• 2016 CAAT Conference
    The Road to Autonomous Vehicles

    May 6, 2016, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
    Macomb Community College
    South Campus, K building

    The event targeted automotive industry workforce development representatives, secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors, and school administrators, as well as representatives from government agencies and automotive professional associations.

    About the Conference

    This FREE event, offered by the  Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), was held at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI, on Friday, May 6, 2016.

    Participants learned about the many complexities involved in the development of automated and connected vehicles, including the infrastructure needed to support these high tech vehicles. There are also many legal, insurance and cybersecurity concerns that must be addressed by the industry and government before full implementation of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles can occur.  The conference included a keynote presentation on the future of the automotive industry by Jeff Klei, President of Continental North America, and three Tech Talk sessions on the challenges, infrastructure and cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicles.  Our impressive lineup of Tech Talk speakers and panelists provided insights on these complex issues from industry, government and educator perspectives, providing attendees with the information necessary to assess the technical training needs of future workers in advanced automotive technology.

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  • Keynote Speaker

    Jeff Klei
    Jeff Klei
    President - NAFTA Region,
    Continental Automotive Divisions
    Continental AG


    Mr. Klei provided the keynote address for the conference. His remarks addressed the current state of the auto industry from record sales to challenges of new fuel economy/emission standards. He provided insight on why connected and automated technology in the automotive industry is one of the most exciting areas of new technology and how it will affect our lives. Participants learned about the levels of automated vehicles and the timeframe for adoption as well as some of the key issues still to be addressed.

  • Tech Talk Sessions

    Featured Speakers

    Tech Talk 1
    Tech Talk 2
    Tech Talk 3
    Gary OBrien Steve Buckley Jim Sayer Sarah Fall

    Gary O'Brien
    Global Director of Advanced Engineering, Delphi Electronics & Safety Division

    Sensor fusion for automated and connected vehicles.

    Steve Buckley
    Senior Technical Fellow for Electrical and Electronics, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

    Challenges of automated and connected vehicle technology.

    Jim Sayer
    Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and unofficial mayor of Mcity.

    Infrastructure requirements of automated and connected vehicle technology.

    Sarah Fall
    Associate Dean, Information Technology, Macomb Community College.

    Cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicle technology.

    Tech Talk 2 - Infrastructure Panelists

    • Al Lecz, Director, Advanced Transportation Center, Washtenaw Community College
    • Matt Smith, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Hideki Hada, General Manager, Integrated Vehicle Systems, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA), USA

    Tech Talk 3 - Cybersecurity Panelists

    • Keith Nabozny, Professor, Information Technology, Macomb Community College
    • Richard Wallace, Director, Transportation Systems Analysis, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
    • Meg Novacek, President, Novacek Services Inc.; former Director, Vehicle Cybersecurity, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - North America

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