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.
Dr. Henrik Weimer (born 1971) studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. After graduating, he pursued a career in academic research at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work there was related to the efficient modeling of shapes, with application projects in the biomedical industry and geophysical exploration.
After graduating with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University, he joined the IT for Engineering group at Daimler AG with a focus on Knowledge-Based Engineering and Design. Henrik joined Airbus in 2002 and pursued various roles of growing responsibility in Customer Services, Engineering Process Methods and Tools, and Aircraft Program Management.
He currently serves as Airbus’ Senior Manager for PLM Architecture, Innovation and Plan. His responsibilities cover the architecture and integration of Airbus’ End-to-End PLM capabilities, demand management and business planning for PLM, as well as innovation and related research and technology development.
As a strong supporter of industrial cooperation, Henrik co-founded of the Aerospace & Defense PLM Action Group (www.ad-pag.com), and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the German Scientific Society for Product Development (www.WiGeP.de).
Henrik is a member of the board of the prostep ivip Association since April 2018.
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.
Philipp Wibbing is responsible as partner for business focusing on digitization and IT-management in the automotive industry. His expertise lies in the areas of digitization, CIO strategy, systems engineering, PLM, business model innovation, agile management and data analysis.
Philipp Wibbing studied business informatics at the University of Paderborn and joined UNITY in 2005. In 2012 he switched to the field of business line responsibility and has been the Managing Director of UNITY Shanghai Ltd. since 2016.
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