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2018 Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) Conference

April 20, 2018, Macomb Community College, South Campus, Warren, Michigan, USA

“Testing Tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicles Today” is the theme of the 2018 CAAT Conference being held April 20, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. 

Behind the industry's push toward advanced technologies, is the desire to increase safety, provide options for those unable to drive themselves, and to reduce emissions. Simultaneously, ride-sharing is providing new options to get from one point to the next, with nothing more than a phone in hand. This technology-driven innovation requires us to consider the new and unique challenges of testing autonomous vehicles. Will physical testing take a back seat to computerized simulation testing?

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.

Keynote Speaker

Featured Speakers

  • Testing Autonomous Vehicles – Andrew Smart, Chief Technical Officer, American Center for Mobility
  • Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Testing – Jace Allen, Business Development Manager – Simulation, Test and Electrical/Electronics Data Management, dSPACE Inc.  This talk will address how to use virtual electronic control units and PC clusters as a means of testing many more use cases than can realistically be done through physical testing. 
  • Impact on the Workforce – Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network
  • STEM Activities in Southeast Michigan – Bob Feldmaier, Director, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology

About the Speakers

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.

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 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 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.