Forum Speakers

Michael Adenauer

Technical Customer Lead ADAS, Magna Electronics

Michael Adenauer is working in Automotive Industry now since 10 years in several roles at Lear Corporation, ZF TRW and Volvo Car Corporation, defining & driving technology innovations for the automotive industry in the Infotainment and Advance Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) domain. With his +10 year’s experience in Consumer Electronics and Professional Audio & Video Electronics prior to his time in Automotive, Michael Adenauer is an expert in signal processing & signal transmission. In his role as Technical Customer Lead at Magna Electronics he identifies the customer´s needs as a foundation to Magna Electronics product strategy & roadmap. He studied Broadcast Engineering at the University of Applied Science Wiesbaden.

Dave Anderson

Director of Technology, Smart Machines Initiative, Samsung Electronics

Dave Anderson is currently responsible for open innovation, architecture development, and technical innovation in the areas of drones, robots and automotive. He has been working for over 15 years in the automotive industry in various positions at NVIDIA, Altera, SiriusXM Radio, and Visteon. Throughout his career, Dave Anderson has been dedicated to technology innovation for the automotive and consumer electronics industries. Dave Anderson earned a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Bernhard Augustin

Director Development Domain Controller Autonomous Driving, Audi AG

Bernhard Augustin has been working for 13 years in the field of automotive business electronics development at Audi AG. The main projects involved topics like body domain controllers and concept engineering for autonomous driving. Before joining Audi, Bernhard Augustin held various positions in development and marketing in the semiconductor industry for 10 years. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University in Munich.

Flavio Bonomi

Co-founder and CEO, Nebbiolo Technologies

Nebbiolo Technologies is a Silicon Valley start-up, focused on manifesting the potential of fog computing. Before founding Nebbiolo, Flavio Bonomi held various positions at Cisco since 1999, including co-leading the vision and technology direction for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative as Vice President and Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization. Former occupations include architecture and research responsibilities at AT&T Bell Labs and Principal Architect at the Silicon Valley startups ZeitNet and StratumOne. Flavio Bonomi received an electrical engineering degree from Pavia University in Italy, and the Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering degrees in 1981 and 1985, respectively, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Thomas J. Burke

President & Executive Director, OPC Foundation

Thomas J. Burke started the OPC Foundation in 1995 with his vision of realizing multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability for data/information integration for all devices in different areas of automation. He has spent the majority of his career developing hardware and software for industrial automation. Mr. Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Dayton.

Thomas Bürger

Vice President Engineering Automation Systems, Bosch Rexroth AG

Thomas Bürger joined Bosch Rexroth AG after finishing his PhD in 2004. In his current position, he is responsible for Bosch Rexroth’s automation systems, with the focus Industry 4.0 solutions. Thomas Bürger has held a variety of positions in engineering at the company. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Antonio Chauvet

Vice President, Architecture and Platforms, Industry BU, Schneider Electric

Antonio Chauvet leads the teams and the program dedicated to technical system architecture and platform development-deployment. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the domains of HMI, networking, distributing system and industrial controllers. Antonio Chauvet holds a Master degree in computer sciences and a Master degree in business administration.

Jean-François Chouteau

Vice President, Global ADAS Center, Automotive BU, Renesas Electronics Corp.

Jean-François Chouteau is currently heading the Renesas Global ADAS Center, with the mission to drive the development of competitive solutions and grow sustainable global business in the field of ADAS & Automated Driving. He has been working for more than 30 years for Renesas in various management positions in engineering, technical marketing and business development. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the corporate strategy of Renesas Electronics in Europe and was thereby involved in a number of cross functional and strategic activities. Jean-François Chouteau holds a M. Sc. in electronics from ESME Paris as well as an MBA from HEC Paris.

János Farkas

Senior Specialist of Deterministic Networking, Ericsson Research

János Farkas is senior specialist of deterministic networking at Ericsson Research and is the Chair of the IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) Task Group. He also contributes to the IETF Deterministic Networking (DetNet) Working Group. He holds a number of patents and published research papers in the area of telecommunications networks. János Farkas has Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Ricky Hudi

Founder & Managing Director at FMT – Future Mobility Technologies GmbH

Prior to founding the Future Mobility Technologies GmbH, Ricky Hudi was with Audi for nearly 20 years, most recently as Executive Vice President Electronic Development. Previously he was also responsible for production planning of electronic systems. Ricky Hudi holds a degree in electrical engineering, computer science and chip design from OTH Regensburg, Germany.

Georg Kopetz

Co-founder and member of the executive board, TTTech

Georg Kopetz is responsible for the overall strategy of the corporation, marketing, sales, finance and human resources. In addition, he serves as the President of TTTech’s joint-venture company TTControl, is a member of the management board of TTTech’s subsidiaries in the US (Boston, Bay Area) and Japan (Nagoya) as well as chief representative of the company in China (Shanghai). After attending school in Germany, Austria and the US, he studied law at the University of Vienna in Austria and at the Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) in France. He is also a founding member of Cisco’s Internet of Things steering committee.

Maciej Kranz

Vice President, Strategic Innovations, Cisco Systems

Maciej Kranz leads the group focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. He brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position gained in his previous functions at Cisco Systems, 3Com and the IBM Corporation. Maciej Kranz holds a master’s degree from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree from SGH Warsaw School of Economics.

Heiner Lang

Senior Vice President Technical Business Unit Industrial Applications, Bosch Rexroth AG

Besides his positions as Senior Vice President Technical for the Business Unit Industrial Applications, Heiner Lang is also mentor for the project Industry 4.0 at Bosch Rexroth. Before joining Bosch Rexroth in early 2017, he served as President of MAG IAS GmbH for Europe and Asia. Heiner Lang holds a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Wolfgang Leindecker

Vice President Sales Industrial & Corporate Marketing, TTTech Computertechnik AG

Wolfgang Leindecker is currently responsible for the Business Unit Industrial, focusing on Industrial IoT and Deterministic Networking. Previously, he was responsible for developing the business fields Internet of Things and Transport as Vice President M2M und Public Transport at Kapsch CarrierCom. Before joining Kapsch, Wolfgang Leindecker has gained 12 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications field. He has among others a degree from the Technical University of Vienna.

Stefan Poledna

Co-founder and member of the executive board, TTTech

Stefan Poledna is currently responsible for the company’s automotive business, all R&D activities, supply chain and quality management. He has over 30 years of international industry experience in innovative embedded systems development. He holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Vienna University of Technology.

Stephan Reimelt

President and CEO GE Germany & Austria

As President and CEO GE Germany & Austria, Stephan Reimelt is responsible for driving strategic European initiatives in Germany. He gained his extensive entrepreneurial and industry expertise in previous management positions. Stephan Reimelt holds a PhD degree in industrial engineering from Technische Universität in Berlin.

Sebastian Sachse

Open Automation Technologies, Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Ges.m.b.H.

Together with a global team, Sebastian Sachse is responsible for the technology marketing of Open Automation Technologies at B&R. In this context he is representing B&R in organizations such as the IIC, the OPC Foundation and VDMA. Throughout the last eleven years, he held several positions in the automation business and gathered experience as support engineer, promoter for industrial solutions and technology manager. Sebastian Sachse graduated from the Duale Hochschule Mannheim as Dipl.-Ing. (DH) Elektrotechnik.

Stan Schneider

CEO at Real-Time Innovations (RTI)

Stan Schneider is the CEO of OpenFog Consortium member Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity framework company. He has been with the company since its foundation in 1991 and had previously been active as researcher for Stanford University and the University of Michigan. Stan Schneider completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan.

Erhaan Shaikh

Vice President, Programmable Solutions Group General Manager, Business Divisions, Intel Corporation

Erhaan Shaikh is responsible for defining and carrying out innovative business strategies that promote growth for the group’s target market segments by delivering exceptional value to Intel customers. Before its acquisition by Intel in 2015, Shaikh held different management positions at Altera, including managing Altera’s Asia Pacific business interests for eight years. Shaikh earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.

Stefan Singer

Fellow and Senior Director EMEA CAS Automotive, NXP Semiconductors

Stefan Singer leads the EMEA Technical Customer Application Support for Automotive customers. He has been with NXP, Freescale, Motorola since 1993 in different technical functions addressing systems, software and applications. Stefan Singer holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

Kevin Stanton

Chairman, Avnu Alliance

Kevin is Chairman of the Board of the TSN-focused industry group (Avnu Alliance), which is responsible for ensuring interoperability at the network layers and coexistence of higher-layer protocols among systems that take advantage of Ethernet TSN. He has been with Intel Cooperation since 1996 and is currently working as Senior Principal Engineer. Kevin Stanton holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in time synchronization and control from Portland State University.

Christian Tarragona

SVP R&D, Head of R&D Product Development, KUKA Roboter GmbH

Christian Tarragona is the head of R&D Product Development at KUKA Roboter GmbH since 2015. He joined KUKA in 1997 as software Developer at R&D of KUKA Roboter and has held different positions within the company ever since. From 2011 to 2014 he was the director of software and control at KUKA Laboratories, the technology hub of the KUKA group and responsible for new platform technologies. Christian Tarragona studied physics at the University of Karlsruhe and received the Diplom Physiker degree in 1996.

Christopher Temple

Senior Functional Safety Solution Architect, Intel Corporation

Chris Temple is responsible for consulting customers and providing internal guidance on functional safety in the field of autonomous driving. He has 20 years of experience in the field of ultra-dependable systems with a focus on functional safety, distributed computing and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Intel, he held principal engineering and managerial positions at Freescale and Infineon. Chris Temple holds a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology.

Todd Walter

Chief Marketing Manager, National Instruments

At National Instruments, Todd Walter and his team are responsible for emerging technologies and lead customers. He is also leading the activities for the IIC Testbed on TSN and currently serving on the board of directors for the Avnu Alliance. Walter holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Hans Wimmer


Starting out as an application engineer, Hans Wimmer has been a part of B&R for more than 30 years. He gained his extensive experience in the automation business in his various positions at B&R in Austria and abroad, previous functions include sales manager and CTO. Hans Wimmer graduated in electronics and communication from the Federal Secondary College of Engineering in Braunau/Inn, Austria.

Harald Zweck

Expert for Automotive Communication, Infineon Technologies

Harald Zweck is with the Infineon Automotive Controller group since more than 10 years and serves as expert for automotive communication, focusing on Automotive Ethernet. Starting out as field application engineer, he later joined the consumer electronic group at Siemens Semiconductors as a technical marketing engineer. Harald Zweck holds a degree in electronics from the Technical University Munich.