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What'€™s happening at World Congress today? (Tuesday)

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 21, 2015 -

Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google and a world renowned American futurist and inventor, will open the SAE 2015 World Congress & Exhibition today in the AVL Technology Leadership Center. Honda is sponsoring Kurzweil’s address as an expression of the event theme “Leading Mobility Innovation.”

At Google, Kurzweil leads a team that is developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding. He is best known as one of the leading experts on artificial intelligence in the world.

The opening ceremony (which begins at 8:30 a.m.), will also feature remarks by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, SAE 2015 World Congress General Chair Erik Berkman of Honda North America, SAE International CEO David Schutt, and Helmut List of AVL.   

• Also part of the AVL Technology Leadership Center lineup on Tuesday is a session on “The Autonomous Vehicle Race” (9:30 a.m.). Moderated by Richard Wallace of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI, this session will explore where the self-driving car revolution is heading. The panel includes Toshio Yokoyama, Senior Chief Engineer at Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Japan; Patrick F. Bassett, VP of Research and Development, DENSO International America Inc.; Steffen Linkenbach, Director Systems & Technology, NAFTA, Continental Automotive Systems U.S. Inc.; and Bryant Walker Smith, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina.

• “The Glide Path Toward Autonomous Vehicles” is one of a pair of FEV Innovation Forum sessions (1:30 p.m.) today. This session will examine the enabling technologies that will ultimately make intelligent transport systems possible and assess the cost/benefit case for customer safety, simplicity, satisfaction and robustness, ahead of production. Moderated by Stephan A. Tarnutzer, of DGE Inc., the panel will include J. Richard Bishop, Bishop Consulting; Myra Blanco, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; Derek Caveney, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.; and Gary Smyth, General Motors.

• Five Technical Expert Panel Discussions will be held today; among them a session on “Beyond 2025 Engine Development Initiatives” (3:30, Room 331 A/B/C) SAE Automotive Engineering Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke will moderate a panel featuring Christopher Atkinson, ARPA-E; Robert Bienenfeld, American Honda Motor Co. Inc.; Thomas Grissom, BorgWarner Automotive; Marc Sens, IAV GmbH; and Matti Vint, VALEO.

• Another venue for World Congress speakers—with a more informal town hall-type setting—is the Tech Hub on the show floor. This is where Chuck Thomas, a chief engineer at Honda R&D in Ohio, will deliver a talk called “Chasing Reality: Engineering's Digital World Made Real” (1:30 p.m.). Thomas will explain how computer modeling of complex structures has allowed many old-line engineering compromises to be abandoned, making possible lighter, stronger, safer and more sustainable vehicles.

• The Annual Business Meeting of the members of SAE International will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the FEV Innovation Forum. During the meeting, SAE President Richard W. Greaves will announce the 2015 Board of Directors, discuss his presidential focus areas, and the SAE Annual Report will be presented.

• The Career Fair will provide the opportunity for mobility industry engineers and professionals to explore available jobs, network, and meet with professional recruiters, and representatives from OEMs and suppliers. The Career Fair will be open today from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• The popular Ride & Drive event, with vehicles from multiple OEMs and suppliers, allows attendees to test drive vehicles on a 10-minute course. The Ride & Drive is open to all registered attendees today from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hall A.

• Among the Chat with the Experts sessions today is “Considerations for Effective Aluminum Extrusion Design” (Room 260 Portside Ballroom, 4 p.m.) with Henry Bertolini, Pennex Aluminum Company LLC.

• At the Awards and Recognition Ceremony (FEV Innovation Forum, 5:30 p.m.), more than 80 outstanding engineers will be recognized for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the mobility industry.

• The fourth annual A World In Motion Motorized Toy Car competition will welcome middle school students to compete in 15- and 30-degree ramp, speed, and obstacle course events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hall D.