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What's happening at World Congress today? (Thursday)

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 21, 2015 -

Helmut Matschi, Executive Board Member of Continental and Head of the Interior Division, will address changing demands and reveal some key findings of Continental’s 2015 Mobility Study during the opening keynote address today at 9 a.m. in the AVL Technology Leadership Center.


Moderated by President Steven Lietaert of Hella USA Inc., a panel session at 9:45 a.m. on “The Future of Mobility Innovation” will explore efficiency, profitability, CO2 emissions, safety, globalization, and regulations—all in the context of resource limits, including both human resources and raw materials. The panel will include Samit Ghosh, P3 Group; Swamy Kotagiri, Magna International; Seval Oz, Continental; and Bernhard A. Sendhoff, Honda Research Institute.


• The SAE 2015 World Congress Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. in Grand Riverview Ballroom B will feature remarks by Frank Paluch, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. His speech, "The Next Big Bang: The Future of Personal Mobility," will underscore the role mobility will play in the future, punctuate insight from Honda speakers and close the 2015 World Congress. The Annual Banquet—the largest and most prestigious gathering of global automotive industry leaders—includes honors given to the top OEM and supplier executives. Additional remarks are provided by SAE 2015 President Richard W. Greaves and 2015 World Congress General Chairman Erik Berkman.


• “The Coming STEM Crisis” will be the focus of an FEV Innovation Forum session at 1:30 p.m. This session will bring educators, legislators, and corporate representatives together to discuss the problem and identify a potential solution framework that can be adapted to by a broad spectrum of stakeholders. In addition to an executive from SAE International, the panel will feature representatives from Continental Automotive Systems, Deloitte Consulting LLP, DENSO International America, and Walling Consulting Services.


• Four Technical Expert Panel Discussions will be held today; among them a session on “Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles and Hydrogen Infrastructure” (11 a.m., Room 410 B). This panel, made up of experts from BMW, Linde, Honda R&D, Hyundai, General Motors, Air Liquide America, and Toyota Motor Engineering, will discuss the status and remaining challenges for the wide-scale commercialization of these vehicles and infrastructure.


• Today’s Tech Hub sessions include “Changing the Pace of Manufacturing: Building Airplanes in an Augmented factory,” (11:50 a.m.) where Paul Davies of Boeing Research & Technology will look at work being done both in industry and academia to address technology gaps related to augmented reality and how we are moving closer to meeting expectations, and finally he will uncover the huge benefits in manufacturing operations once we are successful.


• Among the Chat with the Experts sessions today is “Connected Vehicles Pilot Certification Testing” at 3 p.m. in Room 258. This session will introduce the approach and concepts for Certification Testing to help qualify critical capabilities of devices and application components for using in current deployment pilots. The testing capabilities are being developed in a cooperative agreement between U.S. Department of Transportation, OmniAir Certification Services/Southwest Research Institute, 7Layers, and Danlaw.


• The Ride & Drive is open to all registered attendees today from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hall A.


• The A World In Motion Fuel Cell competition will welcome middle school students to compete in accuracy, endurance, endurance with weight, and speed events.from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hall D.


• Located on the exhibit floor in the Young Professionals Lounge, Speed Mentoring will again be held today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and a “Conversation & Cocktails” networking event will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.