October 19 – 20, 2021  |  Congress Park Hanau, Germany

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Dr. André Backes

Dr. André Backes
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

Vita

Dr. André Backes studied Mathematics at the University of Duisburg. From 2000 to 2006 he was a researcher at the Institute for Mathematics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. His PhD studies at the chair for Numerical Mathematics introduced him to the field of CAE. Since 2006 he works at TECOSIM GmbH and among other topics specialized in NVH. In the area of Virtual Benchmarking he helped developing the TECOSIM-owned process TEC|BENCH where also the Python language was used. In current research projects he investigates the use of Python-based methods for data analysis and machine learning in the CAE process. Since 2020 he has been working at Tecosim Stuttgart.

Philipp Bähr

Philipp Bähr
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM

Vita

Philipp Bähr studied Mechanical Engineering at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. Since August 2018 he works as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute, EMI in the area mechanical and thermal joining techniques on notch effects at joint locations.

Dr. Christophe Bastien

Dr. Christophe Bastien
Associate Professor
Coventry University

Vita

Christophe Bastien worked for Matra Datavision, MSX and Corus Automotive as a CAE technical specialist for 13 years, contributing to the development of the Jaguar X-Type interior head impact protection (FMVSS201), including the design of the Jaguar XK for pedestrian legislation. When he joined Corus Automotive, he continued to focus on pedestrian safety and developed new skills in highway engineering design and analysis. During his career, he filed 21 patents in the area of safety engineering. In 2007, he joined Coventry University and is now an Associate Professor leading the Transport Safety and Simulations Group. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD in biomechanics and safety. His current work, with the collaboration of local hospitals and the Police forces, is focused in predicting trauma severity.

Dr. Neil Bishop

Dr. Neil Bishop
MSC Software

Vita

Dr. Neil Bishop was the Founder and CEO of CAEfatigue Limited and now serves as Managing Director at MSC Software. Dr. Bishop has been teaching fatigue life estimation techniques and dynamics to undergraduates, postgraduates and design engineers for over 30 years. His teaching style reflects the philosophy that dynamic analysis and fatigue life estimation techniques should be accessible to all design engineers, not just the specialists. Dr. Bishop carries this philosophy over to his role at MSC Software as he leads the Fatigue business development activities within the company.

Markus Breitfuss

Markus Breitfuss
Magna Powertrain ECS GmbH & Co. KG

Alexandre Dumon

Alexandre Dumon
ESI Group

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Alexandre Dumon has a Master of Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France and a Master of Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. His master thesis and several publications where on electrolytes for Li-ion solid-state battery. During his 8 years at ESI Shanghai and Paris he has developed innovative CAE solutions for multi-material assemblies in collaboration with customers from the automotive industry. His current focus is on addressing simulation challenges for lightweight car body and electric vehicle CAE for crash.

Dr.-Ing. Andre Eggers

Dr.-Ing. Andre Eggers
German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)

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Andre Eggers is a researcher at BASt (German Federal Highway Research Institute) since 2006 working in the area of biomechanics, evaluation of dummies, human models and virtual testing. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg and Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University. 2013 he completed his doctorate at the Technical University of Berlin. He contributed to several European research projects like IMVITER, THORAX, ASSESS, SENIORS and OSCCAR. He is representing BASt in Euro NCAP working groups related to injury criteria and virtual testing.

Dr.-Ing. Christian Ellersdorfer

Dr.-Ing. Christian Ellersdorfer
Assistant Professor
Graz University of Technology

Vita

Dr. Christian Ellersdorfer is assistant professor on a tenure track and first deputy of the Vehicle Safety Institute at Graz University of Technology. In 2016 he received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Graz University of Technology. His research interest covers characterization and modelling of the multi physics behavior of lithium-based batteries under mechanical crash loads. In 2019, he also co-founded the battery safety lab BSCG – Battery Safety Center Graz that is located at the campus.

Benjamin Engel

Benjamin Engel
Global Technology Manager
ASAM e.V.

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As Global Technology Manager, Ben Engel is responsible for the coordination and architectural support of simulation-based standards at ASAM. The current focus is on the integration and continued development of the OpenX Standards (OpenDRIVE, OpenSCENARIO, OpenCRG) to ensure their compatibility with the rapidly growing demand for standards for highly autonomous mobility. Ben has extensive experience with simulation, with a specialization on its application for safety and homologation within the automotive branch. His management experience was obtained directly in the simulation industry, both for the European market and internationally through the strategic development of international CAE support offices for clients across the globe.

Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher
Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Vita

Steve Fisher holds a 1st Class BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from City University, London. After graduating, Steve joined Jaguar Cars, luxury car manufacturer which at that time had just been bought by Ford Motor Company, as a graduate engineer working in the Advanced Engineering Group (AEG). During the time in AEG, Steve looked at the use of aluminum within the car industry making prototype Aluminum bonnets. Steve also was co-author on a patent for a bonnet system that reduced injuries in pedestrian impacts. After AEG, Steve joined Body Engineering where he worked with the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) department working on the refinement of the vehicle. Within this section he worked his way up to a technical specialist and introduced Jaguar Land Rover to the use of vibro-acoustic finite element analysis (FEA) methods to predict the noise within the vehicle. Later on, Steve has introduced Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) methods into the company to study high frequency air borne noise within the vehicle. Steve has worked at Ford in Dearborn, USA and has worked on the Jaguar XK8, S-Type, XF, all aluminum XJs, all aluminum XK, all aluminum Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Lincoln LS. Steve’s current role is to lend technical support to vehicle programs and develop / improve new CAE methods to help develop the refinement of future vehicles while reducing weight and CO2 impact.

Athanasios Fokylidis

Athanasios Fokylidis
BETA CAE Systems S.A.

Vita

Athanasios Fokylidis has studied Mechanical Engineering in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is an employee of BETA CAE Systems since 2008 working in the Customer Service. He is specialized in Crash and Safety applications and he is Supervisor in the Crash and Safety department of BETA CAE Systems.

Dr. Gordon Geißler

Dr. Gordon Geißler
SCALE GmbH

Vita

Herr Dr. Gordon Geißler studierte bis 2002 Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Fachrichtung Bau, an der Universität Leipzig. In 2009 promovierte er am Institut für Statik und Dynamik der Tragwerke, im Themengebiet Bruchmechanik, an der Technischen Universität Dresden. Seit 2009 arbeitet er als Consultant bei der SCALE GmbH, Ingolstadt.

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack

Dr. rer. nat. Michael Hack
Siemens Industry Software GmbH

Vita

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. Martin Helbig

Dr.-Ing. Martin Helbig
DYNAmore GmbH - Gesellschaft für FEM Ingenieurdienstleistungen

Vita

Martin Helbig studied Civil Engineering at the University Leipzig. After his studies he has been working at the Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg on crash simulation and as a researcher at the Institute of Mechanics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on a DFG project Deformation and Damage of Rubber Modified Thermoplastics. Since 2014 he is working at DYNAmore GmbH on material characterization and material parameter identification for polymer materials.

Dr. Mads J. Herring Jensen

Dr. Mads J. Herring Jensen
Comsol A/S

Vita

Mads Herring Jensen joined COMSOL in 2011 and is the technology manager for the acoustics products. Mads has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics from the Technical University of Denmark. Before joining COMSOL, he worked in the hearing aid industry for five years as an acoustic finite element expert.

Martin Herrmann

Martin Herrmann
Business Development Manager
IPG Automotive GmbH

Vita

Martin Herrmann is Business Development Manager for ADAS and automated driving at IPG Automotive in Frankfurt a. M., Germany. After studying automotive engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau, he worked on simulation projects in the areas of ADAS and vehicle dynamics at IPG Automotive in Karlsruhe from 2014. He moved to Business Development in 2016, where he focuses on automated driving. For example, he was involved in ASAM projects and research projects of the PEGASUS family.

Christian Ilg

Christian Ilg
Project Engineer
DYNAmore GmbH - Gesellschaft für FEM Ingenieurdienstleistungen

Vita

Christian Ilg received a Bachelor of Science in Vehicle and Engine Technology and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering both from the University of Stuttgart. In 2017 he joined DYNAmore GmbH. As a Project Engineer he works on Material characterization and material cards for LS-DYNA at DYNAmore's Material Competence Center (MCC), specializing on research and development of the full-field calibration method.

Erdeniz Ince

Erdeniz Ince
GNS Gesellschaft für numerische Simulation mbH

Vita

Erdeniz Ince graduated with a degree in civil engineering and then worked at the Institute of Joining and Welding at the TU Braunschweig as a research assistant. Since 2014 he has been working for GNS mbH and is responsible for the working group "Research and Methods". He supervises projects in the fields of material and failure modelling as well as potential analyses for lightweight design concepts and new material developments.

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash

Dr. Kambiz Kayvantash
CADLM

Vita

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.-Ing. Boris Künkler

Dr.-Ing. Boris Künkler
Opel Automobile GmbH

Vita

Boris Künkler joined the CAE Department of the Opel Automobile GmbH in 2006 and has since then been dealing with strength, stiffness and durability simulation as well as numerical optimization in various positions. In 2016 he became supervisor of the Body CAE team at Opel, bringing together the CAE-based development and optimization of body, exterior and closures structures. Since 2020, Boris is managing the CAE Method development department at Stellantis Germany, being responsible for the simulation methods of all CAE disciplines, like CFD, Crash, Durability, NVH, Multibody etc. Boris studied Mechanical Engineering, holds a PhD from the University of Siegen, Germany and has several publications in professional journals and international conferences.

Dr. Andreas Kuhn

Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Managing Partner
Andata Entwicklungstechnologie GmbH

Vita

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 has also been 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.

Yann Léost

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

Vita

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.

Fabian Möller

Fabian Möller
EDAG Engineering GmbH

Dr. Philippe Nitsche

Dr. Philippe Nitsche
AVL List GmbH

Vita

Dr. Philippe Nitsche is a mobility and automotive expert with 15 years of work experience in traffic technologies, driving assistance and safety. He earns a doctorate in road and vehicle safety from Loughborough University in the UK, has a granted patent for road condition monitoring with in-vehicle sensors and neural networks, and is author of more than 25 scientific transport-related articles. In his current position as Lead Engineer for ADAS/AD simulation at AVL List GmbH, he is responsible for leading a team to develop efficient and innovative simulation solutions for testing automated mobility.

Dr. Niels Pasligh

Dr. Niels Pasligh
Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH

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Dr. Niels Pasligh studied Civil Engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum. From 2002 to 2011 he works as a team leader at Imperia Automotive Engineering. From 2005 – 2011 he worked as a researcher in the material science department at RWTH Aachen investigating connections between castings and sheet metals. On this topic he also received his Ph.D. Since 2011 he has been working at Ford-Werke as a specialist for advanced CAE technologies for connections in safety analysis.

Harish Kalyan Ram Pothukuchi

Harish Kalyan Ram Pothukuchi
4a engineering GmbH

Vita

Harish Pothukuchi M.Sc is the team leader for simulation and material modelling at 4a engineering. He obtained his master’s degree in computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures at the University of Stuttgart. He is currently pursuing his PhD in plastics technology. Harish Pothukuchi has a strong background in the fields of Finite Element Method and constitutive modelling with a specialization in adhesives and has published various scientific papers and presentations up to now.

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Rensink

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Rensink
Team Leader Structural & Thermal CAE
SEGULA Technologies Germany

Vita

Dr. Rensink joined the Segula Group in Rüsselsheim in July 2020 as team leader for structural and thermal CAE, data management and AI methods. Before he worked as a Senior IT Consultant at :em engineering methods and as a CAE engineer for FEM and CFD methods at Opel. 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. He is lecturer for applied CAE methods at University of Applied Science in Bingen.

Matthias Schießler

Matthias Schießler
German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)

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Matthias Schießler studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart (2011-2018). In addition, he obtained a second master’s degree from George Mason University in applied and engineering physics (2015-2016). In 2018 Mr. Schießler joined the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) as a researcher on simulation-based topics; he is currently involved in the EU-funded project OSCCAR.

Stefan Schilling

Stefan Schilling
Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG

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Stefan Schilling received a Bachelor and a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from HAW-Hamburg. Then he has been a CAE Development engineer for vehicle integration & railway industry at EDAG Engineering. He joined Autoliv BV & Co KG in 2015 first as Senior Virtual Development Engineer for Seatbelt Restraint Systems. Since 2019 he is Teamleader System & System Simulation and responsible for 1) Method development of seatbelt restraint simulation models, 2) Research & Development of future functional requirements for vehicle occupant safety and 3) Automatization and democratization of simulation requests required by application projects.

Prof. Dr. Stefan-Alexander Schneider

Prof. Dr. Stefan-Alexander Schneider
Hochschule Kempten

Vita

Stefan-Alexander Schneider is Sponsored Professor from Continental for Basics in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten, Germany. His research interest covers Modeling of Environment and Sensor Behavior and Simulation of Test Scenarios and Software Engineering for ADAS and Automated Driving. He is also Guest Lecturer at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan. He did his PhD at TU Munich in adaptive hierarchical FEM to solve PDEs.

Dr. Martin Schwab

Dr. Martin Schwab
4a engineering GmbH

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Dr. Martin Schwab (CEO 4a-engineering) is an expert in the field of material modelling and characterization, as well as battery technology. He obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and is actively contributing to various international research consortia. Dr. Schwab has a strong background in the fields of Finite Element Analysis and constitutive modelling and published more than 22 scientific papers and presentations up to now.

Dr. Christian Schwarzl

Dr. Christian Schwarzl
Director Test and Validation
ALP.Lab GmbH

Vita

Dr. Christian Schwarzl began his career at Virtual Vehicle Research Center in Graz. Since 2014 he is head of the Dependable Systems Group, focussing on verification and validation of autonomous vehicles, functional safety and security. In February 2019 he joined in addition the ALP.Lab GmbH, the Austrian test region for automated driving. He is an Austrian delegate for safety standards like ISO 26262 and ISO 21448.

Simon Schwolow

Simon Schwolow
Volkswagen AG

Vita

Simon Schwolow studied vehicle engineering at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. During the semester breaks, he works as a student employee on vehicle crash simulation projects at EDAG Engineering GmbH. After completing his studies, he worked at EDAG Engineering GmbH as an simulation engineer in Wolfsburg for one and a half year. Since March 2019 he has been a Ph.D. student at Volkswagen AG in the department “body design analysis”. He deals with battery models for crash simulation at cell-, module-, and system level.

Dr. Stefan Suwelack

Dr. Stefan Suwelack
Managing Director
Renumics GmbH

Vita

Already during his studies in Darmstadt and Edinburgh Stefan Suwelack became enthusiastic about numerical analysis methods. He then did his doctorate in the field of real-time simulation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. As managing director of the startup Renumics, he works on making simulation tools easier, more efficient and more accessible using machine learning techniques.

Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik

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

Vita

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.

Dr. Thomas Tancogne-Dejean

Dr. Thomas Tancogne-Dejean
ETH Zürich

Vita

Dr. Thomas Tancogne-Dejean received his Sc.D degree in 2018 from MIT for his numerical and experimental work on elastically-isotropic mechanical metamaterials. Before his Sc.D, Dr. Tancogne-Dejean graduated both from Ecole Polytechnique and from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He spent the summer 2016 at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY and co-authored a patent on lightweight lattices. His current research focus on the characterization of lithium-ion battery crashworthiness and the ductile fracture of additively-manufactured metals.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor
ARUP

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Richard Taylor studied Mechanical Engineering with Japanese at Nottingham University and joined Arup in the UK 1998. After two years in Detroit, he moved to Japan and since 2001 has been based in the Nagoya office of JSOL Corporation. Richard is a technical consultant to the Japanese automotive industry, specializing in occupant safety using LS-DYNA. He supports JSOL’s distribution of Arup’s Oasys software, gives training on airbag modelling and is active in R&D of advanced tools for modelling restraints.

Clemens-August Thole

Clemens-August Thole
SIDACT GmbH

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Diploma in mathematics and author of more than 50 scientific publications and three patents. 1984-2001 Scientist at GMD – Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik. 2001-2012 Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI), Head of Department "Numerical Software" (NUSO), Head of SCAI's Lab at University of Cologne. The Josef von Fraunhofer Preis 2007 was awarded to his colleagues and him for FEMZIP.

Dr. Marco Veltri

Dr. Marco Veltri
Business Development Manager EMEA
MSC Software

Vita

Marco Veltri, PhD has been involved with fatigue analysis for a large part of his academic and working career. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, and a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Naples University. A fatigue and dynamics specialist, he has 20+ years of experience in delivering simulation solutions in multiple mechanical environments. At MSC Software, part of Hexagon, he is Fatigue Business Development Manager for EMEA.

Axel Werkhausen

Axel Werkhausen
Magna Powertrain ECS Steyr GmbH & Co. KG

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Dipl.-Ing Axel Werkhausen visited a mechanical engineering school and studied technical mathematics at the University of Linz (Austria) where he also worked as a researcher for 2 years. He then joined Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG (short ECS) where he first worked in the structural analysis department. Since, 20 years he works in the technical support and has sales responsibility for FEMFAT.

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Wierzbicki

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Wierzbicki
MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Prof. Dr. Tomascz Wiezbicki: S.M. in Engine Design, 1960 Warsaw Technical University, Warsaw, Poland B.S. he took a unified program that led directly to the Master of Science. In 1965 he received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics, form the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Warsaw, Poland. Since 1983 to date, he is Professor of Applied Mechanics, Department of Ocean Engineering, MIT; currently the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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