Scalable Active Sensor Architectures

Technologies for Automotive Applications from NCAP to Highly Automated Driving

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February 24-26, 2015


Maritim Hotel Ulm

Ulm, Germany


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Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Automotive Wireless Thrust or Full IWPC Members


The workshop will assess and compare perception technologies, sensor architectures, as well as fusion approaches for applications ranging from driver assistance via active safety to automated or autonomous driving. Building on a core focus of radar, the workshop will consider the benefit of these technologies and applications with respect to ratings (NCAP, NHTSA, etc.).

Workshop Goals

  • Understand Auto OEM roadmaps to incorporate environment perception technologies for applications from NCAP to highly automated driving
  • Assess and compare radar and other active sensor technologies like time-of-flight methods, lidar, laser scanners, etc.
  • exploring high resolution radar and situation adaptive radar sensors and radar sensor clusters
  • Discuss scalability of the technologies necessary for NCAP, active safety, highly automated and autonomous driving (scalability/flexibility of architectures, sensors, antennas, etc.)


February 24




Drive demonstration at Daimler Group Research & Advanced Engineering Lab in Ulm to include: Product demonstration of active safety systems in current platforms, introduction to new vehicle platforms, radar driven applications in safety truck and new radar performance in research vehicles


Transport to site from Hotel

Lab Tour is Full. Waiting list only at this time.


Registration at hotel at 12:30, bus to depart the hotel at 13:30, Demo to start at 14:00.


Evening Reception


February 25



Opening Remarks and Introduction


Host Keynote Remarks

  • As Active Safety systems becomes a growing focus to enable Auto OIMs to deliver solutions across their vehicle portfolio, Radar manufactures are concentrating on mass market low cost/lower performance solutions to meet NCAP requirements.
  • Can the industry develop module based platforms which allow manufacture of NCAP sensors as well as high performance sensors which outperform alternative sensor technologies?
  • Exploring the potential for high performance radar toward 2020 and beyond
  • Fusion concepts for highly automated driving

Future Challenges for Automotive Radar

Manager, Active Sensors




Networking Break



Auto OEM Perspectives

  • What is needed to achieve optimum sensor (radar) performance for all automotive models?
  • considering timelines for active safety solutions
  • How will radar meet active safety requirements beyond 2020?
  • Can radar and other active sensor technologies like time-of-flight methods, lidar (e.g. flash lidar), laser scanners, etc. be integrated to provide highly effective and scalable system solutions across an automakers complete portfolio?
  • How will automakers deliver scalable and cost effective active safety solutions for highly automated or autonomous driving (scalability/flexibility of architectures, sensors, antennas, etc.) in line with NCAP and other global regulatory demands
  • Assessing high resolution radar and situation adaptive radar sensors or radar sensor clusters
  • What scalable radar means in terms of integration effort?
  • News on legislative developments in regards to autonomous driving
  • What is the automakers; vision of moving from active safety to automated driving?
  • Which direction is preferred for sensor fusion?
    • Centralized Management of Dumb Sensors
    • Distributed Management Using Smart Sensors
  • What interface options are being considered?
  • Is there a need for a standards-based interface?

Raw Sensor Data Interfaces Enabling Highly Automated Future Mobility

Manger/Connected Drive Projects 




Fusion-Based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Sr. Project Engineer




12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch



Auto OEM Perspectives (continued)

The DriveMe Project-A Research Project Involving 100 Autonomous Vehicles on Real Roads

Technical Expert


European Frequency Regulation - Considering Future Intelligent Transportation Services, from Urban rail systems applications towards driver-less / more autonomous vehicles

On-Going Activities in the CEPT (European Spectrum Regulation) for Applications in Transport and Traffic Telematics Including Sensors

Spectrum Management Expert and Chair of WG FM Maintenance Group


Tier 1 Perspectives - Frequency Regulation

Frequency Regulation and Global Harmonization

EMC Manager



Networking Break



Panel session led by IWPC Working Group Leadership:


Performance Metrics for Automotive Radar

  • To address the lack of consistency of language, parameters and test procedures for radars used in the automotive active safety sector, the IWPC proposes to define a common set of performance metrics for automotive radar performance.
  • The intent is to agree on common terminology for basic performance metrics, such as resolution, accuracy, range, field of view, etc. and agree on guidelines for both lab and driving tests to characterize the performance of these sensors.


Host, Auto OEMs, Tier-1s and Working Group Leadership


diamler honda





Networking Dinner (Ratskeller Ulm)

Bus transportation provided to and from hotel

February 26




Tier 1 Perspectives, continued

  • Sensor and fusion architectures
  • Multi-modal fusion and heterogeneous sensors for autonomous driving: radar, vision, lidar, ultrasound
  • Potential performance for radar sensors towards and beyond 2020
    • Can pedestrian detection be done with radar only?
    • When and where will fusion happen - one box or ECU?
    • Which sensors will be considered for fusion?
    • What are the ASIL requirements for the sensors and for the fusion?
    • What is the environmental model - Where is it created?
  • Possible sensor combinations to meet NCAP, and additions towards Automated Driving
  • Trends for sensor architectures used for NCAP and also for HAD Systems in the future
  • Radar front end requirements
  • Interior awareness for driver and HMI for autonomous mode transition
  • Image sensor requirements for EuroNCAP pedestrian regulations from 2018 and beyond
  • Radar System Requirements to meet NCAP 2020
  • What is the potential for unified sensor interfaces?
  • Assessing prime sensor fusion candidates - fusion use-cases, objectives, requirements?
  • Distributed vs. centralized sensor fusion
  • What is the industry's vision of moving from active safety to automated driving?
  • Worldwide/regional frequency allocation and regulation for automotive sensors and communication V2I, V2V
  • Contribution of C2x to future ADAS systems

Safe and Dynamic Driving towards Vision Zero

Radar Algorithm Engineer





Contribution of Radar Sensors for Automated Driving

R&D Director of Technical Product Line Radar



A Scalable 79GHz Radar Sensor

Senior Director, Radar Development




Networking Break



Technology Enablers, Trends & Innovation

  • What are the global trends and new approaches for sensor integration and fusion?
  • What is needed to augment radar systems with additional sensor technologies?
  • What are the trade-offs of radar, laser and camera sensors?
  • Next generation sensors for automated driving
  • Exploring component topology trends (impact on footprint, assembly, etc.)
  • Electromagnetic shielding and immunity of sensors and systems for system critical functions
  • How to model inner-city traffic more robustly - precise map data: road-map, availability, etc.
  • C2X for AD: application, robustness, availability, benefit, scalability, etc.
  • New sensor technologies: (HF-CMOS, etc.) Fusion concepts
    • Centralized management of dumb sensors vs. distributed management using smart sensors
    • Pros, cons and trade-offs of interface options
    • What enabling technologies are needed for these advanced sensors?
  • How can high performance active safety be achieved in clutter limited environments?
  • Material requirements and challenges radar and antenna measurement systems

Results from Fully-integrated 79GHz Radar-on-Chip Development

Program Director



Intelligent Sensor Systems Towards Automated Driving

Business Line Manager



CPU Technology for ADAS Applications

Director Automotive Segment






Networking Lunch



Technology Enablers, Trends & Innovation (continued)

Controlled Dielectric Materials for 24 GHz to 77 GHz+++ Auto Radar PCB Platforms



Electromagnetic Simulation Approaches for Automotive Radar Components and Subsystems

Senior Application Engineer




Networking Break



Technology Enablers, Test and Measurement Perspectives

  • AR Sensor Technology Challenges (RF, Bandwidth, Modulation)
  • AR Test & Measurement Solutions
  • RF Simulation Tools
  • RF Network Analysis
  • Power Measurement
  • Protocol Solutions
  • Signal Generation
  • Signal Analysis

Comprehensive Testing of Wideband Automotive Radar

Technology Manager T&M


Test & Measurement Enablers for Automotive Radar

Senior Development Engineer


Closing Panel

Host, Auto OEMs and Tier 1s


  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Friday, February 13, 2015.

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

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  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $1385 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    Maritim Hotel Ulm
    Basteistrasse 40
    Ulm Germany 89073
    Phone: +49 (0) 731 923-0
    Hotel Website

    The IWPC room block rate is 127.00 Euros single room.

    Reservation requests can be sent to: [email protected]

    The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, January 12, 2015. After that date, rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

    Maritim is booked on Tuesday, February 24th. More hotel options (No special rate applies):

    Best Western Plus Atrium Hotel
    Eberhard-Finckh-Straße 17
    89075 Ulm
    0049731 92710

    Golden Tulip Parkhotel Neu-Ulm
    Silcherstraße 40
    89231 Neu-Ulm
    0049731 80110

    InterCity Hotel Ulm
    Bahnhofsplatz 1
    89073 Ulm
    0049731 96550

    Comfor Hotel
    Frauenstraße 51
    89073 Ulm
    0049731 96490

    LAGO hotel & restaurant am see
    Friedrichsaustraße 50
    89073 Ulm
    0049731 2064000
    Email: [email protected]

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Directions and transportation options will be posted as soon as possible.

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

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    These materials will be included on the IWPC website Research Library.

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