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7:30am – 8:15am

Registration/Breakfast/Networking

Pick up your badge, join us for continental breakfast, network with your peers and make new connections.

8:15am – 9:30am

Breakout Sessions in Meeting Rooms

Attend your choice of panel discussions featuring user experience professionals from top automakers and suppliers

The New Auto HMI Will Be Everywhere: What Will it Look Like? 
Augmented reality, autonomy, visual monitoring, natural language recognition, gesture controls, holographic controls and even car-based drones are transforming the human-machine dialog in vehicles. What will this look like?

The Newest Concepts and Tech for Enhancing UX 
Whether consumers plan to inhabit a vehicle for five years or five minutes, it will be important for vehicles to impress drivers and passengers with beautiful design, smart surfaces, biofeedback and gorgeous OLED displays and lighting. Panelists will discuss the latest and greatest.

9:45am – 10:30am

Morning Center Stage Discussion: Solving UX Issues

As vehicles advance to higher levels of autonomy, merging advanced driver assist systems with the human machine interface to create a holistic user experience is proving to be challenging.

Pocketsquare Design’s Dave Lyon will lead a discussion that compares and contrasts philosophies and designs based on the most-recent J.D. Power research and explores new paths for UX designers and safety engineers to follow in the future.

Panelists will include Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power, Michael Tschirhart, Innovation Group Manager – Advanced Engineering at Panasonic Automotive Systems and an OEM represented to be announced shortly.

10:30am – 11:00am

Networking Break

Chat with colleagues and visit our sponsor and exhibitor booths displaying their latest products, materials and technologies.

11:00am – 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions in Meeting Rooms

Attend your choice of panel discussions featuring user experience professionals from top automakers and suppliers

Methodology Workshop: Hands-On Design Thinking for Automotive Innovation (Pillar Technology)
In this workshop you will leverage design thinking and human-centered design techniques that can be applied in your daily work,
walk step-by-step through a reusable format for running your own innovation workshops, and generate breakthrough ideas for our automotive future with industry experts.

Next Generation Navigation and Mapping
Advanced Driver Assist Systems, autonomy, weather mapping and security all are converging in the area of navigation, along with augmented reality-enhanced interaction with points of interest and passenger-specific connected applications. How is this technology going to evolve and coexist with increasingly sophisticated mobile device-based systems?

What Are People Really Going to Do in Autonomous Cars? 
The vision of how humans will interact with self-driving vehicles, fellow passengers and the outside world remains highly speculative. Will they really be reading books or having face-to-face conversations? Panelists will take a more analytical look at how consumer wants and needs will evolve in the age of autonomy and discuss whether too much of the conversation is about what the technology can do rather than what people will expect.

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Plated Lunch

Join us in the ballroom for lunch with your colleagues, our speakers, sponsors and WardsAuto team members.

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Wards 10 Best User Experience Awards Ceremony

We present our second annual awards recognizing the new model year vehicles with the best overall UX, determined by a panel of WardsAuto judges, as OEM design and UX team representatives will be called on stage to accept their award.

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Networking Break

Chat with colleagues and visit our sponsor and exhibitor booths displaying their latest products, materials and technologies.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Afternoon Center Stage Discussion: The Future of UX Design

Talented designers provide insights and glimpses of where user experience design is headed in coming decades.

WardsAuto’s Drew Winter will lead the discussion alongside Keith Nagara, Director of Industrial and Transportation Design Programs at Lawrence Technological University and Emilio Feliciano, User Experience Designer at FCA US LLC.

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Post Keynote Break

Chat with colleagues and visit our sponsor and exhibitor booths displaying their latest products, materials and technologies.

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Breakout Sessions in Meeting Rooms

Attend your choice of panel discussions featuring user experience professionals from top automakers and suppliers

Where Will Machine Intelligence Take Us Next?
Artificial intelligence is predicted to transform industries like the previous technologies of steam and electricity did in earlier times. Where will AI take vehicles and the user experience both inside and outside the vehicle?

Turbocharging Connectivity
Connectivity continues to change every aspect of the automotive user experience. One thing that never changes is the demand to move data faster and more economically, whether it is downloading movies to the infotainment system, over-the-air vehicle software updates or connecting with the IoT. This session explores the latest strategies and technologies for boosting the speed and power of connectivity.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the ballroom and mingle with speakers, sponsors, attendees and WardsAuto editors and analysts.

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