Highlights in 2017

Mobility Revolutions and New Business Models in the Automotive Industry: Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bratzel is the director and founder of the independent Center of Automotive Management (CAM) at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach. His main research topics are innovation trends and performance dynamics of the automotive industry. After completing his studies in political science and later earning his doctorate, Bratzel worked in and around the auto industry. Among other positions, he has held posts as a project manager at the Daimler subsidiary smart, as program manager, Project Line Automotive at the Telefonica/Sonera subsidiary Group3G, and as the head of Business Development Automotive at PTV. Since April 2004, he has worked as a senior lecturer and course program director for automotive management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach (Cologne area).

Next Generation Car Users and the Future of Mobility in an Autonomous World

Swamy Kotagiri was named Chief Technology Officer of Magna International in January 2014. In this role, Kotagiri is globally responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s innovation and new product strategy and development, at a corporate level as well as in conjunction with Magna’s operating units. In early 2013, Swamy was appointed Executive Vice President corporate engineering and research & development functions. Kotagiri has more than 22 years of industry experience and previously served in various engineering leadership positions at Cosma International, a Magna operating unit. He was responsible for innovation strategy development as well as the launch and execution of new technologies in Cosma’s manufacturing divisions while serving as Executive Vice President of global engineering and R&D starting in 2008 and Director of R&D prior to that.
Before joining Cosma, Kotagiri was a structural engineer at General Motors. Kotagiri has a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University with a specialization in materials and structural engineering. He has more than 12 patents to his credit in automotive product and process design, and has memberships with the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Building An Open Ecosystem for Connected Services: The Scania One Journey

Connectivity and digitalisation are disruptive technologies that change traditional industries and enable growth and development of new business models. Connected vehicles create new business opportunities in the transport industry.

Mr Callenryd works with and manages Scania´s connectivity strategy, and identifies business innovation and possible future direction, based on a deep knowledge and understanding of the Scania business network, the transport company and the Transport eco-system. Combined with the possibility from digital technology and modularised services concepts. Making Scania ready for the future digital business landscape, leading the shift to sustainable transport system.
Scania Connected Services & Solutions empowers Scania and Scania customer with new tools to improve their efficiency, reducing cost, and improving earnings.  Scania have more than 250 000 connected vehicles with active services usage and it´s a fast expanding business area.

Business Evolution of the Automated Truck Platooning Ecosystem & Services

Studied business administration at Goethe University Frankfurt, Diploma in 2008. Started working at Continental’s "Commercial Vehicles" business unit with the scope of Portfolio Management in 2008/09. Since 2009 Frank Bollenbach has been focusing on Innovation Management with Specialization in Digitalization.

New Technologies Reshaping the Automotive Value Chain: Future Perspectives of the Automotive Revolution

As Director for the Automotive Electronics service, Ian Riches heads a research team covers all aspects of core automotive electronic systems, semiconductors and sensors on a worldwide basis.  Ian has always been passionate about cars - his parents joke that he was shouting Ford! Volkswagen! before he said Cat! Dog!.  His areas of research include powertrain, chassis, safety, security and body applications including high-growth areas such as hybrid and electric vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles.

Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Ian spent two years working as assistant editor of Automotive Engineer, the UK magazine published by the IMechE.  He has also held the position of Press Officer/Technical Author for MTL, a company that manufactures safety-related electronic equipment.

With over fifteen years of experience, he is one of the foremost industry analysts in the automotive electronics sector.

Ian holds an MA in engineering from Cambridge University, UK, where he specialized in fluid dynamics, turbo-machinery and internal combustion engines.


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Best practice sharing and project evaluation

Working out Loud is one of the main credos, act! 2017 features. TOP speakers and experienced early adopters are shaping the schedule. While we are connecting different levels of experience and structures from diverse industry backgrounds, our agenda builds on the whole range of perspectives covering the most critical challenges in the connected driving and automotive telematics landscape.

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