May 18 - 20, 2020 | Detroit, MI

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE | MAY 19, 2020

Start of Main Conference Day One

7:30 am - 8:45 am Breakfast Networking

Charge up for a great day of learning and networking with industry experts and innovators across the lighting and interiors ecosystem to glean future trends and strategies.

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John Combest

Chairman and Former Project Manager in Advanced Safety Technology at Nissan Technical Center
GHBMC - Global Human Body Models Consortium

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Design Principle

9:00 am - 9:45 am Keynote Address - Design Principle: Cognitive Dissonance in Design

Jason Johnson - Director of User Experience Design, Harman International

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Jason Johnson

Director of User Experience Design
Harman International

9:45 am - 10:30 am Innovating Intelligent Seat Beyond Comfort

Megan Romelfanger - Seat Comfort Product Engineer, Ford Motor Company
• Leveraging biometrics customization to create intelligent seat
• Learning how to keep up with customers’ needs: AV, EV, and CV
• Gaining insight on innovative technology like touch to enhance customer comfortability

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Megan Romelfanger

Seat Comfort Product Engineer
Ford Motor Company

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Coffee and Networking - Demo Drive

Take a break to refuel and refresh in our Discovery Zone. What have you taken away from this morning’s sessions? Take this opportunity to look at new solutions and test new designs and developments in the market. 

Comfort in Automotive Seating

11:00 am - 11:45 am PANEL: Personalizing Passenger Experience with Seating and Comfort in Mind

David "Nemo" Neal - Director of Design, Local Motors
Patrick Davis - Core Comfort Attribute Engineer, Ford Motor Company
• Defining what seat mobility means for autonomous and ride-sharing vehicles 
• Is motion sickness a thing of the past? Learning how to advance passenger’s comfortability to provide an enhanced experience
• Looking at design and materials that promote comfortability

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David "Nemo" Neal

Director of Design
Local Motors

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Patrick Davis

Core Comfort Attribute Engineer
Ford Motor Company

11:45 am - 12:30 pm FIRESIDE CHAT: Innovating Interior Cabin and Defining the Future of User Experience

Royce Channey - Director of Design, Harman International
Juan Antonio Islas Munoz - Head of Transportation Design, University of Cincinnati
• Learning from a case study about transforming your cockpit designs
• Examining usability among voice activation, touchless, and gesture controls
• Overcoming the challenges in integrating emerging technology

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Royce Channey

Director of Design
Harman International

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Juan Antonio Islas Munoz

Head of Transportation Design
University of Cincinnati

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch

Join peers that specialize in the same design and product development just like you! Meet and greet counterparts working with seating, HMI/UX, and connectivity. Swap stories over a delicious networking lunch and advance your personal and professional development.
• Discussing seat mobility in aviation and automotive 
• Overcoming challenges of redesigning seats with new technology
• Tackling comfort differences in different industry

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David "Nemo" Neal

Director of Design
Local Motors

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Matthew Coder

Manager, Onboard Experience
Alaska Airlines

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Megan Romelfanger

Seat Comfort Product Engineer
Ford Motor Company

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Networking Break and Team-Wide Design Challenge

Challenge your team to work collaboratively with a design challenge that we present! This activity will promote team building, healthy competition, and an opportunity to network before we break into our roundtables. The winning team will get a prize and bragging rights! 

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Megan Romelfanger

Seat Comfort Product Engineer
Ford Motor Company

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Susan Shaw

Senior Engineer in HMI/UX Design
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

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Joseph Lenneman

UX Design Lead Autonomous Experience
General Motors

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Shyam Sundar

Global Head of Product, Autonomous Driving & Vehicle Software Platform
Faraday Future

HMI Design and Safety Standards

• Discussing challenges around driver distractions and human error
• Rethinking safety as we look at displays and HUDs in infotainment console
• Leveraging testing and prototyping to measure vehicle safety
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David Trippany

Associate Director, Automotive Supply Chain and Technology-America’s
IHS Markit

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Susan Shaw

Senior Engineer in HMI/UX Design
Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

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John Combest

Chairman and Former Project Manager in Advanced Safety Technology at Nissan Technical Center
GHBMC - Global Human Body Models Consortium

End of Main Conference Day One