2019 IEEE SEM Spring Section Conference - "The Next Big Thing"


IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section

Keynote Speaker:  Doug Patton, Denso International,  Senior Technical Advisor

Keynote Speech:  Sustaining the Next Big Thing in the Auto Industry

Venue: University of Michigan - Dearborn

This conference theme is purposely broad and will enable the discussion of new automotive, computing, communications, medicine, robotics, energy and smart city technologies.  




  Date and Time




  • 19000 Hubbard Dr
  • Dearborn, Michigan
  • United States 48126
  • Building: U of M Dearborn - Fairlane Center North
  • Room Number: See Agenda

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  • Conference Chair: Larry Baczkowski

    Conference Co-Chair: Sharan Kalwani

    Conference Co-Chair: Bob Adams

    Scott Lytle Event Registrar 734-983-6012


  • Co-sponsored by IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section
  • Starts 04 March 2019 03:05 PM
  • Ends 02 May 2019 03:05 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Regular, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, None
  • Register


Doug Patten

Doug Patten of DENSO International America, Inc.


Sustaining The Next Big Thing in the Automotive Industry

While everyone is moving past the automotive industry for the Next Big Thing the current ones have not succeeded yet.  Things like automation and electrification still need big things to happen to be sustainable in broad market applications.  As we look at the automotive space I will share what has maybe passed and what the Next Big Thing that are still needed.


Doug Patton is Senior Technical advisor at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), and senior director of DENSO Corp. Located at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, he provides input and support on all aspects of R&D in North America.  In his previous position as Executive Vice President Engineering and CTO he oversaw all North American product engineering and development, campus facilities and operations including all testing and technical services, and Engineering Administration. He was responsible for climate control, engine components, and systems and components, engine electrical, safety products, cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and body electronics and small motor engineering.

Doug Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. 

He serves as president of the DENSO Foundation Board, is on the Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit (currently past president), and is also a member of the SAE, where he was the 2017 president.  He is also an Engineering Society of Detroit Fellow.

Doug Patton is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, Lawrence Technological University’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Engineering Advisory Council of Kettering University and the Executive Leadership Team of the North American International Powertrain Conference.


Address:24777 Denso D, , Southfield, Michigan, United States, 48033


Registration Fee Schedule:  

Early Online Registration ends April 11

Special Request Meal Order Late Registration ends April 25 

Day-Of / In-Person Registration Available - Credit Cards Only  (No Cash or Checks)

Please register prior to the conference date of May 2.


Conference Attendee Fees:                          Early / Late

Students/Retired/Unemployed (Members).........$25 / $35

IEEE, SWE, and ESD Members ........................$45 / $60

Non Members ...............................................$60 / $80

Student Table Sponsor (8 students)..................$250

Silver Sponsorship Registration*.......................$500

Gold Sponsorship Registration*.........................$1000

Platinum Sponsorship Registration*...................$2000

Diamond Sponsorship Registration*...................$3000








Welcome & Opening Remarks: L. Baczkowski (Conference Chair)

4:15 PM

Dr. Sarhan & Mr. Hamandi: Analysis of Deep Learning Accuracy in Computer Vision Systems 

Dr. Ganesan: Predict the New Communication Bus for Future Vehicles 

Dr. Jindal: Classification of Noisy Multidimensional Images using Deep Learning



5:15 PM 

Dr. Ghose: The quantum computing revolution – and how we should approach it

Dr. Sarhan, Mr. Hani & Mr. Alhabsy: Towards Energy-Adapted Video Streaming 

J. Dukarski: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Identifying Legal Risks in Design



 6:00 PM


 6:30 PM


 7:00 PM

Conference Keynote: Doug Patton - "Sustaining the Next Big Thing in the Auto Industry"

7:50 PM

Closing Remarks: S. Kalwani (Conference Co-Chair)



Call for Posters

Abstract Submission: April 1

Acceptance Notice: By April 22 Free Registration for the Primary Poster Author

Conference Date: May 2, 2019


The suggested poster size is 4 feet by 3 feet, and should contain large text to be read from a distance. Poster authors should attend and present their posters during the Poster Session and Student Competition on the day of the conference. Free Registration for the Primary Poster Author (Please wait to get more information after submitting poster request). All the additional student authors for a particular poster needs to be registered as a Student Poster at the Registration link with a $25 Fee and every participant will receive a Certificate of Participation along with the top 3 winners of the competition. 

IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section


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