September 19 – 20, 2023  |  Graz, Austria

Speakers & Chairmen

Here you see the speakers of the SafetyUpDate Graz 2022. As soon as the speakers of the 2023 conference are confirmed, you will find them here.

Dr. Christoph Breitfuß

Dr. Christoph Breitfuß
Lead Researcher
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Vita

Christoph Breitfuss holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Graz University of Technology. Since 2017, he has been working as a lead researcher in the field of battery crash safety at VIRTUAL VEHICLE. He has more than ten years of experience in macro- and mesomechanical battery simulation and testing, as well as in virtual short circuit prediction. His current research topics further include AI methods for mechanical model reduction and multiphysics coupling in battery simulation.

Julia Eichtinger

Julia Eichtinger
Junior Researcher
VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research GmbH

Vita

Julia Eichtinger studied technomathematics at the Technical University in Graz. Her main focus is the finite element method. She is a junior researcher at VIRTUAL VEHICLE in the field of battery crash safety. There she is currently working intensively on the topic of artificial intelligence, in particular on method development for the optimization of battery models using model reduction.

Markus Fasching

Markus Fasching
University Project Assistant
Graz University of Technology

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Markus Fasching is a university project assistant at the Institute for Vehicle Safety at TU Graz. His research focus is the investigation of the mechanical behavior of Li-ion batteries with a special focus on their crashworthy integration into electrically powered motorcycles. As part of his dissertation, he is developing a methodology that enables an objective safety comparison of different cell designs.

Dr. Christoph Feichtinger

Dr. Christoph Feichtinger
Director R&D
DigiTrans GmbH

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Christoph Feichtinger studied economics and mechanical engineering at Graz University of Technology from 2005-2010 with focus on aerodynamics and fuel efficiency of vehicles. Afterwards he was working for premium car manufacturers Porsche and Audi as Project Leader for simulation and testing of the thermal management of various vehicles. From 2014 till 2019 he was the leader of the aerodynamic development of KTM’s road racing activities including the motorbike classes moto3, moto2 and MotoGP. Since October 2019 he is head of research and development at DigiTrans GmbH. In this role he is responsible for testing and deploying highly auto-automated vehicles with a focus on operational environments away from classic road traffic. 2021 he finished his PhD thesis about racebike dynamics with the focus on aerodynamics.

Dr. Florian Feist

Dr. Florian Feist
Senior Scientist
Graz University of Technology

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From 2003 – 2011 Florian Feist worked as Project scientist at Vehicle Safety Institute of Graz University of Technology . From 2010 he did Post-doctoral research in Biomechanics Lab, Portland, OR, USA. Since 2011 Florian Feist is Senior Scientist at Vehicle Safety Institute of Graz University of Technology. Since 2016, the focus of his work has been on sustainable/biobased crashworthy materials in vehicle design.

Rainer Justen

Rainer Justen
Manager Vehicle Safety E-Mobility (EQ)
Mercedes-Benz AG

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Rainer Justen has more than 30 years of experience in the field of vehicle safety. After his studies in mechanical engineering with a focus on automotive engineering he started his career in the automotive development at Daimler AG in 1987. Several career milestones in the fields of vehicle safety, project management, safety concepts and active safety / driver assistance systems made him an expert on all relevant topics of automotive safety. Since 2008 he is working in the field of safety for alternative drive systems. Rainer Justen is author of numerous publications and papers on this topic. In 2015 Rainer Justen received the SAE Automotive Safety Award for his work on the Safety of Li-ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles from the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Dr. Thomas Kinsky

Dr. Thomas Kinsky
Director Business Development
Humanetics Europe GmbH

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Dr. Thomas Kinsky completed his studies of automotive engineering at TU Dresden in 1991 and received a doctorate at TU Graz in 2015. From 1991 to 1995 he worked as an officially certified expert for TÜV Rheinland. Afterwards he managed from 1995 to 1998 the vehicle construction department in a small medium-sized company. From 1999 to 2018 Dr. Kinsky worked for the car manufacturer Opel in the area of vehicle regulations. Lastly as a senior expert, he was responsible for the development of legislation on passive vehicle safety and represented Opel in the discussion with authorities and associations. Since 2018 he is Director of Business Development at Humanetics Europe GmbH. In this role he is the contact for all topics regarding dummy development as well as for requirements on passive and active safety at Humanetics.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Corina Klug

Ass. Prof. Dr. Corina Klug
Assistant Professor
Graz University of Technology

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Corina Klug is assistant professor at the Vehicle Safety Institute of Graz University of Technology in Austria, where she teaches students in the field of Vehicle Safety and Trauma Biomechanics and performs research on accident and injury prevention with a special focus on the usage of Human Body Models for safety assessments. Since 2015, she has led the CoHerent project in which the first certification procedure for human body models was developed for Euro NCAP. In 2019 she became the secretary of the newly founded Euro NCAP working group for Virtual Testing Crashworthiness. She is one of the two pilots of the new initiative HBM4VT, a framework of international experts to develop a roadmap for Human Body Models usage in Virtual Testing. In 2016 she has won the Young Scientist Award for the best research work in digital Human Modelling presented at the 2016 International Symposium "Human Modelling and Simulation in Automotive Engineering".

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.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan

Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan
Head of the Vehicle Safety Institute
Graz University of Technology

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Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan is head of the Vehicle Safety Institute at Graz University of Technology. For more than 15 years he has been involved in the development of software for accident reconstruction and the development of new test methods. He is regarded as one of the leading international experts in accident reconstruction.

Udo Steininger

Udo Steininger
Chief Expert Automotive Safety
TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH

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Udo Steininger is Chief Expert Automotive Safety at TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH. He has been involved in the safety of complex human-machine systems for over 35 years. After studying physics at the Technical University of Dresden, he worked for 5 years in reactor safety research. Since 1991, he has been working at TÜV SÜD on the topics of risk, reliability and safety in various fields of application - first in industry, then in railroads and, for the last 20 years, in the field of motor vehicles. For the past 15 years, he has specialized in assisted and automated driving. Initially, the focus of his work was on safety assessment during development, testing of vehicles and vehicle systems, and safety driver training. He currently supports manufacturers, suppliers and mobility service providers in the market introduction of systems for automated driving and related services. He is active in the DIN Automotive Standards Committee (ISO 26262 and ISO 21448) and is a member of the Safety - Methods and Processes - Advisory Board of the VDI Society for Vehicle and Transport Technology (FVT). Udo Steininger was a lecturer at the Munich University of Applied Sciences for many years and is a guest lecturer at the Chair of Automotive Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. His column on the current status and development of automated driving appears regularly in carhs' SafetyNews.

Oliver Zander

Oliver Zander
Deputy Head of the Section Passive Vehicle Safety, Biomechanics
BASt - German Federal Highway Research Institute

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Oliver Zander studied Safety Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and started his career as Safety Engineer at the JCI European Headquarters in Burscheid. Since 2002 he has worked as a scientist at the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), where since 2009 he has been Deputy Head of the Section Passive Vehicle Safety, Biomechanics. His main responsibilities are pedestrian protection (amongst others german representative of the GRSP Informal Group DPPS, EEVC Working Group 17 “Pedestrian Safety”, and the Euro NCAP Technical Working Groups “Passive Safety” and “Pedestrian Protection”), the Euro NCAP crash and pedestrian testing and European Research Projects w.r.t. passive vehicle safety.

Cloud Zhao

Cloud Zhao
New System Department Manager
Autoliv (Shanghai) Vehicle Safety System Technical Center Co., Ltd.

Vita

Cloud Zhao has been working for Autoliv since 2005. He is New System Department Manager of Autoliv China Technical Center with focus on government affairs, regulation & rating in china, research, system development and product planning.

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