Andreas KempenichSenior Director, Worldwide Automotive Sales, AutodeskBiographyAndreas Kempenich is in his fifth year with Autodesk. He is currently responsible for sales of all Autodesk products and services to our Automotive customers globally. Before joining Autodesk, Mr. Kempenich spent more than 20 years in the Software and High Tech Industry, where he held various senior leadership positions in product management, marketing, and sales. He holds a M. Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Darmstadt, Germany.Close
Laurens Van Den AckerSenior Vice President, Corporate Design, RenaultBiographyLaurens van den Acker was born in 1965 and studied at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He started his career in 1990 as a designer for Design System SRL in Turin (Italy), before focusing on automotive design starting in 1993. During the course of his career, he worked with Audi, Ford and Mazda. These professional experiences brought him to Germany, the United States and later Japan, making him renowned in his field.
He returned to Europe in 2009, where he took over the management of Groupe Renault's Design department in France. His first ambition was to create a range of attractive, powerful and coherent vehicles to strengthen the Renault brand and its sales performance.
He expressed his vision through the design of six concept-cars that symbolise the diversity of the Renault offer. Restyled between 2010 and 2013, these vehicles met with considerable success both in the motor industry and with the general public. At the same time, they provided a basis for future production vehicles. The Design department teams renewed their entire range around these vehicles between 2012 and 2016 and integrated the style into new models, namely around 30 vehicles intended to meet the needs of the increasingly international clientele.
Thanks to these efforts, design became, in 2016, the number one selling point of Renault products. That same year, the Renault Talisman, the D-segment premium saloon, was voted the "most beautiful car of the year" by the general public at the International Automotive Festival (FAI). Since then, TreZor, a concept-car released at the Paris Motor Show, was awarded three European prizes. In a personal capacity, Laurens van den Acker received the FAI, GQ France and Auto Car awards for "designer of the year 2016".
Under his leadership, the Design department of Groupe Renault now comprises 490 people of 27 different nationalities. It has six production centres across the world and uses state-of-the-art design and digital visualisation techniques.
In addition to the Renault brand, Laurens van den Acker steered the styling development of the group's three other brands: Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors and Alpine.
Since October 2009, Laurens Van Den Acker has been Senior Vice President, corporate design of Groupe Renault. He is a member of the Renault Management Committee.Close
Carina Sandbrink & Tom JetterManager Business Models & Digital Use Case Portfolio, Daimler AG / Benchmarking and Conference ExpertBiography SandbrinkCarina Sandbrink is a manager for the digital use case portfolio and business models at the Digital Transformation Office of Mercedes in Stuttgart.
During her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin and the University of Toronto, she developed a passion for strategic marketing, trend and future research. In 2011, the fairly new car sharing service car2go caught her attention. Still in their pilot phase, Carina wrote one of the first scientific empirical studies on the implications of car sharing as part of an OEM's business model.
She took part in Daimler's CAReer rotation program and worked in corporate strategy, future research, car2go, Mercedes product strategy and in the smart marketing.
Taken her experiences with car2go, she had the idea to use the well-proven car2go technology to propose new innovative connected car services for end customers of the smart brand. Daimler's increased focus on connected cars and mobility services gave her the privilege to compile a team of experts to develop the connected car service "in car delivery". A few months later, the service was tested as a pilot in Stuttgart with DHL as a cooperation partner. This pilot was then rolled out to major German cities successfully.
The introduction of this first service laid the cornerstone for the newly founded smart lab team whose vision is to "make life in the city easier" with innovative connected car services. Today, several of these are services in public beta phase. Amongst them, ready to drop (in car delivery with DHL), ready to drop+ (flexible in car delivery), and ready to share (peer to peer car sharing). smart lab's approach is to test new services during early stages (Minimum Viable Product) and improve them on the first reactions of customers.
After 3.5 yrs with smart, Carina Sandbrink is now a manager at Mercedes' strategy department. Her leading role in Mercedes' Digital Transformation Office is to push strategic cooperation projects around the future of the connected car.CloseBiography JetterTom Keven Jetter is a self-proclaimed explorer and adventurer, working in the field of future technologies. Coming from the studies of Engineering, aesthetics is the common theme following through his life. Seen as a young buck, Tom's primary target is to push boundaries. After focusing on producing media, either through films, 3D-animations or in the world of UI design he concentrates now on Connected Car Services and Neuroscience. An odd mixture derived from his work at the University of Aalen where he is working on Brain-Computer-Interfaces for coma patients and lecturing about Human-Machine-Interfaces and his work for the smart lab at Daimler AG. His leading role at the smart lab is the research of technologies and finding the perfect fit of those technologies for his team. In a fast-paced field like the Connected Car Services, it is more than essential to work continuously on the cusp of innovative and forward-thinking projects.Close
Simon AlfordDirector Automotive Products, AutodeskBiographySimon Alford has extensive experience working for Software Vendors, Automotive OEM’s, and has even had a spell in the Autodesk Reseller channel. He’s held leadership positions in Product Management and User Experience at Siemens PLM Software, in Technical Services at Majenta Solutions (Autodesk Gold MFG partner), and has consulted in Design and Engineering for some of the world’s leading Automotive, Industrial Design and F1 Racing companiesClose
Alex SchottVR Supervisor, Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe GmbH
Bernhard WagnerTeamleader Modelling BMW Design, BMW AG
Pierre-Paul AndrianiDigital Modelling Senior Manager, Tata MotorsBiographyPierre-Paul Andriani is the senior manager for digital modelling, rendering and animation at Tata Motors in Coventry (United Kingdom). After graduating from the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, he rose to the title of Senior Sculptor at General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Career highlights include working on Cadillac interiors with CUE as well as iconic Chevrolets: Volt, Camaro and Corvette. For more than 10 years he also was part time faculty at CCS. He taught students 3D automotive modelling and still teaches online today. After a 12 year career at GM he left for Tata Motors. His team is currently responsible for modelling Tata Motors’ latest concept cars as well as the latest acclaimed production vehicles such as the Nexon. He has given lectures related to automotive design in Amsterdam (Holland) and in Washington D.C. (USA). He has a B.A. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a B.F.A. in industrial design from CCS and an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology.Close
Christian BraunManager Virtual Design, Porsche AG
Denis VisconteDeputy Director Design Development Process, Renault DesignBiographyDenis Visconte received his Master degree in engineering from INSA School, Lyon, France.
He started his career in developing CAE and simulation software within European cooperation projects. In 1993, he joined Renault's Engineering Department to develop and integrate new digital Manufacturing processes including thermo-mechanical and fluid dynamics simulation.
In 2000, he joined the Renault Design Department to participate in the development of the digital process and tools useful for Industrial Design.
He was responsible for several teams developing digital/physical mockups for new vehicles projects.
During this period, he has also participated in the construction of the rapidly growing international network of creative centers.
Denis Visconte is currently Deputy Director for the Global Design Development process. His focus is to leverage the benefits of the digital prototyping workflow from modeling, visualization to design reviews. He develops methodologies consistent with tools and skills to enhance the operational efficiency throughout the Design Network Organization.
For many years, he has been involved in the technology/methodology exchanges within The Alliance RENAULT-NISSAN
He has over 25 years of experience in developing and integrating digital prototyping tools in the automotive industry.Close
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Marek TrawnySenior Product Manager, Automotive Products, Autodesk
Alexandre RossierTransportation Design Projects Leader, KISKABiographyAlexandre Rossier is a transportation design expert with over 20 years of industry experience. At KISKA, he drives the development of concept and production vehicles for a range of global brands. Highlights include the Opel RAKe electric concept car, the KTM X-BOW GT and GT4 production sport cars, and the KTM E-SPEED show scooter. Alexandre has a degree from the Art Center in Pasadena and established his career at the likes of Bertone and Honda.Close
Rickard FranklinDirector, Digital Modelling & Visualisation, Volvo Car
Alexander GrasseSenior Client Engagement Manager EMEA / NA, CGI
Boris RodegherSenior Client Engagement Manager EMEA / NA, CLX EuropeBiography"With a Major in Architecture & Industrial design I have been consulting for different studios/agencies and brands directly in Europe and Usa for more than 18 years . With ""Trendesign International Network"" I have been promoting my entrepreneurial activity directing , coordinating and managing several ""product"" launch within the area of 3D ""experiences"";after 7 years as Senior Consultant @3DEXCITE – Dassault System (formerly RTT) being the digital coordinator for Ferrari on 3D POS solution and WEB configurator , today @CLXEurope my role is to bring and extend the 3D business footprint to the next level."Close
Simon NagelTechnical Sales Specialist – Visualization, AutodeskBiographySimon Nagel is an expert in the areas of Virtual Reality, CG, VFX and the Automotive Industry. He studied Media Production at the University of Darmstadt. Since graduating, he has worked at various media agencies before moving to Autodesk in 2013. At Autodesk he has occupied roles such as VRED User Experience Designer, Product Manager and is now Visualisation Specialist with a strong focus on realtime rendering, CGI production and of course, Virtual Reality. Most recently, Simon was developing and building the VR Centre of Excellence in Munich, Germany.Close
Danny TierneyTechnical Sales Specialist Industrial Design, AutodeskBiographyDanny Tierney is a specialist in the area of realtime rendering with a focus on Automotive and Industrial Design visualisation. Since graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, he has worked to implement virtual design processes at various Automotive OEMs around the world. He has been working with VRED since moving to Autodesk in 2014 and runs the VR Centre of Excellence in Munich, Germany with his colleague Simon."Close
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Swen NiebannBusiness Line Manager, Business Strategy & Marketing – Design & Manufacturing, Autodesk
Oliver WalterSenior Program Manager - Digitalisation R&D, BMW AG
Robert OstermannTAB - Fabriksmodelle, Magna Steyr AG & Co. KG
Christoph ErhardtHead of 3D-Printing & Quality Management,Proto Labs GmbHBiographyChristoph Erhardt ist als Head of 3D-Printing & Quality Management bei der Proto Labs Eschenlohe GmbH, ein Schwesterbetrieb der Proto Labs, der sich auf den Sonderwerkzeugbau sowie 3D-Druck Technologien – speziell von Metallen - spezialisiert hat, tätig. Seit nun mehr als 6 Jahren ist Christoph Erhardt mit dem 3D-Druck von Metallen vertraut und durfte zusätzliche Erfahrungen im Bereich Qualitätsmanagement mit dem Schwerpunkt ISO 13485, Medizintechnik, sammeln. Kombiniert wurden diese Themen schließlich in einem Prozess zur Fertigung von Implantaten nach den regulatorischen Anforderungen.
Dr. Bhupen LodhiaHead of Advanced Consulting (Generative Design & Additive Manufacturing), AutodeskBiographyBhupen Lodhia leads the Autodesk Advanced Consulting Team specialising in Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing, based at the London offices of Autodesk. The focus of the Team is to leverage Generative Design to unlock the full potential of Additive Manufacturing technologies, in order to deliver new solutions to customers, improving the performance and efficiency of their designs. His background is as an experienced aerospace engineer, specializing in structural design, stress analysis, and airworthiness certification. His previous positions include that of Head of Structural Integrity at Lockheed Martin (UK), Airworthiness Manager at Virgin Atlantic, and Chief Stress Engineer at Hybrid Air Vehicles. He has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a PhD in Computational Mechanics, and he is an approved signatory by European Air Safety Agency for the Certification of Aircraft Structures.Close
Gareth RogersHead of BMW Design Visualisation, BMW AG
Helmut HobmaierDesign Method Development / Virtual Reality, Audi DesignBiographyHelmut Hobmaier started his career in the data control department as model maker at Audi in 1984. After a few years being in touch with “real” surfaces he moved to the CAD department. He generated construction data and milling programs for the data control process. In 1998 he joined the visualization team of the data control department and from 2002 on he worked as a method developer in this environment. In 2015 he became a member of the Audi design visualization department, where he still is working on method development focused on real time visualization and immersive technologies.Close
Dr. Tobias RauschAppearance Portfolio Manager , X-Rite PantoneBiographyTobias Rausch is responsible for the world-wide product and market management of X-Rite Pantone’s new Total Appearance Capture (TAC) technology. Rausch has been with X-Rite for 8 years and is based at X-Rite’s European Headquarters in Regensdorf, Switzerland. For the last 16 years he has been deeply involved in the development of color and appearance measurement solutions in different positions. He graduated in printing engineering at the Stuttgart Media University and holds a PhD from the University of Arts in London.Close
Phil BotleyAlias Product Manager, Autodesk
Lukas FäthProduct Manager, AutodeskBiographyLukas Fäth joined Autodesk, Inc., 5 years ago with the acquisition of PI-VR, a 3D visualization software company. After graduating in digital media in cooperation with the PI-VR, Lukas was involved in the visual and conceptual development of VRED high-end virtual prototyping software. As a 3D artist he created marketing imagery and tested VRED technology to guide future development. Lukas was responsible for quality assurance, support, and consulting, and is a professional VRED software trainer for the automotive industry and computer-generated imagery agencies with a strong artistic knowledge base. Since 2015 he is taking care of product management for the VRED software products.Close
Pascal SeifertTechnical Product Manager,AutodeskBiographyPascal Seifert studied Product Design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences from 2002 to 2007. He has been working in the automotive-design visualization and virtual-reality domain for the last 8 years, and he has developed a variety of qualities and skills in the whole virtual-product lifecycle process. He possesses expert knowledge in automotive visualization, database handling and data preparation required to present the results in design presentations or immersive engineering environments. Today, he is the Technical Product Manager for Autodesk VRED that is used by many automotive customers around the globe.Close
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Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Matthias DannapfelOberingenieur, Abteilungsleiter Fabrikplanung
Lehrstuhl für Produktionssystematik, RWTH Aachen University Biography"After finishing his studies of Industrial Engineering, Matthias Dannapfel started his career with the WZL of RWTH Aachen University as a research associate in 2012. Today, he is leading the Factory Planning Department at the WZL as Chief Engineer. Besides, he is the Head of the Compentece Group Factory Planning at the StreetScooter Research GmbH, a consulting company focussing on innovative production concepts founded in 2010."Close
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Michael RussellSenior Technical Solution Manager EMEA,Autodesk BiographyMichael Russell is the Technical Solution’s Manager for EMEA, working with Autodesk’s top accounts across all industry verticals.
After finishing his degree in Automotive Design Michael has spent the last 18 years in the creation, visualisation and management software industry. With a big passion for automotive design and an unhealthy knowledge of it’s history I am also driven by new technology, the innovation it can offer and how it will effect all industry of manufacture, construction and media. At the weekends you can also find me racing classic motorcycles reminding me the beauty of mechanical devices.