Keynote Speakers Finalized for SAE Convergence 2012


DETROIT — The keynote speakers have been finalized for the SAE Convergence 2012 – Electronic Innovation Through Leadership – on Oct. 16-17 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

SAE Convergence brings together technology leaders from across the globe to address the impact of electronics systems and the issues critical to mobility electronics implementation. This year’s Convergence focuses on the most relevant issues surrounding electronics technology.

General Motors is serving as the host for the 2012 event. John Calabrese, vice president of global vehicle engineering for General Motors, will serve as general chair for Convergence 2012.

This year’s keynote speakers are:

Mark L. Reuss, president of General Motors North America – Reuss will discuss the future of connectivity and electrification in the automotive industry, the impact it is having today, and the impact it will have through the next century. His talk will explain how the automobile industry in general, General Motors in particular, the government and the educational community can jumpstart the process.

Rob High, IBM fellow, vice president and chief technology officer of IBM Watson – High will deliver address attendees on the challenge of creating Watson, a computer designed to compete against humans on the television game show, Jeopardy. In doing so, IBM demonstrated that a computer could be built to understand the subtle dimensions of natural language and find answers to difficult questions across an enormous knowledge base.

Tom Izzo, head basketball coach at Michigan State University – Izzo will be the keynote speaker at the Convergence banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Convergence 2012 will feature two new programs:

Future Leader Program: This program is designed to inform, encourage and motivate the engineering leaders of tomorrow. The Future Leader Program will help new engineers transition into the professional world by providing them with solid leadership principles that can be carried throughout their career. The program also provides peer-to-peer networking opportunities with executives from major corporations.

Innovation Start-Up Marketplace: This new addition is designed for small companies trying to get established in the mobility electronics industry. The Innovation Start-Up Marketplace offers up-and-coming entrepreneurs high visibility and access to leaders of the mobility industry.

For more information or to register for the event, contact SAE International at 1-877-606-7323 or email