Philippe Aumont is a highly experienced executive with 40 years in the automotive interior supplier industry. Both engineering & business graduate, completed by many general management programs. He’s currently General Editor for DVN Interior, a weekly newsletter reporting about automotive interior technology, regulations, congresses and auto shows.
He acted as Chief Technology Officer at Faurecia Seating, between 2011 and 2017. Previously he worked for Roth Frères, Johnson Controls and Faurecia, with various position in R&D, Marketing, Strategy, new product development, Open Innovation, start-ups, university, and earlier in JIT, Production, Program Management, Costing, Sales… with permanent assignment in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, and frequent travels in the US, Japan, China & India.
Geoffrey Bouquot has joined Valeo in December 2015 as Group Vice-President, Corporate Strategy & External Relations. In June 2020, Geoffrey Bouquot has been appointed Group Senior Vice-President R&D and Product Marketing in addition to his current role.
Since 2014, he was Technical Advisor for Industrial Affairs of the French Minister of Defence. Previously, he was Chargé d'Affaires of the Aerospace & Defense sector within the French Agency of State Participation (Agence des participations de l'État, APE). He was also Project Manager Purchasing and Subcontracting within the Latécoère Group, and served as Head of Mission to the CEO of the OCP Group.
Born in 1985, Geoffrey Bouquot graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique (2005) and the Ecole des Mines de Paris, distinguished for the outstanding performance of its research centers.
David Muyres is an experienced innovation and product development leader with global insight and both a technical and creative perspective. He has held functional and executive management positions in Europe, Asia and North America. In addition to his broad corporate experience, has also held leadership positions in academia, started non-profits, and partnered in a consulting office in Washington, DC. He is very passionate about the role design and design thinking can play in transforming business. His diverse skills and people focused leadership also has contributed to his success in attracting diverse talent and building dynamic teams through his extensive network of great people.
David Muyres most recently was responsible for Global Product Innovation, Consumer Research and Advanced Technology teams at Yanfeng Automotive. In this role, he was responsible for three regional development teams located in Michigan, Neuss, Germany, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley. Prior to this role, he was a Director at the Corporate Innovation Center at Johnson Controls Global HQ in Milwaukee, WI. David previously held the position of Vice President, Educational Initiatives, for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In this capacity, Mr. Muyres was responsible for developing new strategic offerings for the college and directed Art Center’s Sustainable Mobility Summits.
His vision and passion has resulted in him being asked to speak at a wide range of design and innovation industry events in eight different countries. In December 2008, Mr. Muyres was asked to provide testimony on the future of the automotive industry to Rep. Ed Markey’s House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in Washington, DC.
Graduated from the University of Electro-Communications in 1988. Majored in mechanical engineering. Graduation thesis: “A study of the mimicry robot using the image processing”.
Professional career: Joined Honda motor since 1988 (After graduating from the university). Designer of electrical equipment part, promoted to Chief engineer of lighting parts design and then appointed to Manager all exterior lighting parts.
Current job position: Manager of the all interior part development (includes the lighting system).
LL.M - Corporate Law / M & A, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
MBA - General Management / Finance, Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, UK
Certificate in Polymer Chemistry and Processing Technology, Bayer AG Tech. Center
Jul. 2015 – present - Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen VP, Global MKT Automotive + Head of Industrial MKT EMEA.
Jan. 2011 – Jun. 2015- Bayer Material Science AG, BU Polycarbonates, Leverkusen Director, Marketing Automotive EMEA / LA.
Jan. 2006 - Dec. 2010-Bayer International SA, Fribourg, Switzerland Head of BU PC, Region EEMEA (Eastern Europe-Middle East-Africa).
Jan. 1987 - Dec. 1998-Other Positions within Bayer Group in UK, Germany,
Carsten Befelein is an expert for automotive lighting with enthusiasm for styling aspects. He likes to work out cognitive and connected lighting innovations and concepts with feasibility and economic studies for a successful serial implementation.
Carsten Befelein started his professional career as soldier, teacher for Physics and Sports and worked from 1987 to 2009 at BMW as Dipl. Physicist in the departments for lighting, electronics, interior components and styling.
In 2010 Carsten Befelein founded his own engineering office “CB-Lichtdesign” to create styling and customer relevant lighting solutions for automotive and general lighting. From 2012 to 2019 he additionally worked at Toyota Boshoku Europe and Techniplas-Weidplas to develop “smart trim parts” with innovative lighting and electronic integrations in plastic components. As pensioner he continues working at “CB-Lichtdesign” for different companies and DVN & DVN-I on the latest lighting technologies, trends and innovations.
Dr. Matthias Lust
Dr. Matthias Lust started 1994 his studies as physicist in Stuttgart to later move to Heidelberg and finished there successfully with a PhD.
He began his career in 2005 at the Preh GmbH and worked here in the field of coating and PVD (vacuum metallizing).
His work for the first high-volume application of PVD to decorative appreciation in the automotive interior by direct metallization of rotary knobs should be emphasized.
Dr. Lust moved in 2008 to Atmel to Heilbronn and held here the position as a group leader. The sale of this production facility changed the company name later to Telefunken Semiconductors.
Since 2011 Dr. Matthias Lust is Head of Pre-Development and Patent Management at Preh GmbH.
Mr. Geert Trossaert holds a PhD in polymer chemistry from the University of Ghent (Belgium), a post-graduate in business management from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), and a post-graduate in middle management from the Vlerick Business School (Ghent, Belgium).
After a joint development project between Recticel and the University of Ghent on “Thermoplastic Polyurethanes for Automotive Interiors”, Mr Geert Trossaert joined Recticel in 1995 as Group Leader Colo-Fast Chemistry. After becoming R&D Manager for automotive chemical developments in 1999, he switched to Business Development Interiors in 2004 as Materials Manager. In this function he was globally responsible for the introduction and validation process of the Recticel Automotive surfaces at different OEM’s, as such building up his network in the automotive world but keeping close contact with Recticel’s R&D, technical and operational departments.
In 2010 he was appointed Quality and Materials Manager.
In 2014 he became VP R&D and Quality and is since then a member of the executive management committee of Recticel Automotive. He also manages the Recticel Automotive polyurethane system house in Belgium.
Since July 1st 2020 Recticel Automotive is a joint venture between Admetos and Recticel.
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens is an authorized signatory with PolyIC and Head of Applications. In line with this, he is responsible for implementing printed electronics into products for new mass markets.
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens studied physics at the University of Cologne, where he specialized in solid state physics. After finishing his studies, he earned his doctorate at the research center in Juelich researching in thin, magnetic films. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Clemens worked with Siemens Corporate Technology as leading project manager. He was in charge of the development and application of magnetic sensors. Subsequently, he became project leader for the development of integrated polymer circuits (IPC). Therewith, he belonged to the PolyIC team right from the start in November 2003 and is responsible for implementing the new technology into products. Focusing on the application of transparent conductive films (brand Name PolyTC) for touch applications (and more).
Innovative result oriented executive product and business leader with wide international experience in companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Nokia Networks. Inspiring and visionary people leader of high performing teams. Extensive experience in product and program management, product making, portfolio planning, business management and strategy creation.
Strong track record in innovation leadership and bringing innovations to the market. Global experience in collaborating successfully with mobile operators, partners, suppliers and making exciting conference and executive sales presentations. Leading highly successful teams in US, Europe, China and Japan.
As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through 15 years of management positions held at the global industry association SEMI. Carlos puts his extensive network and experience to the benefit of EPIC’s members to support companies accelerate their growth and technological advancements through industry collaboration. www.epic-assoc.com
Engineering Degree in Electronics 1994 at FH Munich.
Since 1994, Robert Isele took over following responsibilities at BMW:
1994 – 1997: Simulation of MMI Concepts in the early phase of car development.
1997 – 2001: Responsible for display development of transflective Technologies and digital display interface
2003 – 2005: Manager, Perceived Value User Interface, Technologies
2006 – 2010: Manager, Mechanical Design and Concepts for Instrumentation, HUD and Display
2010 – 2015: Manager, Perceived Value Interior
Since 2015: Head of Interior Light, Ambient Light
Dr. Ana Bizal
Dr. Ana Bizal studies Mechanical Engineering at University of Ljubljana. During her thesis she worked with various Automotive suppliers mostly focusing on fatigue and durability.
In 2013 she joined Hella Saturnus Slovenija as one of the first members of Interior Lighting Group in Ljubljana. In 2014 she relocated to Hella Innenleuchetn-Systeme GmbH in Wembach where she is now heading departments for optical development and lighting innovation.
Dr. Michael Rosenauer
Michael Rosenauer holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and is an expert in digital lighting systems. His focus is on connected systems that provide the basis for innovative lighting solutions for various areas of application such as autonomous driving.
Michael Rosenauer moved from lighting specialist OSRAM to the OSRAM Continental joint venture in 2018. At OSRAM he held various positions in research and development, including Global Strategy Manager and later Head of Product Development for automotive laser systems. He began his career at the Technical University of Vienna where he conducted research on image processing systems for production and laser-based micro sensors.
As Head of Advanced Development at OSRAM Continental GmbH, Michael Rosenauer is responsible within R&D for development of intelligent lighting systems based on light modules, electronics and software algorithms.
Stefan Hoffmann studied Micro and Nanotechnology (MSc) at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. After working for Intel, Audi, Epcos, and Sick AG, he joined Inova Semiconductors in 2017 and became manager of the application department in 2020.
James is Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director at DesignLED, a technology company specializing in LED light-guide solutions for automotive applications. Previously, he worked with OLED for display applications. He was a university academic in the field of optoelectronics and optics, has researched in optoelectronics, optical interconnects, astronomical optics, adaptive optics, liquid crystal devices and displays, and computer generated holography. He has a PhD in Physics.
After studying communications engineering in Munich, Robert Kraus started his professional career in 1986 as a product engineer at Motorola Semiconductors in Munich. Over time he held various positions in product, manufacturing, application and design engineering becoming manager for all logic engineering activities in Europe in 1990.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was responsible for establishing design centers and strategic cooperations with semiconductor manufacturers in Eastern Europe. In 1997 he became Senior Manager of the Transportation Business Unit responsible for the worldwide development of standard logic products for the automotive industry.
In February 1999 he co-founded Inova Semiconductors and since then is the company’s President and CEO.
Studies of Chemical Engineering / Process Technologies at University in Aachen.
2000 – 2006: Hella Interior Lighting Systems / Key Account Manager for BMW and Audi
2006 – 2012: Federal Mogul, Valeo and SAPA: Departments for Lighting and Plastic Components / Key Account Manager for all OEMs
As part of the Photonics, Sensing & Display division at Yole Développement (Yole), Pierrick Boulay works as Market and Technology Analyst in the fields of Solid State Lighting and Lighting Systems to carry out technical, economic and marketing analysis. Pierrick has authored severalreports and custom analysis dedicated to topics such as general lighting, automotive lighting, LiDAR, IR LEDs, UV LEDs and VCSELs.
Prior to Yole, Pierrick has worked in several companies where hedeveloped his knowledge on general lighting and on automotive lighting. In the past, he has mostlyworked in R&D department for LED lighting applications. Pierrick holds a master degree in Electronics (ESEO – Angers, France).
A 28-year career has enabled Eric to develop solid experience in the automotive business. During these years I have acquired strong skills with regard to:
Management of complex projects
Business development in an International environment
Solid experience in Asia and especially China where I worked for 12 years
Management of product strategy and innovation
New-customer development and partnership (joint venture)
More recently his experience with Sensata Technology allows Eric to reconnect to Product Strategy and Business transformation in Sensing Solution and develop Sensor Fusion and SAAS Business model.
1992 – 2016 JOHNSON CONTROLS (JCI)
Group VP & General Manager China Johnson Controls (Shanghai, China)
PhD Data Processing & Network – Pattern Recognition @ Telecom Paris
Several R&D and Programs Functions at ONERA, Thales Missiles Electronics and Thales Transportation Systems
Director of the Landmines Detection group at Thales
Director of Magneti Marelli Instrument Clusters Product Line
Director of Innovation & Displays
Regional VP of the French Automotive Competitive Cluster ID4CAR
Director of Marelli Electronics Business Unit Innovative HMI & Avanced Engineering for EMEA and NAFTA
Currently Ross is an Applications Engineer in the Texas Instruments DLP® Products group focusing on automotive display applications. For the past eight years, he has been working with automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to adopt and to design around TI DLP technology, with applications ranging from Head-Up Displays (HUDs) and Headlights, to the forthcoming Transparent Window Displays.
Part of this time was spent on a special assignment near Munich, Germany, focused on introducing and training the region on this differentiated technology. He has assisted in the ramp of several wide field of view HUDs and Augmented Reality (AR) HUDs encompassing DLP products.
Ross has also spoken at the electronic displays Conference 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach
Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach graduated in physics from the University of Ulm, Germany, where he also received his PhD in 1988. Until 1995, he was with AEG-MIS, Germany, a subsidiary of DAIMLER. In 1995, Karlheinz was appointed as full professor at Pforzheim University, Germany, launching the university's display lab. His main R&D activities are on display systems, display hardware and software, as well as display metrology. This resulted in many lectures, papers, and projects (governmental and industrial funded).
Karlheinz is a member of the Society for Information Display's subcommittee "automotive/vehicular displays and HMI technologies" and SID's "International Committee for Display Metrology" (ICDM). Karlheinz is chairman of the board of the Displayforum, an industrial network focussing on professional displays since 2011 and chairman of the "electronic displays Conference" (edC, Nuremberg, Germany).
As Manager Application Engineering, EMEA his team and himself have a strong focus on Lighting and Visualization topics working together with customers in all industries dealing with lighting topics. Eugen started his career as an Application Engineer at Optis and continued as a R&D Lighting Engineer in the automotive industry. He has over 7 years of experience as Lighting Engineer within the automotive area including design, development, optimization, simulation and testing of lighting devices according to legal requirements and customer needs. Eugen supported engineering teams at different OEMs and TIERs and conducted workshops and training using SPEOS Software in different CAD Environments.
Projects: Renault Scenic STI, Opel Insignia Puddle Lamp, BMW F39 Xcite STI and HC2, BMW G2x (3 Series) STI HC2, Porsche Cayenne E3 STI, Daimler MFA2 W177 STI and BSM and many other.
Eugen Meier is 37 years old, married, and has 2 children.
Hector Fratty’s entire career has been in vehicle lighting. From 1995 to 2006, he was Valeo Lighting Systems’ chief of R&D, managing a staff of 650 engineers and technicians and a budget of over €70m. His level of expertise in lighting gained him recognition as one of Valeo’s 5 Master Experts. He headed the Valeo Lighting Expert Committee through March 2008.
Hector Fratty presides over the biennial VISION Congress international vehicle lighting and driver assistance symposium. He is also a member of the ISAL steering committee, which guides and administers the ISAL international symposium on automotive lighting organized by TU Darmstadt.
He founded and is now managing director of Driving Vision News (DVN), the vehicle lighting, ADAS and car smart interior industry’s journal of record, dedicated to keeping the involved community informed and communicating about the latest progress and developments.
Florian studied material engineering at university of applied sciences, Bonn/Rhein-Sieg and owns a degree in Dipl.Ing.(FH) . He joined Bayer/Covestro in 2005 as a mechanical engineer for mechanical simulations. As next step he started with the technical project leadership of global automotive Glazing projects. Which was leading the responsibility of global technical marketing for automotive glazing.
Since 2017 he took over the role on global market development for composites in automotive.