Preliminary Conference Program

Autonomous Hardware, Software, Testing and Validation


The Autonomous Hardware, Software, Testing and Validation stream is exclusively dedicated to the design and development of highly automated and unmanned construction, mining, agricultural, industrial, and off-highway vehicles. The stream will focus on case studies and applications, testing and validation, and simulation and software.

Best practices learned in fielding autonomous tractors and trucks

Mel Torrie
CEO
Autonomous Solutions Inc
USA
ASI has been developing autonomous industrial vehicles for 20 years in markets including agriculture, mining, and construction. The presentation will share the painfully learned lessons on that journey and case studies of projects in which they were learned. These lessons will touch on topics including hardware, software, system integration, testing, validation, change management and commissioning.

Redefining future autonomous transport solutions on and off road

Uwe Müller
Program manager commercial pilots
Volvo Autonomous Solutions
Germany
Drawing on decades of technology expertise from across the Volvo Group, the newly formed Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) has been established to accelerate the development, commercialization and sales of autonomous transport solutions. This presentation explains how the combined force of the Group’s dedicated vehicle technology is driving customer solutions on and off road. From the Group’s first self-driving mining truck and 5G-operated remote-controlled wheel loader through to the world’s first emission-free quarry and now to the commercial pilot of an autonomous electric hauler, VAS is leading the industry with a total autonomous transport package.

Danfoss autonomous forklift for warehouse operations

Dr Helder Camara
Senior autonomous software engineer
Danfoss Power Solutions
Denmark
Danfoss shows again that it is an innovative company in autonomous machines by developing autonomous forklift solutions for indoor warehouses. The goal is to provide machine platforms with advanced capability using Danfoss products that empower customers to develop machines with fully autonomous operation using inexpensive sensors, manipulation of overhead loads, operation in unstructured cluttered environments, and in collaboration with human operators. The Danfoss Autonomous Forklift is equipped with cameras, laser scanners, IMU and a powerful onboard computer. A reference software implementation is also developed and tested, which allows a base level of full autonomy, enabling autonomous pick-and-place tasks.

Digital solutions for future construction sites – Concept-X

Dongwook (Derek) Lee
Executive vice president
Doosan Infracore
Korea
This presentation will give an overall background of Concept-X, through its digital solutions for the outdoor smart factory. It will also outline the core technologies of Concept-X (X-Center, autonomous excavator, autonomous wheel loader) and what the next steps will be.

Software co-execution platform for connected off-highway machines

Adrien Mouaffo Tiadjio
IoT product manager
Bosch Rexroth AG
Germany
In the growing world of connected off-highway machines, new players are offering software solutions/digital services for end customers. Moreover, new business models are emerging, where these new players have to establish a long-term direct relationship with the machine owner/end customer in order to have a profitable business. To address these changes, Bosch Rexroth is setting up a software co-execution platform for connected off-highway machines, where different players can deploy, monitor and share software services. These software services are run on the Linux-based Rexroth Connectivity Unit and remotely managed using the Bosch Device Management Portal.

Active automatic chassis stabilization for an excavator

Dr Christoph Boes
Principal engineer
Moog GmbH
Germany
This paper shows the development of a high-performance servohydraulic actuation system for excavators to allow an 'easy drive' and/or teleoperated driving and later on an autonomous driving mode. The architecture of the system, based on a central unit and intelligent actuators, will be presented. Results will be shown in the form of measured values in a video clip showing the driving machine. The stabilization of the vehicle platform during off-road driving requires extremely high loop gains or performance in the force loops of the actuators.

Autonomous tractors and production management with Kubota

David Hart
Managing director of Kubota UK and vice president business transformation
Kubota UK
UK
TBC

Intelligent perception for agricultural automation

Dr Edmond DuPont
Principal engineer
Southwest Research Institute
USA
Autonomous vehicles for agricultural applications have grown in recent years as an emerging technology to support productivity and sustainability. Perception sensors integrated with artificial intelligence can be applied to various crop-related applications and support safe automated navigation, environment modeling and crop analysis. This work presents the application of cameras and lidar sensors to classify environmental features applicable to agricultural environments. The intelligent perception framework extracts the structural profile and spectral classification of vegetation that can support various automated tasks that include mowing, harvesting and baling.

Coordinated mission management for multiple agricultural autonomous machines

Jorge Viramontes
Engineering manager - autonomous systems
JCA Electronics
Canada
The introduction of agricultural autonomous machines presents an opportunity to shift from large machines toward solutions that use multiple smaller units to increase the efficiency, scalability and flexibility of farming operations. This presentation will cover some of the main challenges and considerations associated with managing multi-machine systems, including path planning, real-time adaptive missions, communication architecture and data management across multiple machines.

Snow removal at airports: from vision to operation

John Emil Halden
Acting manager
Yeti Snow Technology AS
Norway
Yeti Snow Technology and Øveraasen have won the world's first commercial contract for delivery of autonomous snow removal equipment at airports. Over the next few years, the Swedish airport operator Swedavia will start using unmanned vehicles for winter maintenance of runways and taxiways at its airports. The presentation will cover the journey from the first vision of autonomous snow removal at airports to implementation at a major international airport in Scandinavia.

Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Powertrain Solutions


The Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Powertrain Solutions stream is exclusively dedicated to the design and development of electric and hybrid vehicle technology for the construction, agricultural, industrial and off-highway vehicle industry.

Off-road is CORE to ZE success

Bill Van Amburg
Executive vice president
Calstart
USA
California has just launched the Clean Off Road Equipment (CORE) incentive program, managed by Calstart and modeled on the successful HVIP on-road incentive program. CORE targets the leading equipment segments most ready for zero-emissions operations (terminal/yard tractors, TRUs, GSE, cargo lifts and other segments) and provides funding to cover incremental cost and infrastructure to help operators more quickly shift to cleaner equipment. Calstart will highlight how the programs work, the status of the eligible technologies, future equipment categories that could be included, how this will support the global market supply chain, and the applicability of this program to other regions.

From concept to reality – Volvo goes electric

Ahcène Nedjimi
Electromobility specialist
Volvo Construction Equipment
Sweden
Volvo Group has shifted to electromobility throughout its business – from trucks and buses to marine and construction equipment. This presentation will discuss the market-leading innovation journey of Volvo CE as the company moves from prototype machines and research projects through to an industry-first commitment to stop development of diesel-based compact machines and the launch of their electric counterparts. It will address the challenges of adapting electromobility to the market, and also the successes that have emerged from customer trials, including the ECR25 Electric’s debut at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.

Decarbonizing future powertrains

Dr Andrew Atkins
Global technical lead and senior technologist
Ricardo UK Ltd
UK
Industrial vehicles pose a challenge to the engineer at a system level. It is imperative to decarbonize operations while remaining economically sustainable and clean. Coupled with challenging operational needs, a flexible approach to both use and storage of onboard energy is required. This paper reviews options we are assessing and how they might expedite adoption of environmentally beneficial technology.

Global off-highway vehicle electrification trends – forecast to 2030

Pietro Boggia
Principal consultant
Frost & Sullivan
Spain
This presentation will take the audience through a recently published (November 2019) long-term forecast on OHV electrification trends at the global level. It will present a technology roadmap for OHV hybrid technology toward 2030 and beyond, introducing key drivers of electrification, and discussing market and technology trends and latest product advancements by OEMs. An off-highway equipment demand forecast will be revealed, predicting a brighter future for electrified machines. The market is expected to grow more than twofold by 2025. By 2030, the majority of OEMs will have ventured into the electrification domain.

Doosan's strategies for electrification and intelligent hybrid powertrain development

DocKoon Yoo
Leader of advanced engine development (general manager)
Doosan Infracore
Korea
This presentation will review Doosan’s strategies for electrification with 48V mild/full hybrid and e-powerpack – the Intelligent Hybrid Powertrain. This will include the concept and architecture, and results of development (simulation, bench and vehicle test).

Electrification is the objective – how can it be made possible?

Philipp Hermann
Market segment director
Danfoss Power Solutions
Germany
Electrification of construction machinery can offer a significant positive impact on productivity, operating cost and the environment. So why aren't we seeing many more electric construction machines in the field? The presentation will describe Danfoss's strategy to support our customers in overcoming the challenges of electrifying construction machinery. It will illustrate how we are utilizing the different technologies and capabilities in our organization to develop electrification solutions. The presented use case is a 13t wheel loader that was converted to a fully electric machine at our Application Development Center.

Process and solutions for the electrification of a Compact-Wheel-Loader

Giacomo Fiocchi
Powetrain & Control Systems director
CARRARO SpA
Italy
Carraro defined its sustainability path looking at the vehicle and drivetrain electrification as a significant opportunity in order to limit emissions without reducing productivity and efficiency. We'll start from the Carraro process and methodologies in order to identify the right electric architecture and sizing the e-components through a model & simulation approach based on vehicle data and duty cycle. This process will be applied to a real use case focused on the electrification of a compact wheel loader and it will lead to two different solutions based on two different voltage levels with pro & cons and business cases

System dynamics simulation for evaluation of energy-efficient compaction drives architecture

Dr Ashraf Zeid
Principal engineer II - virtual product development
Volvo Construction Equipment
USA
This work presents the use of system dynamics simulation for the evaluation of architectural structure that may include various energy sources for compaction drives. We use simulation to quantify compaction performance in terms of energy usage and components value proposition. We use AMESIM as the system dynamics modeling environment. AMESIM allows us to explore various electric architectures and compare them with hydraulic architectures in terms of energy efficiency. This choice also allows us to use the system dynamics models that we built for trade-off studies in co-simulation mode as plant models for algorithmic controls development. Decoupled dynamics justify run-time efficiency.

Current developments of high-torque e-motor design for off-road applications

Lukas Kirzinger
Software and functions engineer
AVL Software and Functions GmbH
Germany
As electrification hits the automotive industry, not only passenger cars are affected. Trucks and off-road applications are explored for alternative drives as well. Here, no high speeds have to be achieved, and most of the time machines with high torque are required. AVL will give an overview of current developments in this area, including challenges for these applications and machine types, and solutions to achieve the best torque densities.

Modular and scalable electric drive platform for non-road mobile machinery

Dr Markus Merkel
Professor
Aalen University of Applied Sciences/Institute for Virtual Product Development
Germany
Dirk Schuhmann
Doctoral candidate/academic assistant
Aalen University
Germany
This paper presents a modular and scalable electric drive platform for NRMMs. The platform is part of a research project called Muffel+ funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The platform can be integrated into different machines with different performance classes. The modular and scalable electric drive platform will be demonstrated using the example of a hybrid multifunctional vehicle. The research project includes drive motors, power electronics and an intelligent control and cooling concept for the powertrain. The platform offers the possibility to integrate compact function-integrated components, which are produced by additive manufacturing.

Cab Design, Controls, Ergonomics & HMI

The Cab Design, Controls, Ergonomics & HMI stream will explore next-generation cabin design and future technologies for industrial, commercial and off-highway vehicles. Topics will include enhanced productivity and operator comfort, display systems, and electronics.

Lightweight cab design and production

Uwe Rastel
Vice president engineering and sales
Fritzmeier Cabs
Germany
The presentation will discuss lightweight design and production in the off-highway and utility environments, and what they mean for complete structures and system modules for high-tech cabs. In particular, it will describe how Fritzmeier came up with solutions for lightweight cab design in the context of production operations. It will outline the aluminum extrusion process in detail and explain how it enables the production of aluminum sections with high precision, different wall thicknesses and multiple chambers, aligned with the central benefits of safety, ergonomics, comfort and economy, and the key benefit of functional integration capability.

Flex-Steer solution – impact on modern cab designs

Ruediger Huettmann
Product manager
Danfoss GmbH & Co OHG
Germany
In strong collaboration with OEMs, Danfoss developed a new on-road steer-by-wire subsystem solution called Flex-Steer. With the removal of the steering column and steering wheel, the solution allows for an unobstructed view of the area directly in front of the cabin, and Danfoss shows leadership and innovation regarding designing cabins and machines. The subsystem solution consists of a new active force-feedback joystick and electrohydraulic steering valve, where the control architecture between joystick and valve is fail-operational. Integrating a steer-by-wire solution results in better visibility, less operator fatigue and higher productivity, which are all factors that create improved operator experience.

Using driver-in-the-loop simulation to align product design with user expectations

Dr Arnold Free
Chief innovation officer
CM Labs Simulations Inc
Canada
Off-highway equipment OEMs are realizing that product success hinges, in large part, on customers’ emotional attachment to products. In the past, to develop a product, customer requirements were collected, designers took their best shot and manufacturers hoped for the best. Today, with driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulation, manufacturers are capturing and leveraging operator feedback earlier in their processes to ensure product designs and user expectations are aligned. This presentation will look at how the interaction between human and machine is now at the center of design, with prototyping and design technologies such as simulation and digital twins driving decision making.

How to profit from industrial design in cab development

Wanja S Steinmaier
Managing partner
Lumod GmbH
Germany
Due to partially contradicting trends in the NRMM sector and therefore in the cab business, it is becoming increasingly essential to understand the specific needs of all stakeholders involved. Technical innovations, new processes and technologies constantly push the limits. But human desires and expectations are also changing. In this context, industrial design can play an important role and help businesses to thrive. This presentation will address some of the topics and show, with practical examples, how to use industrial design as a key factor of success.

A critical phase: cab installation – how to accelerate it?

Tiziano Zama
Design consultant, international customer relations
Main Engineering Srl
San Marino
Vehicle design does not always consider all the necessary information about cab design. And vice versa. This can make the cab installation a critical phase that can slow down the whole project. It is possible to accelerate this phase by combining experience in vehicle engineering with indispensable skills for the development of cabs for industrial vehicles. The interpretation of technical needs, feasibility checks, project development and production support gives birth to a real project accelerator. The result is a perfectly integrated, technologically innovative and functional cab, with guaranteed, efficient industrialization that brings consistent savings in time, money and resources.

Automating industrial vehicle design with generative design

Jesse Coors-Blankenship
SVP of technology
PTC
USA
Automation has as much potential to reshape the design of industrial vehicles as it does to affect their operation. Generative design is an evolving CAD capability that leverages AI to automatically generate designs fulfilling the engineer’s system requirements. By generating designs that perform better and use less material than human-designed parts, generative will unlock a revolution in efficiency. Industrial vehicle designers will be able to optimize their designs for a range of requirements, be they structural or manufacturing constraints. As designers harness generative to iterate more quickly and create more efficient designs, a wave of unprecedented innovation will be unleashed.

IoT- based predictive maintenance for off-highway vehicles

Yohann Desalle
Director transportation/logistics solutions
Hitachi
France
Thanks to sensor data, we support maintenance managers to decrease their costs and increase uptime. For example, we predict the wear of spare parts (we will give user cases on tires and batteries of off-highway vehicles) based on driver behavior, load and weather conditions. This will also support onboard technicians in their failure diagnostics thanks to deep learning and sensor data from CANbus. This information will also offer fleet managers technical remote visualization of their assets, enabling them to make decisions to repair or drive back as if the truck were in front of them, helping them monitor and save costs.

Shush, I'm busy – off-highway vehicle users' perceptions of proactive updates

Duygu Kanver
User experience researcher
Cerence
USA
Multi-modal proactive updates, which refer to the information a vehicle proactively provides to its users in multiple forms such as voice, tone and visual updates, are welcomed in passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Users appreciate when their car warns them about heavy rain on their route, or reminds them they are due for an oil change. How do off-highway vehicle users feel about them, though? Would multi-modal proactive updates in the off-highway vehicle make life easier, or would they be distracting? These questions are answered in this presentation through the findings of an online survey and interviews with off-highway machine operators.

Adaptive operator systems in tractors – a new generation of usability

Timo Schempp
Engineer in advanced development
Elobau GmbH & Co KG
Germany
Even though agricultural tractors are used for countless work scenarios with a huge variety of implements, state-of-the-art operator systems in tractors are mainly static – they always present a compromise solution. It is often a challenge for drivers to understand the operating logic, the operating procedures and the assignment of control elements to functions. Operating errors and a lack of efficiency are the consequences. We will show a fully functional and field-tested adaptive operator system that bypasses all the aforementioned weaknesses. For the first time ever, an operator system in a tractor adapts to the task.

* More speakers to be announced


Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change

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