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Prof. Frank Zhao

FISITA President and Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute, Tsinghua University

Prof. Frank (Fuquan) Zhao is a Professor and Director of Automotive Strategy Research Institute at Tsinghua University, China (since May 2013) where he leads a group of strategic research on automotive industry policy, corporate management and technology strategies.

Prof. Zhao got a doctorate degree in Engineering from Hiroshima University in Japan in 1992 and has years of on-the-job experience in Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and China. Prior to joining Tsinghua University, Prof. Zhao had the experience of Vice President of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, President of Zhejiang Geely Automotive R&D Center, President of Zhejiang Automotive Engineering Institute, and Chairman of DSI company of Australia since November 2006; Vice President of Shenyang Brilliance JinBei Automobile Company Limited and General Manager of its R&D Centre since 2004; and Engineering Specialist and Research Executive of Technical Affairs at DaimlerChrysler since 1997.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Kompass

Vice President Vehicle Safety, BMW AG

Since 2008 Klaus Kompass is VP Vehicle Safety for all products of BMW Group. He is responsible for the development of active safety, passive safety, accident research as well as the safety aspects of automated driving for all vehicles of the brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

After school and his military service at the German Airforce he studied Safety Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and graduated as Dipl.-Ing. in 1985. After 18 months working in a research project with the German coal industry he moved to Munich and started his automotive career as crash test engineer in the BMW vehicle safety department. During the next years he held several functions in BMWs R&D department to become director of vehicle safety advanced engineering in 1995. In 1999 he left BMW and became responsible for all engineering activities at Autoliv GmbH, market leader in restraint systems and safety electronics and has been in charge of three R&D centers in Germany and the UK. In 2003 he went back to BMW AG to manage different roles in the electric and electronic development and ultimately for ADAS advanced drivers assistance systems. In 2008 he was nominated as VP for vehicle safety.

Klaus Kompass is Professor for vehicle safety and driver assistance at the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz. He is a member of the scientific boards of CARISSMA (Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area, University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt), of DIU, Dresden International University for the M.S. program on Vehicle Safety and Accident Research and is the Corporate Member representative for the BMW Group in FISITA. He received several international awards like the “US Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence” from the US DOT, the “Fraunhofer Airbag Award” from Fraunhofer ICT, the “Pathfinder Award” of the Automotive Safety Council, the “Josef-Stroebl-Preis” from the Bavarian Ministry for Internal Affairs and was promoted for the “FISITA Academy for Technical Leadership” in 2019. Together with his wife Heike he has three adult kids at the age of 22, 27 and 32. He is a passionate sportsmen, carries a black belt in Taekwondo and whenever there is time he likes to work on his vintage cars, ride motorcycles or bicycles or goes kayaking or rock climbing with his kids or friends.

Prof. Jun Li

Professor, Tsinghua University & President of CSAE

Prof. Jun Li is currently an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor at School of Vehicle and Mobility with Tsinghua University, president of the China Society of Automotive Engineers, director of the Expert Committee of China Industry Innovation Alliance for the Intelligent and Connected Vehicles. He has been chief engineer and director of technology center in China FAW Group. His research interests include internal combustion engine, electric drive systems, electric vehicles, and intelligent connected vehicles.

Research experience
Prof. Jun Li has long presided over the product R&D and technological innovation for major automobile companies in China. He established a leading independent research system and completed a number of major product replacement projects, major national projects, and major equipment model development projects. In the field of automotive powertrain, he presided over the development of heavy-duty series diesel engines, series products of direct injection supercharged gasoline engines, heavy-duty equipped trucks, military vehicles, and HongQi luxury cars. He also presided over the R&D and mass produce of the diesel automated electronic control system products. Further, he invented dual-track electronically controlled variable fuel injection regular high-pressure systems and gas-driven urea injection system. For new energy vehicle, he invented a strong hybrid configuration with dual coupling of motor, engine, and gearbox, and presided over the development of the first full hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as hybrid bus products. In the area of intelligent connected vehicles, he proposed a technology strategy, "Zhitu", and technical route for China FAW’s intelligent connected vehicles. In addition, he designed the HongQi L3 prototype vehicle and the forward-looking R&D of smart city intelligent automobiles.

Prof. Philip Koopman

Co-Founder & CTO, Edge Case Research

Prof. Philip Koopman is an internationally recognized expert on Autonomous Vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area at Carnegie Mellon University for 25 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, implementation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and run time monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He served as the lead author of the UL 4600 standard for autonomous system safety.

About Edge Case Research
Founded by Michael Wagner and Philip Koopman, Ph.D., recognized world leaders in autonomous system safety as a trusted, independent third-party source to assess and develop safe autonomous systems. Established in 2014 with a renowned team of leaders in self-driving car projects with successes dating back to where it all began - Carnegie Mellon in the 1990s. Edge Case offers products and services built on best practices to reduce time to market and the cost of validation while still achieving a robust safety goal. Our intelligent safety assessment platform, Hologram, automates Edge Case’s safety expertise to support fast-paced, data centered, deep learning development for mission critical applications. Hologram increases the speed and accuracy of finding edge cases in perception systems; the leading product in helping clients mitigate the safety risks. Edge Case is headquartered in Pittsburgh with an office in Munich, Germany. See more information at

Sijie Zu

Vice President and Chief Engineer, SIAC Motor

Zu Sijie, Professor of Engineering, born in Oct. 1968, obtained a Masters degree in Automotive Engineering in Tsinghua University. He is acting as the Vice President and Chief Engineer of SAIC Motor.  He was the Senior Manager of Program Management Division of Planning Department in SGM, and General Manager of Strategy and Business Planning Department in SAIC Motor, and then the Vice Chief Engineer of SAIC Motor.  He is full of experience in the automotive industry.

Prof. Hong Cheng

Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)

Hong Cheng is currently a full professor at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He is an IEEE senior member, and a Leading Talent in Science and Technology Innovation of National Ten Thousand Plan. He received the Ph.D degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2003, and held a postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States from 2006 to 2009. His research fields include computer vision, machine learning, robotics and intelligent vehicles. He has published 120 papers in top international conferences and journals such as IEEE TCSVT / TITS / PR /AAAI / IJCAI / IROS / ICRA / ICCV / CVPR. He is the only author of “Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles: Theory, Algorithms, and Implementation” (Springer, Dec.2011) and “Sparse Representation, Modeling and Learning in Visual Recognition” (Springer, June. 2015). He was awarded the "First Prize of Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Technology Progress" by the Chinese Artificial Intelligence Society in 2017.
In 2018, he was rated as " National ten-thousand leading talent in scientific and technological innovation" of China. And his team was awarded the "Technology Innovation Research Team of Exoskeleton Robot" in Sichuan Province in 2015. Professor Hong Cheng was selected in the New Century Outstanding Talents Program of the Ministry of Education in 2010, the hundred Talents Program of UESTC in 2012, and the Thousand Talents Program of Sichuan Province in 2013.
Professor Cheng Hong was committed to the theory and application of artificial intelligence and robotics. He presided over 7 national key projects, and received several creative achievements on exoskeleton systems and intelligent vehicles. His team develop an exoskeleton system named AIDER in 2015 and helped paraplegic patient Lin Han finish the torch relay on the opening ceremony of the 9th Paralympics games. The AIDER system has already obtained China Food and Drug Administration in 2018 and has been industrialized.

Prof. Junmin Wang

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Junmin Wang is the Accenture Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, he started his academic career at Ohio State University, where he founded the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory, was early promoted to Associate Professor in September 2013 and then very early promoted to Full Professor in June 2016. He also gained five years of full-time industrial research experience at Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio Texas) from 2003 to 2008. Prof. Wang has a wide range of research interests covering control, modeling, estimation, optimization, and diagnosis of dynamical systems, especially for automotive, smart and sustainable mobility, human-machine, and cyber-physical applications. Dr. Wang is the author or coauthor of more than 330 peer-reviewed publications including 168 journal articles and 13 U.S. patents. Prof. Wang is a recipient of numerous international and national honors and awards including 2019 IEEE Best Vehicular Electronics Paper Award, 2018 IEEE Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award, 2017 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, and 2011 SAE International Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award. He is an IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer and Speaker, SAE Fellow, and ASME Fellow.

Dr. Wang received the B.E. in Automotive Engineering and his first M.S. in Power Machinery and Engineering from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1997 and 2000, respectively, his second and third M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

Shiliang Shang

Senior Expert, Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC)

  • ISO/TC22/SC32/WG8 China Delegation
  • UN/WP.29/GRVA/VMAD International Regulation Supporting Expert
  • SAC/TC114 China Road Vehicle Functional Safety Expert Group Member

Standard Drafter of:

  • ISO PAS 21448 SOTIF
  • ISO 21448 SOTIF
  • GB/T 34590 Road Vehicle Functional Safety
  • GB/T Functional safety requirements and testing methods for battery management system of electric vehicles
  • GB/T Functional Safety Requirement and Test Method for Passenger Car Steering Systems
  • GB/T Performance requirements and test methods for advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) of passenger cars

Jiaxi Liu

Senior Manager, United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd.

Liu Jiaxi graduated from Tsinghua University with master and bachelor degree. Joined UAES in 2010, and was responsible for functional safety, system and function development of new energy vehicle. Currently acts as senior manager of domain controller system and software development, and is responsible for E/E architecture, software platform of domain controller and project management.

Alexandre Català Garcia

Business Unit Director, IDIADA China

Work experience
Alexandre started his career as Vehicle Dynamics engineer at Nissan Technical Centre Europe.
He moved to become Corporate Head of Vehicle Dynamics and NVH at Applus+ IDIADA in 2010 before moving with IDIADA to their Chinese operation as Engineering director of IDIADA China
He has been Business Unit Director of IDIADA China since 2019. Currently managing a team of 250 people offering in China complete services of test, engineering, homologation, consultancy and proving ground for the automotive industry.

Additional Information
Alexandre is a Professor at the University of Barcelona for automotive engineering, and Master on Vehicle Chassis development and Safety.
He has several technical papers published, and has made contributions to several congresses with key notes.
He has an International Patent of a portable Wheel position sensor.
He is a former member of Active Safety working group of Euro NCAP for the development of assessment protocols.
Alexandre studied Mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (Spain) and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).