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ECA2030 Conference 2019 – Event Summary


On September 23rd and 24th, this year’s ECA2030 conference – “Networking and Collaboration to Strengthen the ECA Ecosystem” took place in Brussels, organised by the coordination and support action COSMOS (COherent Support for MObility.E Strategy).

The conference was aiming at bringing together all stakeholders along the automotive value chain as well as non-technical stakeholders and to initiate collaborations that can accelerate the introduction of vehicle electrification, connectivity and automation (ECA). Active communication between the electronic components and systems (ECS) community and the application side of the value chain is essential and the objective of the Mobility.E Lighthouse of the ECSEL JU, an inter-project and stakeholder collaboration platform that was core of the event. The stakeholder exchange was serving to prioritise research topics, to define concrete and joint R&D activities and to capture the requirements for future funding programmes.

After elucidating and discussing the perspectives and priorities of the European Commission (Anton Chichkov, ECSELJU), the ECS/supply chain (Reiner John, Infineon), OEMs (Stefan Deix, EUCAR) as well as the user-centric design perspective (Ovidiu Vermesan, SINTEF) and with two illustrative project presentations of PRYSTINE and UNICARagil from inside and outside the Mobility.E Lighthouse, respectively, the main focus of the conference was the content-related discussion of the urgent research topics and the corresponding prioritisation.

The following seven urgent research topics have been expanded with technical R&D needs, categorised and rated with respect to their urgency:

·        Data availability and sharing (highest rated subcategory: Data sets for training)

·        De-carbonisation (Energy efficiency)

·        Intelligence on board (car brain) (Brainstructure)

·        Connectivity (Performance, efficiency & reliability)

·        Sensors and sensor fusion (Sensor fusion)

·        Infrastructure and services for smart personal mobility and logistics (Services)

·        Safety, security and validation (Artificial intelligence)

Beside the discussions of technical challenges, it was pointed out that different stakeholders of the electronics and the automotive sector need to be brought together and non-technical factors such as legal and societal aspects need to be included in the discussion. Therefore, we need a co-design of hardware and software with additional considerations of new services as well as the user perspective. This mind-set was reflected during the whole ECA2030 conference.

Furthermore, the Mobility.E Lighthouse projects were presented and invited the audience to further discuss, network and collaborate during and beyond the event.

The results of the breakout session of the ECA2030 as well as new results of the COSMOS project and the Mobility.E Lighthouse will be updated frequently on the website. Furthermore, there will be oportunities to actively participate in decision making processes.




11.30 – 12.30
Snack Lunch

12.30 –13.00
Welcome – Mobility.E Lighthouse, Expectations of the conference
Bert de Colvenaer and one member of LIASE

13.00 –13.30
Khalil Rouhana, DG CONNECT

ECAD 2030: Vision & Strategy

13.30 – 14.30
Pitch & Panel: Industry Vision for ECAD 2030

14.30 – 15.00
Networking Coffee

15.00 –15.30
Strategy - Supply Chain
Sabine Herlischka, NXP
Anna Rossi

15.30 – 15.50     
Keynote and Plenary Discussion: New mobility: new vehicle structure and infrastructure
Prof. Lutz Eckstein, RWTH Aachen

15.50 –16.10
Architecting Safety for High Level Automated Driving
Prof. MartinTörngren, KTH

16.10 –16.30
Coffee Break

Mobility.E Lighthouse

16.30 –17.00
Keynote: COSMOS (CSA)
Dr. Benjamin Wilsch, VDI/VDE-IT

17.00 – 17.30     Project Presentation: PRYSTINE

17.30 –18.00      
Urgent Research Topics and Outlook for next conference day
Dr. Benjamin Wilsch, VDI/VDE-IT


8.30 – 9.00           
Welcome Coffee

9.00 –9.20
Dr.Benjamin Wilsch/Dr. Gereon Meyer, VDI/VDE-IT

Break-Out Sessions on Urgent Research Priorities

9.30 –11.30
Urgent Research Priorities Interactive Session with Topic Owners

11.45 – 12.30
Summary of Results
Dr. Gereon Meyer, VDI/VDE-IT

12.30 – 13.30

Closing Plenum: Next Actions
Dr. BenjaminWilsch

End of Conference

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