The programme for VECS 2020 is under development and will be presented here continuously!


DAY 1 - 5TH OF MAY 2020

Connected Car : from Technology to Experience

  • While connectivity and services platforms are driving services innovation, how do we ensure it also drives a good customer experience ?
  • How do we ensure a seamless digital lifestyle (onboard/offboard) experience thanks to car connectivity
  • What are the enablers for a viable business models behind connected experience

Benoit Joly, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer – Services, Renault, France

Using Data to enable the Transformation towards Zero Muda in the Material Handling Domain

  • New productivity services, going from nice-to-have towards key differentiator
  • Business models going from reactive to proactive approaches
  • Transformation from selling vehicles to selling material handling flow commitments
  • Fixed installations towards flexible installations

B-O Hertz, Head of Software R&D, Toyota Material Handling Logistics Solutions

Autonomous Driving: from concept to product

  • Use Cases and Operational Design Domain
  • Setting up a resilient system
  • The Challenge of Verification&Validation

Dr. Helge Neuner, Head of Automated Driving at Group Research, Volkswagen AG, Germany.

Developing Scalable Solutions for Autonomous Vehicles

  • Scoping the business opportunity to justify the upfront investment in self-driving technology
  • How to engage with partners to solve the engineering and manufacturing challenges
  • Deployment methods for the technology as it matures and new software capabilities are added that expand the operational domain
  • Integrating autonomous vehicles into wider transportation networks.

Stephen Lesh, Head of Hardware & Vehicle Programs, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, United States

The Automotive Maze

  • What we believed in the past, fact check
  • What we think to know today, fact check
  • Uncomfortable truth, fighting the old devil with a new one? Which technology will be the solution, is there one?
  • How to lead the pack, which pack will it be? Which business setup will succeed, which product service combination flourish?
  • What will last and what will change, a disruptive scenario

Marc Llistosella has previously joined Einride’s board of directors. He is former President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

The Future of Voice in the Car

  • Voice challenges today and in the future, as drivers cite in-vehicle voice recognition among their top complaints
  • Amazon Alexa – building new auto-specific features that make customers’ daily lives easier and more convenient
  • Results of a recent study on consumers’ experiences, expectations, and desires for voice in the car

Arianne Walker is the Chief Evangelist for Alexa Auto at Amazon, where she helps educate automakers and device makers about voice.

System level mobility transformation and the case for fast and pragmatic AD deployment

  • How AD technology can enable not only improved traffic safety, but also universal and sustainable access of transportation for people and goods
  • How  product development, partnership and deployment strategies of  AutoX and NEVS respectively are tailored to address the need of an improved mobility system

Hugo Fozzati is the Head of Business at AutoX, a California & Hong Kong based L4 autonomous driving company building an A.I. driver.

Hans-Martin Duringhof is a technology strategist at NEVS AB, focusing on L4/L5 Autonomous Drive technology.

Shaping the first & last mile mobility solutions

Armin Müller, CEO, EMM!Solutions GmbH, MathWorks, Germany

Gaurav Tomar, Automotive Industry Marketing EMEA, MathWorks, Germany

Electric Vehicle Development Showcase

  • A showcase from CES® 2020 in Las Vegas – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
  • Experience Driving the Technology
  • From system architecture via design and virtual testing to customer experience

Representative of Dassault TBA

DAY 2 - 6TH OF MAY 2020

What is an architecture?

  • How we have reasoned at NEVS when defining our electrical and software architecture
  • Different aspects of the architecture – how big differences can there be in our products while still having benefits of the use of one architecture
  • How we came closer to a useful explanation of what an architecture is

Benny Fondén, Chapter Lead Software Architecture, NEVS

The database: an obvious component in a complex real-time environment

  • How can a connected vehicle adapt to future changes in internal storage requirements?
  • How can a connected vehicle be prepared for new or changed requirements from a third-party regarding data processing and retrieval?
  • How can a complex embedded system handle large amounts of data?
  • How can an embedded developer not have to think about concurrency and locking when persisting information?
  • How can a system provide secure access to data with a fine level of accuracy?

Karl-König Königsson, Manager Embedded, Development, Mimer Information Technology

Towards a cloud-connected on-boards electrical architecture for heavy vehicles

  • To better leverage the vast computational power available for off-board functionality, systematic support is required on-board
  • Architectural support for core services, e.g. related to security and how to seamlessly allow on-board fallback function where the off-board function fails, is required
  • Architectural guidelines on how to design services that can seamlessly be deployed on- and off-board is required
  • The challenges and goals of the ongoing Vinnova project “Truck Architecture for Functionality in the Cloud (TrAF-Cloud)”

Speaker from AB Volvo TBA

Finding common ground in safety data exchange

The challenges finding common ground in the connected transport eco-system

  • Agreeing on taxonomy to build use cases for Safety Related Traffic Information (SRTI)
  • A data model that everyone can agree to use, how difficult can that be?
  • Finding fit-for-purpose technology standards that solves the use cases

Henrik Segesten, Solution Architect Connected Car, Volvo Cars.

In vehicle Ethernet Architecture: Experience and reflections from Volvo Cars

  • Integration in a Vehicle, current experience and painpoints
  • Architectural Performance optimisation
  • Future outlook

Hans Alminger, Product Manager, Enabling Base Technologies, Volvo Cars

Keynote address

 Building the legal framework for automated vehicles in the UK

  • The relationship between international type approval and national authorisation schemes
  • Emerging legal concepts
  • How should highly automated road passenger services be regulated in the context of public transport and their relationship with existing transport modes?

Jessica Uguccioni is the lead lawyer for the Law Commissions’ three-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles, United Kingdom

Keynote Address

A Systems approach to Autonomous Vehicle Safety

System Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) is a much discussed hazard analysis method. As a top-down analysis, STPA emphasizes the system‘s dynamic behavior including automation interactions and human behavior. This talk will demonstrate STPA applied to autonomous vehicles to identify potential design flaws, missing requirements, human interactions, and unsafe software behaviors.

Dr. John Thomas, Director of MIT’s Engineering Systems Lab and Executive Director of the Safety and Cybersecurity group.

Keynote Address

 Euro NCAP starts to Grade Assisted and Automated Driving systems

  • Driver Engagement
  • Assistance
  • Safety back-up
  • Preparing for Automated Driving

Richard Schram, MSc, Technical Director and the technical lead for Active Safety and Automated Driving, Euro NCAP, Belgium

Keynote Address

Understanding the Use Cases and Value Propositions Around Autonomy Through Research

Tim Woods, Founding Partner of POCO labs and General Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Alliance, United States

What makes Autonomous Vehicles safe and how do we conceptually work to achieve that?

  • Key differences between vehicles driven by humans and computers
  • What the Operational Design Domain is and how that is important
  • Moving uncertainties to the right side of decision-making
  • Why Commercial vehicles are more suited for automation given that the technology is not yet fully mature
  • The verification and validation issue! Why it’s really really hard to state that a vehicle is safe
  • What is “safe”? (formally that the risk for a critical error is tolerable)

Fredrik Sandblom, Ph.D, Senior technology specialist, Technical advisor Vehicle Automation, Volvo Group

A review of current sensor technologies

  • Strengths and weaknesses of different sensor systems with regards to target types and operational domains
  • State-of the art performance figures of different sensors (range, accuracy, detection probabilities)
  • How to interpret these figures and what pitfalls exist when doing so?
  • The implication of these performance figures on the safe introduction of automated vehicles

Ole Martin Christensen, systems engineer, Qamcom Research and Technologies.

Keynote Address

A Systems Approach to Testing Autonomous Vehicles Afternoon

  • New systems-based safety techniques like STPA are being used for today’s increasingly complex and automated safety-critical systems
  • These techniques identify loss and accident scenarios earlier when they are least expensive to fix, can identify a more comprehensive set of causes, and can be more efficient than traditional techniques
  • STPA applied to autonomous vehicles to identify critical simulation and test scenarios including those with software interactions and human interactions

Dr. John Thomas, Director of MIT’s Engineering Systems Lab and Executive Director of the Safety and Cybersecurity group, United States

Formal Verification of Automotive Safety-Critical C Code

  • Can formal verification increase confidence in the correctness of software over established industrial practices such as testing?
  • SCANIA’s experiences with formal verification of C code
  • Benefits of using formal methods, and challenges involved

Christian Lidström, PhD student at KTH, researching at SCANIA

Quantifying the world through data – an approach on how to simulate relevant traffic scenarios based on statistics

  • How do we create traffic scenarios that are relevant for the intended operational design domain?
  • How can we estimate the probability of the failure domain based on extracted traffic scenarios?

Joakim Olsson, Product Owner, Complete Feature Verification, Zenuity

Continuous Integration for Vehicle Motion Control

  • Using ZUUL v3 from Openstack foundation for a CI gating system at Volvo Cars
  • Why any serious embedded project should be interested in Speculative gating
  • How Vehicle Motion Control chooses to test secures SW quality

 Johannes Foufas, Principal Engineer SW & acting Product Owner Propulsion CI/CD, Volvo Car Corporation

Challenges and experiences with ADAS Logging & Validation for SAE Level 1- 5

  • How to deal with the OEM challenge of having a mixture of up to 7 different sensor suppliers which must be logged time synchronous?
  • Why user Interfaces should cover engineer visualization requirements (i.e. Laser scanner point cloud) but also a simple test driver mode
  • How to deal with the challenge of Data-Logistics for up to 10 GB/s logging data?

Alfred Kless, Business Development Manager, Vector Informatik, Germany

Introduction of the Arctic test center Ouluzone for AD vehicles

  • Plans for advanced AD experiments, autonomous dynamic obstacle system available
  • First Ouluzone test results of the calibration of different weather (rain, fog, snow,..) effects concerning lidar, radar and camera surveys
  • Future plans and cooperation suggestions for car makers and Surveying system developers

Rauno Heikkilä, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland

How to Test EV Powertrain Components

  • Introduction into systems to test EV components
  • Learn about reference architectures and application systems to reduce test development time and enhance design workflow
  • Case study on experiences from a customer’s approach to high speed dyno testing

Pelle Steen, Automotive Account Manager, National Instruments

Charging of EVs – in what way will the costs differ and who will pay for them?

  • Why the price for public charging is likely to vary a lot with time and place.
  • How fast-charging can be relatively expensive, yet very cost effective
  • Cost per kWh for ultra-high power chargers related low power chargers
  • Will need for grid reinforcement influence which chargers will be built and their power?

Anders Grauers, Associate professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Experience from home and public EV charging in Stockholm                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Information campaign for home charging in multi- and single family homes as a successful way to increased charging
  • Experiences from establishing public on-street charging – business model and advice
  • Statistics from the use of public charging in Stockholm

Eva Sunnerstedt, Head of unit Clean vehicles & fuels, City of Stockholm

Electrification of haul trucks in Europe’s largest open pit copper mine

  • Energy consumption and challenges for mining in Europe
  • Potential for electrification in open pit mines
  • Pilot project for electric trolley lane in the Aitik mine, scope and results
  • Plans for technology implementation

Dr. Rikard Mäki, R&D Coordinator and Senior Project Manager, Business Development, Boliden Mineral

High-Speed & High accurate current real-life measurements at electric vehicles

  • New innovative current sensing technology
  • 2 MS/s Sampling Rate with 1MHz bandwidth current measurement
  • A real-drive operation for electric vehicles

Dipl.-Ing.Bernhard Grasel, Product Manager Power & E-mobility, DEWESoft

Electrification of haul trucks in Europe’s largest open pit copper mine

  • Energy consumption and challenges for mining in Europe
  • Potential for electrification in open pit mines
  • Pilot project for electric trolley lane in the Aitik mine, scope and results
  • Plans for technology implementation

Dr. Rikard Mäki, R&D Coordinator and Senior Project Manager, Business Development, Boliden Mineral

The future of Wireless Charging in automotive and electric roads

  • Wireless Charging have the potential to solve the main EV issues: range, cost and charging
  • Wireless charging in electrified roads is a possible game changer for the EV adoption
  • Dynamic wireless charging demonstrated in highway speeds on electrified roads outside Paris
  • Convenient wireless charging through automatic alignment parking
  • Magnetic fields in high power wireless charging

Gabriel Samuelsson, Senior Consultant – Wireless Charging, CEVT

Battery Management Systems in Commercial Electric Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities

  • From vehicle to battery function level requirements
  • Needs of advanced BMS functionality in modern EVs
  • What are major challenges compared to passenger cars?
    • Large variability in applications and operating conditions
    • Multi-level functional requirements
    • Multi-battery system and controls
    • Multi-level BMS testing and verification
  • Main future opportunities:
    • Modular and flexible functional architecture
    • Advanced multi-battery control system
    • Adaptive battery models and estimation algorithms
    • 2nd-life battery applications and controls
    • Next generation BMS HIL testing systems

Faisal Altaf, Ph.D., Principal Research Engineer & Project Manager AE and Research—ESS Control and Software, ESS System Design and Architecture, Volvo Group Trucks Technology

How to Choose Best Fitting Power Semiconductors for Efficient Electrification TBD

  • Potential and outlook on the different electrification technologies considering their benefit for CO2 emission regulation targets
  • New applications resulting from powertrain’s electrification like inverters, battery systems, onboard chargers and traction inverters
  • Onboard charger: how wide bandgap (SiC, GaN) will bring us to the next level of efficiency, but the optimum for now will only be the smart combination of Si and SiC of the latest technology generations
  • Traction inverter: Why SiC is the king of power density, but not the solution for all inverters across HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs, OR: The truth about Silicon Carbide based products versus Si based products

Martin Gleich, Senior Manager Powertrain Systems Business Development, Infineon Technologies, Germany

ISO/SAE 21434 and UNECE Cybersecurity Regulation – How cybersecurity standardization and regulations affect the automotive industry

  • Overview of ISO/SAE 21434. What does it cover and what to expect?
  • How is ISO/SAE 21434 connected to regulations and other initiatives?
  • What impacts can be expected on OEMs, supply chain companies and other actors within the automotive industry?

Christian Sandberg, Principal Engineer in Cybersecurity, Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Security of Automotive Ethernet

  • Security Analysis
  • Threats & Risks
  • Enabling Protocols and Countermeasures

Dr. Ali Gholami, computer scientist and cybersecurity specialist, CEVT

Intrusion detection and incident response for connected vehicles

  • The challenges of detecting cyberattacks on connected vehicles
  • The state-of-the-art automotive IDS solutions
  • The difficulties of incident response in automotive scenarios

Nasser Nowdehi, Technical Expert, Automotive Security, Volvo Cars

Using best practice from corporate networking, for securing the vehicle network

  • Segmentation of the In-vehicle network
  • The IP-router
  • Usage of firewalls in the IVN

Ove Frid, Cyber security manager, NEVS

Security Aspects of Software for Autonomous Vehicles

  • Overview of ISO/SAE 21434. What does it cover and what to expect?
  • Basic differentiation between safety and security and its impact on design and testing
  • Security threats through connectivity and how to tackle them
  • Evolution of vehicle architecture and its implication on security
  • Software separation as an enabler for safe and secure systems

Stephan Janouch, Senior EMEA Business Development Manager, Green Hills Software

The Myth and Reality of a Flat Hierarchy

  • How to do an Agile Transformation?
  • Mitigating risks when transition to Agile and a flat hierarchy
  • The new roles of the People Manager and Agile Coach in an Agile organization
  • How to be an effective People Manager

John Collins, Senior Engineering Manager, FlixBus, Germany

The Myth and Reality of a Flat Hierarchy

  • How to do an Agile Transformation?
  • Mitigating risks when transition to Agile and a flat hierarchy
  • The new roles of the People Manager and Agile Coach in an Agile organization
  • How to be an effective People Manager

John Collins, Senior Engineering Manager, FlixBus, Germany

Is just your R&D scaling Agile or is the whole organisation ready?

  • What about Product Management, Product Life Cycles, your Sales and Delivery Processes?
  • Looking across a company’s ways of working; some conclusions and some insights to bring home

Orvar Hurtig, Head of Business Area E-Mobility, GARO

Moving an organization from slow, bureaucratic and political to a fast, innovative and fun where no one is there to tell you what to do

  • Experiences from redesigning and rethinking the classical hierarchical organization to a more employee driven
  • How to release the full potential of people and organizations
  • Advantages but also problems on the way to create an awesome organization
  • The move from top down goal governance to a more value driven organization with a purpose.
  • Hard facts on financial advantages of making this change

Linus Eriksson, Head of Learning Services Delivery, Ericsson, CEO, Learcon

Volvo Cars Scaled Agile Transformation – Striving for true Business Agility

  • Agile as an enabler for future success in automotive
  • The challenge of scaling agile in a large organization
  • Improvement by targeting all areas to optimize in favour of speed, flow and quality as well as structures, behaviors and mindset
  • Avoiding fake agile
  • Next level of agility

Anna Börjesson Sandberg, Senior Director Product Creation & Operation Development, Volvo Cars

Maria Hansson, Senior Change Leader, Volvo Cars

On-demand shuttles as a connector of public transport networks to suburban living.

  • The Shotl business model of today
  • Future cooperation between cities, tech providers and transport operators
  • Should data be accessible for all?
  • How autonomous mobility will reach residential suburban areas

Gerard Martret, Co-founder & CCO, Shotl, Spain