April 21 – 22, 2020   |   Congress Park Hanau, Germany

Speakers 2020

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Dr. Saeed David Barbat
Dr. Saeed David Barbat
Ford Motor Company

Since 2011, Dr. Barbat has been The Executive Technical Leader for Safety, the highest safety technical position at Ford globally, overseeing overall vehicle safety in research, advanced product development, strategy, and regulatory, company-wide. Dr. Barbat has 34 years of engineering experience: 26 years in Automotive Safety, 2 years in the aircraft engineering, and 6 years in the academia.Dr. Barbat is an internationally recognized safety leader who sustained a record of pioneering contributions to the automotive industry and societal benefits. His past 26 years have been with Ford involved in all aspects of automotive safety, e.g. structural crashworthiness, occupant protection, alternative fuel vehicle, integrated safety and biomechanics. At Ford, he has held several technical and management leadership positions. More than 11 years as the Manager for Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering and as a product development Safety Manager of a large group of more than 100 engineers involved in the design, development and safety sign-off for several platforms that meet or exceed Corporate, Regulatory, and Public Domain requirements.

Dr. Barbat achieved SAE and ASME Fellow Grades. He served as the Chairman of International ISO WG4 for Virtual Testing for 14 years; alternate Chairman of Crash Safety WG and member of the Safety Technical Leadership Council of the USCAR since 2000; a member of the technical advisory board at various universities; and of the ISO United State Technical Advisory Group. He serves as a co-organizer/sessions chair of various Crashworthiness and Biomechanics Symposiums such as ASME, SAE, STAPP, and Government Industry meetings. Editorial Advisory Board member for various national and international journals. Dr. Barbat hold nearly 100 issued/filed patents and wrote around 65 papers. Some of his work has been recognized with a prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award; the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, 17 SAE/ASME Recognition Awards and 4 USCAR Awards. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious ASME Barnett-Uzgiris Product Safety Societal award (the 6th recipient of this award) for his outstanding contributions to the society and vehicle safety. Dr. Barbat holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US in 1990; M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from UMIST, Manchester, UK in 1980; and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1976. 

  

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Baumgartner
Dr.-Ing. Jörg Baumgartner
Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF

Jörg Baumgartner studied mechanical and process engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Since 2005 he is working at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF. The main focus of his work is the development of advanced approaches for the fatigue assessment of welded structures and components. At Fraunhofer LBF he is heading the group "Numerical Methods and Component Design”. Since 2016 he is heading Working Group 3 “stress analysis” within Commission XIII of the International Institute of Welding IIW and since 2014 the workshop “Numerical Simulation within Structural Durability” of the German DVM “Deutscher Verband für Materialforschung und -prüfung e.V.”. 

  

Leyre Benito Cia
Leyre Benito Cia
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

Ms. Leyre Benito Cia studied Industrial Engineering at the "Universidad Pública de Navarra – UpNA" (Spain) from 2005 to 2011. Her thesis was on "Investigation of mass transport through membranes using the CFD method" as part of a research project in cooperation with Volkswagen AG at the TU Braunschweig. Since 2011 she works at GNS mbH first in crash simulation and since 2016 in the Generator4 management team.

  

Dr.-Ing. Torben Birker
Dr.-Ing. Torben Birker
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

Dr. Torben Birker studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aalborg/Denmark in the field of simulation and optimization methods. After completing his studies, he became assistant professor at the University of Essen where he also finished his doctoral thesis in 1995. After working as technical expert in the field high-pressure-tooling for some years, he joined TECOSIM GmbH in 1999 and he took over the position as managing director in 2008. 

  

Thomas Böttcher
Thomas Böttcher
ika Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge - RWTH Aachen University

Thomas Böttcher received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 and a M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering in 2015 from RWTH Aachen University. In 2016 he joined the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) at RWTH Aachen University as a scientific employee in the acoustics department. Later he has been promoted Manager Method Development in the acoustics department and Department Manager Acoustics. Since 12/2019 he heads the Research Area Vehicle Dynamics & Acoustics.

  

Frank Braunroth

Frank Braunroth
SEGULA Technologies GmbH

  

Jana Büttner
Jana Büttner
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

From 2011-2016 Jana Büttner studied automotive engineering with specialization in automotive body engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. In September 2016 she joined Porsche AG as body structure engineer for battery electric vehicles. After approximately 2 years, she decided to change the direction of her work from CAD-based to CAE-based development. On top of that, she started her PhD-studies at the University of Wuppertal with the topic “Reduction of the numerical resource requirement for the operational use of multidisciplinary optimization of vehicle structures”.

  

Marian Bulla
Marian Bulla
Altair Engineering GmbH

Marian Bulla has studied mechanical engineering in Iserlohn and at the RWTH Aachen. In his professional activities at Fraunhofer, Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen, PuZ and Imperia, he has gained extensive experience in computer crash simulation and in experimental research. Since 2008 he has been working as a specialist in crash and occupant simulation at Altair Engineering GmbH.

  

Dr. Ulf Bunge

Dr. Ulf Bunge
Volkswagen AG

  

Dr.-Ing. Tuanny Cajuhi
Dr.-Ing. Tuanny Cajuhi
SCALE GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Tuanny Cajuhi has a background in computational sciences in engineering and numerical methods for material modeling and fracture mechanics. Professional experience in academic and industrial research including companies in the automotive sector. Currently she is a consultant at SCALE with focus on developing intelligent assistance systems for simulation data management during virtual product development.

  

Dr. Matthew L. Davis
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Dr. Matthew L. Davis
Elemance, LLC

  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck
Technical University of Munich

Since 2010, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fabian Duddeck is the head of the research group on optimization and robustness at the Technical University of Munich  (TUM, Chair of Computational Mechanics, www.bgu.tum.de/cm). His research is focusing on numerical methods for optimization of structures with respect of crashworthiness, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), durability, and other disciplines. In this framework, new methods for stochastic modeling and robustness assessments for different types of uncertainties (aleatoric and epistemic) are included. Besides standard approaches using probabilistic theory, possibilistic and special methods for early phase design are developed and applied for problems in automotive, aerospace, and civil engineering. 

  

Georg Eichmüller
Georg Eichmüller
Volkswagen AG

Mr. Eichmüller is working in the department for simulation methods at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg mainly concerned with FE topics in the crash domain. His focus there lies on modelling of crash barriers as well as on bringing new methods in simulation, postprocessing, and data analytics to use.

  

Lars Eilers
Lars Eilers
GNS mbH

After studying automotive engenieering at HAW Hamburg Mr. Lars Eilers startetd his career as CAE engineer at Karmann in Osnabrück. He left Karmann in 2010, worked as team mananger NVH at TECOSIM in Rüsselsheim until 2015. His next step was OPEL in Rüsselsheim and from 2018 Mr. Eilers works as branch manager at GNS mbH back in Osnbarück.

  

Eberhard Erb
Eberhard Erb
FFT Free Field Technologies

Eberhard Erb studied mechanical engineering at Fachhochschule Ulm and worked for several international companies in project management and business development. He covers the role of the business development manager for DACH and Russia at FFT, providing acoustic solutions within Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division.

  

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Fehr

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Fehr
University of Stuttgart

  

Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke
Prof. Dr. Jochen Garcke
Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen SCAI

Prof. Jochen Garcke is Professor for Numerics at the Institute for Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn and heads the department "Numerical Data-Driven Prediction" of Fraunhofer SCAI. The main focus of his work is scientific computing and machine learning with applications in engineering and natural sciences.

  

Mark Gevers
Mark Gevers
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

After studying mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen Mark Gevers joined TECOSIM as a CAE Engineer in 2001. From 2008 to 2019 he has been General Manager of TECOSIMs branch office in Cologne. Since 2019 he is in charge of TECOSIM's e-mobility and benchmarking activities as Director Business Development. For four years he has been assistant professor for material simulations.

  

Tobias Grosch
Tobias Grosch
GNS Systems GmbH

Tobias Grosch studied computer science at the Technical University of Braunschweig. In 2015 he started working as a software developer at GNS Systems following his graduation as Master of Science. Joining the newly emerged group of software developers, his initial focus was on modern software development technologies and approaches. He participated in development of the license monitoring product lEYEcense as developer and DevOps engineer. After taking over the team lead in 2017, he is currently Head of Software Engineering & Transformation. His field of expertise is agile development, including consulting, DevOps and UX.

  

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack
Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack
Siemens Industry Software GmbH & Co KG

Michael Hack is business product line manager for durability simulations. He graduated and obtained his PhD at Kaiserslautern University in applied mathematics. Combining customer needs with academic research he followed numerous research projects, and he presented and published on hysteresis operators, rainflow counting, thermal fatigue, composite fatigue as well as reliability and optimization topics.

  

Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke

Dr.-Ing. Axel Hänschke
CPS Pekka Stuckert Consulting Unternehmensberatung

  

Klaus Hofwimmer
Klaus Hofwimmer
Magna Powertrain ECS Steyr GmbH & Co. KG

After finishing the Technical University of Vienna with a master degree in mechanical engineering in 2000, Mr. Hofwimmer joined the Engineering Center Steyr, a company of MAGNA in Austria. In the first two years he was engaged with Finite Element analyses for durability, static and dynamic problems as well as acoustics. From 2002 to 2017 he did software development for FEMFAT, especially for the WELD module. Since Sept. 2017, he heads the sales and support team of FEMFAT.

  

Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Hohe
Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Hohe
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM

Dr. Jörg Hohe is head of the Composite Materials Group at Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM at Freiburg. Main research interests are the mechanics of composite materials of all kinds from the experimental and numerical point of view. A specific topic for more than one decade is the probabilistic modelling of composites with disordered microstructure along all relevant scales.

  

Dr. Noriyo Ichinose
Dr. Noriyo Ichinose
JSOL Corporation

Dr. Noriyo Ichinose received a Master of Engineering from Osaka University in 2001 and a PhD in Engineering from Yamagata University in 2012. Since 2001 he has been working for JSOL Corporation in the development of vehicle structure at customer site, technical sales of LS-DYNA, and consulting services for Japanese automotive OEMs. Since 2018 till present he manages the CAE Technology Department Manager at JSOL Corporation.

  

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash
Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash
CADLM

Kambiz Kayvantash has a PhD from University GHS of Essen, Germany, and an executive MBA from HEC, Paris, France. In the past he has occupied various technical and managerial positions both in academia and industry (University of Essen, MECALOG, ALTAIR, Cranfield University/Cranfield Impact Centre, CIVITEC, CADLM/ École spéciale des travaux publics. He is currently the CTO of CADLM and develops Artificial Intelligence based solutions for predictive, real-time industrial applications such as Autonomous Vehicle, Crash and Safety, Health Monitoring, etc.

  

Dr. Corina Klug
Dr. Corina Klug
University Project Assistant
Graz University of Technology

Corina Klug works as post-doc researcher at the vehicle safety institute at Graz University of Technology. She studied mechanical engineering and has obtained a PhD in December 2018. The focus of the doctoral thesis was the application of Human Body Models for the assessment of passive vehicle safety addressing pedestrians and bicyclists. She is involved in several projects in the field of Human Body Models.

  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kolling
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kolling
TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences

Stefan Kolling is Professor for Mechanics at the TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences (THM). Previously he worked as a simulation engineer at the Mercedes Technology Center in Sindelfingen. He was responsible for methods development in crash simulation. In particular he was involved in the modelling of non-metal materials such as glass, polymers and plastics. Prof. Kolling graduated from the Universities of Saarbrücken and Darmstadt, from where he also received his Ph.D. He is author of numerous publications in the field of material modeling.

  

Dr. Wolfgang Korte
Dr. Wolfgang Korte
PART Engineering GmbH

Dr. Wolfgang Korte studied Mechanical Engineering and received his Ph.D. at RWTH Aachen Technical University. Since 1999 he is Managing Director of PART Engineering GmbH. Dr. Korte has more than 20 years expertise in FEA with a focus on plastic and composite materials.

  

Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Andata Entwicklungstechnologie GmbH

Dr. Andreas Kuhn studied Technical Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna. After his dissertation on the simulation of special satellite formations for the European Space Agency, he began his professional career in crash simulation at BMW. After further years as a consultant for stochastic simulation at EASI Engineering GmbH (today carhs), he founded ANDATA in 2004, where he is responsible for development and research as managing partner. Since 2009 he is also co-owner of Automotive Safety Technologies GmbH in Gaimersheim.

His professional interests are founded in effective and efficient development, validation and assessment methods for complex, safety-critical systems. In particular, he has been working for more than 20 years on the development and combined application of methods from the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced simulation methods, scenario-based approaches and according process models in the virtual development of vehicles and autonomous robots. His current activities are the development and implementation of cooperative, networked, automated driving strategies for effective traffic automation.

  

Christian Kurzböck
Christian Kurzböck
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Christian Kurzböck studied Mechanical engineering  at Graz University of Technology from 2004 to 2012. Since 2011 he works as Development Engineer at Virtual Vehicle in Graz. His fields of work are simulation methods for reinforced and unreinforced materials, pedestrian protection and occupant protection.

  

Yann Léost
Yann Léost
Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI

Yann Leost worked several years in the automotive industry at EDAG and Daimler AG, Sindelfingen in the field of FEM crash simulations. Then he worked at Fraunhofer EMI first in defense department and since 2012 in automotive field, especially supporting activities at the EMI Crash Test Facility in Efringen-Kirchen with numerical simulations.

  

Ismail Maatouki
Ismail Maatouki
Humanetics

Ismail Maatouki acquired his B.Sc. (1997) and postgraduate Diplom (1999) in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. In 2003 he obtained his M.Sc. in “Computer Science in Civil Engineering.” from the TU Darmstadt and then became in 2006 a Scientific Staff at Dept. of Solid Mechanics, where he was providing assistantship to the teaching subjects “Technical Mechanics” and advanced FEA and was performing researches on the field of materials instability. In 2012 he joined the CAE division of Humanetics (Heidelberg, Germany). He is a senior member of the Material Task Force, a team member of the THOR family model developments and provides technical support to customers in Europe.

  

Stefan Mertler
Stefan Mertler
SIDACT GmbH

Stefan Mertler graduated as a Bachelor and Master (Major: Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing, Minor: Information Systems) in Economathematics at the University of Cologne. In parallel he started to work as a student research assistant at Fraunhofer SCAI and continued to work at the spin-off SIDACT GmbH afterwards. There, he was in charge of further development of SDMZIP, DIFFCRASH and the BMBF-BigData Project VAVID.

Recently he is working on his Dissertation in the Optimization of Mechanical Structures at the University of Wuppertal.

  

Dr. Roland Niemeier
Dr. Roland Niemeier
Dynardo GmbH

Dr. Roland Niemeier studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and received his doctorate from the University of Tübingen on Rydberg atoms in strong magnetic fields. From 1995 to 1998, he worked as a research assistant at the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart in the Visualization Department, researching volume visualization and virtual reality. From October 1998 to March 2012, he worked at science + computing ag, the last five years he was member of the executive board for sales and marketing. Since April 2012 he has been working for Dynardo GmbH in Weimar, where he is head of sales and business development.

  

Rudolf Reichert
Rudolf Reichert
George Mason University

Rudolf Reichert is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Collision Safety and Analysis at the George Mason University, responsible for a variety of research projects with NHTSA, industry partners, and rating agencies. He previously worked for Mercedes-Benz in the field of passive safety, where he was responsible for optimizing interiors, restraints, and full vehicle systems to achieve excellent occupant protection for different vehicle platforms.

  

Peter Reithofer

Peter Reithofer
4a engineering GmbH

DI Peter Reithofer studied Plastics Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. Since 1999 he has been working at 4a engineering GmbH. Since several years he works in R&D for plastics and composites focusing simulation methods and material models, software development for CAE – VALIMAT™ and dynamic testing with IMPETUS™.

  

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Rensink
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Rensink
:em engineering methods AG

Dr. Rensink joined :em AG (Darmstadt) in February 2019 and is lecturer for CAE applications at University of Applied Sciences Bingen. :em AG  provides innovative solutions and software that enable the digital transformation of their customers. Being an experienced CAE engineer in CFD and FEM, Dr. Rensink works as Senior IT Consultant in the PLM/SDM/TDM consulting team. One of his focus points are AI methods in CAE processes. He studied Physics at University of Bielefeld and Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and received his doctoral degree from Institute of Fluid Mechanics at University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

  

Dr. Alessandro Scattina
Dr. Alessandro Scattina
Politecnico di Torino

Alessandro Scattina has always worked at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino in the research group “Vehicle structure and safety: design, simulation, optimization”. He took Ph.D. in Mechanics in 2009 then he covered research fellow and assistant professor positions. Now he is an associate professor.

  

Dr.-Ing. Robert Schilling
Dr.-Ing. Robert Schilling
Ford-Werke GmbH

Dr. Robert Schilling studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dortmund. Here he also received his PhD on Finite Element Analysis of Sheet Metal Bending. From1994 he joined Ford Germany to work as analyst for Vehicle Safety and CAE. Since 2000 he is a Technical Specialist for Finite Element Crash Analysis and responsible method development for crash analysis with focus on material and connection modelling techniques, robustness of CAE analyses, coupling of CAE analyses. In this position he has been involved in several external FAT and FOSTA research projects on crash method development.

  

Claudius Schöne
Claudius Schöne
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

Claudius Schöne studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Braunschweig and received his Diploma in 1992. In 1995 Mr. Schöne and several colleagues founded GNS mbH, where he is General Manager from the beginning. Mr. Schöne worked many years in crash simulation and has longtime experience in Simulation Process and Data Management.

  

Dr. Pawel Sobczak

Dr. Pawel Sobczak
Dassault Systemes UK Limited

  

Dr. Joachim Sprave
Dr. Joachim Sprave
Mercedes-Benz AG

Joachim Sprave, has a degree in computer science. He joined - what is now Mercedes-Benz AG - in 1999 after completing his doctorate in the field of Evolutionary Algorithms.

His main focus was on processes at the CAD-CAE interface and multidisciplinary optimization in vehicle development. After an excursion into pre-development crash simulation, he joined the Artificial Intelligence Research team, where he develops AI methods for CAE pre- and post-processing.

  

Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik
Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik
Mvoid Group | Mvoid  Technologies GmbH

Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik is President & CEO of the Mvoid Group, specializing in providing consulting services and innovative technologies for Automotive, Consumer and Professional Audio as well as the developer of Mvoid® methodology. He has been researching for more than 25 years in the areas of Multiphysics and virtual as well as computational acoustics.

  

Cornelia Thieme
Cornelia Thieme
MSC Software GmbH

Cornelia Thieme studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Then she worked as CAE engineer at MAN Technologie (today MT Aerospace), on thermal analysis for Ariane 5 and other space vehicles. She’s been working at MSC Software since 2001, in presales and business development for FEM analysis software.

  

Willem van Hal

Willem van Hal
ESI Group

  

Alexander Frederic Walser
Alexander Frederic Walser
ASC-S Automotive Solution Center for Simulation e. V.

Alexander F. Walser studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart in the field of modeling and simulation methods. After completing his studies in 2011, he joined Automotive Solution Center for Simulation  e.V. – a non-profit association for know-how carriers in the field of Automotive Simulation. As a scientific project manager he was responsible for various BMBF joint projects in the areas of crash simulation and structural optimization. In July 2013, he took over the position of Managing Director. His responsibilities include the management of the Stuttgart office, the organization of network activities and the strategic development of the competence network and the ENVITED marketplace – an open community platform in the field of virtual validation of autonomous vehicles. 

  

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weinert
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Weinert
Ford-Werke GmbH

Dr. Matthias Weinert has studied mechanical engineering at the University of Siegen where he also received his PhD on “Decomposition Method for Large Scale Optimization Problems on Parallel Computers” in 1994. From 1997 to 2012 he worked as a CAE specialist at Ford US. Since 2013 he is manager “Body CAE” at Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne. Since 1997 he is member of the FAT working group “Joining Technology”, which he heads since 2012.

  

Sven Wielens
Sven Wielens
Bergische Uni Wuppertal

In August 2016, Seven Wielens received the Bachelor of Engineering with a specialization in construction from the Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen. In January 2019, he obtained the Master of Science with a focus on lightweight construction of mobile products and fluid mechanics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Since February 2019, he has been a research assistant at the Chair for Optimization of Mechanical Structures.

  

Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki
Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki
Toyota Motor Corporation

Dr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980. He initiated crash simulation at Toyota Motor Corporation in 1988. In 2011 Dr. Yasuki received the "Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award" from SAE and in 2017 the "Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award" from SAE.

  

Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski
Dr.-Ing. Olgierd Zaleski
Novicos GmbH

Dr. Olgierd Zaleski studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg. Following was a scientific activity at the Institute for Mechanics, where he wrote his doctoral thesis in the field of numerical methods in acoustics. He is founder and CEO of Novicos GmbH in Hamburg. Novicos is an engineering service provider with a focus on acoustics and a channel partner of Siemens PLM.