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Smart Transportation

Panel Chair:

Maik Gude
Professor, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Navigation, driver assistance systems, Car-2-Car-communication, internet connection, active and passive safety equipment and comfort on the one hand as well as energy efficient transportation based on advanced propulsion systems and lightweight vehicles on the other hand are main challenges in the development of future car generations. In order not to further increase the vehicles weight, innovative car concepts and lightweight approaches in combination with a higher degree of function integration are required. Potential approaches from the lightweight engineering point of view based on composite materials with integrated sensor and actuator systems for a better man-machine dialogue and machine-machine dialogue are presented. Examples are integrated keypads or smart steering wheels with haptic feedback functions based on piezoceramic materials or structural and interieur parts in lightweight design with integrated sensory functions.


Date Time Location
Friday, 25 May 2012 10:30 – 12:30 Salon Rotterdam


Maik Gude
Professor, Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


Thomas Form
Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research, Volkswagen AG, Germany

Title: Automotive Future - Looking beyond the Powertrain
Abstract: Tackling the challenges of future, cars and enclosed technologies enhance continuously. Altering society, adapted mobility, increased demand for safety and last but not least tightened energy requirements are changing our individual mobility. Future cars will have to comprise advanced driver assistance systems supporting the driver, by communicating, seeing and even feeling. Versatile driver information systems and tailored human machine interfaces will enable to incorporate the occupants. From this, cars gradually will interact more and more with environment, enabling drivers and passengers to enjoy and capitalize their ride. The presentation will give an insight into Volkswagen’s vision about automotive future technologies, 2020 and beyond.


Amine Haoui
CEO, SenSys Networks, USA

Title: Wireless Sensor Networks in Transportation
Abstract: A new generation of battery operated wireless sensor networks are transforming the transportation industry. With their ease of deployment, low maintenance cost, and accuracy these wireless sensing platforms are providing significant improvements in the quality and quantity of data and performance measures enabling a wide range of applications from traffic signal control, to freeway management, to traveler information systems, and parking management systems. The fast adoption rate of this disruptive technology in transportation is opening the door to exciting new research areas ranging from new sensing modalities, to improved RF range, to the challenging problem of managing the vast amounts of data generated and developing the analytical tools to turn the data into useful information. The talk will describe the current state-of-the-art for wireless sensor networking in transportation and discuss the new frontiers of research in that area.


Christian Müller
Senior Researcher, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Germany

Title: Autonomous Vehicles and the Challenges in Human-Machine-Cooperation
Abstract: Beyond 2020, we expect vehicles to become more and more autonomous. However, we are not looking at a sudden change from driving as we know it to car completely driving by themselves. Rather there will be a long transition phase of partially automated driving where to “intelligent” systems (the vehicle and the human) are cooperating, sharing the responsibility for driving (primary task) and maintaining safety (secondary task). Already today, behavioral effects of advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) are known such as risk adaptation and reduction/shift of attention. The transition to automated driving poses completely new challenges in human-machine-interaction or better: human-machine-collaboration. In this talk, I will outline those challenges and point out opportunities for ICT research and innovation.


Gernot Spiegelberg
Head of Concept Development Electric Mobility, Siemens AG, Germany

Title: The electric vehicle in its “smart grid” infrastructure – mobility of the future?


Josef F. Krems
Professor of Cognitive and Industrial Psychology, TU Chemnitz, Germany

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