Dr. Patrice Reilhac is the research and innovation director for the comfort and driving assistance business group at Valeo, a leading worldwide Tier 1 supplier of components and systems for the automotive industry. He currently leads a global team based in Germany, France, China and the Silicon Valley. He oversees the identification, evaluation and early stage development of disruptive innovations in the area of “Intuitive and immersive new mobility experiences” that covers the perimeter of vehicle automation, connectivity and extended human machine interface. An intuitive and synthetic thinker, Patrice knows how to make the right connections to reveal the big picture. Thinking ahead to identify the implications of current trends, he has a nose for an opportunity and the drive to make it happen. Right now, he is navigating the turbulent waters of automation, surfing on different disciplines to participate in the invention of new paradigms. He has recently co-authored five papers for Springer on the subject. Patrice started his career in a startup in the IT industry. He has been with Valeo for 27 years with various responsibilities in customer project management, generic R&D projects and worldwide advanced development tasks. He obtained his engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France and from the Darmstadt Technical University in Germany. He also has an MSc in management sciences from the University of Manchester School of Management with a focus on international marketing and innovation management.