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November 12 - 13, 2019 Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany

New Times! New Challenges! New Methods?!

8th International Symposium on Development Methodology


On November 12th and 13th, 2019, the 8th International Symposium on Development Methodology will take place, focusing on the field of vehicle and powertrain development. The event is organized by AVL together with the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Powertrain Systems of the Technical University Darmstadt.

New Times and New Challenges – this describes the current situation the powertrain development industry is facing. How will individual mobility look like in the coming years and what types of powertrain concepts will coexist? What are the right methodical approaches to master these challenges? RDE and the increasing electrification of powertrains are the main drivers in technological development, what will come in addition and where will it lead us?

We also experience dynamic developments in the commercial vehicle and offroad sector. One thing is for sure – Methods will play an essential role for all solutions. Therefore we choose New Times! New Challenges! New Methods?! as the theme for the 2019 symposium.


Main topics of this event

  • Development methodology from practice for the development and validation of conventional and electrified powertrain (best practice from system development, simulation, approach, calibration, modeling and optimization).
  • Digitalization / virtualization / simulation
  • Shifting testing and validation from the road to test benches and the virtual world: Connecting of the virtual world with the real development environment, simulation and DigitalTwin.
  • Development methodology for current legislative or technology issues, e.g. RDE (Real Driving Emissions).
  • Connecting of various components in the vehicle and the vehicle with the environment as well as automated and/or autonomous driving with driver assistance systems.
  • Methodical approaches in the area of Big Data – potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs and control complexity.


Why should I participate in this event?

  • Tailor-made event: A unique event with target-oriented issues and practical experiences for people involved with development methodology in vehicle and powertrain development.
  • Comprehensive and compact: Get up-to-date in just two days and find out about new trends and developments in development methodology.
  • First-hand theoretical and practical knowledge: Learn more and directly from the users about development methods and how to adapt the methods to changing requirements.
  • Starting and expanding networks: Take the opportunity to get in touch with selected professionals and establish contacts. A network for professional exchange and career development that you can come back on!
  • Key issues and discussion platform with relevance for users and managers in vehicle and powertrain development.



Evening Program

On the evening of November 12th, 2019, we would like to spend a special evening with you. We look forward to your participation.

Info Point

Kurhaus Wiesbaden
Kurhausplatz 1
65189 Wiesbaden

Registration fee:
All fees include proceedings, catering and evening program (plus VAT).

€ 1100,-  Registration fee
€ 975,-    if you register before July 26st, 2019 (early bird discount)
€ 550,-    for members of universities (limited)
€ 220,-    for students (limited)
free of charge for Speakers

Terms of payment:
30 days from date of invoice, net

The registration fee will be reimbursed (minus € 70,- for administrative costs – students € 20,- – plus VAT) provided that a written cancellation is received by September 27th, 2019 (postal date). Cancellations after this date will result in the forfeit of the full registration fee.

Presentation languages:
German and English (simultaneous translation)

Subsidized participation for students:
Students have the possibility to apply for a complimentary participation subsidized by the following companies: Daimler, Denso, Valeo Siemens, VW and AVL (limited number of seats).

Please address any inquiries relating to papers to:
AVL Deutschland GmbH
AVL List GmbH

Christopher Christ
Kreuzberger Ring 24
65205 Wiesbaden-Erbenheim

Phone: +49 611 335496-0
Email: entwicklungsmethodik@avl.com

Please address any organizational questions to:
AVL Deutschland GmbH
Willi Klemens
Peter-Sander-Straße 32
55252 Mainz-Kastel
Phone: +49 6134 7179-453
Email: willi.klemens@avl.com

Order Proceedings

If you want to order one of the last proceedings, please click here.

Program Committee

The quality of the technical papers is guaranteed by the Programme Committee.

We would like to thank:

Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Beidl Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Beidl
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dipl.-Ing. Christopher Christ Dipl.-Ing. Christopher Christ
AVL List GmbH
Dieter Gundel
Volkswagen AG Wolfsburg
Dr. Olaf Herrmann
Denso Automotive Deutschland GmbH
Roland Jeutter Roland Jeutter
AVL Deutschland GmbH
Thorsten Kniesa

Thorsten Kniesa
Opel Automobile GmbH

Dr. Michael Kordon Dr. Michael Kordon
AVL List GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Eike Martini
Dipl.-Ing. Eike Martini
Valeo Siemens eAutomotive
Wolfgang Puntigam
AVL List GmbH
Peter Renninger
Daimler AG
Prof. Bernhard Schick
Hochschule Kempten

Call for Papers

Would you like to contribute to the development of the leading platform for development methodology with around 250 participants? Then apply for a Call for Paper and contribute to the success of the symposium. We kindly ask to submit abstracts for the following, exemplary topics.

Main focus will be methodology development and application in the context of:

  • Conventional Powertrains
  • Electrification / Fuel Cell
  • Hybridisation
  • E-Fuels

New Times – what are today’s main drivers for vehicle development?

  • Climatic Change / CO2 Reduction – Zero Impact Emissions
  • Productivity / Decrease in usage of prototypes / cost
  • Efficiency vs Effectiveness
  • Connected Vehicles / Software over the Air / Data Security
  • Automated / autonomous driving
  • Powertrain-Mix / Diversity of concepts
  • Big Data / Cloud / Data Security
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning
  • Connectivity / Internet of Things
  • Disruptive changes / Changes in competition / New Player Entry

New Challenges – which challenges do today’s main drivers lead to?

  • What will stay? What has to change?
  • Technology / Legislation
    • RDE
    • NVH
    • OBD
    • Robust Solutions
  • Affordable Mobility
    • Variant Management
    • Re-Use / Modularity
    • Freight traffic concepts / Logistic-Concepts
  • Live cycle
    • Craddle to Grave
    • Field tests a spart of development process
    • Zero Impact Emissions
  • Human Being
    • War for Talent
    • Agile Organisationen
    • Qualification & Change in work profiles
    • Transformation

New methods – which methodology based approaches will help to master the challenges?

  • Model Based Development & Validation
    • Consistency
    • Automation
    • Modelling
    • Field data anaylsis
    • Robust solutions
  • Digitalisation / Digital Twin / Big Data
  • Virtualisation / Simulation
  • System Engineering
    • Requirements Engineering
    • Funtion orientated development
    • Co-Simulation
    • Functional Safety
  • Project Management 2.0    
    • Agility
    • Customers expectations vs legislation
    • Make or Buy
    • End of Life

We are looking forward to receiving your abstract with a maximum of 3000 characters, including title, authors, co-authors and company names as well as contact details. Please send it to the contact below by 1st of March, 2019, at the latest:


AVL Deutschland GmbH
Mr. Willi Klemens
Peter-Sander-Straße 32
55252 Mainz-Kastel
Tel.: +49-6134-7179 453

Hotel Reservation

We have blocked rooms at designated hotels for this event. If you would like to book your hotel please visit the following link: Hotel Reservation

Student’s Sponsorship

The sponsors are supporting free participation for students. If you are interested in networking and access to expert knowledge please apply via email entwicklungsmethodik@avl.com.

Many thanks to our sponsors!



Application criteria and selection process:
Subsidized places are applicable for Bachelor and Master students focusing on the topics of vehicle engineering, combustion engines or comparable subjects.

Applications should contain a motivation letter, a confirmation of matriculation as well as certificates of completed examinations. If applications are on a par, further selection will be based on a “first-come, first-served” principle.

All submitted applications will be evaluated by the program committee. By submitting applications, students agree to these rules and eligibility requirements, especially that AVL may forward submitted documents to the organizations mentioned above. Any recourse to courts of law is excluded.

Closing date for submission of application is the 27th of September 2019.

Please submit your papers to the following email address: entwicklungsmethodik@avl.com.




08.45 Welcome and Opening of the 8th International Symposium on Development Methodology
Prof. H. List – AVL List GmbH
Session 1: Keynote; Chairman: Prof. C. Beidl, Technical University Darmstadt
09.00 Why Now?
M. Forissier – Valeo Powertrain Systems
09.30 Climate Protection + the Transport Sector - New Approaches
F. Loogen – e-mobil BW GmbH
10.00 Coffee break
Session 2: New Times! – New Methods?!; Chairman: Prof. C. Beidl, Technical University Darmstadt
10.30 RDE – From Road to Rig
S. Dhingra, D. Homan – Jaguar Land Rover Limited; D. Lemmerer, H. P. Gigerl – AVL List GmbH
11.00 Steady-State Measurements in DoE – an Obsolete Heritage of the Past?!
S. Scheidel, M.-S. Gande, P. Williams, A. Wagner, H. P. Grassberger – AVL List GmbH
11.30 Continuous Model-Based Validation of Electric Traction Drives
S. Boog, Dr. S. Görhardt, R. Müller, Dr. A. Elsäßer – MAHLE International GmbH
12.00 Machine Learning in Vehicle Development: Methods and Use Cases
Dr. K. Jonas, F. Noering – Volkswagen AG


New Challenges in Electrification
Chairman: E. Martini, Valeo Siemens eAutomotive Germany GmbH
New Methods! Existing Data;
Chairman: P. Renninger, Daimler AG
13.45 Method to Transfer High Dynamic Driving Maneuvers with Electric Drives on a Powertrain Test Bench
L. Nigl, Dr. J.-M. Birkhold – Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG; K. Bause – IPEK – Institut für Produktentwicklung am KIT
13.45 Machine Learning Approach for the Control of Dynamic Systems in the Air Path of Diesel Engines
M. O. Wagner – Daimler AG
14.15 Transition and Reuse of ICE Testing Tools and Methods to Ensure a Competitive Fuel Cell Development
H. P. Grassberger, Dr. R. Neubauer, T. Krauss – AVL List GmbH
14.15 Structured Data Management & Analytics Solution
Jianan Ma – AVL North America; Barney Nefcy – Ford Motor Company
14.45 Paradigm Change in Application-Methods for Electrical-Drive-Controllers: From-Self- Commissioning for Industrial Drives to Map-Measurement-Based Identification- Methods for Electrical Traction Drives of EVs
Dr. A. Rambetius, M. Steinmüller – Valeo Siemens eAutomotive Germany GmbH
14.45 Integration of Physical Knowledge in Empirical Models – a New Approach to Regression Analysis
Prof. G. Kronberger, C. Haider, Dr. M. Kommenda – Fachhochschule Oberösterreich; S. Scheidel – AVL List GmbH; Dr. M. Kordon – AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering GmbH
15.15 Coffee Break 15.15 Coffee Break
New Challenges in Electrification
Chairman: Prof. G. Hohenberg, IVD Prof. Hohenberg GmbH
New Methods! Existing Data;
Chairman: D. Gundel, Volkswagen AG
15.45 Drive Inverter Testing with Virtual E-motors Using Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Emulation Concept
Dr. A. Schmitt, Dr. P. Winzer, Dr. M. Schnarrenberger, H. Hammerer – AVL SET GmbH
15.45 Artificial Intelligence for the Parametrization of Advanced Powertrain Control Systems
Dr. H.-J. Wiehoff, A. Brandl, M. Kausche, M. Wutz, T. A. Gargiso
16.15 To charge, or not to charge
M. Bersac – Valeo Siemens eAutomotive France SAS
16.15 Simulation parameter lifecycle management as key element in the powertrain development process at Toyota
K. Kishino - TOYOTA Motor Corperation; Dr. J. Zehetner, S. Forstner - AVL List GmbH; H. Akimatsu - AVL Japan K.K.
16.45 Optimization of a Scenario-Based Thermal Management for a Battery Electric Vehicle Through Automated Mission Profile Simulation
A. Kowallik – BMW AG; Prof. C. Beidl – Technical University Darmstadt
16.45 Fast Analysis of Worldwide Distributed Endurance Run Data
Dr. T. Abthoff, D. Boja – NorCom Information Technology GmbH & Co. KGaA
17.15 ThermoLab for Battery Electric Vehicle – Thermal Development on Testbeds
A. Koller, Dr. H. Raiser – Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG; C. Mayr, M. Walcher – AVL List GmbH; D. Ciglar – AVL-AST d.o.o.
17.15 Gear Noise Reduction for an e-Axle
H.-P. Koegeler, C. Schweiger – AVL List GmbH
18.30 Transfer to the Evening Event
19.00 Welcome Cocktail followed by Dinner


New Methods RDE; Chairman: Dr. M. Kordon, AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering GmbH New Challenges! ADAS & Connectivity; Chairman: Prof. Schick, Kempten University of Applied Sciences
09.00 Optimization of cold start emissions on 4x4 powertrain testbed – a key to RDE emission compliance
F. Duchi, S. Koch – AVL List GmbH; Dr. D. Buch – AVL Deutschland GmbH
09.00 Connected Testing of ADAS and Powertrain Functions on Integration Test Beds
Dr. F. Pfister – IPG Automotive GmbH;
09.30 Optimization of Dynamics and Start Behavior on the RDE Engine Test Bench by Using a Real- Time Tool Chain in CoSimulation
T. Steinhaus, H. Zlojo, Prof. C. Beidl – Technical University Darmstadt; M. Conin – IVD Deutschland GmbH
09.30 Steering at the Powertrain Test Bench – A New Validation Method for Highly Automated Systems up to the Limits of Vehicle Dynamics
A. Hartwecker, O. Al-Saidi, Prof. S. Müller – Technical University Berlin
10.00 Digitalization of Powertrain Calibration – Hardware-in-the-Loop and its Opportunities
S.-Y Lee, Prof. J. Andert – RWTH Aachen University; Dr. J. Schaub, M. Kötter, T. Körfer, Dr. H. Neises, S. Ghetti, B. Lindemann – FEV Europe GmbH
10.00 Homologation and Validation of Automated Driving Functions – It’s all About an Efficient Methodology and Process!
T. Ponn – TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH; Dr. T. Düser – AVL Deutschland GmbH
10.30 Coffee Break 10.30 Coffee Break
New Methods RDE; Chairman: Dr. O. Herrmann, DENSO Automotive Germany GmbH New Challenges! ADAS & Connectivity; Chairman: Dr. W. Puntigam, AVL List GmbH
11.00 New Approaches for Virtualized Diesel Powertrain System Development
B. van Moergastel, S. Visser, K. Norgel, Dr. O. Herrmann – DENSO Automotive Germany GmbH
11.00 AI in Cockpit and Autonomous Driving
J. Langenwalter – NVIDIA GmbH
11.30 Utilising Machine Learning Techniques to Parameterise Engine Control Unit Maps
Dr. F. Mohd Azmin, Dr. J. Seabrook – Ricardo UK Ltd.
11.30 Suitability Analysis for Cloud-Based Vehicle Functions
F. Milani, M. Foell – Robert Bosch GmbH; Prof. C. Beidl – Technical University Darmstadt
12.00 RDE Evaluation by Efficient Fleet Data Management and Advanced Analytics
S. Bauer, Prof. C. Beidl – Technical University Darmstadt; Dr. K. Laubis – AVL Deutschland GmbH; Dr. N. Keuth – AVL List GmbH
12.00 Customer on Stage – A Holistic and User- Centered Development Process for Connected Powertrains
S. Barth, Dr. M. Fischer – Honda R&D Europe GmbH
12.30 Integration of the Virtual Engine Calibration into the Real Development Environment – How Important is the Human Factor in the Change Process?
Prof. H. Ihme-Schramm, Prof. T. Netzel – Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; A. Schramm – Consultant
12.30 Optimal System-Level Design of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Using Neural Network-Based Component Models and Particle Swarm Optimization
C. Gletter – Daimler AG; Prof. J. Kallo – Ulm University; Prof. T. Winsel – Kempten University of Applied Sciences
13.00 Lunch 13.00 Lunch


New Methods – Different Challenges?!; Chairman: C. Christ, AVL List GmbH New Challenges! ADAS & Connectivity; Chairman: Prof. B. Schick – Kempten University of Applied Sciences
14.30 Rationalization of Stepped Transmission Calibration
P. Danckers – Punch Powertrain NV; Dr. T. Ebner, B. Wultsch, R. Schantl – AVL List GmbH
14.30 The Art of Cyber Security Orchestration
B. Wernerus, C. Pohl, Dr. F. Stumpf, Dr. T. Wollinger, Dr. M. Wolf – ESCRYPT GmbH
15.00 Efficiency Investigation of Tractor Systems by “Powertrain-in-the-Loop” Test Methodology
W. Stark, C. Pieke – John Deere GmbH & Co. KG; Dr. C. Schyr – AVL Deutschland GmbH
15.00 Parametrized End-to-End Scenario Generation Architecture for Autonomous Vehicles
H. Schneider, M. Nager – AVL List GmbH
15.30 Break 15.30 Break
Final Keynotes; Chairman: C. Christ, AVL List GmbH
15.40 What‘s Coming? – Technical Scenarios for the Decarbonisation of Road Traffic
Dr. S. Neugebauer – European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), BMW AG
16.10 DENSO‘s Development Approaches for Sustainable Mobility in Future Society
K. Uchiyama, Dr. O. Herrmann – Denso Automotive Germany GmbH
16.40 Closing Remarks
Prof. C. Beidl – Technische Universität Darmstadt; R. Jeutter – AVL Deutschland GmbH
17.00 End of Conference

November 12 - 13, 2019
Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany