Keynote and Invited Plenary Talks

Keynote speakers

Monday 8:45: Mr Anders Kellström & Dr. Christian Grante, Volvo Group, Göteborg, Sweden, Automation will completely redefine commercial transport solutions

Tuesday 8:30: Mr. Matt Moore, Highway Loss Data Institute, Arlington, USA, Conclusions on autonomous emergency braking systems  and other advanced driver assistance technologies

Wednesday 8:45: Dr. Jeroen Ploeg, TNO, The Netherlands, i-GAME: From platooning to cooperative automated maneuvering

Invited plenary speakers

Monday 10:25: Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine / Dipl.-Ing. Benedikt Shonlau, IAV, Berlin, Germany, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: challenges & opportunities

Tuesday 10:25: Dr. Erik Coelingh, VolvoCars, Göteborg, Sweden, Self-driving cars in the hands of real customers on normal roads – safety and comfort

Mr. Anders Kellström & Dr. Christian Grante, Volvo Group

Automation will completely redefine commercial transport solutions

Volvo Group is redefining commercial transport solutions in daily life through automation and we strongly believe that automation is, and will be, part of new ways of working. As a company with global presence and many different product areas, the Volvo Group sees a great potential for automation in many types of transport scenarios and application areas, opening up for new business opportunities by providing added value services. The future is now within our reach. Our innovations are created to serve our customers, society and the environment in terms of: Productivity, Energy, Fuel Efficiency and Safety. First we showcased our innovations within platooning, now we are showcasing the autonomous tuck which will revolutionise productivity in future mining. Join us to hear Anders Kellström’s (Senior Product Planner) insights about the platooning project and Christian Grante’s (Volvo Group Technical Specialist – Preventive Safety and Automation) insights about the autonomous truck.


Anders Kellström, received his M.Sc in innovation, organization and economics at Halmstad University, Sweden, in 1993. After selling his start-up company Viscon AB, he joined the SCUBA-diving equipment manufacturer Poseidon Diving Systems, Sweden, as a Technical Director. In 2005, Anders came to the Volvo Group and were responsible for strategic planning of the commercial offers in the area of alternative fuels; liquid, gaseous, and electromobility. Appointed to Senior Product Planner, today’s position is to ensure the strategic and commercial effectiveness of the early stages of product development.

Christian Grante, received his PhD on Fluid and Mechatronic Systems at Linköping University in 2004, his M.Sc. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999 and his Civilingenjör from Chalmers University Technology in 1998. Christian joined Volvo Cars in 1999 as function developer of active safety features. Active safety system is also the area where he applied his research. Christian have held roles as function owner, project manager and business coordinator within development and research of active vehicle systems. Christian joined the Viktoria Institute as R&D Manager for Active Safety and Cooperative Systems early 2009. Late 2010 Christian joined Volvo Group Truck Technology as Program Manager for Vehicle Automation and Vehicle Dynamics and is since 2013 Volvo Group Technical Specialist – Preventive Safety and Automation.


Mr. Matt Moore, Highway Loss Data Institute

Conclusions on autonomous emergency braking systems  and other advanced driver assistance technologies

On March 17, 2016 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a historic commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year. This presentation will review research, real world results and on track testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute that served as a catalyst for the agreement.  In addition to covering autonomous emergency braking systems the presentation will include results for other advanced driver assistance technologies and projected timelines for the fitment of these technologies in the U.S. fleet.

Matt Moore is vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, where he oversees much of HLDI’s research. He is the author of numerous research papers published by HLDI on topics such as crash avoidance technologies, vehicle horsepower, motorcycles and distracted driving.  He also supervises loss data processing, collection of vehicle information and data services for member companies.  Mr. Moore joined HLDI in 1999 as a programmer. Before coming to HLDI, Mr. Moore worked in higher education, conducting institutional research, designing data systems and creating web sites. He holds an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.


Dr. Jeroen Ploeg, TNO

i-GAME: From platooning to cooperative automated maneuvering

i-GAME is an international project, supported by the European Commission in the scope of the 7th Framework Programme, with consortium members being TNO (The Netherlands), Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), Viktoria Swedish ICT (Sweden), and IDIADA (Spain). The i-GAME project aims to facilitate development and real-life implementation of automated driving with a focus on cooperation supported by wireless communication between vehicles and between vehicles and road-side equipment. To this end, an event is organized as part of the project, in which international teams are challenged to cooperatively perform a number of traffic scenarios, among which the automated merging of two platoons into one, and the automated execution of a T-crossing. The specific scenarios are presented in some detail, after which the most relevant requirements for participation in the challenge are summarized, including the methods used to assess the team vehicles, both regarding hardware and software.

The execution of the selected traffic scenarios does not only require vehicle-level control systems for longitudinal and lateral automation, but also interaction protocols, prescribing the message-action sequence so as to safely and successfully execute the scenario at hand. This presentation will provide ample insight in the interaction protocol design as performed by the consortium members, the implementation thereof by the consortium in their benchmark vehicles, and the various implementations by the teams. The main results, obtained during the challenge, will be illustrated by measurements and movies. In addition, the message sets used in i-GAME will be presented, which clearly indicates that the standardized messages need to be extended in order to support complex traffic scenarios.

In summary, this presentation will provide insight into the technological backgrounds of cooperative automated maneuvering, while illustrating that automated vehicles need to show cooperative behavior, supported by wireless communications, in order to jointly perform complex maneuvers.

Jeroen Ploeg received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in dynamics and control from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 2014.

From 1989 to 1999 he was affiliated with Koninklijke Hoogovens (currently Tata Steel), IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where his interest was the development and implementation of dynamic process control systems for large-scale industrial plants. Since 1999 he has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Integrated Vehicle Safety department, TNO, Helmond, The Netherlands, where he is currently heading the Cooperative Vehicle Systems group.

His research interests include control system design for cooperative and automated vehicles, and motion control of wheeled mobile robots. In particular, he focusses on the controller design for vehicular platooning and cooperative adaptive cruise control, with specific interest in string stability, both in longitudinal and in lateral sense. This research is executed in close cooperation with the department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Dr. Ploeg is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Photograph Jeroen Ploeg

Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine / Dipl.-Ing. Benedikt Shonlau, IAV

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: challenges & opportunities

All large vehicle manufacturers and many Tier1 suppliers are making substantial investments in connected and autonomous vehicle technology. An examination how these innovative vehicles will transform our vision, our industrial base, improving safety and congestion, driving up productivity and freeing up space usually devoted to vehicles in our urban areas will be discussed.

It is clear that new vehicles will be connected. To facilitate a variety of driving functions and other enhanced features, a powerful communications capabilities will be built in to automotive systems designed. Data will be exchanged via complex internal networks based on different internal control systems; other applications that interface with drivers through dashboard displays and devices could share information with other connected vehicles; they could also exchange data with connected roadside entities, such as streetlights, that are also linked-in to the Internet of Things.

As well as opportunities, the advent of the ‘connected’ vehicle brings several major challenges, and will affect the operating models of OEMs, distributors, dealers and mechanics, road infrastructure managers, law-makers, and of course drivers and their passengers. In the public domain verifiable information about automotive cyber security risk levels is scattered, and can tend toward the sensationalist. How far OEM’S have gone, and still have to go.

Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine received his engineer degree, D.E.A (Diplome d’Etude Approfondie), and the Third cycle degree, in Electrical engineering from the technical university of Blida in 1994, 1995 and respectively 1998. In 2004, he received his PhD in Computer science from the technical university of Clausthal Zellerfeld (Germany). From 2000 to 2004 he was professor assistant at the technical university of Clausthal (Germany). From 2004 through to 2006 Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine has been professor assistant at CUTEC institute GmbH (Germany). And from 2006 to 2008 he was responsible for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems at Hella Aglaia (Germany). From 2008 till 2010 he has been responsible for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Park Assistance Systems for IAV GmbH (Germany). Currently he is responsible for technical strategy in the area of integrated safety and driver support at IAV. He has a track record of fundamental research on these topics which is documented by numerous publications by IEEE, VDI and SAE. He is the editor and editor in chief of different international journals.

Dr. Hadj Hamma Tadjine is fellow Member of IACSIT (International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology), and SCIEI (Science and Engineering Institute. Furthermore he is advisory board member by SDIWC (The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications), WSEA (World scientific and Engineering Academy and Society), SAI (Science and Information Organization), and WASET (World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology) and AICIT (The International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology). He is Chair, Technical co-chair and Publication chair of different international conferences on computer engineering and computer vision.

Benedikt Schonlau finished his degree in Mechatronics in 2005 at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Starting in the field of function development for Driver Assistance and Active Safety he has been working for IAV in Chemnitz for over 10 years now. Between 2007 and 2011 Mr. Schonlau worked as project manager on the topic PreCrash. Since 2012 he is Head of Department Active Safety and Lighting Functions. In this role he is responsible for the worldwide establishment of IAV competencies in this field. He has a track record of fundamental research on these topics which is documented by numerous publications by IEEE, VDI and SAE. He is a member in Car2Car communication consortium as well as in ITS Niedersachsen.


Dr. Erik Coelingh, VolvoCars

Self-driving cars in the hands of real customers on normal roads – safety and comfort

Autonomous – or self-driving – vehicles have long been part of an utopian vision of the future, because they will free people from the boring aspects of driving and open up exciting new ways to travel. They also have the potential to make the road transportation system more sustainable in terms of safety, energy efficiency and transport efficiency. This presentation will provide a quick review of the challenges in the Drive Me program in which we try to bring the benefits of self-driving to real customers on the public road.

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Erik Coelingh is Senior Technical Leader for Safety and Driver Support Technologies with the Volvo Car Corporation and adjunct professor at Chalmers University, Göteborg. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. After his studies he joined Volvo Car Corporation and worked in several projects on vehicle control and active safety. He was responsible for Volvo’s first application of Automatic Emergency Braking in 2006 and led the advanced engineering activities for Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. He works actively in research and development of various collision avoidance and automated driving features.