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July 29 - 31, 2019
Detroit, MI


Start of Main Conference Day One

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


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

Mike Kolich - Global Seat Comfort Engineer, Ford Motors
  • 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
Ford Motors

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

Chad Durkee - Innovation Project Manager, Faurecia
  • 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

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

Patrick Davis - Product Development Engineer Ford Motor Company
David "Nemo" Neal - Director of Design, Local Motors
  • 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
Ford Motor Company


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

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

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

Missy Pereny

Global Director - Foam & Comfort Engineering
Lear Corporation

End of Main Conference Day One