December 12 – 13,  2023

Speakers & Chairmen

Here you see the speakers of the UpDate Seminar Euro NCAP 2022. As soon as the speakers of the 2023 conference are confirmed, you will find them here.

Andrés Aparicio

Andrés Aparicio
IDIADA Automotive Technology SA

Vita

Andrés Aparicio is Senior Manager of ADAS and Connected and Automated Vehicles at Applus IDIADA. After coursing a masters degree on mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, he joined IDIADA in 2005. He has always been involved in the field of active and passive safety, both offering development services for industrial partners and participating in R&D projects, such as APROSYS, ASSESS and AsPeCSS. Since May 2015, he coordinates the PROSPECTs project, funded by the EC and dealing with active safety for vulnerable road users. He also  participates in the Euro NCAP working groups for safety assist features and has been involved in the development of the new AEB and LSS test protocols.

Matthew Avery

Matthew Avery
Director of Research
Thatcham - The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre

Vita

As Director of Research, Matthew Avery’s role involves liaison with Insurers, vehicle manufacturers, legislators and NCAP partners with a view to encouraging safer vehicle design whilst controlling repair costs. He is currently leading detailed research into Automated Driving technologies predicting its future impact and supporting the insurance community around the next generation of driver assistance systems. He has been pivotal in the definition of test procedures for AEB and is now looking at Lane and Junction support technologies and their future evaluation. Matthew is a Board Member of Euro NCAP and his work has helped the definition of test procedures for ADAS technologies within the  NCAP 5 star consumer rating system. In 2011 Matthew Avery was awarded the US Government Special Award of Appreciation for his contribution to the field of global traffic safety and his work has also been recognised by Global NCAP with the 2016 Safety Award presented to Thatcham Research in 2016.

Prof. Dr. Rikard Fredriksson

Prof. Dr. Rikard Fredriksson
Senior Advisor
Trafikverket

Vita

Rikard Fredriksson is senior advisor at the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), focusing on road safety strategies to reach vision zero and with a special focus on vehicle safety. His background is over 20 years of safety research in the car industry in both occupant and vulnerable road user protection, with three world’s first safety products, before he joined the STA in 2019. He also holds a position as Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology. In the STA position he is the Swedish representative in Euro NCAP, both in the board and in several working groups, of which he chairs the Occupant Status Monitoring group. He has published over 50 scientific papers and 20 patents in the safety area. In 2013 he received the U.S. Government (NHTSA) Award for Safety Engineering Excellence.

Dirk-Uwe Gehring

Dirk-Uwe Gehring
Co-founder and Managing Director
BGS Böhme & Gehring GmbH

Vita

Dirk-Uwe Gehring is co-founder and managing director of BGS Böhme & Gehring GmbH. BGS has over 20 years of experience in pedestrian protection. Dirk-Uwe Gehring is in charge of Euro NCAP testing, type approvals according to R(EC)78/2009 and UN-R 127 as well as development and research test programs. He is member of international working groups on pedestrian protection.

James Jackson

James Jackson
Human Factors Coordinator
IDIADA

Vita

James Jackson is a specialist in automotive human factors and ergonomics. Following from studying human factors design at Loughborough University, he spent the first part of his career working in OEM product development focussing on vehicle usability and cabin design. He joined IDIADA in 2018 and now leads human factors activities, managing user centred design and testing. This involves responsibilities for work alongside industry partners concerning safety and mobility of transportation users, with driver behaviour and condition being of central focus. For Euro NCAP James is a member of the working groups for Occupant Status Monitoring and Human Factors / Human Machine Interaction.

Adriano Palao

Adriano Palao
Technical Manager ADAS/AD
Euro NCAP

Vita

Adriano Palao has 9 years of experience in automotive engineering, within the testing and validation domain. After completing his bachelor and master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, he worked for Nissan Motor Corporation, Applus+ IDIADA, Punch Powertrain, and Mitsubishi Electric. In January 2022 took the role of Technical Manager ADAS/AD at Euro NCAP.

Volker Sandner

Volker Sandner
Senior Manager Vehicle Safety
ADAC Technik Zentrum Landsberg

Vita

Volker Sander has been head of the Vehicle Safety Department of ADAC, which includes active safety, passive safety and accident research, since 2010. Before that, from 1999-2007 he was in charge of the construction of ADAC’s crash test lab as a team manager. From 2007-2010 he lead the Passive Safety Department of ADAC. At Euro NCAP he is a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the frontal impact working group. In addition to that he is member of the side impact working group, the technical working group and the ratings group of Euro NCAP. He is also lecturer for vehicle safety at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck

Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck
Head of the Division Vehicle Technology
BASt - German Federal Highway Research Institute

Vita

Andre Seeck is head of the division "Vehicle Technology" with the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt). In this position he is responsible for the preparation of European Safety Regulations. Furthermore he represents the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport in the Board of Directors of Euro NCAP and he is the chairman of the strategy group on automated driving and of the rating system. These positions enable him to gain deep insight into current and future developments in vehicle safety. In 2017 NHTSA awarded him the U. S. Government Special Award of Appreciation.

Benedikt Spannochi

Benedikt Spannochi
Head of Business Development
EMOTION3D

Vita

Benedikt took over the management of business development and sales activities at emotion3D in 2018. In his role, he is in close contact with various key players in the automotive industry and is significantly involved in the development of emotion3D's product strategy. Another core task is the coordination of Tier-2 and Tier-1 partnerships for joint product developments in the areas of active and passive safety.

Peter Stoker

Peter Stoker
Chief Engineer - Connected & Autonomous Vehicle
UTAC

Vita

Peter Stoker started his Automotive Engineering career in 1983, following his graduation in Polymer Physics at the University of Manchester. He has spent time at Rover, Webasto Roof Systems, GM Europe and Millbrook, with responsibilities in vehicle development, component engineering and full vehicle programme & launch. Currently responsible for the deployment of two UK-Government supported testbeds in Connected & Automated Vehicles and 5G for transport at the UTAC Millbrook location. Peter is also the Chair of the EuroNCAP Virtual Testing (Active) Working Group.