A new Motor City is on the horizon as Michigan is set to take a leadership role in the production of the autonomous vehicle. Four prominent automotive suppliers, headquartered in Troy, Michigan will be featured at Connect Troy. Learn more about their contributions to the driverless car, hear about how mobility will shape our near future and have the opportunity to interact with these companies as they share their vision of the future.
Join us for an engaging panel discussion on the future of the autonomous vehicle featuring:
The discussion is moderated by Chester DawsonSenior Reporter at the Wall Street Journal (bio).


Featured Panelists:

Amine Taleb PhD, R&D Director, Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems NA

Dr. Amine Taleb is the R&D Director for Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistance (CDA) Business Group in North America.  In this role, he leads the engineering organization in the Three focus areas of Valeo Intuitive Driving:  Automated Driving/Parking, Connectivity, and Intuitive Controls for the North American Market.

Dr. Taleb has more than 20 years experience in advanced automotive technologies with technical expertise in the opto-electronic field.  He has been published several times and holds several patents.  Dr. Taleb graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. with a doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry.

Tom TomaGlobal Product Manager, Magna Electronics 
Tom Toma serves as the Global Product Manager of Magna Electronics’ Far-Field Electronics business. In this role, Toma is responsible for strategy and development of advanced driver assistance systems. He has experience in leading teams to develop and launch advanced features based on cameras and also combined with other sensors. Toma is passionate about his work in the automotive industry, where he is part of bringing new systems and functionalities to drivers. These include features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking – features which increase safety, provide comfort and convenience, and help build towards autonomous driving in the future. Toma holds three patents in three vehicle vision system inventions. He is also a 2017 Automotive News Rising Stars honoree, which recognizes young and gifted upper-level management in the automotive industry. Toma received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University in 2010. Prior to joining Magna in 2011, he was a controls engineer at DTE Energy.
Scott MorellVP of Engineering, Danlaw Technologies 

Scott Morell the Vice President of Engineering of Danlaw’s electronics development in the United States and India.  He oversees the development activities of Danlaw’s Automotive Electronic Systems and V2X Connected Vehicle technology sectors.  In V2X, he initiated and leads Danlaw’s technology development of DSRC based OBUs On Board Units that are being deployed at the UMTRI AACVTE and NYC Connected Vehicle Pilot projects.

Scott has over 30 years of experience in Automotive Electronics Safety systems including V2X, Passive and Active Safety, and Braking Control (ABS/TCS/ESC).  He has lead R&D teams in all of these areas for over 20 years in all areas of enginering.  Prior to joining Danlaw in 2014, Scott worked for Continental and Kelsey-Hayes (now part of ZF TRW).

Mike Thoeny, Managing Director of Automated Driving, Aptiv

Mike Thoeny is managing director for Aptiv’s autonomous driving OEM programs.  He began his automotive electronics career with Delco Electronics in 1989, adapting military head-up display technology for automotive use.  Thoeny progressed through various design engineering and program management positions in displays and chassis electronics, bringing new technology products to market from concept to launch.  In 2001, he was named chief engineer for Delphi’s chassis electronics and active safety (ADAS) products, expanding to include hybrid power electronics and active/passive safety integration. In 2006, Thoeny relocated to Germany to lead Delphi’s Europe safety electronics business as well as the global product development strategy for safety electronics products.  He served as global engineering director for electronic controls, comprised of safety, body and power electronics products before relocating to Michigan to lead the North America electronic controls business as managing director.  He returned to Germany in 2014 as managing director for electronic controls, leading the team through a period of unprecedented growth in ADAS business prior to his current assignment.

 Cancel by May 16 for refund; An extra $5 will be added if you register the day of the event at the door.