Smart Automotive Surfaces 2020

Event Date: October 8, 2020

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4)

Location: Virtual Zoom Conference

Sponsors (click logos for more information):

The ITB Group identifies automotive technologies at the intersection of surfaces and electronics.  The only event of its kind, our 7th annual Smart Automotive Surfaces 2020 conference aimed to harness the energy of innovation and the discipline of automotive engineering to bring multi-functional surfaces to the global market. Component functional integration and processing is the foundation of this event.

For 2020, ITB’s event was reimagined as an interactive virtual conference where attendees were treated to 11 intriguing presentations covering technology changes, application and integration developments, materials, processing , haptics, HMI, and user interface innovation.  Scheduled open networking sessions were built into our agenda to allow our diverse mix of attendees to chat with leaders from throughout the value chain, discuss business plans, and forge new connections. Live Q&A with the presenters also added an additional layer of connectivity to our event.

Planning for our 2021 event on October 7, 2021 in Novi, Michigan is already underway and we encourage key industry participants to join our conference and support the agenda as a presenter, sponsor, and/or exhibitor. Additional event details will be shared in the coming months.

In the meantime, please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Senior Program Manager – Conferences with any questions – Email: beldredge@itbgroup.com – Phone: +1 (248) 380-6310

CONFERENCE AGENDA - 7th Annual Smart Automotive Surfaces 2020 : October 8, 2020

8:00

Webinar Opens - Log In

8:15

Open Networking Session

8:50

Opening Remarks

Darren Nowak, Director, Research & Analysis – The ITB Group (U.S.A.)

Looming Technology Changes

9:00

How Will Regulations Play a Role in the Future of Interior Sensing?

Tom Miller, General Manager, Regulations and Research -Aisin Technical Center of America (U.S.A.)

9:30

E-Textiles as Smart Surfaces

Madison Maxey, CEO – LOOMIA (U.S.A.)

10:00

Panel Discussion: A view from Disruptors

Chaired by Serhat Cicekoglu, Founder, Startup Investor and Advisor – Sente Foundry (U.S.A.)

Panelists: Thurston Adams, Founder of xMotion and Adam Feldman, CEO of Crispify

10:30

Open Networking Break
Integration: Key Applications

10:50

High Quality Chrome Surfaces with Ambient Lighting and Textured Surfaces for Smart Applications

Dr. Felix Heinzler, Head of Development and Processing Technologies and Martin Schreiber, Key Account USMCA – BIA Group (Germany)

11:20

Style and Function – A New Life for The Part Formerly Known as a “Grille”

Dr. Mark Torgerson, Technical Marketing Manager – Covestro (U.S.A.)

11:50

Experience Launching Touch Switch Applications

Paul Rye, Sales Manager, Automotive – KURZ Transfer Products (U.S.A.)

12:20

Lunch Break - Open Networking

1:00

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Next Generation Floor console User Interface

Jeffrey Stout, Executive Director, Global Innovation  –  Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (U.S.A.)

High Volume Processing and Programmable Haptics

1:30

Functional Substrates, Electronic Materials and Sustainable Processes – A HVM Approach to Structural and 3D In-Mold Electronics

Rahul Raut, Director for Strategy & Technology Acquisition – Alpha Assembly Solutions  (U.S.A.)

1:50

The Origo 3D Touch Steering Wheel

Sam DiVergilio, Director of Sales – Canatu (U.S.A.)

2:10

Surface Haptics and the Next Generation of Automotive HMI

Mondher Cherif, Chief Scientist – Tanvas (U.S.A.)

2:30

Open Networking

3:30

Event Closes
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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Darren Nowak
Director, Research & Analysis - The ITB Group
Tom Miller
General Manager, Regulations and Research - Aisin
Madison Maxey
CEO - Loomia
Gerod Carfantan
Chief Operating Officer - Sente Foundry
Thurston Adams
Founder - xMotion
Adam Feldman
CEO - Crispify
Dr. Felix Heinzler
Head of Development and Processing Technologies - BIA Group
Dr. Mark Torgerson
Technical Marketing Manager - Covestro
Paul Rye
Sales Manager, Automotive - KURZ Transfer Products
Jeffrey Stout
Executive Director Global Innovation - Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Rahul Raut
Director for Strategy & Technology Acquisition - Alpha Assembly Solutions
Sam DiVergilio
Director of Sales - Canatu
Dr. Mondher Cherif
Chief Scientist - Tanvas

Darren Nowak

Mr. Nowak joined the ITB Group in 2007 and currently operates as Director - Research and Analysis. He is primarily responsible for direct interface with industry participants and building complex business models to facilitate ITB’s mission to assess automotive business and technology change. He has supported and been the lead investigator in many projects involved in interiors, exterior, and under the hood, and most recently has concentrated on plastic / electronic integration. Mr. Nowak has 25 years’ experience in automotive, off road and heavy truck applications, including application and standards engineering roles at Eaton Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with concentration in International Relations.

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Tom Miller

Mr. Miller is the General Manager for Emerging Regulations & New Technology Research at Aisin Technical Center of America. Here he is responsible setting up and building a regulations and technical research department to identify, analyze and monitor critical legislative issues that may affect Aisin business focusing on NCAP, safety, cyber security, fuel economy, greenhouse gas and automated driving. Mr. Miller is also responsible for external affairs including collaboration with academia and third-party groups. He is actively involved with research related to distracted and drowsy driving and was co-author on a research paper with the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and holds nine patents for various product designs including several related to wireless charging.

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Madison Maxey

Ms. Maxey is the CEO & Founder of Loomia where she focuses on innovations in the e-textile industry. Here she has spent the past 5 years conducting research and product development for soft, flexible circuits and is the primary inventor on 2 granted patents that make up Loomia’s core technology, the Loomia Layer. Ms. Maxey also serves on standards committees to help develop the future of the e-textiles industry. Among her accomplishments, Ms. Maxey has been named a Forbes 30 under 30 Member, TED@NYC selected speaker, Thiel Fellow, Lord & Taylor Rose Award Recipient, Future of Storytelling Fellow and a Project Diane Founder.

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Gerod Carfantan

Mr. Carfantan, Chief Operating Officer of Sente Foundry, works with investors, corporate innovators, and startups for mobility, logistics tech, food tech and data/AI programs. He is an investing partner and operational head of investment programs, advisor & board member to portfolio companies, and scouts for innovative startups. Prior to this role, Mr. Carfantan was a management consultant and business development manager at Cisco Systems, and worked on partnerships, solutions and IT services engagements at VMware, Siemens and EMC. Mr. Carfantan received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta.

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Thurston Adams

Before devoting his work fulltime to developing vehicle health monitoring technology, Mr. Adams served as President and CEO of his family’s automotive manufacturing business. Between 2011 – 2018 he focused on product development for undercar systems including powertrain, ride control, and engine Management. Recognizing that vehicles were generating enormous datasets that could be combined with historical warranty data, Mr. Adams founded xMotion to develop a series of algorithms to predict vehicle maintenance.

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Adam Feldman

Mr. Feldman is the CEO of Crispify, a mobility air quality startup, and a former VP of Innovation and Strategy for a global automotive tier 1 company (A.L. Group) with vast experience in the automotive industry in the US and Europe. Mr. Feldman holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and an Executive Education Diploma from Wharton Business School.

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Dr. Felix Heinzler

Dr. Heinzler currently operates as Head of Development and Processing Technologies at BIA Group where he is responsible for the development of new processes in electroplating, painting and injection molding, optimization of current processes, troubleshooting and installation of new processing lines. Prior to this role he was active as the head of the injection molding department at ipe and worked as the head of processing technologies at BIA. Dr. Heinzler studied mechanical engineering with focus on product engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen and conducted his doctoral thesis in the field of material characterization and process control in injection molding with focus on surface properties. He is also a lecturer for Polymer Processing at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences.

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Dr. Mark Torgerson

Dr. Torgerson has more than 20 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and specialty materials markets with roles including research, manufacturing, product management, technical sales and technical marketing at BASF and Covestro. He is currently responsible for technical marketing for polycarbonates at Covestro where he inspires designers and guides them on new applications, new processing techniques and new products for the mobility sector. His focus is on beautiful, seamless, functional, and illuminated smart surfaces. Dr. Torgerson holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University.

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Paul Rye

Mr. Rye operates as Sales Manager at KURZ Transfer Products, where he leads new business development and commercial interface with US automotive customers. Since 2004 he has held advanced engineering and sales positions at Lear, IAC and Hella in interior plastics, lighting and decoration product areas. Prior to repatriating to US, he also spent 18 years at Jaguar Cars UK in Interior Trim Engineering, Launch and Program Management roles. Mr. Rye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University and a Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering Design from Coventry University.

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Jeffrey Stout

Mr. Stout is Executive Director, Global Innovation for Yanfeng where he is responsible for all innovation activity globally for the company, which encompasses technology scouting, early customer ideation, co-innovation and futuring activities, as well as all general innovation related liaison work with his team and customers. He also leads innovation for Yanfeng’s Smart Cabin vison for future interiors. Prior to this appointment Mr. Stout was most recently Executive Director, North America Innovation and New Mobility for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. He also was Director of Product Management for the company. Mr. Stout holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy from Calvin College, as well as a Master’s degree in Engineering Leadership.

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Rahul Raut

Mr. Raut is Director, Strategy and Technology Acquisition at MacDermidAlpha Electronics Solutions where he is responsible for leading new business development programs and building and deploying growth strategies. He is also responsible for developing strategically focused collaborations, partnerships and joint ventures with universities, consortiums, and external customers. Mr. Raut is the author and/or co-author of more than 50 technical papers and he is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in DMAIC and DFSS streams. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, along with an Executive Certification in Management and Leadership, from Sloan School of Management, MIT. Mr. Raut is also a co-inventor on multiple patents.

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Sam DiVergilio

Mr. DiVergilio is the Director of North American Sales for Canatu Oy where he and his team are responsible for supporting all North American customers for new product development or serial production applications. He is also involved with developing new business opportunities across all markets with focus on automotive. He has over 25 years of experience in automotive, safety, aerospace and advanced prototyping industries and has held roles in international business development, operations management, engineering, and product development within multinational companies. Mr. DiVergilio holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

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Dr. Mondher Cherif

Dr. Cherif has more than 30 years of experience developing, manufacturing, and commercializing sensors and actuators. Before joining Tanvas where he led the development and launch of the first integrated touchscreen and surface haptics devices, Dr. Cherif was Chief Engineer at TPK America where he was a key contributor to the developed processes and manufacturing methods for several touchscreen offerings. Dr. Cherif holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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