Since joining Koito in 1977, Kenji Arima has acquired extensive experience and a high level of insight through serving as Director of Koito Europe, Head of International Operations Headquarters and in other positions. He has contributed significantly to the improvement of the Company's performance and corporate value,and since June2019, he is the Executive Vice President overseeing Koito's technology division
Dr. Markus Maier
Until 2006, Markus Maier made Studies of Physics at TU Munich and in 2010, he succeeded PhD / Dr. in Solid State Physics at the “Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF)” together with “University of Freiburg” about “Epitaxy of wide-well InGaN LEDs”. He just after joined Mercedes-Benz to be responsible at for Testing and Lighting Technology of Headlamps. Now he is responsible of High Resolution Headlamp Modules.
2015 - 2020: BMW Group, Lighting Functions Development
2020 - now: BMW Group, Pre Development Lighting
2012 - 2014: mpx GmbH, SE-Team Leader Lighting
2014 - 2017: BMW Group, Quality Manager Lighting
2017 - now: BMW Group, SE-Team Leader Lighting
Engineer Ecole des Mines 1997, Paul-Henri Matha joined Renault in 2000 and the lighting department in 2004. Lighting Project Manager on Mégane 2 and 3 from 2004 to 2009ץ Head of Pre-Development and Innovation from 2009 to 2012. Manager of the Lighting and seating department in Bucharest for the Dacia range from 2012 to 2015, then Expert lighting of Renault since August 2015. A dozen patents dozen under his name in the field of lighting. He joined Volvo in 2018.
In 2003, Ricardo Ploeger got his Bachelor of mechanical engineering and one year later, the Master of mechanical engineering, both at Technical University of Darmstadt), Then, he joined VW to work on different areas before taking in 2011, the head of Safety and Prediction Department at Volkswagen do Brasil. He came back to Wolfsburg to be in 2016, the Senior Manager of Lighting and Vision Department.
François Bedu entered in RENAULT in 1999 for Front and Rear End packaging of upstream and then development projects, He moved to Lighting Department in 2005 and begin with development and industrialization of all the lighting parts of a C-segment vehicle and then change for lighting upstream activities and innovation. Since 2014, he is the team leader for Simulation, Performance, Validation and Homologation of Lighting/Signaling systems before becoming the leader of Lighting Innovation..
Erns-Olaf Rosenhahn studied physics in Darmstadt University. He got his PHD at the Darmstadt University, Institute of Lighting Technology in the subject of “Adverse Weather Lighting Function for Headlamps”.
He joined Robert Bosch in 1998 in the R&D lighting development department
He is now Head of Headlamp Innovation.
In 1989, graduated Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Kanto Gakuin University
In 1989, Joined ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES,LTD Mirror Design Engineer. In 1998, Research & Development Engineer In 2009, Section Manager, Research & Development Department
2014 – Present, General Manager, Innovation Department - Lead all projects in Advanced development of the Lighting and Mirror including Electronics parts and the System
Studied Technical physics and Research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology. Started at ZKW in 2006 as lighting engineer. 2011 take over the responsibility of the global Pre-Development until today.
In 1996, graduated the master's degree of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University .
In 1996, Joined Stanley Electric co., ltd. Belonging to the R&D center. 19 years of experience in developing lighting and light sources for automotive.
The first member to start developing LED headlamps in Stanley in 1999. Engaged in LD headlamp development since 2010.
In 2015, Assigned as a Product Manager of R&D Center. Engaged in development of Laser Scanning headlamp system with MEMS technology.
In 2017, Assigned as a Team Manager of Engineering Technology Center, and Engaging for next-generation ADB system development.
Geoff was elected GTB President in 2008 after a 47-year career in the vehicle lighting industry working for Lucas Lighting UK, Carello UK, Magneti Marelli in Italy and finally as Technical Director of Koito Europe based in Belgium.
Apart from his “mainstream roles” Geoff developed an interest in international regulatory harmonisation and, in 1989, was elected chairman of the GTB Harmonisation working group and subsequently he led the GTB Front Lighting group, CIE TC-4-45 and the SAE Pedestrian Visibility Taskforce.
Geoff is also a member of the ISAL Steering Board, Honorary President of the ALE Forum (China), and a regular contributor to Driving Vision News and its workshops. He was voted “DVN Personality of the Year” in 2017.
Michael Larsen is the Exterior Lighting Technical Leader at General Motors, where he has been responsible for lighting for almost 30 years. Michael is also actively involve with the SAE Lighting committees, including the SAE Headlamp Assessment task force which is the topic of his talk today.
Dr. phil. nat. Rainer Neumann
Rainer Neumann studied physics at the university in Frankfurt/Main, where he did his diploma and Ph.D. in Optics. In 1984 he joined Bosch in Stuttgart, where he spent 13 years in Research and development of Automotive Lighting. In 1997 he became the global director of lighting development at Magneti Marelli in Turin (Italy). In 2000 he joined Visteon as the Head of the European Lighting Group. In 2012 Visteon sold its Lighting division to Varroc as Varroc Lighting Systems, where Dr. Neumann became Vice President Global Technology.
He is now 36 years in Automotive Lighting and has published numerous articles, he is the inventor of more than 100 patents and he is working in various regulation committees for future lighting technologies over the past twenty years. He is reviewer of the annual SAE Technical Congress in Detroit, scientific member of the biannual Vision Congress in Paris, and steering committee member of the biannual ISAL Symposium in Darmstadt (Germany) as well as a member of the organizing committee of IFAL, ISOL, and VISION.
In 2013, Dr. Neumann received the award from Driving Vision News as the personality of the year. He represents Varroc in GTB as a Co-Chair of the strategy group and is the chair of the GTB research group SVP.
From 1981 to 1986 he made Electronical Engineering Studies at TU Darmstadt. From 1987 to 2001, Wolfgang worked at BMW as head of testing lighting then as Head of Production Planning Electrics / Eletronics. In 1999, he got the PHD at TU Darmstadt, Lighting department Eletronics. From 2001 to 2005 Audi AG, Dr Huhn was at the Head of Development Lighting and Switches. From 2006, he is Head of Development Lighting and Vision Systems at Audi.
Dr Huhn is one of the foremost worldwide experts in automotive lighting, and has greatly influenced the evolution of lighting technologies. He got two important awards : In 2011 Professor Ferdinand Porsche Award for introduction LED-headlight in automotive, University Vienna Austria, In 2011 Man of the decade.
She has been working with the company for 14 years. She holds the position of Antolin Lighting China Director; In charges the whole operation including technical, quality function and all three Antolin Lighting plants in China, to build up and ensure the sustainable business growth in China.
Graduated from Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, he studied a Master in International Business. While in China, he extended his academic training, by achieving a Beijing Normal University Master in Chinese language. He has 14 years of experience in industrial multinational companies in China, mainly in the automotive market. He is now in charge of Corporate Management in Grupo Antolin China.
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.
Brandon is a Product Marketing Engineer in the Texas Instruments DLP Products group focusing on automotive light control applications. Brandon has spent his entire 5 year career working on DLP Products in a variety of roles, and has supported automotive applications such as high resolution headlight and dynamic ground projection in addition to traditional pico and enterprise displays.
Mr. Eric Toh Chip Hock
Eric Toh Chip Hock obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Science from University of Science Malaysia. He began his career with DOMINANT Opto Technologies in 2012 as Regional Sales & Marketing Manager and subsequently was promoted to Product Marketing Manager in charge of Automotive Interior segment. Throughout the years, he has shown true dedication to the product development of interior applications and is having extensive experience in RGB ambient lighting projects of key OEMs. Eric was also a key member of seddLED (Smart Embedded Digital Driver LED) development program since 2016. In July 2020, seddLED3.0, the world’s first digital RGB LED was released to the market, hence marking a new era in Automotive industry.
Martin Vallo, PhD, serves as a Technology & Market Analyst specialized in solid-state lighting technologies, within the Photonics, Sensing & Display division at Yole Développement. With 9 years’ experience within semiconductor technology, Martin is involved today in the development of technology & market reports as well as the production of custom consulting projects at Yole.
Prior his mission at Yole, he worked at CEA (Grenoble, France), with a mission focused on the epitaxial growth of InGaN/GaN core-shell nanowire LEDs by MOCVD and their characterization for highly flexible photonic devices. Martin graduated from Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrical Engineering (Slovakia) with an engineering degree in III-nitride semiconductors.
1995-2002 R&D High Power Laser Diodes
2002-2010 R&D Visible Power LEDs (OSTAR) from 2011 Applications Automotive LEDs
Norbert Lesch has a Master in Physics and Electrical Engineering at Technical University Aachen/Germany
Since 1999, he is working for Lumileds, business group Automotive Lighting (development, marketing, mainly Xenon)
In 2010, he became Manager Automotive LED Development at Lumileds, San Jose,USA, and in 2014, he is Innovation Product Manager Automotive LED (Aachen ; Germany).
Hiroaki Kuroda was born in Tokushima, Japan. majored in the information science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST). With 10 years’ experience and contributing the advanced internetworking technology and software development. In 2005 launched the specialized automotive optical device business and R&D organization in Europe at Nichia Europe, Germany and Netherlands, stayed until 2015. Since 2016, he has been working for Nichia Corporation Japan and belong to the automotive optical device unit.
With 20 years’ experience in R&D in Micro-electronics Packaging at Intel Corp., Kinya Ichikawa is leading the future Optoelectronic Packaging technology development at Nichia Corp. Explore advanced packaging innovations and deliver disruptive technologies to the automotive lighting industry. The recent achievements include the LED / ASIC integration.
Dr. Maximilian Austerer
Maximilian Austerer has a doctorate in electrical engineering. He had been working for almost ten years for Continental in R&D, and moved from Continental to the OSRAM Continental JV in 2018. As Head of Technical Business Development at OSRAM Continental, Maximilian Austerer is responsible for the product concepts and system architectures resulting from the combination of controllers and lighting modules.
In 2010, Dirk succeeded Diploma Thesis at Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, before starting as Software Engineer, before joining Elektrobit Automotive and having the position of Project Manager.
Dr. Prem Sharma
Dr Sharma has been in the field of Automotive Lighting for over 10 years at NXP Semiconductors. There he started the LED Driver business and developed a complete portfolio of LED Drivers and more recently the Matrix LED Controller portfolio.
Jatin holds a BTECH in Electrical Engineering from IIT DELHI (India) and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. He is the Business Segment Manager for Automotive LED drivers in NXP. He started his career with Philips Research in 2001 working on DC-DC stability and analog design. In 2010 he jointly conceived the new business program for Auto LED drivers in NXP introducing industry’s first fully configurable multi-stage boost and buck topology drivers.
Ludivic Toulisse is an engineer graduated in 1992 from the Arts et Metiers high school. He entered Valeo Lighting Actuators division in 1994 as R&D engineer then Innovation project manager. Then he has been Engineering manager for 10 years untill the spin-off of AML-Systems in 2010 from Valeo.
After contributing to the amazing growth of AML-systems, he now work as the Senior Expert of the Lighting Segment of Johnson Electric, focusing on leveling, aiming and regulations, for the brands AML and Saïa.
Hassan Gargouri received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in 2006 and his Dr.-Ing. degree in 2009, both in electrical engineering, from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. From 2009 he worked as scientific assistant in OLED development at the Institute of High Frequency, Braunschweig, Germany. From 2011 he acted as project leader, then as product manager and group leader at a mid-sized company in Berlin, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of new machines and systems for the semiconductor industry. He joined Instrument Systems in 2020 as International Sales Manager, with a focus on international key accounts and their light measurement challenges in the exterior automotive lighting field.
Paul leads, develops and implement the Covestro Automotive and Transportation regional marketing strategy through close collaboration with commercial, product and innovation teams.
Implements strategies and tactics relevant to customer targets, based on North American needs.
Serves as the key marketing contact for key accounts while ensuring communication and implementation of segmentation and tactical marketing plans.
Identifies and develops new market opportunities to ensure a continuous pipeline of opportunities with existing and new markets/applications.
Dr. Michael Hamm joined Audi in May 2012 as manager of headlamp development in Audi Ingolstadt, responsible for all headlamps of Audi. He studied Physics at Darmstadt Technical University. In his PhD work he investigated the colour sensibility and the reaction of the human eye. He was 16 years head of lighting development at Automotive Lighting, working for all innovative lighting systems from Xenon over Full AFS to the latest LED Matrixbeams. During his professional work he contributed to 70 patent families and published more than 35 technical papers, interviews and publications.
After graduating Delft Technical University in the Netherlands he worked 29 years at Royal Philips (including 2 years at Lumileds). During that time he was active for 19 years in the automotive (Lighting and Optical Storage) and 10 years in the Consumer Electronics industry.
He held various international assignments in Product Development, Marketing & Sales and Strategy & Business Development. Since October 2016 he works as an independent Advisor in automotive sales & marketing, strategy, and business development. Leo is one of the organisers of this Lidar Conference.
Ralf Schäfer, born in 1950, has received his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Münster, Germany in 1976 based on his research on super conductivity.
He joined Philips Research Labs in Aachen, Germany in 1977 gathering experience on halogen and HID light sources.
Ralf became Head of Xenon Development within Philips Automotive Lighting in 1990 with the task to introduce this new technology to the market based in the Aachen facilities. Following positions have been Global Headlighting Development Manager of Philips Automotive Lighting Ralf became Vice President for OEM marketing of Philips Automotive Lighting with the task to balance LED technologies versus conventional light sources.
He retired December 1st 2011 from his duties and since then works as a free-lance consultant.
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.
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.