AutoNet2030 Final Workshop programme and speaker biographies

The AutoNet2030 Final Workshop programme has been finalized.  The AutoNet2030 project team and our distinguished workshop speakers are looking forward to welcoming all guests to the AstaZero test track on October 27th. Please see our speaker biographies below.

Dr. Angelos Amditis, AutoNet2030 Coordinator, Research Director ICCS, Greece
 Dr. Angelos Amditis is Research Director in the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) and member of its Board of Directors. He is the founder and the Head of the I-SENSE Group. He is the President and one of the founding members of ITS Hellas. He is representing ICCS at ERTICO-ITS Europe, where he is also a member of its Supervisory Board, of its Strategy Committee. He participates to the C-ITS and DTLF platforms to the GEAR 2030 and many other platforms and activities of EC. He is the writer of several peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and more than 170 conference papers. His current research interests in the field of ITS include Automated Transport Systems, Cooperative Systems, Electromobility and Smart Mobility, both for people and cargo (ITS for Logistics). He is also quite active on Internet related research (IoT, Cloud services etc.). He has participated in more than 80 R&D projects in the last 15 years. Currently he is the coordinator between other of: FABRIC (, AutoNet2030 ( connected automation) and the newly accepted NeMo project (electromobility). He is also the liaison manager of AdaptIVe. Other transport related projects include ITS-Observatory, i_HeERO (eCall), VRA and its successor CARTRE, CityMobil2, MOBiNET, TEAM.
Mr. Nino Zambara, Project and Policy Officer, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Belgium
Mr. Zambara is Project and Policy Officer at the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. In this position he is responsible for policy development in the area of IT and Mobility, as well as for the contract management of EU-funded research projects in the domain of Smart Mobility.

Mr. Zambara is a transport and traffic engineer and followed his professional education in The Netherlands and in Germany. His working experience in The Netherlands covers 15 years in both the public and the private sector, mainly in the fields of traffic engineering, public transport and international consultancy. In Belgium he has worked for UITP, the International organisation for Public Transport as manager for the rail division. He joined the European Commission in 2013.

Mr. Andras Kovacs, Director of R&D activities, BroadBit, Slovakia 
Andras Kovacs has a degree in Physics and a strong working experience with vehicular communications research. He has been the project coordinator of several EU co-funded research projects (PowerUp, Mobility2.0), and he has contributed to the ETSI standardisation process of the resulting new ITS geo-networking technologies. He has been contributing to the technical work of the Car-2-Car Communications Consortium during 2006-2008, and has authored several scientific papers on vehicular communications that were presented at international conferences. He is presently a contributing expert in the ETSI ITS committee’s special task force on conformance testing of cooperative ITS communication systems and in the ISO/IEC 15118-2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) standardisation. He is the Technical Manager of the AutoNet2030 project.
Mr. Pär Degerman, Senior Engineer, Connected Services, Scania, Sweden
Pär Degerman holds a master in applied physics and electrical engineering from Linköping University. He has been working with vehicle automation, connectivity and active safety systems for fifteen years. First while pursuing a research degree as a technical licentiate at Linköping University and since 2006 at Scania CV AB. His current responsibility areas include research, pre-development and development of connectivity solutions, standardization work towards ISO and ETSI and a role as an expert towards national authorities and the European Commission.
Mr. Xiangjun Qian, Research Engineer, ARMINES, France
Xiangjun Qian received the B.S. degree in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China in 2010, the Dip-Ing. degree from MINES ParisTech, Paris, France, in 2012, and is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in robotics and automation at MINES ParisTech. His main research interest lies in the control and coordination of multiple autonomous vehicles. He is also interested in the application of machine-learning techniques on the analysis of large-scale transportation networks.
Dr. Ali Marjovi, Post-doc Researcher, EPFL, Switzerland
Ali Marjovi has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Coimbra, Portugal in the field of Distributed Robotics. He received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his B.Eng. degree in the same field from the University of Isfahan in Iran. He is currently a post-doc researcher at the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland. His research interests include multi-robot and swarm robotics, olfactory robotics, and intelligent networked vehicles.
Dr. Marcus Obst, Project Manager, BASELABS GmbH, Germany
Dr. Marcus Obst is project manager at BASELABS. In his role, he is responsible for managing various projects with industry partners in the context of autonomous driving and 360 degree surround multi-sensor data fusion for pre-series projects. Moreover he is responsible for several European RTD projects AutoNet2030 and InDrive. Before, he has been a research associate since 2009 at Chemnitz University of Technology. In the European research projects CoVeL and GAIN he developed and implemented several innovative algorithms in the field of GNSS-based vehicle localization for ITS by utilizing robust Bayesian data fusion techniques. In 2015, he successfully finished his doctoral thesis in the field of “robust GNSS-based vehicle localization”.
Mr. Laurens Hobert, Researcher, HITACHI Europe, France
Mr. Laurens Hobert is a researcher for the Automotive and Industry Laboratory of Hitachi Europe in Sophia Antipolis, France. He received his Diploma (M.Sc.) in Telematics from the University of Twente in 2012 and participated in various European and French-funded projects, including CoVeL, DRIVE C2X, Score@f, eCo-FEV and AutoNet2030. In AutoNet2030, he was leading the specification of V2X protocols and is developing components for Cooperative Automated Driving and integrating them in the Hitachi demonstration vehicle. His research interests include Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), wireless communication, automated driving and machine learning. Furthermore, he is active since several years in ETSI TC ITS WG1 and WG3 for the standardization of V2X communication.
Dr. Andreas Festag, Group Manager, Fraunhofer IVI, Germany
Andreas Festag is group manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI), Cooperative Systems Group. He received a diploma degree (1996) and Ph.D. (2003) in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. As a researcher, he worked with the Telecommunication Networks Group (TKN) at the Technical University of Berlin, Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) in Berlin, NEC Laboratories in Heidelberg and Vodafone chair Mobile Communication Systems at Technical University Dresden. His research is concerned with architecture, design and performance evaluation of wireless and mobile communication systems and protocols, with a focus on vehicular communication and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He actively contributes to the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium and ETSI Technical Committee ITS. He has served as Chairman of ETSI Technical Committee ITS WG3 (Networking and Transport) since its creation in 2007.
Dr. Panagiotis Pantazopoulos, Researcher, ICCS, Greece
Dr. Panagiotis Pantazopoulos is a researcher affiliated with the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), Greece. His interests lie in the areas of design, analysis and performance evaluation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) protocols and applications. In the context of the AutoNet2030 project he has taken-over both technical and managerial roles. Prior to the involvement in ITS research he spent several years working on Internet content/services provision and Network Science at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece.
Dr. Luciano Altomare, Researcher and Technical Project Manager, CRF, Italy
 Luciano Altomare, graduated in Physics at Univ. of Bologna is a researcher at Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) Trento Branch, part of FCA Vehicle Research and Innovation, where he has been working since 2007. Within the European Framework Programmes he has been involved in various European projects on intelligent mobility and Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communication (SAFESPOT, DriveC2X, TEAM IP, AdaptiVe). In the AutoNet2030 project is responsible for developments, integration and managing for the CRF vehicle prototype”.
Mr. Alvaro Arrue, Project Manager, Applus IDIADA, Spain
Mr Álvaro Arrúe is Project Manager at the Electronics department in Applus IDIADA, Álvaro Arrúe holds an MsC in Telecommunications Engineering and an MsC in ICT in mobile networks by University of Zaragoza and he has developed his career close to R&D projects and Innovation activities. He is responsible in IDIADA for connected and automated driving activities and is currently involved in the following projects: iGAME (, COMPANION ( and VRA ( Álvaro Arrúe also represents IDIADA in several forums and working groups as EARPA (Chairman of the Electronics and Communications task force), ERTICO, iMobility Forum Automation Working Group or the C2C-CC, among others.
Dr. Satu Innamaa, Principal Scientist, VTT, Finland
Dr. Satu Innamaa works as Principal Scientist of Transport at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She earned a Master of Science degree in Technology in 1997 and Ph.D. degree in Traffic Engineering in 2009, both from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland. Satu has almost 20 years of experience in research on ITS, impact and quality assessment, traffic models, traffic management, and user needs. She has wide experience in field operational tests and other evaluations. She has participated in many EU-projects, like TeleFOT, DRIVE C2X, FOT-Net Data, CARTRE, NordicWay, EasyWay, EIP, EIP+, EU EIP, NEXT-ITS (1 & 2), and P4ITS. She has been a project leader of several national ITS and traffic related projects. Satu is the European co-leader of Trilateral (EU-US-Japan) Impact Assessment sub-group for Automation in Road Transportation.
Mr. Igor Passchier, Senior Technical Expert, TASS International, the Netherlands
Igor Passchier is Senior Technical Expert at TASS International. He is active in the area of development, testing and validation of automated vehicles and cooperative ITS systems. He has been responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the Dutch Integrated Test site for Cooperative Mobility in Helmond, The Netherlands, and is involved in the design of several other testing facilities around the world. Igor has been lead architect in national and international projects on cooperative and automated driving and is currently leading the hybrid communication activities in the Intercor project. He is responsible for the technical validation activities on behalf of TASS International in several European projects, including Timon, Cloud-LSVA, Hights, and Autopilot. In the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium Igor is workgroup leader of the working group on positioning and timing conformance assessment.
Dr. Jeroen Ploeg, Senior Research Scientist, TNO, the Netherlands
Jeroen Ploeg received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering on the control of vehicle platoons from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 2014.

From 1989 to 1999 he was affiliated with Koninklijke Hoogovens (currently Tata Steel), IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where his interest was in development and implementation of dynamic process control systems for large-scale industrial plants. Since 1999, he has been a Senior Research Scientist with the Integrated Vehicle Safety department, TNO, Helmond, The Netherlands, where he is currently heading the Cooperative Vehicle Systems group. His research interests include control system design for cooperative and automated vehicles, the design of interaction protocols for complex driving scenarios, and motion control of wheeled mobile robots. In particular, he focusses on the controller design for vehicular platooning and cooperative adaptive cruise control, with specific interest in string stability. Dr. Ploeg is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Dr. Katrin Sjöberg, Connected Vehicle Technology Specialist, Volvo, Sweden
Dr. Katrin Sjöberg works as a connected vehicle technology specialist at Volvo Group Trucks Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Her research interests range from channel modelling to applications for wireless systems in general and for V2X communication in particular for connected automated vehicles. She is active in C2C-CC and in ETSI TC ITS, where she holds a vice chairmanship of WG4.
Dr. Panagiotis Lytrivis, Senior Researcher, ICCS, Greece
Dr. Panagiotis Lytrivis received his Diploma degree from the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2006 and his PhD (NTUA) in High-level fusion techniques in vehicular networks in 2010. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) and he is leading the ITS team of the I-SENSE Group. His research interests include automated driving, cooperative systems and electromobility.
Daniel Hess, DLR, Researcher, Germany
Daniel Hess received his Diploma in Computer Science from University of Paderborn in 2009. From 2009 to 2014 he has been working at the Mechatronics Group at Ilmenau University of Technology. Currently he is with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transportation Systems and is participating in the EU projects VRA and UnCoVerCPS, as well as the DFG project CoInCiDE. His research interests include vehicle automation and control, safety guarantees for vehicle automation and cooperative driving.