Schedule of Events

Motor Bella Calendar


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As of 9-24-2021. Subject to revision. Scroll below the schedule for more information about the AutoMobili-D Symposium speakers.

AutoMobili – D Speaker Bios | M1 Event Center

Financing the Future of Mobility | Tuesday, September 21 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Moderator: Scott Kowalski, PNC
Speakers: Fabian Koark, GAMIC | Jack McCauley, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, UC Berkeley | Marco Marinucci, Partner, Head of HELLA Ventures 

EVolution at the Speed of Thought | Tuesday, September 21 | 10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Moderator: Sandy Munro, Munro & Associates
Speakers: Rob Heltsley, Brose NA | Peter Votruba-Drzal, PPG Industries | Rick Sturgeon, Dassault Systemes | John Catterall, American Iron and Steel Institute
Description: The Auto Industry is at the precipice of a monumental shift in how vehicles are created from concept to productions. Traditional OEM’s, and the established supplier base, are being pushed to do far more; faster, with less. ICE is not EV. The shift to electrification is challenging every facet of the design cycle and manufacturing realm. Pressure to innovate at the speed of thought and shed vestigial psychology is necessary for auto makers and suppliers to thrive in the future. How has your organization adapted and prepared for this rapidly evolving industry?

The Challenges Facing Battery Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S. | Tuesday, September 21 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Moderator: Brian Daugherty, MEMA
Speakers: Eric Varton, Yazaki | Kevin Calzada, Eaton | Greg Deveson, Lyten | Jack McCauley, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, UC Berkeley

Going to the Gemba: Faster. Smarter. Cooler. Safer. | Tuesday, September 21 | 1:05 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Moderator: John Waraniak, Have Blue, LLC
Speakers: Doug Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Dr. Chris Paredis, Professor, Automotive Engineering Clemson University CU-ICAR | Dr. David Gorsich, Army Futures Command, GVSC | Beth Paretta, CEO and Team Principal, Paretta Autosport
Description: This session will include frontline leaders of advanced automobility technology, product creation. design and manufacturing processes that are using racing and performance to solve problems, demonstrate technology and inspire the next generation of STEM and STEAM leaders around world. Topics will include the Indy Autonomous Challenge, Automated Driving, Military and Aerospace Technology Transfer, Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing programs and projects driving real-world Automobility 5.0 applications. 
The format of the Leadership Summit Panel will be direct, open, fun and very interactive. We will have a full speaker grid and will move quickly into our panel discussions. Each Panelist Speaker will have two minutes to introduce themselves and any key remarks or message points, so we can move directly to the session topics and interactive discussion.
The interactive discussion is a great way for the panelists to present their message points as well as add personal insights and comments regarding other speaker’s perspectives and audience questions.

How Will Future Infrastructure Deployments Interact with EVs, AVs, & ADAS | Tuesday, September 21 | 2:05 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Moderator: David Coulter, Oakland County Executive
Panelists: Kirk Steudle, Econolite/Michigan Department of Transportation | Tim Woods, General Manager of Autonomous Vehicle Alliance | Zachary Bolton, Continental North America | Ingrid Tighe, Oakland County | Robert Wunsche, Vice President of Engineering, Connect Systems at DENSO
Description: Sample topics are rollout of infrastructure to support autonomous vehicles and electrification efforts.

How Personalized Data Will Create Immersive In-Vehicle Experiences | Tuesday, September 21 | 3:05 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

Moderator: Ted Serbinski, Stanson Ventures
Speakers: Roger Jollis, HARMAN | Luke Harvery, Amazon Web Services | Stephen Powers, Emergency Safety Solutions

Examining Mobility Trends of the Next Decade | Tuesday, September 21 | 4:05 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.

Moderator: Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant
Speakers: Reuben Sarkar, American Center for Mobility | Mike Dovorany, Escalent | Phil Reich, Google | Tarik Bolat, GPR

EyesOn Design Awards & Reception | Tuesday, September 21 | 5:05 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Moderator: John McElroy
The 14th annual EyesOn Design Awards, presented by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a division of the Henry Ford Health System Department of Ophthalmology

IHS Markit - "The Path to Electrification: Consumers, Products and Enablement" 

Moderator: Kristen Balasia, IHS Markit
Joe Kyriakoza, VP and General Manager, Polk Automotive Solutions, IHS Markit | Stephanie Brinley, Principal Research Analyst, IHS Markit | James Martin, Consulting Associate Director, IHS Markit
Description: IHS Markit’s team of experts will share data-driven perspectives on the transition from ICE to EV and what it means for the consumer, new electric vehicle offerings, automakers’ planned strategies, and the implications for suppliers and marketers.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

The Future of Air Mobility 
Melinda Marion, MUASC, Director of Business Development | Charlie Tyson, OFME, Technology Activations Manager | Bryan Budds, MDOT, Deputy Administrator of Office of Aeronautics |  | Jon Rimanelli, ASX, Founder & CEO

Developing, piloting and deploying next generation mobility technologies 
Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist | Atalay Taskoparan, Adastec, Co-Founder and Chief Mobility Officer | Kevin Mull, Bosch, Business Development - Mobility Solutions |  | David Agnew, Dataspeed, VP of Business Development

Sustainable Mobility & Electrification in Michigan
Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist | Dr. Satish Udpa, Michigan State University | Dr. Huei Peng, University of Michigan | Dr. Weisong Shi, Wayne State University    

Italian Trade Agency - "Innovation That Moves Forward" 

Moderator: Michael Wayland, CNBC
Panelists: Simona Onori, Stanford University | Sayed A. Nassar, Ph.D., Fellow ASME, Oakland University | Giuseppe Santangelo, CEO, Skypersonic, Inc.

Dolby Laboratories - "Dolby Atmos for Cars: The Future of Entertainment in Automobiles" 

Moderator: John McElroy, host of Autoline and WWJ Newsradioa
Speakers: Patrick Rossi, VP of Strategic Accounts, Dolby | Christine Thomas, Sr Director of Music Partnerships, Dolby |  Curt Behlmer, Universal Music Group | Derek Ali, multi-Grammy Award winning musician and sound engineer
Description: Hear from leaders in Auto, Tech, Artist/Creators, and Dolby Engineers as they will discuss this unique and spectacular experience. This event is open to all registered Motor Bella attendees.

Autodesk - Racing to the Factory of the Future 

Moderator: Jamie Sciturro, Automotive Account Executive, Autodesk
Speakers: John Turner, Vice President of Innovative Solutions, Gafcon | Chris Mounts, Director of Laser Scanning and Modeling, Production Modeling Corp | Marc Banning, Industry Insight Executive, Autodesk | Sunny Manku, Technical Solutions Executive, Construction, Autodesk

Description: Motorsports fans will recognize the race to build the factory production lines that transform incoming parts and raw materials received at one end into the new automotive models rolling out the other end. The new push to electrify vehicles has only multiplied factory races going on, including the recent White House executive order to have 50% of US automobiles running on batteries by 2030.

Automakers spend $1-4 billion annually on these races to construct new factory production lines. For every new product line this often means a factory renovation, or even a new factory. Yet the unfolding technologies that have revolutionized the automotive consumer experience have just started to be adopted for factory construction and installation projects.

During Motor Bella 2021, our panel of automotive industry experts will discuss this transformation of the “factory construction race” using cloud-based technologies to bring the latest and greatest automobiles to the world’s streets. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How automakers are using new cloud-based technologies to meet or beat deadlines and budgets.
  • How automakers are taking control of and winning their “factory construction races”.
  • How automakers are using “digital twins” of their production lines and facilities to optimize layouts before construction, and refine them over time.

A2mac1 - "Electrification - Design Trends and Perspectives" 

Speaker: Chris Gibson, Director of Operations, A2mac1