The Eye, The Brain and The Auto

9th  World Research Congress on Health and Modern Mobility:

Autonomous Vehicles, Driver’s Fitness to Function,

and Naturalistic Driving Methods


Virtual Event – December 7-8, 2020



Date: December 7-8, 2020


Organizing Committee:

Thomas Dennehy, M.S., B.S., Smart Mobility and Connected Vehicle Analytics, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Paul A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chairman, The McCole Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Todd Fletemier, Vice President, Midwest Technology Platform, Faurecia, Auburn Hills, MI

David J. Goldman, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Philip C. Hessburg, M.D., Medical Director, Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Roseanne Horne, Coordinator World Research Congresses, Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Kathy Pecar Lightbody, Marketing Consultant, Chairman: EyesOn Design, DIO, Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Gerald McGwin, Jr., M.S., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Edward R O’Malley, M.D., Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, HFHS, Detroit, MI

Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., Professor Ophthalmology, Director, School of Medicine, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Daniel Rathbun, Ph.D., Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

Joseph Rizzo, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Thomas Seder, Ph.D., GM Technical Fellow, Chief Technologist, HMI, General Motors, Warren, MI

Charlie Tyson, Technology Activation Manager, Planet M, MEDC, Detroit, MI



Congress Objectives

At the end of the two-day world congress attendees will:


Have a clearer understanding of the progress being made in autonomous vehicle development


Understand the role that user’s vision and cognition will have in a journey ranging from no driver assist technology to full autonomy—i.e. S.A.E.* Level zero to level five.


Better appreciate the contributions that the technology enabling autonomous mobility will make in health care.


Have a better idea where the health care universe will fit in the automotive industry.


Appreciate the potential that big data management and the disruptive IT technology developing in the transportation industry may have in health care and wellness


Have reviewed progress in the field of human-machine interface in automotive transportation and the roles that vision and cognition will play in this rapidly unfolding field


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If you have questions or interest in supporting this congress by attendance, abstract submission or financially, please contact:

Roseanne Horne at 313-936-1968 or