Michigan Tech talks Mobility at Plug and Play event in Detroit

On July 11, PlanetM, in partnership with Plug and Play, hosted a Matchmaking summit in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena, designed to connect start-ups in the autonomous vehicle space with OEM’s and suppliers.  Hundreds in attendance heard from Keynote Speakers including Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder and Goodyear CTO Chris Hessel about Michigan’s mobility future and the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. Next 20 startups representing fields of artificial intelligence, deep learning, data analytics, and visualization technologies provided rapid-fire pitches to the enthralled audience. Lunch included an overview of university mobility efforts from Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.
Brent Burns, Director of Industry Relations at Michigan Tech, discusses Mobility@Michigan Tech
Brent Burns, Director of Industry Relations at Michigan Tech, discusses Mobility@Michigan Tech

Director of Industry Relations, Brent Burns, shared an overview of Mobility@MichiganTech and their expertise in the “unstructured environment”.  Leveraging world-class facilities like the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC), Advanced Power Systems Laboratories (APS Labs), and the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Michigan Tech is helping solve some of the most challenging mobility problems.  Over 60 faculty are working in multiple interdisciplinary areas including Cyber Security, Propulsion Systems, Industry 4.0, User Experience, Smart Transportation Infrastructure, Data Analytics/Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Controls & Mechatronics.  Leveraging their extensive work the Department of Defense, Michigan Tech thrives on addressing challenges in the rural and cold weather (unstructured) environment.

The day concluded with an afternoon of start-ups and universities in the “demo pit” and one-on-one meetings, exploring their vibrant technologies and opportunities with the guests.
To learn more about Mobility@MichiganTech please visit mtu.edu/mobility.