October 10-12, 2017
Plymouth, Michigan, USA
The Inn at Saint John's
Keynote SpeakersLee E. Barnes Jr.
Director, Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Business
Ricardo Inc. Lee Barnes is responsible for strategic leadership, business development, and project execution for Ricardo’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles U.S. business. As Director, Barnes develops strategic partnerships to provide new technology, including Ricardo Agent Drive, which leverages agent-based modeling methodologies for development and verification of autonomous vehicles (AV), advanced algorithms development for AV motion control, and system engineering and integration services for AV vehicle demonstration. Barnes has more than 20 years of automotive experience with various OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and startup companies, including General Motors, United Technologies, and Onkyo America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Tuskegee University, and a master’s degree in the same field of study from Case Western Reserve University. Sean Osborne
Director, The ITB Group Sean Osborne leads the Vehicle Efficiency Practice at The ITB Group. He has been developing and implementing strategic visions as a technical executive in several organizations for 20 years. Over the past 30 years, Osborne has accumulated extensive experience in automotive product development, including experience working in Europe and China as well as the United States. Two areas of his automotive specialization are thermal management and fuel systems. Osborne holds master’s degrees in engineering and management from MIT and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute. "Thermal Management Alternatives for Conventional, and Electrified Vehicles" Abstract: Relentless engineering changes are occurring to vehicles to meet global emissions requirements. Thermal management technologies are critical for making both conventional and electrified vehicles more efficient, but the benefits for various powertrain types are significantly different. This presentation will explain a technology assessment method and its results. Two different value metrics for comparing the economic value of conventional and hybrid versus plug-in powertrains will be described and applied. The ITB Group's analyses put the wide range of available thermal management techniques into relevant cost vs. value frameworks. Solutions being commercialized will be highlighted, and a road map will be provided for considering improvements in existing and future designs. Finally, the presentation will outline how developers can overcome technical and organizational barriers to commercializing innovations.