “Fully-Integrated Systems Approach for Last-Mile Delivery in Today’s Smart Cities” with Stantec’s Corey Clothier
4:35 – 4:55: Networking
4:55 – 5:00: Conclusion

Featured Panelists:

Mark Crawford, CEO &CTO | Interplai
Mark has over 20 years of experience in automotive product development and autonomous vehicle research gained at Ford Motor Company and Great Wall Motor (GWM).  He was the Chief Engineer of Autonomous Driving Systems at GWM, and established its U.S. R&D Center in Detroit, MI.  At Ford, he was a technical specialist in autonomous vehicle platforms and was a founding member of Ford’s AV research group.   Mark has BS & MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and is completing a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering (in-progress) from Wayne State University.

Eddy Chiang, COO & co-founder | Interplai
Eddy has over 15 years of experience in venture capital, investment banking and corporate development.  He led the US based VC/PE technology related investments at Fosun Capital (investment arm of Fosun International US$100Bn+ AUM).  He has extensive experience in technology investment banking and was part of the core corporate development team at Synopsys handling public/private acquisitions. Eddy has a BA degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Corey Clothier, founder/director, GenerationAV | Stantec
Corey is an automated mobility strategist, global thought leader, and innovator focused on commercialization strategies around the future of mobility and automated vehicle systems. He has over 10 years of product and business development experience in autonomous vehicles (AV), and he’s led product development and deployment strategy with start-ups, auto original equipment manufacturers, defense, transit companies, major cities, insurance companies, and global entertainment companies.

Building AV programs and partnerships is Corey’s main goal and passion. He accelerates the deployment of AVs through partnerships with tech companies, federal agencies, and cities. He co-developed the US Army’s Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations program, and he’s working on a number of strategic projects for deploying automated mobility worldwide.