Ford's global manager of external alliances, Ed Krause, will discuss the company's nine areas of interest: mobility 2025+, automated driving technology, cybersecurity, vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity, vehicle light-weighting, powertrain fuel efficiency technologies, business analytics and enterprise modeling, and in-vehicle health and wellness.
MIT and Ford have been engaged in a research alliance since 1998, and the alliance has funded more than 150 research projects. Past work has led to improvements in safety, vehicle autonomy, enterprise modeling, energy storage, and powertrain efficiency. In 2016 the alliance anticipates funding between five and seven two-year projects for an estimated $150,000 per project per year. Seed projects for less than two years or $150,000 will also be considered. Funding probabilities in past years have been between 25 percent and 40 percent. Professor Jonathan How, Ford-MIT alliance director, and Ed Krause will be available to answer questions. For more details, please visit the Ford-MIT Alliance website.