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Prof. Dr. Oliver Riedel

Prof. Dr. Oliver Riedel (born 1965) studied Engineering Cybernetics at the Technical University in Stuttgart and earned his doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering Design and Production Engineering. For over 20 years, Prof. Riedel has been involved with the basic principles and practical application of virtual validation methods in product development and production. During this time, he has managed numerous projects for major international companies in the automotive and energy industries with the objective of introducing virtual methods. After working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), he held various management positions at CENIT AG Systemhaus and SiliconGraphics Inc. where he was involved in the area of professional services for virtual product development. Subsequently, Prof. Riedel was responsible for process integration and information management in the product process at AUDI AG. As of end 2010 he was responsible for information technology and process integration product process within the Volkswagen Group. From March 2012 he was Corporate Executive Director Control of Planning Processes at AUDI AG.

In November 2016 he was appointed Professor at the University of Stuttgart and is managing director of the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units, holds the chair for Information Technology in Production and is member of the board of management at the Fraunhofer IAO.

Armin Hoffacker

Armin Hoffacker (born 1961) studied Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering at the University in Stuttgart. After graduating, he started his career at Bosch in the corporate division Production Engineering. As a simulation expert, he was responsible for the deployment of Finite Element Analysis within Bosch. In subsequent appointments in the Gasoline Injection Technology division and in corporate research, he extended his field of activity by incorporating additional areas of IT in engineering, covering simulation and mechanical CAD.  He was closely involved in the introduction of CAD and PDM at Bosch. Since 2008 he is responsible for the operation and further development of mCAD environments, including dedicated data management.

Ulrich Ahle

After an apprenticeship for Instrument Mechanic at Hella KG, Ulrich Ahle (born 1962) studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. Firstly he was a design engineer in the field Printer Development at Nixdorf Computer AG, later team leader Technical Processes and responsible project manager for the implementation of Metaphase.From 1996 on he was supervisor at Siemens Business Services for the setup of the PDM business. After that he became General Manager for e-Business Practice Business Information Management in the area Knowledge Management, product Lifecycle Collaboration and Business Intelligence. Since 2002 Mr. Ahle is Director Discrete Manufacturing & Automotive at Atos GmbH in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stark (born 1964) is Director of the Division of Virtual Product Creation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in Berlin and is Head of the Industrial Information Technology Department at the Technical University Berlin.

In February 2008 he was appointed Professor at the Technical University Berlin and took over the chair of Prof. Dr.-Ing. F.-L. Krause. His research interests are in the areas of intuitive and context-related information modeling, virtual prototypes which are intuitive to use and can be functionally experienced, function-oriented virtual product creation as well as development processes and methods for product creation.


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