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Rizzoni delivers keynote at Symposium of International Automobile Technology 2019

Rizzoni during his keynote presentationRizzoni during his keynote presentationMechanical engineering Professor Giorgio Rizzoni shared his expertise in mobility as a keynote speaker at the 16th edition of the Symposium of International Automobile Technology (SIAT 2019). The conference was held in Pune, India January 16-18, with an agenda focused on recent advances in automotive safety.

Rizzoni, who directs The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, delivered his keynote presentation during the session on autonomous and connected vehicles. It was Ohio State’s first keynote presentation at the symposium.

“The future of mobility is really about the future of our planet,” said Rizzoni. “By 2050 a majority of the world’s population will live in cities, where access to mobility will be critical. It’s our responsibility to rapidly improve mobility technology today to plan for a clean, efficient future.”

During his presentation Rizzoni shared research being actively conducted at CAR, highlighting advancements in electric vehicles and smart mobility.

“Work being done at CAR in the areas of intelligent transportation and smart cities aims to create mobility solutions that improve quality of life, drive economic growth and foster sustainability. Investigating applications of electric vehicles—pushing them to their limits—and our connection with Smart Columbus, represent subjects of CAR expertise that have worldwide resonance.”

Rizzoni (third from left) with presenters and session chairpersons at the session on Autonomous & Connected VehiclesRizzoni (third from left) with presenters and session chairpersons at the session on Autonomous & Connected VehiclesThe symposium attracted national and international experts, industry leaders and regulators from the automotive segment. Additionally, officials from the government of India with two of its ministries directly participated in theme sessions. Nitin Gadkari, honorable union minister, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and Anant Geete, honorable union minister, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises were in attendance.

While at the conference Rizzoni connected with the local leadership of Cummins Inc. and Eaton Corporation to discuss ongoing projects. He also had the opportunity to spend time with academic partners at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay and the Cummins College of Engineering for Women.

SIAT 2019 was organized by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), in association with Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) India, National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) and SAE International.

Written by Holly Henley, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with contributions from Nikhil Tambe, director of the Ohio State India Gateway.