On December 1 and 2, the 6th Shanghai-Stuttgart Symposium "Automotive and Powertrain Technology" took place in Shanghai.
Since it became clear in advance that the current travel restrictions would not allow visitors to enter China without further ado, the conference was again set up in a hybrid format. While visitors from Shanghai were present at the Crown Plaza Hotel Shanghai Anting, the conference was simultaneously transmitted digitally. Furthermore, in addition to the on-site presentations, speakers from Germany also gave their presentations online. This format enabled the FKFS, IFS, and Tongji University, in cooperation with Messe Nanjing, to maintain their long-standing scientific relationships and the high-quality format of the joint Shanghai-Stuttgart Symposium.
The conference first began with welcoming remarks from Lei Xinghui, Vice President of Tongji University; Wolfgang Holtkamp, Senior Adviser for Foreign Affairs in the President's Office; Zheng Guanghong, Second Inspector, Director of Social Development Division, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality; and Michael Kleiner, Ministerial Director at the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism of Baden-Württemberg.
The main topics of this year's conference were "Intelligent Vehicle", "Transformation to Future Powertrain" and "Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics". In addition to 48 scientific presentations in three parallel sessions by speakers from Germany and China, there were also the following five keynotes:
- Prof. Ming Pingwen, Tongji University: "Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Activities in China"
- Zhou Wei, Executive Director of Vehicle Development, SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd.: "Transformation of SAIC Volkswagen"
- Prof. Pang Jiabin, Tongji University, Head Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Center: "Experience and Visions of Vehicle Aerodynamics Development in China"
- Lian Yubo, Executive Vice President, BYD Company Ltd.: "The Innovative Development of BYD Intelligent New Energy Vehicle under the New Situation"
- Prof. Ulrich Hackenberg, Hackenberg Automotive Consultancy: "Extending the Successful Modular Toolkit Strategy to Software Development"
The two-day symposium concluded with a panel discussion on "Future Development and Application of Toolkits for the Automotive Industry ". The high-profile participants, some on-site and some digitally connected,
- Zhang Lijun, Dean of School of Automotive Studies, Tongji University
- Ulrich Hackenberg, Hackenberg Automotive Consultancy
- Wei Zhou, SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd.
- Andreas Wagner, University of Stuttgart, IFS, Head of Automotive Engineering
- Zhang Junyi, Partner, Auto Lead, Oliver Wyman, former Founding & Managing Partner of NIO Captial
came to the consensus that platforms help to reduce development costs and that the corresponding concepts should also be incorporated into engineering education in particular.
The symposium was a great success with over 600 participants, 300 on-site and 300 online, and the many scientific highlights.
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Anting
as well as online