Live Chat Software
July 29 - 31, 2019
Detroit, MI


Start of Main Conference Day One

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Coffee

9:00 am - 9:15 am Chairperson's Opening Address

Missy Pereny, Global Director - Foam & Comfort Engineering at Lear Corporation

Missy Pereny

Global Director - Foam & Comfort Engineering
Lear Corporation

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Comfort & Health and Wellness

9:15 am - 10:00 am Thinking the Car as One Unit: Innovating Beyond Comfort

  • Keeping up with customers, different markets and different car types - AV, EV and connected
  • Integrating seating comfort technologies in mid-size and compact cars
  • Identifying barriers to increased seating comfort integration and developing innovative solutions
Mike Kolich, Global Seat Comfort Engineer at Ford Motors

Mike Kolich

Global Seat Comfort Engineer
Ford Motors

10:00 am - 10:45 am Using Health and Wellness Tools in Auto Seating to Increase Safety and Comfort

  • Exploring monitoring Biometric data of drivers and passengers in passenger cars and commercial vehicles
  • Discuss the challenges of filtering Biometric Data within a vehicle to gain a higher accuracy level
  • Managing the privacy of consumer’s biometric data
Chad Durkee, Innovation Project Manager at Faurecia

Chad Durkee

Innovation Project Manager

10:45 am - 11:15 am Morning Coffee and Networking - Demo Drive

Comfort in Automotive Seating

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Shifting to Human Centered Design: Identifying Auto Customer Groups and Needs

  • Designing for the user instead of the vehicle
  • Reducing innovation costs through simulation and virtual testing for seating
  • Using customer ride and drives for direct feedback

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Meet & Greet

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm PANEL: Looking Across Industries for Inspiration: A Cross Industry Discussion on Seating and Passenger Experience

  • What can the automotive industry learn from peers at aircraft OEMs
  • Looking at technologies from office ergonomic seating that can be integrated into automotive
  • Viewing the automotive interior as an ecosystem: interior design engineers share strategies
Patrick Davis, Product Development Engineer at Ford Motor Company

Patrick Davis

Product Development Engineer
Ford Motor Company

David "Nemo" Neal, Director of Design at Local Motors

David "Nemo" Neal

Director of Design
Local Motors

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Boosting Safety and Comfort: Using Complex Sensor Arrays to Track Driver Needs

  • Identifying when a driver is sleepy or not paying attention
  • Connecting sensor arrays with car computer for a responsive system
  • Can sensor data be transmitted to health providers or insurance companies?

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm FERN - More Than Just a Task Chair

  • Science Based approach to Research
  • Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Ergonomics
  • Development Insights
  • Delivering Performance and Desire
Nick Hobson, Director, Seating Business Group at Haworth

Nick Hobson

Director, Seating Business Group

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Trend Setting at Aircraft OEMs: Radical Design, Modern Materials, and Shapes and Curves

  • Using unique seating design to set your product apart
  • Tracking modern materials and their practical application in aircraft seating
  • Taking advantage of innovative shapes and configurations

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Chairperson's Closing Address

Missy Pereny, Global Director - Foam & Comfort Engineering at Lear Corporation

Missy Pereny

Global Director - Foam & Comfort Engineering
Lear Corporation

End of Main Conference Day One