We are proud to present the speakers for VECS 2019!
Keynote: Floris van de Klashorst
SVP Digital Products and Services, Volkswagen Group, The Netherlands
Floris van de Klashorst, SVP Digital Products and Services, Volkswagen Group AG. Floris van de Klashorst has 25+ years of experience in software, developing services and products across telecom, media, advertisement and automotive. He is a charismatic leader and teambuilder. Original thinker and innovator with a keen interest and passion for great user experiences and innovative business models. Worked in 3 continents and across various industries. Succesfully implemented digital and product transformations. Strong international profile.
Keynote: Anna Westerberg
SVP, Volvo Group Connected Solutions
Anna Westerberg currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Volvo Group Connected Solutions. After graduating with Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management, Anna worked in different managerial business roles and joined Volvo Group in 2009 as Vice President, Product Management Industrial Engines, Volvo Penta, followed by the position as President, Volvo Group Venture Capital in 2014. Anna has international management experience as well as extensive experience from Management consulting for several global corporations and has been based both in London and New York. She has a solid background in the area of new strategy implementation focusing on identifying partnerships in areas with high-technology innovation in software and electronics.
Keynote: Mats Harborn
President EUCCC, Executive Director, Scania China Strategic Office, China
In May 2017 Mats Harborn was elected President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. He had served on the Chamber’s Executive Committee since 2013, as Vice President and as States’ Representative. Mr. Harborn has been actively involved in Sino-European trade and business relations. In 2005, he was appointed as the Chairman of Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China, a position he held for 8 years. He has been the Chairman China Commercial Vehicles Board of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) since 2010.Mr. Harborn has a proven record of successful introductions of products and companies into China over years. He is now the Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office, responsible for setting strategies and paving the way for high end CV sales. He joined the company as the Managing Director of Scania China Representative office as well as Scania Sales (China) Co., Ltd in 2004 and held that position until 2010. In June 2000, Mr. Harborn became the Marketing and Information Director of Ecolean AB, helping establish Ecoleanas a credible business partner in juice and dairy industry and define it as a sustainable packaging solutions provider. From 1997 to 2000, he had been working for Swedish Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Counsellor, a key position in Sino-Swedish commercial relations.
Mr. Harborn received a bachelor degree from Lund University on Oriental Studies and Business Admin (1984), and a training course from The Institute of Leadership (IFL) (2008).As a multilingual user, Mr. Harborn has a wide ranging knowledge of Chinese culture and society beyond his business and rich expertise in cross-cultural management.
Keynote: Dale Markland
U.S. Product Liability Defense Lawyer, Markland Hanley Law Firm, United States
Dale Markland is the former Head of the Product Liability Practice Group of one of the largest United States based law firms, the international law firm of Vinson and Elkins LLP. Dale is one of two founders of Markland Hanley, a boutique litigation firm located in Dallas, Texas, that defends manufacturers, including manufacturers of autonomous and other advanced products, in product liability cases. The Markland Hanley firm has been repeatedly named by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers as a Tier One “Best Law Firm” in Dallas for Product Liability Litigation, Defendants.
Dale has tried more than 200 cases to a verdict in state and federal courts. He has a national practice and has defended cases pending throughout the United States. Dale has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the Field of Product Liability, as a Texas “Super Lawyer,” as one of “America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators,” and as one of “Texas Best Lawyers.”
Dale has a particular interest in defending the manufacturers of autonomous products, including those controlled through artificial intelligence. Dale serves as Co-Head of the Product Liability Advisory Council Inc.’s Autonomous Vehicles and Products Action Group and has authored numerous papers on subjects related to product liability for autonomous products.
Keynote: Danny Shapiro
Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA, United States
Danny Shapiro is senior director of Automotive at NVIDIA, focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions self-driving cars, trucks and shuttles. The NVIDIA automotive team is engaged with over 370 car and truck makers, tier 1 suppliers, HD mapping companies, sensor companies and startup companies that are all using the company’s DRIVE hardware and software platform for autonomous vehicle development and deployment.
Danny serves on the advisory boards of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Connected Car Council and Udacity.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Danny lives in Northern California where his home solar system charges his electric, AI self-driving car.
Keynote: Francisco Carranza Sierra
Managing Director, Nissan Energy Services, France
Francisco Carranza Sierra, Managing Director, Nissan Energy, France. Francisco Carranza Sierra is in charge of products and services related to the electric vehicle grid integration (vehicle to grid, smart charging) and also the portfolio of products in the renewable energy generation and storage leveraging Nissan know how and expertise in lithium batteries and customer focus. He has been in Nissan since 2008 where he had responsibilities in the External Affairs, Corporate Planning and Program Management teams. Francisco has two engineering degrees (Sevilla Engineering School and IFP School) and two MBA degrees (EM Lyon and Cranfield School of Management).
Keynote: Tomohiko Adachi
Senior Principal Engineer, Model Based Development Strategy Dept. Integrated Control System Dev. Div., MAZDA Motor Corporation, Japan
Tomohiko Adachi joined Mazda Motor Corp. as a research engineer in April 1990 after graduation from Kobe University with a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering. With rich experience in the research of Advanced Safety Vehicles, Adachi started working in the Department of Chassis Dynamics Development in 2004, during which he led the development of chassis control and brake system technologies, also being appointed to Manager of the Department in 2009.
Starting in 2015, Adachi serves as the Senior Principle Engineer of the Integrated Control System Development Division, responsible for driving the strategy of model based development. He aims to combine vehicles, industries, and communities into the model with the SURAWASE2.0 project. Very passionate in reforming the development of vehicles with models, he is currently interested in the cross-departmental collaboration from design to production, managing data and models, and finally changing the minds of vehicle development department. In Oct. 2018 he is double as MBD advisor of EV C.A Spirit corporation founded for Electric vehicle design. In addition from this April, he is triple as an visiting professor of MBD laboratory in Hiroshima University.
Keynote: Lucas di Grassi
CEO, Roborace, Monaco
Born in Sao Paulo, Lucas Di Grassi is one of the leading motorsports drivers in many ways. One of the major developers of the highly successful, electric engined Formula E, Lucas also is the CEO of Roborace, the racing series for electric cars run by artificial intelligence which is set to become the most efficient developing environment of connected AI-based technology.
Considered the best Brazilian driver of the current decade, Di Grassi draw international attention when he drove a Formula E car on the north pole ice cap to set an alert to the global warming and the increasing rate of the ice melting on that region. In May 2018, Lucas was appointed Champion for the United Nations Environment Program with the mission to increase awareness about air quality, a problem which causes over 6 million premature deaths around the world.
Keynote: Bill Van Amburg
Vice President, Calstart, California/United States
Keynote: Roger Lanctot
Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics, United States
Roger Lanctot has 25+ years of experience as a journalist, analyst and consultant advising electronics companies, car companies, wireless carriers, Tier 1s and developers on product and market development and strategy. Currently Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a frequent blogger and keynote speaker.
Keynote Panelist: Sture Portvik
Project Leader for Electrical Vehicles and Charging, City of Oslo, Norway
Sture Portvik is Project Manager for Electro mobility, City of Oslo, Agency for Urban Environment. He has a Cand. Polit. Master in political science, bachelor in macroeconomics and communication. Some of his previous positions in the city of Oslo are Head of Communications at the Munch Museum, Deputy Manager Art and Culture, Manager Sponsorships Arts and Sports, Advisor; Tourism, Arts and Business Development.
Before that Sture Portvik worked at Korea Trade- and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA): Advisor, export and foreign direct investments.
Keynote Panelist: Anders Wall
Chief International Officer, GreenMobility, Denmark
Anders Wall heads up GreenMobility’s international team and their ambition of offering the green urban mobility service in 20 cities by 2021. Anders has led a number of franchise businesses and has 18 years of experience with developing and growing international partner-based businesses within consumer products & services. Anders has among others been CCO of Baresso Coffee where he had the responsibility of all franchise-partners as well as the development of the franchise concept. Latest, Anders was CEO of Paradis Group, where he had the responsibility of the company’s expansion through partners in Denmark and USA. Anders holds an MBA from ATV Institute of Executive Education and joined GreenMobility in October 2017.
Keynote: Prof. Philip Koopman
Carnegie Mellon University
Prof. Philip Koopman is an internationally recognized expert on autonomous vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area at Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and run time monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation.
Keynote: Dr. Matthias Traub
Head of Automotive IoT & E/E Architecture, BMW Group
Since April 2017:
Head of automotive Internet of Things and E/E-Architecture
2012 – 2017:
Chief architect and head of e/e architecture platform
2010 – 2012:
Architect for electric/electronic (powertrain and chassis)
2007 – 2010:
Engineer for gateway ECU
Education/ Academic studies
2007 – 2010:
Ph.D. Thesis “Network Architectures In-Vehicles”
Daimler AG /KIT
2001 – 2007:
Studies of “Electrical and Systems Engineering”
Technical Expert and Product Owner of Deep Learning, Zenuity
Erik Rosén is a technical expert and product owner of Deep Learning at Zenuity. Before that he was director of Automated Driving and Preventive Safety at Autoliv’s global research division (2014-2017). He has a PhD in superstring theory from Chalmers (2006) and eight years of experience from statistical accident research at Autoliv. In this role, he was active both within the perception and decision-making aspects of active safety systems.
Lead Software Engineer, Klarna Bank
Erik Zeitler holds a PhD in computer science from Uppsala University, where he performed research on highly scalable data stream management systems. At Klarna, Erik has architected Klarna’s data infrastructure, and Risk and ID services.
PhD, Chalmers University of Technology
Evelina Wikner is at the end of her PhD studies at Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, researching ageing mechanisms in lithium-ion batteries for automotive and stationary applications. She has previously worked with battery ageing testing and in cooperation with Uppsala University done post mortem analysis to study how the usage of the battery is linked to various ageing mechanisms. The main focus is on physics-based modelling of lithium-ion batteries and the ageing mechanisms, with the goal to find ways of prolong the battery lifetime in applications.
Helena Holmström Olsson
Professor the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Malmö University and Senior Researcher in Software Center
Helena H. Olsson is a professor in Computer Science at Malmö University in Sweden and a senior researcher in Software Center (www.software-center.se). In Software Center, she conducts research in close collaboration with Ericsson, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, Saab Defense, Jeppesen (Boeing), Siemens, Bosch, CEVT, Tetra Pak, Grundfos, Qamqom and Axis Communications. She has a PhD degree in Informatics from University of Gothenburg, Sweden from 2004 and she was a visiting researcher and Post doc researcher in LERO (the Irish Software Research Center) at University of Limerick, Ireland in 2004 – 2006. During her career, she has been active at a number of Swedish and international universities. Her research activities include outcome and data driven development, business and software ecosystems, agile development and transformation, empowered organizations and autonomous systems. She is a frequent reviewer for journals and conferences both within the Software Engineering and the Information Systems field. Her research is published in journals such as e.g. Journal of Software Evolution and Process, IEEE Software, MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM, Information Systems Management and in conferences such as e.g. International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), Software Engineering Advanced Applications (SEAA), International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB), Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES), International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) etc. Helena is a fellow member of the International Software Product Management Association (ISPMA) and a board member of Malmö University. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Van den Herrewegen
PhD student, School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK
Jan Van den Herrewegen is a PhD student at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK. He received his BSc from Ghent University, Belgium in 2015 and his MSc from the University of Birmingham, UK in 2016. His main research interest is automotive security, in particular ECU security and vehicular connectivity.
Business Project Manager, CEVT
Jeremy Parker, is currently developing the future of automotive and IT at CEVT using the proficiencies developed during large scale international business-driven IT and product development. Since moving to Sweden from England in 1998, he has worked at Ericsson and thereafter worked on various assignments within Volvo in Electronics Engineering, IT and aftermarket. In 2013, Jeremy started at CEVT in the early phase of the new company to build the Electronic Engineering organisation and joined as a permanent member of staff in 2015 to run the operations for the unit. Recently, Jeremy has been seconded to Lotus Cars in England to manage the Electrical Engineering Team and has lead the transformation of Systems Engineering within the Geely Group.
Dr. Joakim Ohlsson
Dependable Systems Engineer - Technical Specialist Dependable Systems, Volvo GTT
Kristina Bäck Jensen
Project Manager, Urban Transport Administration, Gothenburg
Global Virtual & Physical Testing Technology, Volvo Group Truck Technology
Head, Automotive, LNT Tech Services
Rajesh brings about 30 years of diverse experience that spans across domains such as Automotive, Industrial Automation and Products and Application Software development. He has been developing systems and solution for automotive with hands-on experience in Telematics ECU development and other such products. He also brings extensive knowledge in Infotainment domain development and validation of the systems providing cost effective, hybrid solutions to the customers across the globe. Rajesh has led and executed various vehicle programs for leading global OEMs over the years. His key interest areas are digital hardware design and validation, Functional Safety and Autonomous Vehicles.
Senior Researcher and Head of Mobility, IKEM - Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität
Product Manager, Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
Peer Sterner began his professional career during his Bundeswehr service where he worked as an IT security officer and data protection officer among other things. In 2011, he joined Elektrobit and held various positions, e.g. as a Product Owner or Project Manager in customer projects. He also advised car manufacturers on the subjects of vehicle diagnostics, standard software, and AUTOSAR. Since 2015, he has been developing a product line in the fields of connected services and software updates over-the-air. He is currently a Product Manager for various software products in the areas of connected services, over-the-air software updates, and vehicle safety. Elektrobit (EB) is a global supplier of embedded and connected software products and services for the automotive industry with over 30 years serving the industry. EB’s software powers over 1 billion devices in more than 90 million vehicles and offers flexible, innovative solutions for connected car infrastructure, human machine interface (HMI) technologies, navigation, driver assistance, electronic control units (ECUs), and software engineering services. EB has brought the first essential building blocks to the market for quick and cost-effective development of connected services: the EB cadian product line for basic connectivity, software updates over the air, and remote analytics. EB provides automotive-grade on-board components as well as a resilient, scalable and fault-tolerant backend with an intuitive UI. Developers can use the solution for rapid prototyping, development, and testing of connected services.
Chief Project Manager - Technology Specialist for Functional Safety, Volvo Group
Per Johannessen is a Technology Specialist for Functional Safety within Volvo Group and currently work as Chief Project Manager implementing the ISO 26262 standard. Before coming to Volvo Group, Per had a similar role within Volvo Cars introducing the ISO 26262 standard. Since 2006 Per has been an expert in the ISO committee responsible for the ISO 26262 standard and led the work of introducing trucks, buses and trailers into the standard. He is currently the project leader for Part 7 of the standard. Per has Master of Science degrees from Chalmers University of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD from Chalmers University of Technology within Computer Engineering.
Managing Director, Nobina Technology
Peter Hafmar Managing Director at Nobina Technology, the Nobina groups innovation and development company (confirmed). Nobina is the biggest bus operator in the Nordics and are also the first company to run autonomous vehicles on public roads in Scandinavia. Over 40 000 passengers have already used the service and since October 2018 the buses are fully integrated with the traditional public transport system and are running in Barkaby in the northern part of Stockholm. During this session Nobina will describe their journey and findings during the tests.
CEO, New Mobility Consulting and the New Mobility Lab
Throughout Alex’s corporate career he explored emerging technologies and drove innovation that lead to a range of new products. His international career with companies such as Bosch, SAP, Microsoft and Infor brought him from his home town of Stuttgart to London, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Walldorf, Copenhagen and Seattle, where he currently resides. His passion for technology-driven business model innovation lead him and his brother Jochen “Joe” Renz to co-found New Mobility Consulting and the New Mobility Lab to help startups, corporates and investors take advantage of the digital transformation of mobility and transportation. Jointly they have developed an extensive global innovation ecosystem that includes startups, incubators, accelerators, investors and corporate innovation teams. At the IOTA Foundation, Alex evangelizes the distributed ledger technology IOTA and drives adoption of the tangle in mobility and transportation globally. He explores applications across autonomous and connected vehicles, shared and electric mobility as well as urban mobility. Alex envisions use cases and related business models across the emerging ecosystem of mobility to create a future where mobility is environmentally sustainable and creates thriving communities with economic opportunities for all.
Application Engineer, ESI Group
Soheil Bashirinia is an Application Engineer in the area of ADAS and AD at ESI Group. Before that he worked several years with 1D system modelling and simulation within the areas of automotive and renewable energy production. In his current role, he works closely with the industry to create simulation scenarios for virtual verification of sensors and algorithms.
Associate Professor and Head of Division, Networks and Systems, Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
Concept Leader Vehicle Energy Management, Volvo Cars
Åsa Laveno, Director
Autonomous Drive, Volvo Cars
Åsa Laveno is the Director, Autonomous Drive at the department for Active Safety and Autonomous Drive, Volvo Cars. She is leading the Autonomous Drive technical development teams with the clear vision that AD will transform the future of our society. Åsa has more than 20 years of automotive experience, from Volvo Cars in several senior project and line management.
Senior Control Designer, Volvo Cars
Björn has worked in the automotive industry as a control designer since 2002. He is currently employed as a researcher and pursuing a PhD in automatic control focused on algorithms for battery management
Technical Leader Model Driven Engineering, Volvo Cars
Assistant Professor, Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg
Philipp Leitner is an Assistant Professor at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, where he leads the Internet Computing and Emerging Technologies lab. He holds a PhD degree in business informatics from TU Vienna, and has extensive experience in software engineering for distributed, Web, and cloud-based systems. Dr. Leitner likes to work on the interface between academic research and industrial practice, and has worked extensively with companies such as IBM or SAP on next-generation cloud systems. He has published over 100 academic articles, in fields spanning software and service engineering, cloud systems, all the way to business process management.
Technology Specialist Vehicle Engineering, HIL Simulator Verification of VDCS Functions, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Senior Field Applications Engineer, Vector
Jason Masters graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He spent a number of years working as a software developer, initially on testing systems for telecommunications equipment and then on CCTV multiplexers. Finally in 2004 he escaped from the cubicle and has been out in the field since, spreading the message of software quality, initially for a static analysis tool vendor and now with Vector. Fighting the good fight, he is a strong believer that writing good quality, bug free, robust software is cheaper than producing buggy, faulty and poor quality software: you just need the right tools, processes and mindset.
Programme manager and national coordinator of charging infrastructure, Swedish Energy Agency
ESS Specialist – Cell Characterisation & Modelling Electromobility, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Principal Automotive Security, Embedded Security Solutions, Infineon Technologies AG
Martin Brunner joined Infineon Technologies as Principal for Automotive Security in April 2017. Prior to that, he was working on automotive security topics as security consultant and penetration tester at secunet Security Networks AG and has been a security researcher at the Fraunhofer-Institutes SIT and AISEC. Martin received a diploma for Telecommunication and Computer Science, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secure Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Being active in various sectors of research and industry since 2005 he has a strong cyber security background with overall more than 10 years of experience and with emphasis on automotive cyber security since more than 5 years. In this field he (co-)authored various publications and is a member of several standardization committees and consortia.
System Architect and Technology specialist, Volvo GTT
Dr.-Ing. Christian Birkner
Prof. Test management of vehicle safety systems and their controllers, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Germany
Prof. Christian Birkner is appointed to research professorship for “Test methods for vehicle safety, Vehicle safety systems, actuators and control algorithm” at “Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt”.
Prof. Birkner was born 1962 in Frankfurt. 1995 he graduated in mechanical engineering, specialized in thermodynamics of internal combustion engines.
The major working experience of Prof. Birkner is in research and development of powertrain electronics and vehicle dynamics functions. The experience was gathered by the academic education at TU Kaiserslautern in the field of internal combustion engines, 13 years working experience at SiemensVDO Automotive for Diesel Systems and their electronics, 7 years at IAV, responsible for transmissions, drivetrains and hybrid systems and 2 years for powertrain development.
7/2017 Prof. Birkner was appointed to a research professorship at the “Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt”. Here he is part of the institute CARISSMA (Center of Automotive Research for Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area) with around 70 researchers, 13 professors, and a big research laboratory for integrated vehicle safety. Inside this team, Prof. Birkner is specialized in vehicle safety actuators and control systems for passive and active safety.
Program Lead Autonomous Driving, Siemens Digital Industries Software, Belgium
Professor in Software Engineering, University of Gothenburg
Research Manager, Electromobility application area, RISE Viktoria
Stefan Pettersson has a M.Sc. in Automation Engineering and a Ph.D. in Control Engineering and became an Associate Professor in Control Engineering at Chalmers University in 2004. During 2006-2009 Stefan worked in the automotive industry at Volvo Technology, mainly with the energy management of hybrid powertrains. Currently, Stefan is the Research Manager of the Electromobility application area at RISE Viktoria, and leads a group of more than twenty researchers. More than 30 projects are yearly performed, considering technology, behavior, business and society perspectives. Stefan is also responsible for the focus area of Energy and Environment for Mobility at RISE, discussing the industry needs and common projects from a fossil-free transport system perspective. Stefan became an adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology in 2017, where he is part of the department council of Electrical Engineering discussing future research and possibilities.
Business Development Director, Siemens PL - Integrated Electrical Systems, United Kingdom
Research Assistant at CARISSMA, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Head – Electronics, Automotive Vertical, Tata Consultancy Services
Sanjeev heads the Automotive Electronics Embedded Systems unit in TCS. In his current role, Sanjeev is responsible for identifying and developing futuristic solutions across segments of automotive electronics and specifically in the area of model based development, verification & validation, vehicle diagnostics, ISO 26262 safety standard and AUTOSAR based firmware development.
An engineer in Electronics and Telecommunications, Sanjeev has over 22 years of experience working across varied roles within the automotive and IT industry.
Vice President of Product Development, Avelabs
Abdalla Osama currently holds the position of Vice President of Product Development, In his current role, Abdalla adopts innovative strategies to introduce new products to the automotive industry, an equally challenging and thrilling role. He also manages the department of engineers responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all company products. Further, as a co-founder, he contributes to developing Avelabs’ technology-driven vision and bringing it into reality.
Prior to this role, Abdalla has engaged in technical consultations with several world-renowned suppliers and OEMs on several projects, including active and passive safety ECUs, power train ECUs, and infotainment ECUs. He has also deepened his knowledge of the industry by contributing to the AUTOSAR consortium.
Chief Technology Officer, COMSOL
Ed Fontes has a Ph.D. in Electrochemical Engineering from KTH, Stockholm. Before joining COMSOL in 2000, he was a simulation specialist and manager for a small research group at EKA Chemicals. At COMSOL, he has been the lead developer for Chemical Engineering, CFD, and Heat Transfer Modules before being promoted to CTO in 2009.