The annual Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress will feature more than 30 seminars on engineering technology at Detroit's Cobo Center. Here is a rundown of events at the technology theater.
9 a.m. - Welcoming speech by Helmut List, CEO of AVL List GmbH; and Richard Schaum, general manager of Wavecrest Laboratories who formerly was executive vice president of product development and quality for the Chrysler group. Keynote address by Jim Queen, vice president of global engineering, General Motors.
10 a.m. - Panel discussion on customer expectations of automotive interiors.
Panelists: Peter Davis, director of interior strategy and quality, GM; Bill Fluharty, vice president of industrial design and new product strategy, Johnson Controls Inc.; Barbara Haaksma, director of design and marketing, Milliken & Co.; Amy McFarren, senior manager of J.D. Power and Associates; Andreas Wlasak, vice president, Faurecia.
11:45 a.m. - Speaker: Penny Taylor, auto division chair of IMechE, and Johnson Controls UK Ltd. Topic: Design, development and manufacture of a car seat.
1 p.m. -
Keynote address: William Mattingly, vice president of electrical/electronics engineering core, DaimlerChrysler. Topic: Challenge to automotive manufacturers in integrating electronics.
1:45 p.m. - Panel discussion on automotive safety systems.
Panelists: Andrew Brown, executive director, Delphi Corp.; Christopher Cook, vice president of automotive, industrial and multi markets, Infineon Technologies; Josef Haberl, director of vehicle safety, BMW Group; Seigo Kuzumaki, project general manager, vehicle engineering division, Toyota Motor Corp.; Robert Lange, executive director, vehicle structure and safety integrity, GM; Mitsuhiko Masegi, managing officer, safety and chassis systems, Denso Corp.; Dean McConnell, director, occupant safety and driver assistance systems, Continental Teves; Robert Rivard, vice president, marketing and advanced technology development, Robert Bosch Corp.; Ralf Voss, director of body and safety electronics, DaimlerChrysler.
3:30 p.m. - Panel discussion on automotive electronic entertainment, business and convenience systems.
Panelists: Janette Beauchamp, general manager of Global Automotive Industry for IBM; Flip Lockhoof, general manager of digital audio and radio operations, Freescale Semiconductor; Steven Millstein, CEO of ATX Group; Martin Yagley, director of audio/telematics and infosystems, DaimlerChrysler; Pete Zogas, senior vice president of sales and marketing, National Instruments.
Andersson: Topic is perfomance.
9 a.m. - Keynote address: Robert Lutz, vice chairman of product development, GM.
Topic: Driving and the lost art of fun.
10 a.m. - Panel discussion on how exciting the weekend warriors can mean profits to automakers and suppliers.
Panelists: Robert Davis, senior vice president of product development and quality, Mazda North American Operations; Daniel Knott, director of SRT, DaimlerChrysler; Mark Reuss, executive director of architectural engineering performance, GM; Carl Sheffer, vice president of OEM relations, Specialty Equipment Market Association; Hau Thai-Tang, chief engineer, Mustang Program, Ford Motor Co.
1 p.m. - Keynote address: Michiyoshi Hagino, senior managing and representative director, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and president of JSAE. Topic: The future of powertrain technology.
1:45 p.m. - Panel discussion on the future for hybrid, diesel and modified gasoline powertrains.
Panelists: Jean Botti, chief technologist, Delphi; Mark Chernoby, vice president of Advance Engineering, DaimlerChrysler; David Hermance, executive engineer of Environmental Engineering, Toyota Technical Center USA; John Moulton, president of the Powertrain Division, Robert Bosch Corp.; Margo Oge, director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA; J. Gary Smyth, department head, Powertrain Systems Research Laboratory, GM.
3:30 p.m. - Panel discussion on the hurdles to a hydrogen economy.
Panelists: Christoph Huss, senior vice president of science and traffic policy, BMW Group; J. Byron McCormick, executive director of fuel cell activities, GM; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO, Quantum Technologies Inc.; Robert Wimmer, research manager for technical and regulatory affairs, Toyota Motor North America.
Martens: Will discuss style
9 a.m. - Keynote address: Burkhard Goeschel, board of management, BMW. Topic: Research success through collaboration.
10 a.m. - Keynote address: Phil Martens, group vice president of product creation, North America, Ford. Topic: Style and speed.
11 a.m. - Keynote address: Chuck Ernst, vice president of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC. Topic: North American vehicle quality success through collaboration.
1 p.m. - Keynote address: Bo Andersson, vice president of global purchasing and supply chain, GM. Topic: Pursuing high performance suppliers.
1:45 p.m. - Panel discussion on strengthening relationships with suppliers.
Panelists: Commanding Gen. (ret.) Paul Kern of the U.S. Army Material Command; Klaus Richter, senior vice president of production materials purchasing, BMW.
3:30 p.m. - Panel discussion on strengthening relationships between Tier 1 suppliers and automakers.
Panelists: Michael Brosseau, vice president of sales, Brose North America; Jacqui Dedo, president of automotive, Timken Co.; George Dettloff, president of automotive division, North America, SKF; Don Manvel, CEO of AVL North America; Dave Westgate, CEO of Jason Inc.
9 a.m. - Keynote address: Commanding Gen. Benjamin Griffin of the U.S. Army. Topic: Military mobility.
10 a.m. - Panel discussion on industry/government cooperation in military mobility.
Panelists: Chuck Heine, president of technology development and diversified products, Dana Corp.; yet-to-be-named NATO military and U.S. government lab representatives; industry engineering management.