Highlights 2017

Overcoming Safety & Security Challenges for Connected Automated Driving

Born 1959, Thomas Form studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, joined the Institute for Communication Engineering as research fellow in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in 1992.  Up to 2002 he worked as a senior engineer in the Centre for Electromagnetic Compatibility of Volkswagen AG. In 2002 Dr. Form was appointed as the head of Telephone-/Telematic- and Antenna systems development. He became a professor for „electronic vehicle systems“ in the Institute of Control Engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig in 2005 and participated with the CAROLO-Team in the finals of the DARPA URBAN Callenge 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he was responsible for concept development, module- and project management in the VW Electric/Electronic development. Since 2009 he is the head of the “Electronics and Vehicle Research” within Volkswagen Group research. Memberships: IEEE Member, VDI FVT (advisory board) and VDE GMM (Member of the board)

Future cockpit environments in L3-4 Automation

Tim Yerdon is responsible for developing and implementing Visteon’s global brand strategy and its marketing strategy for new and existing products. His role includes driving upstream commercial engagement through various customer experiences – all aimed at helping Visteon deliver an unmatched vehicle cockpit electronics user experience. He also leads communications with key Visteon stakeholders including customers, suppliers, partners and employees.
Leveraging his background in engineering and innovation, Yerdon fosters collaborative efforts with technology/industry partners and government agencies to advance growth beyond traditional automotive electronics into the Internet of Things. He oversees the planning and execution of more than 150 customer events each year – at automaker sites and Visteon design centers and product showrooms around the world.
Yerdon has more than 20 years of automotive experience and is an established innovation leader, developing several first-to-market vehicle and product concepts. Previously he led the design experience, advanced cockpit electronics, advanced driver awareness systems and the InnovationWorks® organization. He has held various positions in manufacturing, product development, program management and racing at both Visteon and Ford Motor Co.
Yerdon serves on the board of directors for the automotive electronics division of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and chairs the MICHauto/Detroit Regional Chamber talent and retention committee. He is also co-inventor on several patents awarded or pending in manufacturing, powertrain, electronics and interiors. He has a master's degree in manufacturing systems from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State University.

Autonomous driving is coming - does that mean the traditional automotive disciplines will disappear?

Dr. Sven A. Beiker is the Founder and Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, a consulting and advisory firm serving startups, venture / consulting firms, and corporations to understand trends in mobility. The firm specializes in market sizing and implementation roadmaps for mobility topics. Dr. Beiker brings to bear his well over 20 years of experience gained during his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Stanford University, and the BMW Group. In addition to his consulting business, Dr. Beiker is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he instructs students on strategies for startups and corporations in the field of automated, connected, electrified, and shared mobility. He also serves as the Automotive / Mobility Advisor for the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lecture Notes in Mobility of Springer Science+Business Media.

Mr. Mohammad Poorsartep is currently Manager Advanced Engineering at Valeo North America. He was previously a Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Re-search Institute where he also served as Project Manager for TTI's Connected Transportation Initiative. In thisposition, he led TTI's activities further into the emerging areas of automated and autonomous vehicles technology. Mr. Poorsartep has extensive back-ground in working with construction, telecommunications, automotive, and defense indus-tries. Prior to his current position, he worked for University of Michigan as a project manager where he led the activities of the Connected Vehicle Proving Center (CVPC) in conducting research projects sponsored by automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, and more.

A solvable challenge? – The Validation of Automated Vehicles

Head of Product Requirements, Development and Connected Drive US, BMW of North America, LLC, August 2015 – Today
Head of Product Cost Optimization Interieur and Electric/Electronics, BMW Group, December 2014 – July 2015
Head of technical product management electrics/electronics and driver environment, BMW Group, November 2013 – November 2014
Head of instrument cluster, displays and composite displays, BMW AG, November 2011 – November 2013
Chief Engineer Electrics/Electronics and driver environment, BMW Group, July 2008 – October 2011
Head of electric/electronic architecture (base segment), BMW Group, August 2007 – July 2008
Head of electric/electronic System Integration, BMW Group, November 2003 – June 2007
Head of Mid Platform Information and Communication, BMW Group, March 2002 – October 2003
Head of Electric/Electronic Strategy, BMW Group, Januar< 2001 – February 2002
Manager for organization and inhouse consulting, BMW Group, March 1998 – December 2000
Expert for integration of CASE tools in the E/E development process, BMW Group, January 1995 – February 1998
Industrial PHD Student, BMW Group, July 1992 – December 1994

V2X Communications: Connected Maps and Services for ADAS

Seasoned researcher & leader, focused on automated driving in the areas of:
- Mapping, localization and perception for cooperative automated driving
- Building innovative approaches to vehicular wireless communications - in 5G, DSRC, LTE-V2X, mmWave

I am a hands-on research manager responsible for all aspects of hypothesis & solution development including crafting experiments, building cross-functional engineering teams (with industry partners, university collaborators), demonstrating business and market synergies, budgeting and P&L. I also represent Toyota in communication standards and the Automakers Consortium.

In addition to being an experienced researcher, I am an industry leader, editor and program chair for several global conferences & journals, an international speaker, and internationally published author. I have authored 50+ scientific papers and 20 patents (2 issued, 18 pending).

North American Autonomous Vehicles Overview

Dr. Brendan Chan is a Technical Specialist for Vehicle Dynamics at Navistar, Inc. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and analysis of advanced real-time/non-realtime vehicle dynamics models and advanced vehicle testing development for safety systems and ADAS. Prior to this, he was responsible for design, development and maintenance of real-time capable commercial vehicle systems simulation systems at Bendix.

His experience includes Tractor and Trailer Electronic Stability Control, Antilock Braking Systems, Collision Mitigation Systems and Advanced Air Treatment Systems. Dr. Chan is an associate editor for the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles and has authored numerous technical papers, reports, and presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He is received the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award in 2012 and was a recipient of the Navistar StarPower Award in 2013 for his contributions in delivering the best-in-class Medium Duty TerraStar Truck.

Development of Testing Protocols and Test Surrogates for Standardized Testing of Advanced Driver Assistance/ Crash Avoidance systems

Rini Sherony is a Sr. Principal Engineer at Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) which is part of Toyota Technical Center located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is with Toyota for the past 18 years working in crash data analysis, active safety/advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) design, testing and planning. Rini has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. At CSRC She is the lead for active safety/ADAS collaboration research and crash data analysis. Her current responsibilities include development of test procedures, surrogate target, and testing for active safety systems like Pre-Collision, Pedestrian Pre-Collision system, Lane departure warning and prevention systems, etc. She is part of organizing committees for many scientific conferences like SAE World Congress, SAE Active Safety, FAST Zero conferences, IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium, etc. She is involved in several SAE standards development committees in the area of active safety/ADAS. She has co-authored over 40 papers in automotive safety and has 9 patents.


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