Chief Designer, Global Strategic Design, Ford Motor Company
Having worked for Ford Motor Company for the past fifteen years, Dennis first began his career in Melbourne, as part of Ford Asia Pacific. Since then, he has continued to develop his professional roles and experiences across key regions including Ford of Germany and more recently at headquarters in North America.
Since 2015, Dennis has been leading an advanced interior team working on a combination of strategic and pre-program projects. Through ongoing research with an expansive and diverse range of Ford customers, Dennis believes people are looking for more personally relevant solutions when they are out moving through the world.
It is with this insight that Dennis and his team would like to deliver a future where interiors are less serious, more engaging, useful and friendly.
Director – UX, Data & AI, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc. (MBRDNA)
Andrew leads the UX, Data & AI group in Sunnyvale, CA, which combines UX expertise, machine-learning algorithms and in-house software engineering to provide intelligent and intuitive user experiences to the customer. This team has provided machine learning-based features and the #HeyMercedes voice assistant in the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) in the A-Class.
He joined MBRDNA in 2007 on the Connected Infotainment and Consumer Electronics team after graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz, and has worked on many projects over the years, including the MyCOMAND and F125! concept cars, and the AMG Performance Media and Mercedes Digital DriveStyle products.
SESSION 1: How Autonomy will Drive a Materials Rethink
SESSION 2: Creating the Ultimate User Experience
DR. ALEXANDER VAN LAACK
Consumer Intelligence Director – Cockpit of the Future
Faurecia – Paris, France
SESSION 3: Advanced Design and Manufacturing
SESSION 4: The Next-Generation Cockpit
Head of R&D, Instrumentation & Driver HMI Business Unit, North America
SESSION 5: Volvo’s Interior Design Philosophy
Vice President, Interior Design
Volvo Car Group
SESSION 6: How Vehicle Sharing, Commercial Ride-Hailing Fleets will Change Interiors
SESSION 7: Designing Specifically for Fully Autonomous Vehicles
SESSION 8: New Concepts and Tech for Enhancing Interiors
Vice President of Engineering
LOOP by Pillar
Senior Manager, North America Industrial Design Studio
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Sr. Manager of Application Engineering
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors