Seminar: The Development of Autonomous Systems
Functional Safety, Vehicle Technologies & Cybersecurity

Introduction to Functional Safety, Autonomous Systems & Technologies, Infrastructure and human-machine interface (HMI)

Reducing the number of people killed in road accidents is an important and challenging task. Many aspects that contribute to improving vehicle safety will help to achieve this goal. Significant efforts are being made by car manufacturers globally to improve the safety performance of new vehicles.

This seminar will provide a brief introduction to vehicle functional safety and relevant technologies with a focus on:

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Autonomous Vehicle Simulation
  • Safety Critical Software Development
  • Next Generation Vehicle Controllers
  • Advanced Powertrains & Electromagnetics
  • Lightweight Structures/Composites
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) tools

Relevant aspects from high-fidelity, physics-based sensor modeling to DO-178, ISO 26262, and IEC 61508 compliant embedded software will be discussed.

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10:00 AM - Registration and light refreshments
10:15 AM - Opening Remarks (WMU, SimuTech),
10:25 AM - Industry Direction of Autonomous Vehicles/ Drones/ Robots & Development Tools
10:55 AM - Lightweight Structures/Composites
11:40 AM - Connected (Smart) Cities 
12:00 PM - Complimentary Lunch
12:45 PM - Autonomous Vehicle Systems Development using Integrated Model Based Techniques
  • Infrastructure in a Connected World (IoT)
1:30 PM - Engineering Challenges of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles
  •  Autonomous Vehicle technology to achieve fuel economy improvements
  • Optimization and control of complex, dynamic automotive powertrain and robotic systems
  •  Advanced Powertrains & Electromagnetics
3:15 PM - Closing remarks
3:30 PM - Optional Tours – WMU Vehicle Labs & Student Design


Seminar: The Development of Autonomous Systems

Western Michigan University
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sponsor:  SimuTech/ANSYS

Cost: Free

Date and Time:
Thursday, September 27, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Western Michigan University Engineering Campus
The Parkview Room D-132
4601 Campus Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Will Furlong
P: 260-403-9975

Brenda Peel
P: 585-568-1373

Zach Asher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Western Michigan University

Zach earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and recently completed a short postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on mathematical modeling, control, and optimization of mechanical systems. He is currently involved with several active projects focused on using autonomous vehicle technology to achieve fuel economy improvements in addition to safety improvements.

Peter Haniak, B. Eng
Product Specialist, ANSYS
Peter Haniak focuses on Functional Safety, Autonomous vehicle simulation, and Model based Safety Critical Development. He has been a technology evangelist for Embedded systems development and simulation solutions to support Product Development and R&D at Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Rail and Industrial companies.

Jennifer S. Hudson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 
Western Michigan University 

Jennifer Hudson directs the Space Flight Dynamics and Control Laboratory at WMU. Her research focuses on trajectory optimization and control of complex dynamic systems, including automotive powertrain systems, small satellites, and robotic spacecraft.

Tim Dubois
Chief Information Officer
City of Kalamazoo

Tim Dubois is a CIO who works with City of Kalamazoo to deploy Smart City Initiatives.
Tim received his undergraduate degree in the US Coast Guard, completing a B.S in Computer Science and his Master Degree from Western Michigan University – Hayworth College of Business in Business Administration and Management.  Tim’s IT career has spanned over two decades in which time he has served as an Information Technology thought leader for such iconic companies as  Parker Hannifin, Stryker Instruments and Bronson Healthcare.

Will Furlong
Business Development Manager, SimuTech Group
As a trusted advisor Will helps companies to implement high technologies. As an agent of innovation, he has fostered adoption of the latest engineering design and simulation technologies to automotive, aerospace, medical and electronics companies for over 15 years.  Will has served as account manager for ANSYS simulation software at such iconic companies as GOJO, Ariel Compressors, Butler America Aerospace, Hendrickson Truck Suspensions and Tecomet.

Dr. Majid OstadRahimi, P. Eng.
Electrical Engineer, SimuTech Group Inc. – Canada
Majid received his PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2011. His Ph.D. studies and Post-Doctoral Fellowship research contributed to the broad area of applied electromagnetics, RF systems, and advanced simulations. In addition to academic work, he has been a part-time technical consultant/electrical engineer with SimuTech Group since 2015.

Talal Shakfeh
Senior Engineering Analyst - SimuTech Group

Working at SimuTech Group’s Toronto, Ontario office. Talal’s current duties include structural FEA consulting projects, technical support and training done on the ANSYS Structural and Composites products. He has a strong engineering background with a degree in Automotive Engineering and Automotive Manufacturing Systems. This was followed by a diverse practical experience for multiple years in the manufacturing field as well as the CAD/CAE domain.  In his personal time, Talal pursues a hobby of customizing cars for high end performance.

John Krummen
Regional Sales Manager - SimuTech Group

John holds both a BSME and MSME from the University of Cincinnati and was a senior engineering analyst for both GM-Delphi Chassis and Bosch Braking Systems.  John has multiple published papers in automotive engineering simulation and has an automotive patent with over 10 million units produced to date. 

John also holds an MBA from Indiana University, and the PMP certification.  He was awarded the project of the year by the American Rigging Association for a major capital equipment installation project at a Nebraska nuclear power plant.