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2021 Review:

The 5th edition of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology

Date: 3rd November 2021

The 5th edition of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology (5th SSS) was successfully held from 21st to 22nd October 2021 at Tongji University School of Automotive Studies in Shanghai Jiading. The event was guided by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and by the State Government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany and was hosted by Tongji University School of Automotive Studies and Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS). The organizers of the event were the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS), Nanjing Stuttgart Joint Exhibition Ltd. and the Shanghai AI NEV Innovative Platform Co. Ltd (ANIP).

As a platform originating in Sino-German academic exchange, the sessions of the symposium are chaired by the Dean of School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University, Prof. Zhang Lijun and by Prof. Dr.-Ing Andreas Wagner, FKFS, Chairman of the Board of Management and University of Stuttgart, IFS, Chair of Automotive Engineering, with Co-chairs including Prof. Xiong Lu and Dr. Wu Xudong.Concurrent activities插图Family photo of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology participants. Front row from left to right, Mr. Hans Stoter, Executive Director Nanjing Stuttgart Joint Exhibition Ltd; Dr. Christian Salzmann BMW, R&D China, Senior Vice President; Prof. Yu Zhuoping, former Dean of School of Automotive Studies Tongji University; Mr. Zheng Guanghong. Shanghai Municipal Government Director of the Social Development Division of Science and Technology Commission; Dean of School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University, Prof. Zhang Lijun; Mr. Gary Zhong, Infineon Technologies Greater China, Head of Vehicle Motion Segment; Dr. Wu Xudong, Vice Director of School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University.

The two day program was organized into plenary sessions around the general theme of Global Challenges for Developing Future Vehicles and 4 thematic breakout sessions on the topics of Aerodynamics and Design, Technology of Intelligent Vehicles, Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells as well as Powertrain and Electric Propulsion. There are altogether 52 brilliant speeches and a panel discussion.

The opening session was honored with greetings and well wishes from Prof. Tong Xiaohua, Vice President of Tongji University, Dr. Wolfgang Holtkamp, Stuttgart University Senior Advisor for Foreign Affairs in the President’s Office, Mr. Zheng Guanghong. Shanghai Municipal Government Director of the Social Development Division of Science and Technology Commission and Mr. Michael Kleiner, State Government of Baden-Württemberg, Director of Ministry of Economics.Concurrent activities插图1Hybrid model panel discussion on the topic “Global Challenges for Developing Future Vehicles”. Front, from left to right, panel host and Vice Director of School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University Prof. Xiong Lu; Prof. Hans Georg Engel, Daimler Greater China, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars R&D, Program Management, Procurement & Supplier Quality China; Dean of School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University, Prof. Zhang Lijun; Mr. Gary Zhong, Infineon Technologies Greater China, Head of Vehicle Motion Segment. Back online: Prof. Dr.-Ing Andreas Wagner, FKFS, Chairman of the Board of Management and University of Stuttgart, IFS, Chair of Automotive Engineering; Prof. Dr.-Ing Michael Bargende, FKFS Board of Management and University of Stuttgart, IFS, Chair in Automotive Powertrains.

Plenary keynote speakers and panelists included high level industry representatives such as Prof. Hans Georg Engel, Daimler Greater China, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars R&D, Program Management, Procurement & Supplier Quality China; Dr. Christian Salzmann, BMW R&D China, Senior Vice President, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter F. Tropschuh Head of Strategy and Sustainability from 2011 to 2020 at Audi AG. Frank Klaas, Geely Auto Technical (Germany) Vice President Communications Europe and Mr. Gary Zhong, Infineon Technologies Greater China, Head of Vehicle Motion Segment. Also included the contributions Shanghai and Stuttgart academia represented by above-mentioned Prof. Michael Bargende, Prof. Andreas Wagner and Prof. Zhang Lijun.

The Aerodynamics and Lightweight Design session co-chaired by Prof. Jochen Wiedemann and Prof. Yang Zhigang from Stuttgart and Tongji Universities respectively, proved once more the highest academic and industry level with speakers coming from R&D leaders the sector, both from China and international, including Nio, Volkswagen, Ford, GAC, Lamborghini, SAIC-GM-Wuling, Chery, Khalil Design and Werum as well as from the Universities of Stuttgart, Jilin, Wuhan, KIT, Fraunhofer Institute and FKFS.Concurrent activities插图2Session A: Aerodynamics and Lightweight Design highlighting the successful online chairing delivered by Prof. Dr. Ing.- Jochen Wiedemann introducing Dr. Maximilian Ludwig Ganis, Senior Manager Aerodynamics, Thermal and Energy Management NIO Industry Development.

The session Technology of Intelligent Vehicle was chaired by Prof. Andreas Wagner and Prof. Xiong Lu and had the privilege of welcoming contributions from speakers from companies including, Audi AG, Webasto, Valeo, ZF, TWT and WBI, from the universities of Stuttgart, Tsinghua, Jiao Tong, Nanjing Southeast and Jilin, as well as the FKFS and FZI.Concurrent activities插图3Session B: Technology of Intelligent Vehicles hosted by Prof. Andreas Wagner.

The session C centered on the topic of Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell was extremely well attended by delegates, was co-chaired by Profs. Bargende and Zhang Cunman and hosted a number of high profile R&D and technical speakers from well-known companies such as Mahle, Liebher, Carl Zeiss, Bosch (China) Investment Ltd, Great Wall, CIKONI, Longi Hydrogen Tech Ltd. and Porsche. Also academia and research institutes were strongly represented through Shanghai Jiao Tong University, TU Berlin (with IAV), Wuhan University of Technology, National Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Center, Tongji and FKFS.Concurrent activities插图4Breakout Session C on Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells. Technical Presentation by Dr. Michael Grossman, Bosch Corporate Research & Technology Center Asia Pacific, Vice President, Head of Bosch Corporate Research & Technology Center Asia Pacific.

The session D about Powertrain and Electrical Propulsion, was co-chaired by Prof. Hans-Christian Reuss and Prof. Gao Bingzhao. The industry was represented by leading OEM’s T1’s and other high level suppliers including Geely, Zhejiang Founder Motor, BorgWarner, Infineon, Robert Bosch Trading Shanghai, Kistler, dSPACE, A2MAC1 Groupe, MicroNova, Yue Boo and SET. Furthermore Beijing Institute of Technology and Qingdao Automotive Research Institute, Jilin University also participated.Concurrent activities插图5Session D: Powertrain and Electric Propulsion hosted by Prof. Gao Bingzhao.

This year the 5th SSS incorporated the novelty of a hybrid format which enabled a seamless online and offline integration of participants, not only of delegates listening and participating in the session through questions and lively debate but also enable the sessions to be chaired from either Stuttgart or Shanghai. Furthermore speakers were able to deliver their speeches either live, through video submission or onsite in Shanghai. A panel discussion with above mentioned panelists was also successfully carried out with speakers live at both extremes of the Eurasian continent.

The 5th edition of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology in total enjoyed 72 speakers including keynotes and technical speakers with a total delegate visits of 1519 including 464 onsite and 1055 online.

Following the success of this 5th edition both School of Automotive Studies of Tongji University and Institute of Automotive Engineering (IFS) University of Stuttgart look forward to hosting the 6th edition once more in Autumn 2022 with the exact dates to be decided.

Some highlights:

Concurrent activities插图6The 5th edition of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology Keynote Speech and Host from Prof. Zhang Lijun, Director of School of Automotive Studies, Tongji University.

Concurrent activities插图7The opening ceremony hosted by Prof. Yu Zhuoping
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Welcome Address by Dr. Wolfgang Holtkamp, University of Stuttgart, Senior Advisor for Foreign Affairs in the President’s Office.Concurrent activities插图9
Keynote Speech “BMW, Digital Transformation Towards the Future” delivered by Dr. Christian Salzmann, Senior Vice President, BMW R&D China.Concurrent activities插图10
Keynote delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Engel, Daimler Greater China, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars R&D, Program Management, Procurement & Supplier Quality ChinaConcurrent activities插图11
Keynote Speech delivered by Mr. Gary Zhong, Infineon Technologies Greater China, Head of Vehicle Motion Segment.Concurrent activities插图12
The 5th edition of Shanghai-Stuttgart-Symposium on Automotive and Powertrain Technology exhibitor booths