Keynote Speakers

Plenary Session I September 22 (Mon.) 9:30- 10:30

Dr. Yasuji Shibahata
Former Honda R & D Executive Chief Engineer

Vehicle Dynamics Control - What should be controlled and what should be the index?

Since the development of 4WS (4 Wheel Steering)system in the 1980s, the progress of vehicle dynamics control technology has been significant. DYC (Direct Yaw Control) was newly proposed in 1992. Furthermore, SBW (Steer By Wire) which had been regarded as the final issue to be addressed in vehicle dynamics control was put into production cars this year. However, we should note that we have not yet solved the essential question in vehicle dynamics control “What (front steering, rear steering or yaw moment) should be controlled and what index should be used in the control?” This lecture discusses the issues mentioned above.

Plenary Session II September 23 (The.) 8:00- 9:20

Prof. Dr. Huei Peng
University of Michigan

Dr. Peter F. Sweatman
UMTRI Director

A Large-scale Field Test of Connected and Automated Vehicles--Lessons Learned and Future Outlook

The promise of fully automated and driverless cars has stimulated a lot of discussion and enthusiasm among intelligent vehicle researchers and the general public. Research and development continue in Asia, Europe and North America. While automated vehicle functions can be developed on a single or a handful of test vehicles, the performance and benefits of connected vehicles is best studied with a fleet of vehicles. There is growing consensus that vehicle connectivity can provide some traffic and vehicle information more easily and cost effectively compared with on-board sensors. A small area with high concentration of connected infrastructure and vehicles thus is important for the development of both connected and automated vehicle functions. We think this has been a crucial missing link to "cross the valley of death" in technology development of connected and automated vehicles.
A large-scale and ambitious project was launched in 2012 in the city of Ann Arbor, lead by researchers from the University of Michigan, with the support of US Department of Transportation and many industrial partners. This project involves instrumenting the Northeast quadrant of the city roads and highways, and around 3,000 cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles. In this keynote speech, we will describe the current status, lessons learned, and future plan for our research and development activities.

Plenary Session III September 25 (Thu.) 9:00- 9:50

Prof. Dr. Peter E. Pfeffer
Munich University of Applied Sciences

The challenges in automotive and chassis engineering

Mobility is key in human life. In this keynote the main factors which drive the vehicle and especially the chassis development are identified. What are the real trends in automotive engineering? In which way is the chassis affected? Which are the main innovation in the chassis? The subjective evaluation is still indispensible in vehicle dynamics development. What can already be done by objective methods and measurements? What are the gaps in our knowledge? Finally new development approaches are discussed which can help to proceed with the automotive success story.