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BIG THREE AUTO EXECUTIVES, SUPPLIERS TO REVIEW ARMY DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY AT AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPOSITION FEB. 24-25

 DETROIT, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Three auto company executives and suppliers will have an opportunity to review some of the nation's latest U.S. Army defense technology at a special exposition hosted by the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) on Feb. 24-25 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
 U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and Chrysler's Vice President for Vehicle Engineering Francois Castaing will be keynote speakers at the exposition's opening session at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
 The advanced-technology program will include more than 30 exhibits and more than 70 technical presentations from research scientists representing various Army and selected Navy and Air Force laboratories.
 "The expo will give U.S. auto industry personnel an opportunity to network with representatives from a number of major Department of Defense laboratories and explore areas of mutual interest for collaborative research," said Don Walkowicz, executive director of USCAR.
 Exhibits include a display of virtual reality prototyping from the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive Command in Warren, Mich.; displays on energy and propulsion technology from the Army's Belvoir Research, Development & Engineering Center in Alexandria, Va.; and a demonstration of biologically derived materials developed in a joint project between the Department of Agriculture and the Army's Natick Research, Development & Engineering Center in Natick, Mass.
 Day one presentation topics include artificial intelligence systems for engine diagnostics, vehicle dynamics simulation, collision avoidance systems, advanced ceramics, thermogenics, and virtual prototyping.
 Subjects for discussion on Thursday, Feb. 25, include biotechnology fibers for composites, high-temperature/high-power electronics, electric vehicle power sources, global positioning systems and robotic technology for intelligent mobility.
 The exposition is open to employees of the Big Three auto companies, their suppliers and invited guests, and runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. It is being held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse.
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 /NOTE: Media registration information and a complete schedule of presentations is available by calling the United States Council for Automotive Research's communications office at 313-248-4300.
 CONTACT: Larry Weis of USCAR, 313-248-4298/


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