IEEE-SEM Fall 2016 Section Conference - Nov 30, 2016


Keynote Speaker:  James Buczkowski 

Keynote Speech:  Autonomous Vehicles, Sensors and the Future of Mobility

Venue: Troy Community Center 





  Date and Time




  • 3179 Livernois Rd
  • (Please use the East Entrance)
  • Troy, Michigan
  • United States 48083
  • Building: Troy Community Center
  • Room Number: 303/304/305/504
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  • Starts 02 March 2016 07:40 AM
  • Ends 30 November 2016 11:55 PM
  • All times are US/Michigan
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Autonomous Vehicles, Sensors and the Future of Mobility

This keynote will begin with a short historical perspective on the growth of electronics and software in automotive leading to today’s highly connected, electronic and software enabled vehicles.  The evolution of the industry has led to a focus on mobility versus simply cars and trucks for transportation.  As a result, the role of electrical, electronics and software in this transformation has created new, more diverse strategies and competency requirements and brought new competitors into the competitive landscape.  The keynote will conclude by highlighting the key opportunities and challenges required to deliver the next generation of mobility solutions including autonomous vehicles


Jim Buczkowski is a Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Advanced Engineering. He is responsible for the research and design of electrical and electronic systems including in-car information and entertainment, telematics, driver information, and active safety systems for Ford vehicles globally.

An in-demand speaker with a knack for engaging his audience, Buczkowski spoke at the Intel Labs Summit in March and gave a keynote address at this year’s Microsoft Global High-Tech Summit on Ford’s SYNC system. These forums bring together leaders in their field to speak about how technology trends will impact future experiences as well as how successful strategies resonate with customer needs.

To say Jim Buczkowski is an early adopter is an understatement. He’s always anxious to experience how technology can change our lives and his home is filled with gadgets ranging from “Nest” thermostats, a 3D home theater, to a web app to control the family swimming pool from a phone or tablet. He is a subscriber to various Beta test programs including Slingbox and TIVO and he is currently getting familiar with Windows 8 loaded on an old Mac Book. He says the best way to evaluate technology is hands on. “It’s easy to envision what technology can do, but I’ve learned that you really don’t understand it until it’s in your hands and you are using it.” He believes a quick prototype, even if it’s not elegant, demoing the experience is extremely powerful and necessary before one can really decide whether the technology can deliver a valuable consumer experience.

Buczkowski is also passionate about the future of innovation and is dedicated to ensuring students and young professionals are prepared to solve the next generation of transportation dilemmas. He is active in Ford’s sponsorship of research projects at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, MIT and with the opening of Ford’s Silicon Valley Research lab, hopes to engage with Stanford as well. Recognizing the need to influence young people to get interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) he provides active support for the SquareOne education network which helps high school and grade school students learn and fosters their interest in Science and Engineering.

Buczkowski also leads the Electrical System Group within SAE International’s Motor Vehicle Council, helping to develop standards for current and emerging technologies. Also with SAE he serves on the Convergence Mobility Council and both leads and supports a couple technical sessions at the Convergence Automotive Electronics event held bi-annually.

Buczkowski has been with Ford for 33 years and has experience in electronics design, electronics manufacturing (including manufacturing assignments in Spain as well as the United States), Product Development quality, and manufacturing and supply chain information technology. He’s been involved or led key projects including Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch infotainment systems, Ford’s Common Global Electrical architecture and early in his career, Ford’s first 16 and 32 bit powertrain controls electronic designs.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Buczkowski lives in Troy with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys playing basketball, bicycling and volleyball with his daughters, home automation, and home video.

Address:Michigan, United States



Autonomous Vehicles, Sensors and the Future of Mobility


Address:Michigan, United States


Registration Fee Schedule:  

Early Registration ends Nov 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

Late Registration ends Nov 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM. (deadline for meal orders)

After Nov 23, 2016:  Register At The Door - Credit Cards Only  (No Cash or Checks).


Conference Attendee Fees: Early / Late

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

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

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

Technical Sessions Only..................................$30

Primary Poster Authors....................................$0

Additional Poster Author.................................$25

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

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

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

Platinium Sponsorship Registration........................$2000

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

Note: There is no registration fee for Student Posters and they are expected to register as a student poster limited to one Student Members per each Student Poster entry. 


Conference Agenda:

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registrations / Posters / Networking

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (3 parallel sessions )

   1- Philip Hall –  IEEE-USA Policy Considerations on Automotive Technologies (Room 303)

   2 – Dr.Tulga Ersal – Pushing autonomous vehicles to their dynamic limits: A control-centric approach to obstacle avoidance (Room 304)

   3- Dr. Reza Azadegan – Connected Vehicle Solutions: Data Connectivity (4G LTE MIMO); 3- Vehicle to Vehicle Connectivity (DSRC); and Camera Antenna         Integration (Room 305)


5:45 PM – 6:30 PM (3 parallel sessions )

   1- Dr. Omid Dehzangi – Wearable State Monitoring: Connecting Drivers to Vehicles (Room 303)

   2- Dr. Amir Mortazawi- A New Highly Efficient Coupling Factor Independent Resonant       Based Wireless Power Transmission System  (Room 304) 

   3-  Raymond Sasinowski – Delegation and involvement of chapter members leads to meeting the yearly goal of your local chapter (Room 305)


6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Open Forum Q & A (moderated with all speakers)
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Keynote Speech
8:30 PM – 8:45 PM Awards and Recognition