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WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center

13598 East WestGate Dr.

Odon, IN 47562

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The sustainable, connected and innovative road to 2030

A moderated panel discussion exploring the future of autonomous technologies: AI, Mobility, Agricultural Robotics, IoT and Battery Technologies | Workshop & Live Demos | Startups Technology Showcase | Battery Innovation Center Open House & Lab Tour | Networking

Hosted by: Purdue Foundry, WestGate | Battery Innovation Center | Energy Systems Network


09:00 - 09:30am: Registration, breakfast and networking
09:30 - 10:00am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 - 11:00am: Panel Discussion - Autonomous Systems and Indiana Impact

Moderator & Panelists:

  • Matt Peak, Managing Director, ESN (Moderator)
  • Ethan Seifer, Assistant Chief Engineer - Vehicle Integration Electronics at Cummins Inc.
  • Pamela Fisher, Director, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
  • Mike King, President, Data Analytics Solutions at LHP Engineering Solutions
  • Robert Pitzer, CTO at Harvest CROO
  • James Goppert, CEO of JMG Robotics | Co-Founder of DroneCrew | Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University
  • [TBD] NSWC Crane Rep., Workforce Development and Education

11:00 - 11:30am: Break / Startups Technology Showcase & Tech Demo / Battery Innovation Center Open House & Lab Tour Registration / Tesla Test Drive Registration

Featured Startups/Innovators:

*More startups to be announced soon!

11:30 - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 - 1:30pm: Tech Talk presentations

  • Bridging the Agricultural Specialty Gap: Now and the Future by Robert Pitzer, CTO at Harvest CROO
  • Autonomous Applications at Purdue Indianapolis IoT Collaboratory by Mohamed El-Sharkawy, Professor and Director of IoT Collaboratory at IUPUI
  • Autonomy in Drones & Aviation by Adam Morrison, CEO, Streamline Designs
  • Control and Learning for Connected Autonomy by Shaoshuai Mou, Assistant Professor at Purdue University; Co-Director of Center for Innovation in Control, Optimization, and Networks (ICON); Associate Director of Center for Intelligent Infrastructures (CII)
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles and Associated Technologies, John Fairbanks, CEO, Pruv Mobility Ecosystem
  • Autonomous Sensor Fusion Training, David Glass, CEO, LHP Engineering Solutions

01:30 - 4:00pm: BIC Open House & Tech Demos

- Battery Innovation Center Open House & Lab Tour (1:45-3:45pm)

  • Electric shuttle buses will be provided by McGavic Outdoor Power

- Tesla Test Drive/Ride-along

  • Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability Features: Navigate on Autopilot / Auto Lane Change / Summon / Autopark (self-parking) and more!

- Drone Races & Ag Drone Demos by Indiana State University

  • AeroVironment Quantix Drone & Decision Support System

- Prototype of Semi-Autonomous Towing Vehicles presented by LHP Engineering Solutions
- Driverless Tractor Demo by Laird Farms
Tracked Utility Carrier (TUC): Autonomous and Remote Control-capable Vehicle Demo by RingCo
- Autonomous Brine Vehicle (de-icing capabilities) presented by McGavic Outdoor Power

04:00 - 04:30pm: Closing Remarks

  • Dave Roberts, Chief Innovation Officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

04:30 - 06:00pm: Networking refreshments - Spirited Entrepreneur networking with food & drinks.

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Hotel Information: Sleep Inn Newberry – Crane (1.6 miles)
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