Vehicular Technology Society, Chicago Chapter

Welcome to the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Chicago Chapter! We are a group of passionate researchers, engineers, practitioners, industry professionals, and academics who are interested in all things about technology in the vehicle to create connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles. We hold meetings of our chapter around 4 times a year in the Chicagoland area and invite speakers to talk about topics like Alvin Chin headshotblockchain for vehicles, cloud and big data for connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and shared mobility, just to name a few. You can check out our previous meetings that we had below.

The Chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Chicago Chapter is Dr. Alvin Chin, who is a Senior Researcher at BMW TechnologyCorporation in Chicago. The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, Chicago Chapter is part of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society ( and the VTS holds their flagship conference IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference twice a year. Last year, the fall edition of the conference was held in Chicago.

Please follow this page to learn about our past and upcoming events and if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email me Also, we are looking for others to volunteer with our chapter, and open positions that are available include Vice-Chair and Treasurer.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you at one of the VTS Chicago meetings.

Alvin Chin
Chair, IEEE VTS Chicago

Upcoming Events


Fen Chen, GM Cruise

 12 Aug 2021, 12:00 PM PDT (2:00 PM CDT) to 01:30 PM PDT (3:30 PM CDT)

IEEE VTS Chicago is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event with IEEE VTS Silicon Valley on Hardware Reliability Qualification of Robo-Taxi.

Autonomous driving is another great paradigm shift in the 100-year history of the automobile industry; it will redefine the rules of this industry. The role of car OEMs likely will transform from a traditional car manufacturer to a Robo-taxi service business provider. Robo-taxi has the potentials to solve many traffic and transportation issues, such as accessibility, efficiency, convenience, cost, carbon emission, and especially safety. It is regarded as an inevitable trend full of opportunities and challenges. In this presentation, we will introduce our newly developed AV hardware qualification methodology to rigorously qualify AV modules/components, as well as some technical lessons learned during our qualifications.

Please see details and register for this event here:


Prof. Lin Cai of University of Victoria

 17 Jun 2020, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM

“No great civilization has been built without some well-defined system of transportation.” Modern transportation today encounters great challenges in safety, mobility, environment, and space. Vehicle to Everything (V2X), the umbrella term including vehicle to vehicle (V2V),  vehicle to infrastructure (V2I), vehicle to pedestrian (V2P), vehicle to cloud (V2C), vehicle to sensor (V2S), etc., will be a game changer for modern transportation. However, there are many research issues and challenges remaining unsolved and beckoning further investigation.  In this talk, we first brief the reliability and scalability challenges of V2X system, and introduce some of our solutions. Hope they inspire more research efforts and advances, contributing to the new era of V2X.

Recent Events


Joint meeting with Computer Society. Watch the Zoom Recording


Distributed Ledger Technology in Automotive

Joe Renz of New Mobility Lab                                                                See the slides

The digital transformation of mobility and transportation has far reaching implications for consumers, industry and the public sector. Mobility is critical to economic and social development and must therefore be accessible and affordable to everyone. Driverless vehicles promise a leap in productivity, but at the same time threaten the industrial base and related jobs in view of digital business models, automation and new forms of ownership. At the same time, the digital transformation promises a future where mobility is not only sustainable and zero emission, but shared and available on demand in a highly customized fashion. Such personalization of mobility services rely on data and the ability to translate such data into products and services that consumer’s value. Data has become the ultimate control point and is at the center of emerging business models. What are the future business models in this emerging ecosystem of mobility?
Distributed Ledger Technology promises a future where personal identities and data can be protected. At the same time, identities and trust protocols enable a true P2P sharing economy without impacting privacy. It may enable data sharing across value chain participants in a way that puts consumers and commons in control of data and how it may be shared (and in exchange for what). Ultimately, the Distributed Ledgers promise to power not only humans, but autonomous fleets that create a self-governing marketplace of mobility and transportation services.
Jochen (Joe) is an Electronics Engineer from Stuttgart, Germany (Home of Mercedes, Bosch, Porsche, etc), and now resides in Chicago. After a 20-year corporate IT career at CA Technologies he co-founded New Mobility Lab in June 2016. Simply put, cars and IT are in his blood.
Joe understands the car as an important building block in the future of multi-modal mobility. However, much of disruptive innovation happens in the form of solutions around the car and in the broader mobility ecosystem – the System of Systems, where Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) play an instrumental role. Joe goes far beyond the car itself and takes a holistic view of the emerging smart mobility and transportation space aka New Mobility World which encompasses Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, E-Mobility, Urban Solutions, Mobility Services.
Joe advocates the opportunities DLT presents to data, mobility solutions but also to human kind in general.