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Speakers 2019

Agile principles in future development
A view of leading experts.


Masterminds of globally successful brands, heads of vehicle development and CI / CD experts discuss the future of agile and collaborative engineering: We are proud to present the first Keynote Speakers for the Symposium 2019.


Ulrich Schulmeister

VP Engineering, Head of Systems Engineering
Robert Bosch GmbH

With over 25 years of experience in powertrain development, Ulrich Schulmeister is now Head of Systems Engineering in the Mobility Solutions business unit.

He is responsible for

  • System simulation introduction
  • MBSE (Modelbased systems engineering) deployment
  • Future mobility demand and solutions

Challenges and Opportunities for Suppliers in a Changing Automotive World

The automotive megatrends (electrification, automation, connectivity) and new mobility concepts lead to an increasing interaction within the mechatronic systems of a car and to an increasing interaction with their surrounding systems. Thus, an increased interaction of the systems in the entire vehicle is to be expected. This leads to changed boundary conditions for OEMs and Tier1 suppliers:
·       Increase of cross-domain functions.
·       Changed sourcing of car manufacturers and mobility providers.
·       Increased complexity.
For the Robert Bosch GmbH as an automotive supplier, it is essential to respond to these challenges appropriately to be able to offer competitive products and services and to be an attractive development partner on the system level.
These challenges require a holistic vehicle view, also for a Tier1 supplier, to develop competitive products and services (components, subsystems, higher integrated systems). Hence, the Bosch Business Sector Mobility founded a systems engineering (SE) organization for the development of cross-domain vehicle functions, called BBM-SE.  In order to accomplish that task, there are two methodical key elements for efficient and effective cross-domain systems engineering. An MBSE (Model-Based Systems Engineering)-framework to handle the increased complexity, reduce the risk of improper/missing product features and to minimize the integration effort is used/developed. A cross-domain vehicle simulator for a fast and robust assessment of solution variants and elicitation of requirements addressing time to market and development costs.
All these methodologies are used, validated and improved in several internal projects. One of these projects is the development of an internal engineering platform, the so-called “Rolling Chassis”. In this platform, it is possible to optimize the interaction of the xDomain subsystem behavior and it is possible to develop new xDomain functionalities like thermal management, predictive functions, and optimized braking.

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Maik Gummert

Head of E/E Virtual Validation and Simulation
Volkswagen AG, Germany

Maik Gummert studied computer science at the Technical University in Brunswick. In 1995 he started his career in the IT area of the Volkswagen Group. He was responsible for various international IT projects in different areas like production, quality assurance, R&D and purchasing.

From 2010 to 2013 he was in charge of IT for the Product Emergence Process at the SEAT brand. From 2014 to 2018 he led the R&D department of Virtual Technologies and Data Delivery for product management data in the Volkswagen brand.

Since June 2018 he has been leading the department of E/E Virtual Validation and Simulation. He is responsible for the delivery of real and virtual test-equipment for E/E integration and test for car functions.


With Continuous Integration (CI) to a sustainable mobility provider

The automotive industry is undergoing a rapid change encompassing the entire value chain. Highly integrated systems are replacing rather simple distributed ECUs, necessitating entirely new architecture concepts and technologies for the development and validation of vehicle functions. Upcoming innovations, such as over-the-air software updates and self-learning systems, pose significant new challenges to validation of the vehicle functions. The integration of the complete E/E package, i.e. the unification of all electrical/electronic hardware and software systems into a complete end-to-end system, is increasingly becoming the main source of errors and must, therefore, be regarded as an independent development task. The capacity for development and approval can be realized only through the use of new digital integration and simulation tools and leads to a complete simulation platform package, which is used not only to develop but also to validate vehicle functionality. The aim of this platform is also to gradually reduce the use of hardware in development by combining simulative technologies with traditional validation techniques.

In light of this, Volkswagen Passenger Cars is implementing two main digitalization initiatives in the context of complete E/E package validation. First, a virtual validation and verification framework provides a building block system for simulations that enables incremental integration in the complete E/E package. Second, SimLAB is a cross-departmental “project house” in which development potentials are utilized optimally by means of agile cooperation models to integrate virtual technologies in the simulation platform and to perform the validation of new vehicle functionality.


Uwe Class

Director Safe Mobility Systems
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Since July 1996 Uwe Class has been with the ZF Group.

He has been responsible for the development of active restraint systems in the Occupant Protection Systems business unit for 20 years.

Since 2017, he is Director Safe Mobility Systems in the ZF Group’s central research and advanced development department.


Future Mobility and its Impact on Development & Testing

The change in automotive industry towards future mobility concepts, like assisted and autonomous driving or even other ways of transportation with different possible occupant-postures have a huge impact on development and testing of vehicle safety functions. Thus, the effort in virtual assessment in the early development stage needs to increase massively and furthermore the interaction of functions (active and passive safety functions) lead to completely new ways of validating and developing vehicle safety functions and products. Integrated Safety has to connect all levels of developers to be able to supply one cooperative vehicle system – having in mind the Euro NCAP roadmap of scenario-based testing.

ZF is facing this change of paradigm by developing frameworks and methods for the virtual assessment of automotive systems.

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Björn Giesler

Director ADAS Function Development

Working Experience: 14 years automotive (ADAS, AD, Active Safety) development and management

Educational Background: Ph.D in engineering / computer science from Karlsruhe University (2005)

Key Expertise: Building departments, teams, and projects in the automotive industry. Building products and product landscapes. Environment perception, situation interpretation, object classification, multi-camera systems, motion stereo, augmented reality. Design, implementation and maintenance of large software frameworks and applications. Teaching at university and supervising student work.

Brief CV:

•       ADAS Function Responsible: Intersection Assist (AUDI, 2009-2012). Vision and Radar based ADAS / Active Safety function (advance development stage).

•       ADAS Function Responsible: Traffic Jam Pilot (AUDI, 2012-2015), the industry’s first Level 3 Automated Driving function.

•       Department Head ADAS (Elektrobit, 2015-2018): Profit and loss responsible for Elektrobit’s Driver Assistance offering.

•       Director Function Development (Samsung, since 2018): Responsible for Samsung’s Driver Assistance Function portfolio, SAE Automation Level 0 to 4.


“When the requirements get agile, so should the development methods”

Everything is getting harder in Driver Assistance. Higher NCAP requirements drive higher functional safety levels, new norms for SOTIF and security pose additional constraints, customer expectations rise with the state of the technology. Now the need for moving to highly or even fully automated driving raises questions of how to integrate legacy systems for higher grades of automation to emerge, or if that is possible at all. Start-of-production dates eliminate the possibility for long advance development phases, and system complexity has risen beyond what can be specified. If waterfall-based ADAS development ever worked, it does not anymore.
Agile development, and the universe of methods that has developed around it, can provide a path that allows architecture, algorithms, functional performance and verification to grow simultaneously and organically. Continuous integration, verification and deployment-to-field test allow constant monitoring of the viability of the designed system and can make the development team lean, motivated, and successful. Further development can even go to deployment over the air, to customer vehicles.
We examine the key challenges of development and look at solutions that agile methods can provide, and identify advantages and disadvantages of some specific agile solutions.