Conference Programme



Day 1: Wednesday 13 February

NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Join us on the opening morning for our complimentary networking breakfast!
08:15 - 08:55

Europasaal Opening Session

Moderator

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

09:00

ASI's state-of-the-art technology for driverless industrial vehicles

Mel Torrie
Founder and CEO
Autonomous Solutions Inc
USA
Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) has robotic vehicles operating around the world in markets like mining, agriculture, automotive and material handling. Technology developments like ASI’s multi-vehicle command and control software give a single operator control over a fleet of vehicles. However, ASI’s driverless technology wouldn’t be possible without continued work in localisation for increased accuracy indoors/outdoors and environmental awareness for obstacle detection/avoidance. ASI engineers have succeeded along the way to make the technology smarter and more aware of surroundings. Learn how ASI’s cutting edge driverless ground vehicle technology is changing the commercial industry.

09:30

Challenges and opportunities for automation in agriculture

Brett McClelland
Autonomous vehicles product owner
CNH Industrial
USA
The presentation will offer an overview of the headline challenges facing the agricultural industry related to autonomy compared with the vast opportunity to solve new problems with the technology. This will include updates on insights learned from the CNH Industrial autonomous vehicle pilot programmes, where we are pioneering new technologies while learning alongside customers in the field.

10:00

Resilient software architectures for autonomous systems

Dominique Seydel
Research engineer
Fraunhofer ESK
GERMANY
AI-based solutions are a suitable approach to cope with the complexity of autonomous driving tasks. However, decisions taken by AI are not reliable, as their decision-making process cannot be validated. AI-based solutions therefore require fundamentally different approaches to guarantee the dependability of the system in every driving situation and its failsafe behaviour. Therefore, resilient software architecture solutions give the AI adequate freedom to play out its strengths and intervene when the data determined by AI could lead to unsafe decisions. This presentation will give an insight into different approaches for resilient software architectures used for dependable autonomous systems.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00

Electric Site: autonomy for a complete site solution

Uwe Müller
Chief project manager - advanced engineering
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Uwe Müller was the chief project manager for the groundbreaking Electric Site study carried out in a quarry with a fleet of autonomous and electric machines, resulting in a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, 70% reduction in energy costs and 40% reduction in operator costs. The project involved developing new machines and site management systems, forming a complete site solution with connected machines programmed to collaborate to carry out a specific set of actions on a pre-defined route. A specialist in autonomous technologies, Uwe will also share other pioneering development at Volvo CE to help customers improve efficiency, safety and costs.

11:30

A guide for building off-highway autonomous machines

Dr Elza Marisa Paiva de Figueiredo
Autonomous system manager for Europe
Danfoss Power Solutions
DENMARK
There are several technical considerations to keep in mind when designing an off-highway autonomous machine. This presentation will cover some practical applications of the various technologies encountered when building an autonomous machine, and focus on the environments where they are best suited. A few helpful tools will also be highlighted to help accelerate your development efforts as you embark on your journey to build safer, more intelligent machines.

12:00

Limited-environment autonomous driving

Farhad Bolourchi
Manager - ADAS and controls
Nexteer Automotive
USA
In this presentation, we will discuss an indoor autonomous robot project we have been working on, including the system architecture, perception, planning and control, with an emphasis on the importance of improving performance through a position control actuator. Nexteer Automotive is a leading Tier 1 supplier of automotive steering systems. The firm has provided dual redundant electric power steering (EPS) systems with command tracking software to many leading autonomous vehicle startups and major OEMs. We will discuss the importance of dual redundant EPS for functional safety.

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch

Moderator

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

13:45

Hardware and software platforms for autonomous operations – challenges and opportunities

Roberto Ferrari
Director services and operations off-highway
TTControl GmbH
AUSTRIA
The rising demand from mobile machinery manufacturers for autonomous operations is linked to new challenges, but also to new opportunities for hardware and software suppliers. In addition to the need for higher CPU performance and storage capacity to handle the data flow, higher safety, new processes and tools are required to fulfil the increasing demand. The future collaboration between the operator and the machine itself will be redefined. Still, we need to be aware that this approach requires a strict separation of autonomous and manual mode, even though the responsibilities of the operator will change in the future as well.

14:15

Enabling autonomous electrohydraulic control of pilot-operated off-highway machines

Ben Holter
Systems engineering development manager
Husco
USA
Simon Yardley
Director of strategic business development
Husco
USA
This case study details the project conducted at Husco to enable electrohydraulic control of a standard pilot-operated 21 tonne excavator. The study details the challenges in interrupting the operator signal to provide precise digital control of the excavator. Utilising the installed control system, Husco was able to test and validate autonomous and augmented functions on the machine. The presentation will detail the controller, sensors, hardware and software that were packaged into the machine, and the future direction of the project.

14:45

The future of edge security for autonomous transportation

Christopher Autry
Chief executive officer
Iothic Ltd
UK
As the means to authenticate internet trust, the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, developed the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as a robust security model. PKI is now the single most dominant security protocol used for authentication, but it is mathematically complex, CPU intensive and not designed for a decentralised IOT environment. IoT is the foundation of the automated future, but its serious impediments remain security and interoperability. The presentation will introduce academic research and development and industrial application that have produced an achievable model of security and interoperability, specifically for autonomous transportation, smart cities, critical infrastructure and Industry 4.0.

15:15 - 15:45

Break

15:45 - 16:30

Panel Discussion - What are the technical, legal and human factors that will delay the implementation of autonomous industry vehicles and how do we overcome them?

Panel Moderator:

Gunwant Dhadyalla
Chief engineer - International Digital Laboratory
WMG - The University of Warwick
UK

Panelists:

Mel Torrie
Founder and CEO
Autonomous Solutions Inc
USA
Uwe Müller
Chief project manager - advanced engineering
Volvo Construction Equipment
SWEDEN
Christopher Autry
Chief executive officer
Iothic Ltd
UK

Drinks Party - held in IVT Expo hall 11.1

Day 2: Thursday 14 February

Welcome Refreshments

Europasaal Session Opens
09:00 - 16:45

Moderator

Alexander Noack
Head of Automotive Electronics
b-plus GmbH
NA1

09:00

Autonomous mobility: the opportunity beyond cars

Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research director
IDTechEx
UK
All eyes are on the big ultimate prize: autonomous cars. However, this risks neglecting the growing and diverse opportunities that already exist beyond on-road passenger cars. This talk considers the rise of autonomous mobile robots in agriculture, warehouses and the delivery chain as well as in homes and commercial spaces. It will show that autonomous mobility is transforming the way we envisage vehicles in all these sectors, giving rise to new products, technologies and even business models. It will also show how unmanned mobile robots will increasingly leave behind structured environments to enter more aspects of daily life.

09:30

Taking autonomous vehicles from R&D to mass adoption

Markus Prison
Director of business development, Europe
Quanergy Systems Inc
USA
With more attention than ever placed on the development of autonomous vehicles, modern consumers are increasingly familiar with lidar sensors, but few realise that the self-driving prototype vehicles that they see today with large spinning sensors are likely not the autonomous cars that will be in their driveways. The sensor that will come standard in every sedan and SUV will be solid state – much smaller, significantly lower cost, and immensely more reliable. This presentation will discuss how self-driving technologies will be integrated into commercial and privately owned vehicles over time, and what this means for key industry stakeholders.

10:00

High-accuracy guidance of autonomous vehicles

Yann Roussel
Business manager OEM GNSS and mobile mapping
Topcon Positioning Group
FRANCE
As a leading supplier of surveying equipment and machine control positioning solutions, Topcon Positioning is now going a step further with the introduction of global GNSS Correction Service, Topnet LIVE. The presentation will explain how Topnet LIVE offers surveying accuracy positioning to OEM partners and in particular how this technology is applicable to autonomous vehicle guidance. It will describe how the infrastructure of the global GNSS correction service is organised, its key components and also how the correction data is broadcast to the moving vehicles, either by cellular or L-band.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00

Putting high-performance computing in the operator's seat

Fritz Ferstl
Chief technology officer
Univa Corporation
USA
High-performance computing (HPC) is a critical component of creating and managing self-driving industrial vehicles, and is used for the design, engineering, validation and ongoing management of these highly complex vehicles. Furthermore, autonomous industrial vehicles will be transmitting an extraordinary amount of sensor data that needs to be analysed. This paper will discuss the different types of workloads used in the design, training and validation of this next-generation technology. The paper will also explain how machine learning can be deployed, including how Kubernetes and Univa’s Grid Engine software run alongside each other to manage diverse workloads.

11:30

Advantageous design of control systems for autonomous and automated vehicles

Alexander Holler
General manager electronics division
Inter Control Hermann Köhler Elektrik GmbH & Co KG
GERMANY
Autonomous vehicles like AGVs operating in highly automated harbours, or supply vehicles moving material in and out of mines and tunnels, are already common. Furthermore, partly or fully autonomous operation is feasible for applications that are based on manual control. This presentation will provide an overview of which approaches have enabled efficient design of a control system for such assisted or autonomous industrial vehicles, with special consideration of their safety requirements. This includes recommendations and examples of safe hardware structure, safe software architecture, selection of the most suitable programming language, and supporting tools.

12:00

Map data as an essential element of the HAD sensor set

Stefan Pruisken
Senior Manager, Business Development for Automated Driving Solutions and Software Platform
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
NA1
Bringing automated driving on board off-highway industrial vehicles routes is a highly complex task that requires capable hardware and software. For a safe and comfortable experience, autonomous off-highway vehicles need to anticipate the way ahead. They need HD map data that increases the limited range of onboard sensors by amending digital route data. This map will work as an additional sensor inside a complex network for HAD, providing detailed data about the localisation and the route ahead to the software system steering the off-highway vehicle. By basing this HAD sensor on a worldwide-recognised standard, the complexity of the software system will be reduced

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch

Moderator

Niall Caldwell
Managing Director
Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd
UK

13:45

Will lidar make cameras redundant?

Kris de Meester
Vice president sales and business development
XenomatiX
BELGIUM
Cost and detection reliability are key decision criteria for automotive surround sensing technology. Cameras rightfully earned their place in cars. However, resolution, computing power, night vision and 3D capabilities remain a concern. Can lidar outperform cameras in these areas? Can this be done at an affordable cost? And is lidar robust enough for automotive use? This presentation will discuss lidar performance in harsh conditions and give an impression of what lidar ‘sees’. The presentation will show real data and real results from tests in real-life conditions, checking on robustness, sensitivity, precision and range. The paper will give an insight into the performance of a solid-state lidar in serial cars, and how it goes together with camera: redundant or not?

14:15

Challenges of introducing autonomous vehicles in companies' production systems

Baard Rosvik
Business development manager
Semcon Devotek
NORWAY
With autonomous vehicles becoming available, the challenge of putting them to work demands integration between autonomous vehicles and a company's production and warehouse systems. Coordination has traditionally been performed by trained individuals whose experience and knowledge are key to the overall system performance, but now coordination of the fleet is shifting from machine operators to the system. Can new 'system' suppliers and technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence help to solve this gap?

14:45

Evolution of control systems towards highly automated mobile working machines

Arto Orava
Manager, research and platform development
Epec Oy
FINLAND
In the European Union, the framework for functional safety of mobile machines is well established by the Machinery Directive. Application of harmonised standards such as EN ISO 13849 pave the way to demonstrate compliance with relevant functional safety requirements, and pre-certified components enable faster time-to-market for control system development. An increasing level of automation calls for new technology and standardisation. For a controlled environment like underground mines or cargo ports, operation of autonomous machines can be enabled by special arrangements. For other applications like agricultural and forestry, some bottlenecks must be solved by the industry to enable autonomous operation. However, new technology enables ADAS functions as steps toward autonomous machines.

15:15 - 15:45

Break

15:45

Productivity growth in construction through OEM-independent solutions for machine automation

Christoph Horn
OEM key account management
Vemcon
GERMANY
Manufacturer-independent technology solutions would dramatically speed up digitisation and productivity growth in the construction industry. If the necessary interfaces (between machine, tool, other machines, other aftermarket solutions, digital services, etc.) were built in by the OEM already, dealers wouldn’t experience compatibility problems when configuring machines with retrofit solutions. This would enable retrofitters to offer solutions to constructors that increase productivity quickly, flexibly and at relatively low cost. OEMs could benefit from fast digitisation with new revenue streams through productivity-enhancing functionalities and unique selling points for their intelligent machines. They would open up new business segments with short time-to-market.

16:15

Hazard and risk analysis in Level 5 autonomous industrial vehicles

Paria Amini
Head of automotive
ROSAS Center Fribourg
SWITZERLAND
In order to determine the Safety Integrity Level (SIL), functional safety standards suggest hazard and risk analysis method by risk graph that contains three criteria: severity, exposure and controllability. Controllability is defined as the possibility of hazardous events being controllable by the operator or by the person potentially at risk, but there is no operator to control risks in autonomous vehicle (AV) Level 5. However, operators are replaced by ADAS or types of logic control systems in AV. This presentation elaborates how logic control systems can play an important role as a controllability factor in hazard and risk analysis methods to determine the SIL of autonomous industrial vehicle systems.
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