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Program Co-Chairs

Alexey Vinel
University of Passau

Brief Bio
Alexey Vinel (1983) is a professor at the University of Passau, Passau, Germany, since 2022, where he is heading the Chair of Reliable Distributed Systems. He has been a professor with the School of Information Technology, Halmstad, Halmstad University, Sweden, since 2015 (part-time since 2022). He was professor II at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway in 2018-2021. He received the Ph.D. degrees from the Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, in 2013, and from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Moscow, Russia, in 2007. He is the Senior Member of IEEE (2012). His areas of interests include wireless communications, vehicular networking, and cooperative autonomous driving. ... More >>

Jeroen Ploeg
Siemens Industry Software Netherlands B.V.

Brief Bio

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.

He is currently with 2getthere, Utrecht, The Netherlands, were he leads the research and development activities in the field of cooperative automated driving for automated transit systems, in particular platooning. Since 2017, he also holds the position of part-time Associate Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. From 1989 to 1999, he was with Tata Steel, IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where his interest was in the development and implementation of dynamic process control systems for large-scale industrial plants. He was with TNO, Helmond, The Netherlands, from 1999 until 2017, ultimately as a Principal Scientist in the field of vehicle automation and road safety assessment.

His research interests include control system design for cooperative and automated vehicles, in particular string stability of vehicle platoons, the design of interaction protocols for complex driving scenarios, and motion control of wheeled mobile robots.

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Karsten Berns
University of Kaiserslautern

Brief Bio

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns has studied computer science with a special focus on artificial intelligence at the University of Kaiserslautern (1982 to 1988). For his research on "Neural Networks for the Control of a six-legged Walking Machine" he received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 1994. As head of the IDS (Interactive Diagnosis and Service Systems) department of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe (till 2003) he examined adaptive control concepts for different types of service robots. Since 2003 he is a full professor at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Present research activities are the realization of reliable, complex autonomous robotic systems. Therefore, he and his research group are developing the robotic middleware Finroc, the behavior-based control architecture iB2C as well as different validation and verification methodologies. The main application is off-road robotics, in which autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles like small trucks, excavators, harvesters, tractors, and rescue robots are under development.

Prof. Berns is frequently reviewer of several journals and robotic conferences. Furthermore, he is a member of a number of editorial boards. He also acts as reviewer for several national and international funding organizations. He is member of the IEEE, the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and the CLAWAR Association. He is a member of the executive committee of the German Robotics Association (DGR) and is leader of the technical committee for robotic systems of the GI. He was Dean of the department of computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern (2007 – 2010) and is member of the scientific directorate Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics of the Dagstuhl Seminar. Currently, he is spokesperson of the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) at the University of Kaiserslautern.

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Paolo Barsocchi, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Gergely Biczók, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Roberto Caldelli, National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Italy
Pedro Cardoso, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Rodrigo Carlson, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Ioannis Chatzigiannakis, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Baldomero Coll-Perales, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Spain
Gonçalo Correia, TU Delft, Netherlands
Noelia Correia, University of Algarve, Portugal
Oscar Esparza, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Dieter Fiems, Ghent University, Belgium
Lino Figueiredo, ISEP - Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
Paul Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, United States
Levent Guvenc, The Ohio State University, United States
Sonia Heemstra de Groot, Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands
Sin C. Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tamás Holczer, Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Hocine Imine, Gustave Eiffel University, France
Govand Kadir, University of Kurdistan-Hewler, Iraq
Markus Kampmann, University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, Germany
Tetsuya Kawanishi, Waseda University, Japan
Zdzislaw Kowalczuk, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Francine Krief, University of Bordeaux, France
Yong-Hong Kuo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Reza Langari, Texas A&M University, United States
Michael Mackay, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Barbara Masini, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Lyudmila Mihaylova, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Wrya Monnet, University of Kurdistan-Hewler, Iraq
Jânio Monteiro, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Antonio Montieri, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
Pedro Moura, Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra, Portugal
Mirco Nanni, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Fawzi Nashashibi, INRIA, France
Dario Pacciarelli, Roma Tre University, Italy
Brian Park, University of Virginia, United States
Paulo Pereirinha, Polytechnic of Coimbra - ISEC, Portugal
Joshue Pérez Rastelli, Tecnalia, Spain
Valerio Persico, Network Measurement and Monitoring (NM2) & University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
Hesham Rakha, Virginia Tech, United States
Prakash Ranjitkar, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Gianfranco Rizzo, University of Salerno, Italy
Enrique Romero-Cadaval, University of Extremadura, Spain
Jose Santa, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
Oleg Saprykin, Propzmedia, Samara State Aerospace University, Russian Federation
Wai Yuen Szeto, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Junfang Tian, Tianjin University, China
Costin Untaroiu, Virginia Tech, United States
Francesco Viti, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Shaw Voon Wong, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Elias Xidias, University of the Aegean, Greece
Chung-Hsing Yeh, Monash University, Australia