AUTO21 hosts its final conference May 26-27

Automotive research initiative will celebrate a 14-year legacy of R&D and innovation.

April 17, 2015   by PLANT STAFF

Fourteen years of automotive innovation. Photo: AUTO21

Fourteen years of automotive innovation.
Photo: AUTO21

AUTO21, a national automotive research initiative supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence Secretariat, is hosting its final conference May 26-27 in Ottawa.

The 2015 conference, “A Legacy of Collaborative Innovation,” is hosting more than 400 industry representatives, researchers and government participants who will help commemorate 14 years of AUTO21-supported automotive innovation.

The event will feature economic panels that will explore industry and global perspectives, as well as several high-profile keynote speakers, including:

Jeremy Cato – senior writer, Globe Drive
Peter Hall – vice-president and chief economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)
Erin Hotrum – manager, vehicle environmental matters, Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd.
Bob Magee – chairman, The Woodbridge Group
Natalie Panek – mission systems engineer, MDA
David Pascoe – vice-president of engineering and R&D, Magna International Inc.
Michael Robinet – managing director, IHS Automotive

AUTO 21, based in Windsor, Ont., brought together top Canadian researchers at 48 universities and matched them with industry and government partners. Its $11 million research budget funded by the federal government and industry, has supported projects within six key research themes:

• Health, safety and injury prevention
• Societal issues and the future automobile
• Materials and manufacturing
• Powertrains, fuels and emissions
• Design processes
• Intelligent systems and sensors

Since its inception, AUTO21 has supported more than 500 researchers and 2,500 students who have produced more than 7,700 papers and 300 patents, licences and commercialization agreements.

A 2011 Economic Impact Study, conducted by the Center for Automotive Research, estimates AUTO21 research has provided nearly $1.5 billion in fuel savings, industrial process improvements, jobs created or retained annually in Canada and prevention of life loss, personal injury and property damages.

Click here for registration and other conference information.

Video: See what AUTO21 researchers have to say about the conference and Network.

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