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Ralf Angerbauer

Ralf Angerbauer

Director IT Advance Development

Ralf Angerbauer

Currently I am the director of IT Advance Development with the focus topics artificial intelligence, blockchain, and edge computing. Before that I had a deep dive in the battery business and I have influenced different Bosch activities in terms of high voltage batteries for powertrains within Bosch for the past 10 years. I started at Bosch in 1999 as a trainee in research and development with a background in electrical engineering and computer science, focusing on communications and cryptography.

Ralf Angerbauer
Dr. Kai Oliver Arras

Dr. Kai Oliver Arras

Head of Robotics Program an Chief Expert Robotics

Dr. Kai Oliver Arras

In 2015, I started as head of the robotics research program and Chief Expert for robotics. Being on an academic career track, I was attracted to joining Bosch Corporate Research by the prospect of combining the advantages of academic and corporate research: I can conduct and publish basic research that extends the state of the art and, at the same time, have societal impact by transferring the results of my research into real products. Prior to joining Bosch, I was assistant professor at the University of Freiburg. I also served as PC member for conferences on robotics (RSS, ISER, ECMR), human-robot interaction (HRI, ICSR, HAI), artificial intelligence (ICAPS, AAAI SA, ECAI), and computer vision (CVPR, ICCV), was Associate Editor of IJSR, ICRA (4x), IROS (3x), and authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in those areas. I co-organized several workshops and conferences in different roles, was a member of the HRI steering committee and coordinator of EU-FP7 project SPENCER.

Dr. Kai Oliver Arras
Dr. Andreas Burghardt

Dr. Andreas Burghardt

Team leader Electronic materials

Dr. Andreas Burghardt

Studied Materials Science at TU Berlin, then completed the Bosch Ph.D. program at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, focusing on nanoceramics. Since 2008 Research Assistant at Corporate Research and Advance Engineering. Team Leader for “functional materials and near-net-shape processes for electronic applications”.

Dr. Andreas Burghardt
Jake Christensen, Ph.D.

Jake Christensen, Ph.D.

Director

Jake Christensen, Ph.D.

I direct the Energy Technologies department at the Research and Technology Center in North America and am the Chief Battery Modeling Engineer. My team develops electrochemical devices for reliable, affordable electromobility and clean, efficient use of our natural resources. We elucidate complex phenomena through modeling and simulation from the atom to system scale, fundamental material property measurement, and operando characterization.

Jake Christensen, Ph.D.
Thomas Economon, Ph.D.

Thomas Economon, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Thomas Economon, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist at Robert Bosch, LLC in Sunnyvale, CA in the field of multiphysics simulation and optimization. Received PhD and MS degrees in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University and holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Research interests include computational fluid dynamics (CFD), optimal shape design via adjoint-based methods, and high-performance computing. One of the original developers and a maintainer of the open-source SU2 software package for multiphysics analysis and design.

Thomas Economon, Ph.D.
Dr. Jochen Fassnacht

Dr. Jochen Fassnacht

Senior Expert Electrical Drive Systems

Dr. Jochen Fassnacht

My name is Jochen Fassnacht, and I’ve been working as a development engineer for Robert Bosch GmbH since 2002. Right now, I am working as a senior expert on the development of new traction drive systems for electromobility. My area of responsibility includes developing new electric traction drive and control systems and integrating them into the vehicle, along with practically all of the aspects that this entails.

Dr. Jochen Fassnacht
Dr. Reinhold Fiess

Dr. Reinhold Fiess

Senior Expert

Dr. Reinhold Fiess

I completed my studies and PhD in the field of electrical engineering with a specialization in optoelectronics. Within the corporate research department at Bosch, I am currently working as a senior expert for optical systems. Having acquired experience during different assignments ranging from research to production, I now contribute to a multitude of activities concerning the research and development of optical sensors and displays, such as micromechanical laser displays, holographic 3D displays, and novel optical components. The application perspectives of these technologies are given by future automotive and mobile displays or sensor systems for automated driving.

Dr. Reinhold Fiess
Joachim Frangen

Joachim Frangen

Chief Expert for Production Automation Engineering

Joachim Frangen

I am Joachim Frangen, Program Manager for ‘Industry 4.0 – Connected Industry’ and Chief Expert for Production Automation in the corporate sector Research and Advance Engineering. I technically coordinate research and development activities aiming at connected, agile, and smart manufacturing. We create visions for future production and convert innovative ideas into real-world I 4.0 solutions, in close co-operation with our plants and our business sector Industrial Technology.

Joachim Frangen
Dr.-Ing. Jorge Guajardo Merchan

Dr.-Ing. Jorge Guajardo Merchan

Principal Scientist and Senior Manager Security and Privacy Research Group, RTC Pittsburgh

Dr.-Ing. Jorge Guajardo Merchan

I am most excited about developing technologies that take advantage of ideas at the intersection of computer science, engineering, and physics and how principles from each of these domains interact to solve hard security problems.  From a technology point of view, I am interested in novel constructions and applications of physical unclonable functions, developing optimized protocols for multi-party computation, implementing applied cryptographic schemes in constrained environments, and developing novel hardware architectures to improve the performance and overall security of systems.

Dr.-Ing. Jorge Guajardo Merchan
Dr. Jürgen Hasch

Dr. Jürgen Hasch

Senior Expert

Dr. Jürgen Hasch

I studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. After graduation, I joined Corporate Research at Robert Bosch. Today I am a senior expert in RF technology, responsible for leading-edge RF sensing technologies at Bosch. Our group is working on advancing integrated radar technology, mainly for 77 GHz automotive radar. To do this, we closely collaborate with our business units and leading partners from industry and academia.

Dr. Jürgen Hasch
Imke Heeren

Imke Heeren

Senior Expert for Ceramic Materials and Near-Net-Shape Technologies

Imke Heeren

In the competence field “Materials and functional coatings” I am working as a senior expert with deep expertise in functional materials and ceramic high-tech solutions. In close contact worldwide with all ceramic-producing Bosch business units and leading external manufacturers, we push forward the industrialization of multi-functional components for autonomous driving, energy conversion, and medical technologies to enable entry in new markets.

Imke Heeren
Cory Henson, Ph.D.

Cory Henson, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Cory Henson, Ph.D.

I am a senior research scientist at Bosch Research and Technology Center with a focus on applying knowledge representation and semantic technology to enable autonomous driving. I also hold an Adjunct Faculty position at Wright State University. Prior to joining Bosch, I earned a PhD in Computer Science from WSU, where I worked at the Kno.e.sis Center applying semantic technologies to represent and manage sensor data on the Web.

Cory Henson, Ph.D.
Dr. Helerson Kemmer

Dr. Helerson Kemmer

Senior Expert, Project Manager

Dr. Helerson Kemmer

My name is Dr. Helerson Kemmer, and I am a thoroughgoing system engineer working with fuel cells for mobility applications. My function is to anticipate and shape the future systems and derive research projects to prepare my company for that. To accomplish these tasks, I am project leader and senior expert for future fuel cell systems.

Dr. Helerson Kemmer
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

I am Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation, and 25% W3 professor with TU Darmstadt. Modeling and simulation link the physical world to the cyber world. They are essential for product design in the era of digital transformation. My favorite questions are: What topics and skills are important in this area in 2025, and beyond? How can we implement methodological work results effectively and sustainably in our business units? And: I am scouting worldwide for relevant applied mathematics.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz
Dr. Franz Lärmer

Dr. Franz Lärmer

Research Fellow

Dr. Franz Lärmer

In 1990, I started as a physicist in microsystems technologies at Bosch Corporate Research. After 10 years of successful work on new MEMS sensors for automotive and consumer electronics, I stepped into the development of microfluidics solutions for molecular diagnostics in healthcare. Currently I am a research fellow/senior vice president chief expert, identifying and developing new applications for our Lab-on-Chip platform, together with our business unit BHCS.

Dr. Franz Lärmer
Dr. Philip Lenz

Dr. Philip Lenz

Researcher

Dr. Philip Lenz

I am a research scientist at the Computer Vision Lab of Robert Bosch GmbH. I am interested in object detection and tracking, sensor fusion, scene understanding, and machine learning. For me, automated driving at all levels is currently the most interesting challenge in computer vision and machine learning. My daily work is to push the borders for vision-based automated driving, making algorithms more robust and thus cars safer.

Dr. Philip Lenz
Dr. Jürgen Lüttin

Dr. Jürgen Lüttin

Research Scientist

Dr. Jürgen Lüttin

I am a research engineer in the Dependable Connected Systems Department (CR/AEX). I work in the area of cognitive systems and semantic technologies. My research interests include machine learning, knowledge management, semantic inference, and reasoning. Application areas of my research include driver assistance, speech recognition, computer vision, face recognition, smart agriculture, handwriting recognition, and video surveillance.

Dr. Jürgen Lüttin
Dr. Andreas Michalowski

Dr. Andreas Michalowski

Senior Expert for ultrashort pulse laser material processing

Dr. Andreas Michalowski

I am a passionate researcher in the field of laser production engineering, and as a senior expert at Corporate Research, I am responsible for the bases and simulation of laser processes with ultrashort-pulse lasers. We harness light for the manufacture of high-precision products possessing entirely new features.

Dr. Andreas Michalowski
Dr. Olaf Ohlhafer

Dr. Olaf Ohlhafer

Development Engineer

Dr. Olaf Ohlhafer

I work in a department that researches and does the advance engineering of future products for which fluid dynamics have an important function. We see disruptive principles, new system approaches, and completely new product technologies as some of the main drivers of our innovations. My activities range from the initial generation of ideas and evaluation of concepts to the realization and testing of prototypes.

Dr. Olaf Ohlhafer
Alessandro Oltramari, Ph.D.

Alessandro Oltramari, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Alessandro Oltramari, Ph.D.

I work on knowledge-based intelligent systems. My primary interest is to investigate how semantic resources like computational ontologies and lexical databases can be used to augment learning algorithms, and help machines to make sense of the world. I strive to make progress in explainable AI, which I’m convinced can be achieved only by designing systems that integrate human-accessible machine representations with neural networks.

Alessandro Oltramari, Ph.D.
Dr. Katsuhiko Oshikawa

Dr. Katsuhiko Oshikawa

Manager

Dr. Katsuhiko Oshikawa

As a manager and a researcher in the field of catalysis, I have expertise in methane reforming, diesel exhaust after-treatment, and fuel cell systems. Past experiences include work at Toyota and also at a subsidiary of former Degussa, along with a teaching position at the International Christian University. Presently leading an international team for fuel cell technology development and proliferation.

Dr. Katsuhiko Oshikawa
Dr. Carolina Passenberg

Dr. Carolina Passenberg

Research Engineer Dynamic Systems and Control

Dr. Carolina Passenberg

In 2012, I started working in the control engineering research group @ Robert Bosch GmbH. I focus on model- based, adaptive and learning control methods ready for implementation on electronic control units. My colleagues and I already improved performance and calibration efficiency on real-world hydraulic, thermodynamic, and energy-generating systems. I am glad for being part of Bosch, as Bosch allows me not only to do cutting-edge research but also to combine work and family life.

Dr. Carolina Passenberg
Liu Ren, Ph.D.

Liu Ren, Ph.D.

Global Head and Chief Scientist of HMI Technologies and Systems

Liu Ren, Ph.D.

I am the Global Head and Chief Scientist of HMI at Bosch Research in Silicon Valley and responsible for shaping strategic direction and developing cutting-edge HMI technologies such as AR, visual analytics, NLP, conversational AI, and human factors. I further oversee HMI research activities of teams in the USA, Germany, and China and have won the Bosch North America Inventor of the Year Award for 3D maps (2016), Best Paper Award (2018), and Honorable Mention Award (2016) for big data visual analytics in IEEE Visualization.

Liu Ren, Ph.D.
Georgy Samsonidze, Ph.D.

Georgy Samsonidze, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

Georgy Samsonidze, Ph.D.

We use quantum mechanical simulations for predicting properties of materials at the atomic scale. The properties are varied (conductivity, stability, reactivity, sensitivity, selectivity) and application specific (thermoelectrics, batteries, fuel cells, sensors). We perform a computational screening of candidate materials for the desired property and suggest promising candidates for experimental synthesis and characterization.

Georgy Samsonidze, Ph.D.
Dr. Raphaëlle Satet

Dr. Raphaëlle Satet

Senior Manager

Dr. Raphaëlle Satet

I am a materials scientist by training and joined Bosch in 2005 to work first on ceramics design. Then, as a process engineer in Tilburg (NL), I developed manufacturing processes in cross-functional teams. Since 2015, I have worked as a senior manager in the field of energy storage and converters. Here, the challenge is all about linking the performance and reliability of electrochemically active components to microstructural design and processing.

Dr. Raphaëlle Satet
Dr. Veronika Schleper

Dr. Veronika Schleper

Research Engineer

Dr. Veronika Schleper

My name is Veronika Schleper, and I deal with the aspects of virtual product development. During my Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, my research was predominantly in the areas of optimization and multiphase flows. Since 2016, I have been working as a research engineer, dealing with shape optimization and fluid dynamics, especially in porous media. The application areas range from heat exchangers to state-of-the-art fuel cells.

Dr. Veronika Schleper
Dr. Stefan Schmid

Dr. Stefan Schmid

Senior Expert in the area of IoT

Dr. Stefan Schmid

As a computer scientist, I am excited to explore and advance innovative technologies in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected services. After years of next-generation mobile network research and standardization, I now concentrate on the key challenges of leveraging data of connected devices, namely semantic interoperability and knowledge management in open and scalable data ecosystems.

Dr. Stefan Schmid
Young Shik Shin, Ph.D.

Young Shik Shin, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Young Shik Shin, Ph.D.

I am an engineer with a broad background from mechanical engineering to medical diagnostics. Currently, I am a senior research scientist in the bioelectronics team. Our team is developing new technologies for next-generation medical diagnostics, especially for point-of-care applications. Our vision is to revolutionize healthcare by combining Bosch competencies such as MEMS sensors, circuit design, wireless communication, and biochemistry.

Young Shik Shin, Ph.D.
Bernd Stuke

Bernd Stuke

Research Engineer

Bernd Stuke

In our group, we develop components and simulation methods in the field of fluid dynamics. We devise experimental analyses and use various simulation tools to investigate fluid-dynamic phenomena. I am “at home” in both domains.

Bernd Stuke
Dr. Shogo Takamuku

Dr. Shogo Takamuku

Senior Expert

Dr. Shogo Takamuku

I am an internationally experienced R&D manager (Japan, USA, Sweden, Germany), including OEM (Nissan), Tier 1 (Bosch, presently), Supplier (Solvay) and Research Institute (e.g., Max Planck) positions, in the field of polymer and fuel cell, along an entrepreneurship spirit. Presently, our team works with global colleagues at different organizations, focusing on PEMFC stack technologies, involving external partners, where I am a senior expert.

Dr. Shogo Takamuku
Torsten Welfonder

Torsten Welfonder

Senior Expert – Digitalization in Building Technology

Torsten Welfonder

The topic of energy efficiency in buildings is where my passion lies. After studying mechanical engineering, I initially took up a position at Transsolar developing energy concepts for large commercial buildings. Since 2007, I’ve been working in research at Bosch. One of the focal points of my work is the simulation and model-based optimization of energy systems in buildings. On top of that, since 2017 I have been head of the working group BIM@Bosch, whose goal is to prepare Bosch for digitization in building technology.

Torsten Welfonder
Gary Yama

Gary Yama

Senior Expert

Gary Yama

Engineer for development of new sensor fabrication processes to be used in next-generation products. I review new materials and processes and, depending on how promising they look, integrate them into prototypes for enhancement of sensor functionality. Using the cleanroom Stanford University wafer fabrication facility, parts are fabricated for proof of concept. If successful and there is market demand, they are transferred for mass production. Some of these parts are now commercialized for use in timing references by the spin-off company, SiTime.

Gary Yama
Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

My name is Dirk Ziegenbein, and I am Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems, a term coined at Bosch for systems which need to adapt to evolving and partially unknown operating conditions. In addition, I lead a group of 20 experts researching software systems engineering methods for cyber-physical systems in automotive, robotics, and IoT.

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

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