Online Conference „Electronics and software - innovation drivers for digitalization of automotive mobility“

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Conference Details and Registration

March 23, 2023 at 9:00 - 18:00 (Central European Time), online, no conference fees
Registration deadline: March 20, 2023
To register for the conference please use this REGISTRATION FORM 
Language: International Session (Keynotes) in Englisch (9:00 - 12:00), German Session (project presentations) in German (13:00 - 18:00)


The conference will provide a forum for discussing questions of technological sovereignty at European level and the potential for international cooperation. The keynotes that will be held in English in the morning will inspire the further development of the automotive industry over the next decade. In the afternoon, research projects funded under the "Mannheim" programme as well as other funded projects will present themselves in German and discuss the synergies of research for digital automobility.

The talks will cover such topics as software innovations, real-time capable data processing with microchips using methods of artificial intelligence, edge computing for decentralized data processing and intelligent networking of vehicles, high-precision sensors for radar and lidar applications as well as electronics for modern electrical/electronic vehicle architectures.


I. International Session (in English)

09:00 (CET) Opening

Engelbert Beyer
Director Application-Oriented Research for Innovation
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

09:10  Keynotes and discussions

European Impulses: How can Europe stay innovative and creative?

Moderator: Dr. Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT)

  1. Towards the vehicle of the future – a European perspective – Dr. Max Lemke (Head of Unit Internet of Things at European Commission)
  2. Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility technologies (CCAM) – Dr. Thorsten Burger (Group Public Affairs, Continental)
  3. Bringing together mobility players in France, Europe and internationally – Dr. Jochen Langheim (Next Move, ST Microelectronics) 
  4. Research Challenges in Automotive Software & Systems Engineering – Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner (Technical University Munich)
  5. A car becomes a smarter car – Dr. Tim Gutheit (Infineon Technologies AG)
10:30 Break
10:45 Talks and discussion

Flagship projects introduce themselves

Moderator: Dr. Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT)

  1. Re-thinking automated vehicles and their architecture – Funded project UNICARagil (Disruptive modular architecture for agile automated vehicle concepts) – Timo Woopen (RWTH Aachen)
  2. What did we learn in 20 years of Standardization in AUTOSAR for the digitalization of the car in the future - Michael Niklas-Höret (AUTOSAR Steering Committee)
  3. VIVID – German-Japanese Joint Virtual Validation Methodology for Intelligent Driving Systems – An international effort towards scenario-based safety assurance – Prof. Dr. Matthias Hein (TU Ilmenau) 
  4. Managing and accelerating innovations in the automotive value chain - Funded project GENIAL! (Joint electronics roadmap for innovations in the automotive value chain) - Dr. Cyprian Grassmann (Infineon Technologies AG)
12:00 Lunch break

II. German Session (in German)

13:00  Talks

Digital technologies for autonomous driving

Research projects funded within the programme "Mannheim" introduce themselves:

14:45  Break
15:00 Keynotes and discussion

The car of the day after tomorrow

  1. Software, Daten und Autonomes Fahren - Bericht aus der Arbeit des BMWK-Expertenkreises "Transformation der Automobilwirtschaft" zum Thema SmartCar– Prof. Dr. Ina Schaefer (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Institut für Informationssicherheit und Verlässlichkeit - KASTEL)
  2. Fahren Sie noch oder reisen Sie schon? - Das Fahrzeug von Morgen als Element des Mobilitätssystems  - Dr.-Ing. Katharina Seifert (Volkswagen Group Research & Engineering)
16:00 End of the official part of the conference

III. Networking and project presentations (Parallel sessions in German)


Session I. Networking in small groups (parallel sessions):

  1. Mannheim/Hardware Moderation: Knut Hufeld (Infineon Technologies AG)
  2. Mannheim/Software - Moderation: Alexandru Kampmann (RWTH Aachen University)
  3. Internationale Kooperation - Moderation: Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT)
  4. ProduktionsumgebungenModeration: Thomas Bär (Evo Bus GmbH)
  5. Künftige TechnologiefelderModeration: David Müller (VDI/VDE-IT) / Klaus Hildebrandt (DLR-PT)

Session II. Presentations of funded projects "KI-Element: autonomes Fahren" (Abschlussveranstaltung):

  1. KI-Navi: KI-gestützte Lokalisierung autonomer Fahrzeuge mittels Sensordatenfusion
  2. KI-Radar: Hochauflösendes Radarsystem mit KI-gestützter Datenverarbeitung für kooperatives autonomes Fahren
  3. KI-LiDAR: Miniaturisierte LIDAR-Sensoren mit KI-Zustandsüberwachung für das autonome Fahren
  4. KI-ASIC: KI-Prozessorarchitekturen für Radarmodule im autonomen Fahrzeug
  5. KI-FLEX: Rekonfigurierbare Hardwareplattform zur KI-basierten Sensordatenverarbeitung für das autonome Fahren
  6. KI-PRO: Energieeffiziente Datenverarbeitung im autonomen Fahrzeug mittels Mehrprozessorsystem und integrierten KI-Beschleunigern


  1. KI-AVF: Anwendungsspezifischer KI-Prozessor für die intelligente Sensordatenverarbeitung im autonomen Fahren
18:00 - open end

Networking in (optional part of the conference)

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Oksana Paulsen
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Telefon: 030-31 00 78-473