May 23 – 25, 2023 | Würzburg, Germany

SafetyUpDate

May 18 – 19, 2022

Speakers & Chairmen

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

Colin Barnden

Colin Barnden
Principal Analyst
Semicast Research Ltd

Vita

Colin Barnden is principal analyst at Semicast Research. With nearly 30 years of experience as a technology analyst and more than 20 years covering automotive electronics, he is considered a world expert on the market for automotive vision-based driver monitoring systems (DMS), occupant monitoring systems (OMS), and interior sensing. With a first-degree in electronic engineering, he has a detailed technical understanding of the competency of the leading DMS/OMS suppliers, including: Cipia, Jungo, Seeing Machines, Smart Eye, and Xperi. He is the "Seriously Skeptical" writer for EE Times.

Daniel Burckhardt

Daniel Burckhardt
Project Manager ErVast
FSD Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH

Vita

Daniel Burckhardt is project manager of the ErVast project, which addresses the scenario-based dynamic testing of automated and connected advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving functions as part of the periodical technical inspection (PTI). He began working at FSD Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH in the department of predevelopment of PTI technologies while studying mechanical engineering with a specialization in aerospace engineering at Technische Universität Dresden. Since 2018, he has been responsible for the further development of testing technologies in the field of vehicle environment sensor technologies. He was project manger of the two-year project ErVast funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport until the end of 2021 and is now responsible for its continuation.

John F. Creamer

John F. Creamer
Founder and CEO
GlobalAutoRegs.com

Vita

John Creamer is the founder of GlobalAutoRegs.com and a partner in The Potomac Alliance, a Washington-based international regulatory affairs consultancy. In his client advisory role, Mr. Creamer is regularly involved with meetings of the UN World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). Previously, he has held positions with the US International Trade Commission and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (representing the US automotive supplier industry), as the representative of the US auto parts industry in Japan, and with TRW Inc. (a leading global automotive safety systems supplier).

Jan Dobberstein

Jan Dobberstein
Project Manager for Accident Data Analysis and Traffic Simulation
Mercedes-Benz AG

Vita

Jan Dobberstein studied industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen University from 2003 - 2009. After initial positions as a research engineer in the field of vehicle safety at the University of Cologne, Ford of Europe (2011-2012) and BASt (2012-2014), he has been working as a development engineer at Mercedes-Benz Accident Research since 2015 as a project manager for accident data analysis and traffic simulation, including research projects such as PEGASUS and OSCCAR.

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.

Dr.-Ing. Rolf Erbe

Dr.-Ing. Rolf Erbe
Berlin Fire and Rescue Academy (BFRA)

Vita

Dr. Rolf Erbe is a safety engineer and paramedic with a doctorate in medical science. After working in the ambulance service and studies, he changed from volunteer to professional fire department. Following positions as battalion fire chief, in the sector of ​​occupational safety and in specialist supervision, he works for the Berlin Fire and Rescue Academy (BFRA) in the sector of fire management teaching and advanced training. The focus here is on missions with special situations, technical and medical rescue, participation in working groups at the national level, supervision of students, teaching and research as well as lectureships. Besides, Dr. Erbe is in the regular leadership service as a fire Brigade head of operations, organizational head of rescue service, environmental service and also in the press service for the department. Since the nineties, with the topic airbag, then with the introduction of alternative propulsion and now with a focus on electric mobility, "saving without risk" and the right operational tactics considering modern vehicle technology, rescue technology and tactics, are new and exciting fields of activity in which Dr. Erbe is particularly committed.

Jing Fei

Jing Fei
Senior Engineer, Manager of Side Impact Research Project Team
China Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Vita

Since 2010, Jing Fei has been working in the area of vehicle crash safety. Since 2013, she has joined China Automotive Engineering Research Institute after graduation and has been involved in components testing, restraint system performance development and technical research of C-IASI. From 2019 to present, she has been responsible for the research, protocol writing and revision related to vehicle occupant of C-IASI.

Kai Golowko

Kai Golowko
Manager Active & Passive Safety Testing
Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH

Vita

Kai Golowko has been working in the area of vehicle safety since 1999. He started his career as a test engineer for passive safety at ACTS. Since 2003 he has been working as senior engineer for occupant safety and pedestrian protection. Since 2005 he has managed the department vehicle safety at Bertrandt in Gaimersheim. He has also been responsible for active and passive vehicle safety for the Bertrandt Group since 2017.

Veronica Haber

Veronica Haber
Systems Engineering Consultant
PROSTEP AG

Vita

Since 2017 Veronica Haber works at the PROSTEP AG and currently focuses on the automotive and software industry in her role as Systems Engineering Consultant. She has experience from several software projects, her work in the specification of implementation efforts in the context of digital transformation and amongst others the coordination of a PROSTEP ivip project. Since 2019 she contributes to the project “Verification and Validation for Automated Vehicles Level 4 and 5”, which is part of the PEGASUS project family. In this context, Veronica leads the working package “Derivation of an example architecture”.

Dr. Jessica S. Jermakian

Dr. Jessica S. Jermakian
Vice President, Vehicle Research
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Vita

Jessica S. Jermakian is vice president for vehicle research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. Jermakian joined the Institute in 2009 and has conducted research on topics ranging from crash avoidance and crashworthiness to child passenger safety. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Jermakian worked for Nissan North America and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her doctorate in Transportation Safety Engineering from The George Washington University.

Rainer Justen

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

Vita

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. Andreas Kuhn

Dr. Andreas Kuhn
Technologist Safety & Automation & AI
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.

Norman Meißner

Norman Meißner
Passive Safety Concepts
BMW Group

Vita

Norman Meißner studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden with a focus on automation and system technology. He has been working in passive safety since 2011 in different functions, initially in the areas of simulation and pre-development, later as a system- and project-engineer. Since 2017, he has been working at BMW AG as a project engineer in the side-crash-development as part of various vehicle projects.

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.

Shawn-Patrick Percher

Shawn-Patrick Percher
Co-Founder and President
AWOS Technologies

Vita

Shawn-Patrick Percher is the co-founder and President of AWOS Technologies, a company that builds automated vehicle escape systems for the automotive industry. AWOS Technologies is a member of the Automotive Safety Council, and was competitively selected by Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service to participate in the 2022 Canadian Technology Accelerator program with the German Auto Tech sector. Shawn has over 15 years of experience in business development, sales and finance, and worked for some of Canada’s largest corporations, including RBC Royal Bank, Thomson Reuters, and Bell Canada. He holds a BComm from John Molson School of Business.

Marco Raffler

Marco Raffler
Graz University of Technology

Vita

Marco Raffler studied Mechanical Engineering at the Graz University of Technology. Since 2016 he works as a researcher at the Vehicle Safety Institute at TU-Graz in the field of crash safety of electric vehicles. His research focuses on mechanical characterisation by experimental methods and on multiphysical simulation of lithium-ion batteries under crash loads.

Dr. Florian Raisch

Dr. Florian Raisch
BMW Group

Vita

Dr. Florian Raisch holds a degree in Electrical Engineering  (Telecommunication) and did his Ph.D. in Image Processing at Robert Bosch GmbH. From 2002 until 2015 he was responsible for several ADAS projects at Bosch. Since 2015 he is with BMW and since 2017 he is responsible for safety in use and impact assessment.

Andreas Rigling

Andreas Rigling
Project Manager Active Safety
ADAC Technik Zentrum Landsberg

Vita

Andreas Rigling completed his studies as Dipl. -Ing. (FH) Automotive Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2009. Since 2009 he has been working at the ADAC Technik Zentrum as project manager vehicle safety and consumer protection and is responsible for the projects and tests of active safety in the field of vehicle safety. As an ADAC representative he is involved in Euro NCAP working groups (P-NCAP Technical Working Group, AEB/AES/LSS WG as well as Assisted and Automated Driving and Commercial Van Safety) and active safety committees. Since 2015 he has been a lecturer at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in the subject "Vehicle Safety & Homologation".

Nayel Fabian Salem

Nayel Fabian Salem
Research Associate
Technische Universität Braunschweig

Vita

Nayel Fabian Salem joined the Institute of Control Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2021 as a research associate. He pursues his PhD in the field of safety assurance of automated vehicles and more specifically works on the specification of the behavior of these systems in road traffic. In his work, he studies the role of formal methods in order to integrate different risks as part of a overall safety argumentation. Nayel currently leads the sub-project “Safety assessment and safety concept” within the project “Verification and Validation for Automated Vehicles Level 4 and 5” of the PEGASUS project family.

Dr. Lars Schnieder

Dr. Lars Schnieder
CEO
ESE Engineering und Software-Entwicklung GmbH

Vita

Lars Schnieder is CEO of ESE Engineering und Software-Entwicklung GmbH. He deals with a wide range of topics in the field of traffic system safety. In addition to his professional activities, he teaches as a private lecturer the subject "Dependable Automotive Systems Engineering" at the Chair of Automotive Engineering of the Dresden University of Technology.

Dominik Schuster

Dominik Schuster
Vice President Vehicle Safety
BMW Group

Vita

Dominik Schuster has been VP Vehicle Safety for all BMW Group products since 2021. He is responsible for the development of active and passive safety, accident research as well as the safety aspects of automated driving for all vehicles of the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. After school and military service with the German Air Force, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and graduated as Dipl.-Ing. (FH) in 2004. Immediately after graduation he started his automotive career at BMW as an engineer for passive safety concepts. In the following years, he held various positions in the BMW vehicle safety department. After serving as department head for body structure, exterior and interior simulation in 2017, he was appointed Vice President Vehicle Safety in January 2021. He is a passionate sportsman and enjoys activities such as tennis or hiking in the Alps whenever possible.

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.

Dr.-Ing. Patrick Seiniger

Dr.-Ing. Patrick Seiniger
Deputy Head of Section “Active Vehicle Safety and Driver Assistance Systems”
BASt - German Federal Highway Research Institute

Vita

After studying mechanical engineering and being awarded a doctorate at TU Darmstadt, Dr. Seiniger moved to the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) in 2009. Here Dr. Seiniger is involved in development and performance of tests for emergency braking systems and active safety for Euro NCAP and in developing and updating the respective legislatory framework (regulations). He was member of several Euro NCAP working groups and is Deputy Head of section “Active Vehicle Safety and Driver Assistance Systems”.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan

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

Vita

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.

Thomas Unger

Thomas Unger
Head of Data Analysis and Simulation
Verkehrsunfallforschung an der TU Dresden GmbH

Vita

Thomas Unger studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden from 2000-2006 and graduated with a degree in automotive engineering. As a student, he worked as part of the GIDAS project, where he assisted in the collection and recording of accident data, photogrammetric accident site surveys, and reconstruction of pedestrian accidents. From 2005 to 2018, he managed the ADAC accident research at the Technical Center Landsberg am Lech. Since July 2018, he is head of data analysis and simulation in Verkehrsunfallforschung an der TU Dresden GmbH.

Max Winkelmann

Max Winkelmann
Concept Developer Simulation & Modeling
IAV GmbH

Vita

Max Winkelmann is currently a doctoral student at IAV in Berlin and pursuing the Ph.D. degree in automotive engineering at Technische Universität Berlin. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 2020 from Technische Universität Berlin. With roots in electrical engineering, control, and automation, his interests steadily evolved towards the fields of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning. Supported by this background, his motivation is to gain a global understanding of complex technical systems. His current research is concerned with the question of how an expert's understanding of a system can be complemented by machine learning to finally unite qualitative and quantitative insights.

Oliver Zander

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

Vita

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.

Yunlong Zhang

Yunlong Zhang
C-NCAP Special Group Director
CATARC - China Automotive Technology & Research Center

Vita

Since 2014, he has worked in CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center), mainly engaged in the functional test and evaluation of electronic and electrical of the whole vehicle (include active security). Since March 2020, he has been transferred to the Automobile Test and Accessment Management Center of CATARC, responsible for the organization and coordination of the research and revision of C-NCAP protocol.

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.

Program and speaker lineup subject to changes.

Sponsors


Media Partner