AMAA 2018

Smart Systems for Clean, Safe and Shared Road Vehicles

11-12 September 2018
Berlin (Germany)


Current studies of societal trends clearly indicate that users’ expectations of the automobile are undergoing a fundamental change. While owning a car was seen as a symbol of social status and a warrant of individual freedom in the past, concerns about the negative impacts of car traffic such as pollution, fatalities and congestion now prevail, particularly in cities. As a consequence, the concept of the automobile is facing the most radical transformation since its initial invention more than a hundred years ago: Electrification of the powertrain allows for zero emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases, automation of the car increases road safety and reduces energy consumption, and shared operation of the vehicle fleet ensures an efficient usage of limited resources such as road space for driving and parking. At the same time, all of these three features support each other in synergetic ways, giving rise to disruptive innovation. The concept of the future vehicle will surely cover a range of new options from self-driving shuttle buses to shared pods and robots for the delivery of goods, but it may also include cars for individual use such a super-light and long-range electric vehicles that are fun to drive.

It is important to understand that the underlying paradigm of the foreseeable transformations of the automobile will be a shift from mechanistic and autarkic to smart and connected systems: Whether it is the electric powertrain, the automated driving functions or the shared operation – all essentially require safe, efficient and reliable self-control, but significantly benefit from additional information on energy, traffic and demand provided by digital platforms in the backbone and the cloud. This is making smart components, modules and architectures and their integration into the networks of power, data and services the key to enabling the automobile of the future. Moreover, providing the ideal basis for big data analysis and deep learning, these smart systems promise further advancements of proactive, adaptive and intelligent on-demand mobility for people and goods in the future.

In view of these developments and projections, the topic of this year’s edition of the International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA) is “Smart Systems for Clean, Safe and Shared Road Vehicles”. Since more than 20 years, it has been the mission of the AMAA conference to detect novel trends in automotive electronics and communication systems and to discuss the implications early on.

AMAA 2018 – Key topics

Leading engineers and scholars from all around the world are cordially invited to participate in the dialogue addres­sing ongoing research and novel developments.

Key topics of the AMAA 2018 are:

How to enable the electric, automated and shared car of the future? 
E.g. electrification, automation & connectivity, next generation vehicular platforms, synergies at component & architectures level, disruptive architectures, AI, low power computing, cloud services & backend, multi-standard communication, smart production, technology transfer from robotics etc.

How to reliably perceive the environment of the vehicle? 
E.g. sensors for adverse weather or lighting conditions, advancement of contrast & resolutions, multi-sensor concepts, sensor data fusion, energy-efficient vehicular computing, machine-learning based perception, high-precision positioning, interaction with map data, robustness etc.

How to tailor human-machine interaction in automated vehicles? 
E.g. HMI design for high automation levels, handover concepts, driver monitoring, interaction with VRUs, intention recognition, new entertainment concepts for passengers etc.

How to guarantee data privacy and security? 
E.g. competing challenges of functional safety & data security, secure communication, authentication, encryption, key management, novel concepts from hard- & software, long-term compatibility of systems etc.

How to provide functional safety levels for and validation of fully automated vehicles? 
E.g. fail-operational systems, novel e/e architectures, design-for-safety, x-in-the-loop, seamless connectivity, cooperation between automotive & telecom systems, validation of non-deterministic/learning systems, top-down vs. bottom-up safety concepts, homologation, standardization etc.

How to facilitate energy efficiency, minimize pollutant emissions and maximize electric range? 
E.g. smart engine sensors & controllers, novel hybrid & e-motors & control strategies, smart battery management systems, efficient power electronics, predictive energy optimization, thermal management, wireless/en route charging, energy efficiency impacts of automation etc.


VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
EPoSS – The European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration

Conference Organizing Team
Dr. Beate Müller, Jörg Dubbert
Dr. Gereon Meyer (Chairman)