20th IEEE International Conference on
Emerging Technologies and
Factory Automation

September 8-11, 2015, Luxembourg


Industry Day, 8. Sept. 2015

This year, the Industry Day at ETFA 2015 takes place at 8. September and is devoted to



The Industry Day, introduced at ETFA in 1999, has been an important part of the ETFA conference series. Every year we ask people from industry to talk on applied research and important technical developments, hoping to learn what is important to the industry and to have a glimpse of the emerging trends to stimulate academic research. This year the focus is on automotive electronics, avionics, and electronics in space technology.


Top experts from leading industrial entities will give five one-hour long presentations to cover state of the art and emerging trends in their areas of endeavor, and participate in a panel discussion at the end of the event:
08:45 - 09:00    Opening

09:00 - 10:00 "Automotive Ethernet drives AUTOSAR standardization"
Sebastian Gruber

Continental AG, Regensburg, Germany
AUTOSAR Center, System & Technology Automotive

Summary: AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) is a worldwide development partnership of vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other companies from the electronics, semiconductor and software industry which is a key enabling technology to manage growing electrical/electronic complexity. It aims to be prepared for the upcoming technologies and to improve cost-efficiency without making any compromise with respect to quality.Ethernet well established in office communication is becoming a new trend in the automotive industry to interconnect ECUs in the vehicle as well as to connect the vehicles to the infrastructure.  The first cars with the Ethernet technology on Board are already out on the street. But the future use cases differ from the classical approach of single domains within the car which are connected via specially designed bus technologies (e.g. CAN, LIN and FlexRay). This is where both worlds AUTOSAR and Ethernet & IP Technology currently have to adapt in order to efficiently exploit the advantages of the new technology.

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10:00 - 10:30  Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 "Methods and Tools for Timing-Aware Design of Automotive Control Software"
Dr. Arne Hamann

Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Research, Systems & Software Engineering
Renningen, 70465 Stuttgart, Germany

Summary: The underlying theories of both control engineering and real-time systems engineering assume idealized system abstractions that mutually neglect central aspects of the other discipline. Control engineering theory, on the one hand, usually assumes jitter free sampling and constant input-output latencies disregarding complex real-world timing effects. Real-time engineering theory, on the other hand, uses abstract performance models that neglect the functional behavior, and derives worst-case situations that have little expressiveness for control functionalities in physically dominated automotive systems. As a consequence, there is a lot of potential for a systematic co-engineering between both disciplines, increasing design efficiency and confidence. In this talk, possible approaches for such a co-engineering and their current applicability to real world problems are discussed. In particular, simulation-based and formal verification techniques are compared for different construction principles of automotive real-time control software.

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11:30 - 12:30  "On-board digital electronics and software emerging technologies in space applications"
Olivier Notebaert
, AIRBUS Defense and Space, Toulouse, France
Onboard Processing Architecture Expert / Research & Technology coordination, TSOEF2 – Orbital data processing and on-board Software

Summary: Space systems covers applications in space transport, orbital infrastructures, science, earth observation, telecommunications, space exploration which includes many different types of vehicles and missions. Spacecraft on-board digital processing devices and software have become one of the major cost drivers, rapidly growing in volume and complexity. Since the cost to adapt a technology to the space application domain is rather high with a limited market, Space Agencies and Industry have developed a technology harmonization strategy focusing a limited set of standard solutions selected for their ability to cover generic needs, and to develop adaptations to the space environment and missions specific constraints. For the future generation of spacecraft, R&T studies in this domain focus on modular avionics and data handling concepts taking benefit from other industrial and commercial domains such as aeronautics and automotive. Technologies coming from the very dynamic market of consumer electronics and software are evaluated in priority to be adapted to the specificities of space needs, physical environment and business model.

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12:30 - 14:00  Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00  "Electro-optical Sense Solution for Sense & Avoid for Aircrafts and Unmanned Aerial Systems"
Dr. Martin Arndt
, Diehl BGT Defence GmbH, Überlingen, Germany
Project Manager Reconnaissance & Protection Systems

Summary:  For the wide-spread use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) within civil airspace “Sense & Avoid” represents the key issue for safe integration. As air traffic safety must not be compromised by the introduction of these unmanned aircraft into the airspace, special devices for “seeing” and avoiding imminent collision candidates will be required on-board. Without a pilot on-board, high-resolution cameras are used to replace human vision. An on-board real-time image processing unit is able to interpret the camera images automatically. Starting with the evaluation of single blobs in single images over time, tracks are being setup connecting the same object candidate along its occurrence with in the image sequence. Finally the tracks together with meta-data are provided at the output interface to the Avoid module. Thus the EO Sense module as a non-cooperative sensor is able to provide measurements of potentially interfering object within the surrounding airspace of the RPAS to enable a successful avoidance maneuver.

15:00 - 16:00 "Current and Future Needs in Automation for Microsatellite Missions"
Florio Dalla Vedova,
Senior System Engineer, QMS manager, LuxSpace Sarl. (- a company of  OHB Group -), Luxembourg

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16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00  Panel Discussion with all participants

Biographies of the Speaker:

Sebastian Gruber
Continental AG, Regensburg, Germany
System & Technology Automotive

Bio: Sebastian Gruber graduated as engineer in the area of Information and Communication Technology in 2012 at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He started his professional career in 2012 in the area of software development for AUTOSAR at Continental, Regensburg, Germany. Since 2013, he is Function responsible for Ethernet in AUTOSAR at Continental Automotive GmbH.

Dr. Arne Hamann
Robert Bosch GmbH
Corporate Research, Systems & Software Engineering
Renningen, 70465 Stuttgart, Germany

Bio: Arne Hamann obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2008 from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. His PhD thesis was awarded the EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award 2009 in the category “New directions in embedded system design and embedded software”. Currently, Arne Hamann is working for Bosch Corporate Research in the division of “Software-intensive Systems”. There, he acts as senior expert for real-time system design principles for physically dominated embedded systems. Additionally, he is in charge of an internal project researching into novel model-centric system and software design methods for various application domains within the Bosch Group including robotics. Arne Hamann represents Bosch in the European ROS Industrial Consortium (RIC-EU). In the academic context, he currently serves as industrial advisory board member of the European COST action TACLe (Timing Analysis on Code Level) and the FP7 research project P-SOCRATES.

Olivier Notebaert
Onboard Processing Architecture Expert / Research & Technology coordination
TSOEF2 – Orbital data processing and on-board Software
AIRBUS Defense and Space, Toulouse, France

Bio: Olivier Notebaert is expert in on-board processing architecture in the Space Systems division of Airbus Defence and Space. He has a 29 years' experience as on-board data systems engineer on various space programs including observation, science and telecommunications satellites, the International Space Station, the Ariane 5 launcher and planetary exploration programs. From this experience, he has strongly committed himself in promoting the usage of international standards and generic architectures on future space systems and is one of the key industrial contributor to the European Committee for Space Standardisation (ECSS) for on-boards data communications for on board digital interfaces such as Mil-Std-1553B, CAN bus and SpaceWire networks. Olivier Notebaert is now defining the Space Systems division R&T strategy on the development of future embedded on board data processing and software solutions.

Dr. Martin Arndt
Diehl BGT Defence GmbH, Überlingen, Germany
Project Manager Reconnaissance & Protection Systems

Bio: Martin Arndt studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (FH) Giessen, Germany, and Physics at the University of Giessen and University of Marburg, Germany. In 1992 he obtained the PhD in Physics (Computational Neuroscience) from University of Marburg, Germany, and was also working as a Postdoc at the „Institut für Neuroinformatik”, Bochum and University of Marburg from 1992-1996. In 1996 he joined BGT GmbH, Überlingen, Germany, where we was with the Research & Development Department (Pattern Recognition Group) from 1996 until 2005. Since 2005 he is working as a Project Manager Reconnaissance & Protection Systems at Diehl BGT Defence.



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