Microsoft automotive AI expert added to lineup of 2023 Aftermarket Technology Conference

Just added to the speaker line up is Kaivan Karimi, Global Partner Strategy and OT Cybersecurity Lead, Automotive, Mobility, and Transportation at Microsoft.

Artificial intelligence (AI) will dominate the discussions at the 2023 Aftermarket Technology Conference presented by MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, part of MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association. Held October 9-11, 2023, at the Genuine Parts Co. (GPC) headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., four session at this year’s Tech Conference will focus on 2023’s technological breakthrough: AI.

Just added to the speaker lineup is Kaivan Karimi, Global Partner Strategy and OT Cybersecurity Lead, Automotive, Mobility, and Transportation at Microsoft. During his presentation titled “Using Responsible AI to Benefit Society vs. The Wild, Wild West,” Karimi will cover the differences between highly curated and guard-railed “responsible AI” versus the “wild, wild west” versions of AI available in these early days of this transformative technology.

“It is a strategic move to have Kaivan Karimi join us during the Business Technology Session at this year’s Aftermarket Technology Conference,” said Chris Gardner, Senior Vice President, Programs & Technology, at MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers. “According to Karimi, responsible AI is developed and deployed to help improve society, and his session will give insight into how the technology can shift the current paradigm in cybersecurity and help aftermarket companies do more with less.”

Other AI-focused sessions include:

• “AI & Vehicles: A Good Match?” with Ben Ellencweig, Senior Partner at McKinsey and a noted thought leader in automotive and commercial vehicle AI

• “ChatGPT & AI Applications for the Aftermarket” with Tilak Kasturi, Founder & CEO of Predii; David Brondstetter, CEO of SureCritic; and Scott Brown, Industry Ambassador with Diagnostic Network

• “Heavy Duty Data,” a sponsored breakout from JNPSoft OptiCat and TecAlliance with demonstrations of AI for heavy duty product cataloging, featuring Kyle Johnson, Director of Business Development, and Christian Krause, Lead for Data Science & Machine Learning at JNPSoft OptiCat
The 2023 Aftermarket Technology Conference will bring together key players from across the aftermarket ecosystem, including suppliers, distributors, retailers, and technology providers, fostering an environment of innovation and cooperation. Leaders in heavy-duty technology, automotive technology, and business technology are encouraged to attend.

Registration for the 2023 Aftermarket Technology Conference is now open. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and the full conference agenda, please visit the official event website at

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