International VDI Conference - Automotive Sensor Systems Sensor Technologies on the Way to Autonomous Driving

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  • Get an overview of the latest developments and legal aspects in sensor technology and their impact on autonomous driving
  • Find out about future requirements on sensors like cameras, radars, lidars or ultrasonic sensors
  • Broaden your knowledge about testing, simulation and validation approaches of ADAS sensor systems and learn how AI uses sensor data to make informed decisions
  • Gain insights about the interplay of sensors and functional safety
  • Expand your international network, exchange your expertise and ideas
Automotive Sensor Systems – Sensor Technologies on the Way to Autonomous Driving

SAVE THE DATE - On February 11-12, 2020 the international VDI “Automotive Sensor Systems” conference is returning to Munich for the 3rd Edition! The event focuses on next-generation sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles, offering a valuable networking platform for experts from around the globe to discuss everything from sensor development, testing, simulation and applications to the the role of AI and the development of a regulatory framework.

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Innovative Sensor Technology as the Backbone of Autonomous Driving

Automotive technology is progressing at an incredible pace. On the way from partly automated towards fully autonomous driving, exact environmental information provided by sensors (Radar, Lidar, Camera, Ultrasonic) is essential. Artificial intelligence is using, processing and interpreting the data gathered by sensors to make substantiated decisions. Accordingly, the performance of existing sensors has to be optimized, new systems need to be developed and requirements on the sensors (in technical, qualitative and economic terms) have to be redefined in order to make them scalable and even more safe and powerful.

Topics for 2020

Participants will profit from innovative ideas, best practice examples, case studies, tech presentations and interactive discussion rounds!

  • Innovations, Challenges and Trends in ADAS Sensing
  • Advanced Sensing Solutions and Future Requirements
  • Mapping Technologies for Vehicle Perception
  • Functional Safety Framework & Standardization
  • Impact of AI and Sensor Fusion on Perception Technology
  • Testing, Simulation & Validation of Sensor Functions and ADAS Systems

If you have any questions regarding the conference program or you want to become a speaker, please contact Leonie Bohnstedt.

Framework Program of the Conference

Take part in excellent networking opportunities and meet international experts, specialists and other participants for inspiring discussions both during the networking breaks as well as at the evening event in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Registration, Networking & Welcome Coffee


Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address

Dipl.-Ing. Holger Meinel, Independent Automotive Radar Expert, Germany

I. Setting the Scene: Innovations, Challenges and Trends in ADAS Sensing


From Driving Aid to Autonomy: Will Sensors rise to the Challenges?

  • Key external sensing requirements for SAE levels 1 to 4
  • Why do we need interior cabin monitoring?
  • Sensing is only the first step - What about detection and classification?

Alain Dunoyer, Head of Autonomous Car Division, SBD, UK


Achieving a sufficient Level of Perception & Prediction Accuracy in Sensor Suites

  • Primary indicators of level 4 and 5 autonomy technology readiness
  • Limitations in long-range perception and prediction
  • Key perception challenges
  • Combining dynamic object tracks and camera information

Hemant Sharma, Head of Department, Advanced Safety Systems & Software, Aptiv, Germany

II. Advanced Sensing Solutions and Future Requirements (Part I)


Vehicle-Level-Performance-driven Sensor Selection and Specification

  • Vehicle-level-performance cascade to active chassis systems requirements
  • High-level controls strategy definition based on active systems requirements
  • High- and low-level controls strategy leading to sensor selection and specification

Dr.-Ing. Basileios Mavroudakis, Sr. Manager – Advanced Technology & Control Systems, Aston Martin Lagonda, UK


An efficient Method for vehicular Radar System Integration

  • Controversy requirements in terms of sensor coverage vs. redundancy of information
  • Sensor performance and clash with surrounding parts
  • Prediction of installed performance before prototyping

Niels Koch, Component Owner Radar Systems, Audi AG, Germany




Adverse Weather Effect on automotive Radar

  • Automotive sensors need to operate in adverse weather conditions
  • Radar is the most weather agnostic sensor
  • Current radar loss models are not accurate for heavy rain/snow conditions
  • Challenges of automotive radar operation in adverse weather

Daniel Flores Tapia, Staff Radar Engineer, Cruise, USA


Interactive World Café Session

During the interactive World Café Session, we invite you to directly engage with other experts. Discuss and identify challenges within your sector as well as problems, needs and solutions.

Exemplary Topic:

  • Early Sensor Fusion – A mean to fully exploit the Potential of Data Fusion?
  • Simulation & Validation of Sensor Functions

Networking & Coffee Break

Advanced Sensing Solutions and Future Requirements (Part II)


The Race to a low Cost LiDAR System

  • Different flavors of LiDAR, the supply chain, commercial aspects and potentials
  • Benchmarking LiDAR approaches regarding cost, maturity timeline and integration
  • Review of the current LiDAR supply chain and market players

Chidananda Panigrahi, Sr. Technical Research Analyst, IHS Markit, Germany


Solid-State LiDAR – Towards Low-Cost 3D Sensing

  • State-of-the-art LiDAR technologies
  • The solid-state LiDAR sensor approach
  • SPAD arrays for highly sensitive LiDAR  detectors
  • Novel BSI technology for high resolution SPAD arrays

Werner Brockherde, Head of Optical Sensor Systems, Fraunhofer IMS, Germany

III. Mapping Technologies for Vehicle Perception


Mapping the Road to Autonomous Driving

  • Why ADAS and AD need digital maps
  • Building and maintaining HD Maps
  • Completing the car-to-cloud-to-car HD map loop
  • Using AI for map making and semantic segmentation

Alessio Colombo, Manager Software Engineering, TomTom, The Netherlands


Slot reserved for NIO

Divya Agarwal, Software Engineer, NIO, USA


End of Conference Day One


At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


The Social Nature of Perception

  • Social nature of traffic as an underappreciated aspect of AV‘s
  • Social nature of our species impacts the very nature of our perception
  • Norms define how we perceive the world
  • Taking for granted that others share our way of understanding the world
  • Addressing the social nature of perception

Erik Vinkhuyzen, Autonomous Driving Researcher, Alliance Innovation Lab Silicon Valley, USA

IV. Functional Safety Framework & Standardization


The Scope of SOTIF compared to ISO26262

  • Safety critical sensing – An interdisciplinary challenge
  • Background and motivation of SOTIF
  • The scope of SOTIF compared to ISO26262
  • Problems and challenges of SOTIF

Dr. Håkan Sivencrona, Safety Program Manager, Zenuity, Sweden


Functional Safety Argumentation of Deep Neural Networks

  • Usage of DNN‘s in the automotive industry
  • Limitations of a traditional V&V approach applied to DNNs
  • Diversity patterns for DNN‘s
  • Responsibilities between OEM, Tier1 and Tier2
  • Future challenges with the functional safety argumentation of DNN‘s in automotive safety applications

Antonio Vilela, Automotive Systems Safety Engineer, NVIDIA, Germany


Networking & Coffee Break

V. Impact of AI and Sensor Fusion on Perception Technology


Machine Learning and its Impact on Sensor Fusion

  • Traditional sensor fusion world
  • Additional dimensionality from ML
  • Impact and complexity due to the new dimensions
  • Processing information complexity

Bharanidhar Duraisamy, Development Engineer, Daimler AG, Germany


AI on inherently fused LiDAR and Camera

  • Challenges in fusing LiDAR data with camera data
  • Concept of inherently fused LiDAR-camera system
  • Extending the fusion for 360° views
  • AI needs for LiDAR-camera fusion

Geert Caenen, Head of Software Development, XenomatiX, Belgium


Sensor Fusion Data Annotation and Validation

  • What is sensor fusion?
  • Challenges with sensor fusion data
  • Annotation and validation of sensor fusion data

Mohammad Musa, Founder & CEO, Deepen AI Inc., USA



VI. Testing, Simulation & Validation of Sensor Functions and ADAS Systems


Challenges of synthetic Scenario Generation for ADAS Development

  • ADAS innovation relies on massive amounts of data
  • ADAS / AD system requirements and challenges
  • Sensor Data and Scenario requirements and challenges
  • Hardware requirements depending on sensor model and scenario complexity

Dr. Florian Baumann, CTO Automotive & AI, Dell EMC, Germany


Safety Validation of Sensor Functions for Autonomous Driving under complex environmental Conditions

  • Reliability assess of sensor technologies under real environmental conditions
  • Modeling complex environmental conditions in simulation
  • Replacing physical testing with simulations that replicate AV performance and operating scenarios
  • Embedded software code that meets the safety standards is critical

Günther Hasna, Director Application Engineering EMEA and Team Lead Sensors and Photonics, Ansys, Germany


Testing HAD Systems with Simulation

  • Importance of simulation in verification and validation of highly automated systems
  • Standardization and safety requirements for simulations
  • Correlation of measurement data and models

Dr. Juergen Holzinger, Pogram Manager ADAS Project House, Global Research & Technology Management, AVL, Austria


ADAS low Speed Maneuvering: An active Area for Core AD Functions to be developed and verified in Mass-Production

  • Gap between current and expected ADAS and AD systems
  • Enable 3D sensing using low cost sensors by available ADAS ECU
  • Advanced sensor fusion to compensate the deficiencies of one by the abilities of others

Dr.-Ing. Duong-Van Nguyen, Head of ADAS, Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH, Germany


Conference Chair‘s closing Remarks


End of Conference

Networking Opportunities and Workshop Day

Connect with international experts and business partners in a relaxed atmosphere. Use the many networking opportunities and meet the right people to broaden your views, explore new partnerships and stay ahead of the curve.

Additional benefit: Also make sure to take part in the pre-conference workshop “Building the general Safety Concepts for AV’s - Defining the Principals of Functional Safety”, hosted by Håkan Sivencrona, Safety Program Manager at Zenuity on February 10th. If you register for both, workshop and conference you’ll profit from a discounted package price!

Who should attend the Conference?

This international conference is tailored towards engineers and technical specialists as well as decision makers with technical background from OEMs and suppliers of the automotive industry working in the following areas:

  • ADAS / Driver Assistance Systems
  • Automated / Autonomous Driving
  • Active Safety / Functional Safety
  • Automotive Security
  • Sensor Systems for environmental Analysis, Sensor and Information Fusion
  • Maps & localization
  • Advanced Development & Engineering
  • Testing & Simulation
  • Electrics / Electronics
  • R&D

The conference will also be of interest to software and technical service providers, system integrators, component and module suppliers as well as to specialists from the areas of standardization and certification.

Book the VDI Conference Automotive Sensor Systems 2020 now

Would you like to keep track on the latest developments when it comes to sensor technology and its relevance for automated and autonomous driving? Are you looking for an event that offers presentations from internationally renowned experts as well as excellent networking opportunities? Then secure your seats right now for the international VDI “Automotive Sensor Systems” conference and pre-conference workshop!

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