Wolfgang studied from 1981 to 1986 Electrical Engineering at the TU Darmstadt.
From 1987 to the end of 2000, he was with BMW. He started as lighting engineer, later he was head of develpoment lighting and head of production planning Electrics / Eletronics. In 1999 he got the PHD at TU Darmstadt, Lighting institute, which is a part of Eletronics and IT.
From 2001 to the end of 2020 he worked for Audi as executive director development lighting and switches, later development lighting and vision systems, including the lead engineer position of the Volkswagen group in this field.
In 2021 he early retired and started at DVN as a senior consultant. He is still chairman of the GTB working group strategy.
Dr Huhn is one of the foremost worldwide mangers in automotive lighting and has greatly influenced the evolution of lighting technologies. He got two important awards: In 2011 the « Professor Ferdinand Porsche Award » for the introduction of the Audi R8 full LED-headlamp (together with Kamoislaw Fadel from AL), University Vienna Austria and also in 2011 the « Man of the decade », DVN Paris.
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.
Dr.-Ing. Henning Kiel, born in 1978, graduated in 2003 at the Ilmenau University of Technology, in Precision Engineering. In 2004, he entered the Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg to work in series development and new technologies of exterior illumination. The topic of his Dr. degree thesis addresses the abilities and limitations of Light Simulation in Headlamps. In 2013 to 2015, he was responsible for the lighting development team at Volkswagen do Brasil in Sao Paulo. Since 2016, he is section manager for headlamp development in SAIC Volkswagen, Shanghai.
hilk GONÇALVES was graduated in physics in 1988, with a M.Sc. degree in optics and magnetic paramagnetic resonance (1990) and a PhD in solid state physics in 1996. In 1998 he joined the VALEO group, responsible for the optical design of headlamps and rear lamps, optical simulation and advanced research projects as an Expert in Optics. In 2011, Dr. Gonçalves joined the PSA Group, as the Head of innovation on interior and exterior lighting at the DRIA – Department of Research and Advance Engineering. 2018 nominated as the Expert in Lighting for the PSA Group.
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.
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.
Hossein has obtained his Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in electrical systems in France, he has more than 3 decades of engineering experience in automobile industry.
After 10 years in Faurecia and 20 years in Valeo he joined MIND electronics in 2018 as VP pf Lighting+Thermal+Electrical Systems.
After several years in Valeo Lighting in Europe and South America he set up the Valeo lighting China in Wuhan in 2003 then worked 5 years in Japan for Valeo-Ichikoh as Quality Director and South East Asian as Valeo-Ichikoh operation director.
Luc Brisson, engineer from the «Ecole des Mines de Douai» started at Visteon in 1995, and after working at Alcatel and Delphi (now APTIV), he served as the global engineering head at APTIV Connectivity and Security. He has worked in France, Poland and China.
In July 2020 Luc Brisson joined Varroc Lighting Systems as the Senior Vice President of product development and now assumes responsibility for the leadership of the global product development team, reports directly to Stephane Vedié, CEO Varroc Lighting Systems. He is based in Krakow, Poland.