Registration Now Open for Unprecedented Autonomous Vehicles Event in Detroit

August 23, 2018

DETROIT – Registration is now open for The Eye, The Brain, & the Auto 8th World Research Congress, which will focus uniquely on the autonomous mobility movement. The three-day event in October 2018 will be hosted by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), the research arm of Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology. The mission of The Eye, The Brain, & The Auto is to advance the relationship between vision and the brain, and the safe operation of a motorized vehicle.

Paul Edwards, M.D., chairman, Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology, said dedicating this year’s event to the autonomous transportation movement was an obvious choice. “Autonomous mobility is more entwined with healthcare than many may realize. Additionally, the healthcare and automotive industries are experiencing the same level of rapid transformation. Given Henry Ford’s long history and connection to the auto industry, we are uniquely poised to partner with our automotive colleagues on this exciting journey.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error is a primary cause of 94% of all traffic accidents, and it’s widely believed that autonomous vehicles will greatly reduce the number of crashes, potentially lessening the burden on the healthcare industry. Additionally, autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing programs are expected to emerge as a valuable resource for increased access to health related visits.

Philip C. Hessburg, M.D., Medical Director of the DIO and a member of the Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology, said this movement goes far beyond that. “Preventing accidents and helping our patients get to and from their appointments are critical parts of this mission. But that said, we now conceive of a world where the disruptive technology necessary to achieve full Level 5 autonomous transportation will find opportunities via biometric sensing devices within the vehicle itself, as well in evaluating complex diagnostic, therapeutic and management challenges in medicine.”

Presenters from both the healthcare and automotive industries will tackle tough questions surrounding the role medicine should play in autonomous vehicle design, especially with the impact of big data management and disruptive IT technology. Some keynote speakers will include:

  • Mehul Bhatt, Ph.D.: School of Science and Technology, Orebro University, Sweden and Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Germany
  • Larry Burns, Ph.D.: former Vice President of Research, General Motors, now a consultant to the Google AV project and author of the new book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World.
  • Timothy Cavanaugh: Business Development and Events, Emerging Technology Program Developer, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • David Cole, Ph.D.: Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, MI, Chairman of Auto Harvest and Chair of Building America’s Tomorrow (BAT)
  • Jennifer Dukarski, J.D.: a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, her practice focuses on the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on the legal issues arising from emerging and disruptive innovation: vehicle safety, connected and autonomous cars, data privacy and security, patient portals and telehealth, infotainment, and mobile apps.
  • Gary Shapiro, J.D.: President & CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces CES – the world’s largest tech event, held annually in Las Vegas.

The Eye, The Brain, & The Auto 8th World Research Congress will take place Oct. 7-9, 2018 at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI. For more information, go to or contact program coordinator Roseanne Horne at 313-936-1968 or [email protected].



Jeff Adkins

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