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Norbert Druml, Dr., Infineon Technologies AG, Concept Engineering, Graz (Austria)

After being self-employed for ten years in the field of embedded systems development, Dr. Druml received a Master’s degree in Telematics and a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering both from Graz University of Technology in Austria.

In 2014, he joined Infineon Technologies Austria AG, where he has been leading several industrial research projects (in the fields of embedded systems, sensors, and security) and where he has been working as a concept engineer for the next generation sensor chips within Sense and Control of the Automotive Division of Infineon Technologies at the Design Center Graz.

His research interests include hardware/software co-design, secure embedded systems, and automotive sensing technology.

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Marcus Hennecke, Dr., Infineon Technologies AG, Concept Engineering, Graz (Austria)

Dr. Marcus Hennecke studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1986, completing his studies in 1991 with a Diploma degree. In 1992 he graduated from Stanford University with a Master of Science degree in the area of neural networks and continued as doctoral student on the topic of computer aided lip reading.

In 1996 he completed his thesis and moved to Ulm in Germany where he worked on an automated spoken language translator at the Daimler-Benz research center until 1998. In the years to come until 2006 he worked on automated speech recognition for automotive dialog systems for the companies Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG, TEMIC Telefunken and Harman Backer as head of the departments algorithms, research and speech recognition, respectively.

In 2006 he then moved to Graz where he headed the business segment Pattern Recognition and Image Processing (PRIP) at the Biometric Center of Siemens until 2009.
Between 2009 and 2016 he worked for EFKON AG as head of the departments Frontend and Machine Vision.
Since November 2016 Mr. Hennecke is heading the Concept Engineering department within Sense and Control of the Automotive Division of Infineon Technologies at the Design Center Graz. In his professional career Mr. Hennecke has initiated and executed various successful national (German and Austrian) as well as European funded projects. He is (co-)author of numerous publications and patents.

Umut Karapinar, MSc., AVL Turkey, Autonomous Drive and Vehicle Controls, Team Leader, Istanbul (Turkey)

He completed his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2010 with honor degree.

He started his professional career in a turkish defence industry company specialised on missile technologies as mechatronics design engineer and he gained expertise on model based development, control sytems theory, system modelling, real time/embedded control system implementation, test and validation.

He joined AVL Turkey in September 2015 in the leader role of Autonomous Drive and Vehicle Controls team. In his new role he gained experience on autonomous drive technologies, AD sensors, sensor fusion and envionental perception functions and vehicle longitudinal/lateral control.  

He completed his M.Sc. in Controls Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in 2017 and continuing to Ph.D. program in the same department.

His main research interests are model predictive control and multi agent control strategies in cooperative driving.

Patrick Knöbelreiter, Dipl.-Ing., Graz University of Technology, Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision, Graz (Austria)

Patrick Knöbelreiter is a PhD student at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology.

Prior to this he obtained his Master's degree in Computer Science on the topic Semantic Image Segmentation using Machine Learning.

His research interests include machine learning and optimization with applications to dense image matching like stereo and optical flow and semantic segmentation.

Kmeid Saad, B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD.C., Eng., Kempten University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Continental Automotive Lindau (Germany)

Originally from Lebanon, Kmeid Saad moved to Timisoara, Romania to pursue his higher education. There he obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechatronics and in Quality Control of Mechatronic Systems respectively.

During his master’s education Kmeid was working as a System Engineer with ADAS business unit at Continental Automotive where he initiated two inventions for image based active suspension control and cooling beauty cover for multi-functional ADAS cameras.

In the end of 2015 he moved from Romania to Kempten, Germany where he is currently working as a scientific researcher at Kempten University of Applied Sciences and conducting his research on ADAS sensor modeling as a Cooperative PhD. study between AVL and Graz University of Technology. With innovation in focus he also initiated an invention with AVL focusing on the usage of neural networks for generating behavioral sensor models.

Helmut Schreiber, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn, Graz University of Technology, Radar & Microwave Propagation Institute of Microwave and Photonic Engineering, Graz (Austria)

1987-1993 studying electrical engineering at Graz Univ. of Technology

1993-today employed at Graz Univ. of Technology (Institute of Communications and Wave Propagation, Institute of Broadbandcommunication, Institute of Microwave and Photonic Engineering)

2007 PhD.

Main research topics: Radar, microwave systems, wave propagation Lectures : radar systems, microwave systems

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