Agenda

7:30am Morning Registration & Coffee

8:10am – Chairs Opening Remarks

Scott Ziolek, Principle Engineering – Seating New Technology at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center & Chair of SAE Human Accommodation & Design

8:20am – Panel Session: Defining the Standards & Requirements of Future, Safe, Connected, Intelligent Seating. Driving Seating Innovation Through Supply Chain & Partnerships & Exploring The ‘Cockpits of the Future’.

Scott Ziolek, Seating New Technology, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center
Brent Gruber, Senior Director Global Automotive, J D Power
Thomas Fritz, Chief Engineer & Associate General Manager, Drive Seres
Tony Gioutsos, Director Portfolio Developer Autonomous Americas, Siemens PLM Software
Bruce Coventry, Vice President Business Development, Caaresys
Samy Panneerselvam, Technical Director, Caresoft Global Inc.

8:50am – How are Autonomous Vehicles Set to Reshape Automotive Seating? “Integrated Safety” – How the cockpit of a vehicle is inherently tied to Autonomous Vehicle Performance.

Tony Gioutsos, Director Portfolio Developer Autonomous Americas, Siemens PLM Software

9:15am – Gaining an Ergonomic Edge with Interface Pressure Technology

Rob Podoloff, Chief Technology Officer, Tekscan

9:30am – Advanced Safety Solutions for Smart life: How to Achieve Safety in all Seated Positions: New Safety System Solutions for Seat-Belts, Air Bags

Christina Morris, Senior Engineering Manager, Autoliv Americas

10:00am – Moving, transforming, and adjusting seats to an autonomous environment’…

Richard Hager, Interior Director, Drive Seres

10:20amMorning refreshment break

10:55am – Addressing the Growing Need for Seat Personalisation with the Help of Artificial Intelligence

Bruce Coventry, Vice President Business Development, Caaresys

11.15am – Panel Session: The Future Vehicle Layout: Challenges in Second- and Third-Row Seats, modern lifestyle and advanced vehicle layout Capabilities – Looking at Technology Enablers

Scott Ziolek, Seating New Technology, Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

Anil Bhat, Director Front seat Structure, Brose North America

Devon Vogt, Seat Design Engineer, Nissan Motor Corporation

Christina Morris, Senior Engineering Manager, Autoliv Americas

Charles Baker, ex-VP Johnson Controls & ex-General Manager Interiors General Motors 

11:45am – Cockpit of the Future: Megatrends Driving Seat Requirements

Ian Young, Strategy Director, Faurecia Seating

12:15pm – Advanced Joining Technologies for Next-Generation Seating Systems

Viral Varshney, Director of Engineering, RIFAST

12:35pmLuncheon

1:30pm – Magnesium

Nathan Sanko, Co-Founder & CEO, Leggera Technologies LLC

1:50pm – Lightweighting Solutions for Seats

Dan LaFlamme, Director of Product Management, Molded Foam, Woodbridge

2:10pm – Panel Session: Innovative Foam Solutions: Achieving the Right Blend of Comfort, Safety and Sustainability.

Panel Chair: Missy Pereny, Global Director Foam & Comfort Engineer, Lear Corporation

Mike Kehoe, Director of Product Management, Formed Plastics, Woodbridge

Dan LaFlamme, Director of Product Management, Molded Foam, Woodbridge

Pasquale Rossi, Foam Specialist – Comfort & Trim Division, Automotive Seating Business Group – NAO, Faurecia

Steve Harris, Development Lead – Global Seat Comfort, FCA Group

Kim Gorden, Development Lead – Foam/Trim/Craftsmanship, FCA Group 

2:50pm – Trim and Fabrics: “Zero Wrinkle Initiative” Reducing Thickness Whilst Maintaining Quality and Durability

Panel Chair: Missy Pereny, Global Director Foam & Comfort Engineer, Lear Corporation

Lisa Townley, Surface Materials and Innovation for Advanced Engineering- Senior Engineer, Lear Corporation

Steve Harris, Development Lead – Global Seat Comfort, FCA Group

Kim Gorden, Development Lead – Foam/Trim/Craftsmanship, FCA Group 

3:20pm – Automotive Seating and Interiors — Validation Opportunities

Don Lux, Division Director Transportation, Element Materials Technology

3:45pm – Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:10pm – Human-Centric Thermal Comfort

Jeff Arsenault, Product Line Manager ClimateSenseTM Thermal Systems, Gentherm

4:30 – High Strength lightweight Seat Fasteners

Mike Mowins, President – Global licensing, Phillips Screw Company

4:50 – Direct Welding of Aluminium to Steel as a Cost-effective Enabler for Multi-Material Vehicle Construction

Jerry E. Gould, Technology Fellow – Resistance & Solid-State Welding, EWI

5:10pm – The Drive to Cut Weight: The Best Multi- Material Optimization and Value Optimization Combining Modern Seating Materials

Edwin Pope, Global light weighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

5:40pm Conference chair closing remarks, followed by  Networking Drinks Reception