Panel Discussions

 

The WardsAuto Interiors Conference featured eight informative panel discussions covering topics of vital importance to the design and production of the automotive interior.

Our speakers from leading auto makers and suppliers shared valuable insights that you can apply to your current and future projects.

The sessions discussed the newest materials offering great cost and weight savings, what consumers will demand in the auto interiors of tomorrow, and what the OEMs are planning that will reshape auto interiors as we know them.

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Panel 1:
Perfecting the HMI

8:15 to 9:30 am
Since the debut of the BMW iDrive, the modern Human Machine Interface has both amazed and confounded consumers. After more than a decade of development, the HMI is better than ever, but still a source of customer dissatisfaction. Panelists will discuss what can be done to truly meet consumer wants and needs.

MODERATOR:
Tim Kelley, Sales Director - Global Lead, TRW  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

PANELISTS:

Tejas Desai, Head of Interior Electronics Solutions (IES), Continental  
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David Lyon, President, David Lyon Design

Danny Shapiro, Director of Automotive Business, NVIDIA  
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Panel 2:
Comfort and Aesthetics

8:15 to 9:30 am
New materials, processes and technologies that enhance comfort and convenience for consumers and help designers create more aesthetically pleasing interiors.

MODERATOR:
Tim Yerdon, Global Director of Innovation and Design, Visteon

PANELISTS:

Julien Montousse, Interior Design Manager, Mazda Design Americas

Karl Henn, Director of Seating Systems and Development, Lear


Mike Jary, Engineering Manager, Advanced Development, Inteva  
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Panel 3:
Designing with Light

8:15 to 9:30 am
Ambient lighting now is one of the most important instruments in the designer’s toolbox. How else can it be used to surprise and delight consumers?

MODERATOR:

Mark West, Chair of Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies

PANELISTS:

Robert Gelardi, Design Manager, North America, Ford

Michael Godwin, Director for Visible LED Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors
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Steve Lietaert, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HELLA
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Panel 4:
Innovative Materials

11:00 am to 12:15 pm
An in-depth look at the latest materials and processes that are transforming vehicle interiors.

MODERATOR:
Ron Price, President, Global Polymer Solutions

PANELISTS:

Bob Eller, President, Robert Eller Associates

Dr. Rose Ryntz, Senior Director, Material Engineering, IAC
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Douglas Stratton, Business Development Manager, Bayer
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Panel 5:
Using Connectivity
to Find Happiness

11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Connectivity is fundamentally changing the way vehicles and drivers interact with the outside world.  This session will explore the role the vehicle interior and its systems play in enhancing and simplifying people's lives both inside and outside the vehicle
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MODERATOR:
James Grace, Director - Advanced Engineering, Panasonic Automotive Systems   DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION  

PANELISTS:

Joni Christensen, Head of Marketing, UConnectChrysler

Frank Hirschenberger, Senior Director of  Product Innovation, Agero
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Mike VanNieuwkuyk, Executive Director, Global Automotive, J.D. Power and Associates  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Panel 6:
Thinking Outside the Box

11:00 am to 12:15 pm
What can the auto industry learn from other industries? What ideas can designers adapt from the environment and other cultures to make better interiors? How will new technologies such as autonomous vehicles change interior design?

MODERATOR:
Mike Crane, Vice President - Body and Security Systems, Continental

PANELISTS:

Tom KraMer, President, Kablooe Design

Tim Yerdon, Global Director of Innovation and Design, Visteon

Robert Walker, Chief Designer - Jeep Interiors, Chrysler

 

Panel 7:
Fuel-Efficient Interiors

3:45 to 5:00 pm
Interiors will play a crucial role in reducing weight and creating more space in smaller vehicles to help auto makers meet future corporate average fuel-economy targets. This session will look at the latest concepts in design and materials.

MODERATOR:
Dr. Rose Ryntz, Senior Director, Material Engineering, IAC    DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

PANELISTS:

Ryan Vaughan, Lead Interior Designer - Performance Cars, General Motors

Bryan Nyeholt, Vice President of Global Interior Innovation, Johnson Controls, Inc.
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Gregory Peterson, Senior Technical Specialist, Lotus Engineering, Inc.
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Panel 8:
The Future of Luxury

3:45 to 5:00 pm
With traditional luxury cues moving into mainstream vehicles, creating a premium ambience that is truly original and authentic becomes harder every year. What avenues are left to explore? Where is luxury headed in the future?

MODERATOR:
Pat Murray, Owner, Murray Design

PANELISTS:

Eric Clough, Director of Cadillac Interior Design Studio, General Motors

Andy Georgescu, Product Marketing Manager, Lincoln, Ford

Ben Jimenez, Project Chief Designer, Calty Design Research, Inc.


 

  

 

 

 

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