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    2018 CAAT Conference
    Testing Tomorrow's Autonomous Vehicles Today

    April 20, 2018 » 8:00 - 11:30 AM
    Macomb Community College
    South Campus, K building

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    The event is free, but registration is required.

  • Conference Overview

    Detroit Michigan is well known as the Motor City and the heart of the American automotive industry. The state's rich automotive history includes Henry Ford's use of the assembly line in manufacturing automobiles first used on the Model-T. This model for mass production was subsequently adapted by other industries and revolutionized manufacturing. Today, the automotive industry is experiencing a new revolution that will drive the future of mobility in new directions as vehicle and transportation technologies evolve in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago. And once again, Michigan is leading the way.

    Behind the industry's push toward electrification and automation, lighter-weight materials, and connecting vehicles to their passengers and surroundings, is the desire to increase safety, make transportation more affordable and convenient, provide new transportation options to better suit the needs of today's driver's and those unable to drive themselves, and reduce emissions and their impact on the environment. Simultaneously, technology-enabled services for ride-sharing and car-sharing are providing new options to get passengers from one point to the next, often with nothing more than a phone in hand.

    This convergence of technology-driven innovation requires us to explore the changing landscape of mobility and consider the new and unique challenges of testing autonomous vehicles. Will traditional physical testing take a back seat to cutting-edge computerized simulation testing with its promise of bringing the future to us sooner with greater safety and less expense? The conference will explore how automakers are looking at the future of mobility and testing vehicles for an endless array of possible driving scenarios, and how technical training will need to adapt and change.

    Target Audience

    The conference is targeted to automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors, and administrators. Representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations are also encouraged to attend.

    View the Conference Agenda

  • Keynote Speaker

    Carla Bailo

    Carla Bailo
    President and CEO
    Center for Automotive Research

    Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under Carla’s leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry.

    In addition to her role at CAR, Carla is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

    Prior to joining CAR, Carla was most recently the assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University. Carla also has 25 years of experience at Nissan North America, Inc., where she served as senior vice president of research and development. She also spent 10 years at General Motors.  She has a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.

  • Featured Speakers

    Andrew Smart
    American Center for Mobility

    Andrew Smart
    Chief Technical Officer
    American Center for Mobility

    Andrew Smart is the Chief Technical Officer for the American Center for Mobility. He has over 30 years of technical, program and management leadership experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, primarily with OEM, global technical consultancies and a leading global Engineering Society. British-born Smart has a B.Eng. degree, is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Member of SAE since 1997 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

    Jace Allen

    Jace Allen
    Business Development Manager
    Simulaton, Test, and Electrical/Electronics Data Management
    dSpace Inc.

    Jace Allen is the Business Development Manager - Simulation, Test, and EEDM at dSPACE, Inc., where he specializes in embedded software processes, MBD data management, and Validation and Verification (V&V) Systems.  He has designed and managed hundreds of simulation/test and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system implementations for various customers.  Over the past 25 years, he has handled many diverse modeling, controls, and simulation test applications in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace areas.  His background includes system and MBD product development for vehicle controls/testing, safety/security systems, and data management systems.  A longstanding member of SAE and IEEE, he is also a member of AIAA and INCOSE.  Jace has several patents in sensor technology and has published numerous SAE and AIAA Papers.

    Bob Feldmaier

    Robert Feldmaier
    Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
    Macomb Community College

    Bob is the Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology at Macomb Community College. Prior to joining the CAAT in August 2012, Bob was an independent automotive consultant advising companies such as ABB, Ecotality, and Ducker Worldwide. He also served as a Chief Engineer at Tesla Motors from October 2008 to July 2009 where he was responsible for Model S.

    Bob retired from Chrysler Corporation in 2008, where he was a Chief Engineer for 22 years. His responsibilities included total product and program management for his product lines, managing $1.5 billion in program spending. He led the electric vehicle program for three years, creating the EPIC minivan. Later as Minivan Chief Engineer, he led the Stow N’ Go seat program. In his last assignment, he put the first Chrysler hybrid electric vehicles into production. Bob also worked at Volkswagen for seven years.

    Bob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Wayne State University. Bob is on the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He serves on the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress Banquet Committee and several electric vehicle committees. He sits on the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement Governing Board, the Macomb Community College Automotive Technology Advisory Board, the Wayne State University Technology School Industry Advisory Council, and the United Methodist Church Pension and Health Care Board. 

  • Please note, the CAAT is unable to provide financial support for participant travel expenses.

  • Location and Maps


    Macomb Community College
    14500 E. 12 Mile Road
    John Lewis Student Community Center
    Building K, Room 301
    Warren, MI 48088-3896

    South Campus Map

    Click the map for driving directions. 

  • Event Sponsors:

    CAR Logo DMA Logo   dSpace Inc
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