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Impact of COVID-19 on AutoSens in Detroit

Open Letter to the AutoSens Community


Dear AutoSens Community,

We are thinking of you all in these challenging and unprecedented times. As you know, we have been monitoring the situation closely and with 8 weeks to go until the Detroit conference in May, we had been hoping that the disruption would be minimal and had been working positively towards running the event.

Things have changed rapidly, however, and have brought us to a decision gate. We run this event for our community, and our priorities are ensuring you get the best possible event experience at AutoSens as well as safety and security for everyone involved, of course.

After extensive consultation with our key stakeholders, it is clear it would be impossible to run a successful face-to-face conference in Detroit this May. As such, we have decided to postpone the AutoSens in Detroit conference & exhibition until 17-19 November 2020. We’ve had overwhelming support from the community for this change. You will notice the new dates are indeed the original dates for our launch of AutoSens in Hong Kong – we will be moving the Hong Kong event into 2021 and will send out further information on this change as we have it.

On current estimates, travel restrictions will not impact the event on these new dates, and we plan to run AutoSens in Detroit in full, as originally planned.

It is important to us that our decision minimises inconvenience for our partners and allows you time to organise your participation, so we want to avoid a late change to plans. It is important to make clear that AutoSens in Brussels, on 15-17 September, will go ahead as planned, I’m sure we’ll all be glad to be getting back to normal by then.

In the meantime, do let us know if you have any questions, and stay safe while the world deals with this difficult situation. If we behave as a caring community, we will prevail. Onwards and upwards!

Best regards,

Rob Stead and your AutoSens team

About Author

Rob is the Managing Director, founder, driving force and passion behind Sense Media, he has been working in B2B conferences for more than a decade. He is well connected in the digital imaging market with relationships with all of the major technology developers in CMOS imaging as well as academics, end users, consultants and service providers. A scientist at heart, Rob has an academic background in physics and environmental science and is driven by a desire to learn about machine perception as well as running world-class events.

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