VIRTUAL VEHICLE has positioned itself as an independent, international platform for research and development in the automotive industry. It addresses the gap between academic research and the needs of industrial research and development departments. VIRTUAL VEHICLE strives for full vehicle analysis using a multi-disciplinary approach and offers services and conducts research in the following areas: Active & Passive Safety, Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Virtual Engineering, Virtual Manufacturing as well as Electrics/Electronics, Vehicle Software and Rail Systems. Its cooperation network comprises over 40 international industry partners including leading OEM’s, tier 1&2 suppliers, and software vendors. As the main shareholder the Graz University of Technology (TUG) connects VIRTUAL VEHICLE to more than 20 institutes enabling technical innovations in virtual vehicle creation as well as offering access to funded projects. VIRTUAL VEHICLE aims at establishing an integrated and systematic approach in order to exploit the full optimization potential in all areas of vehicle development together with numerous national and international scientific and industrial partners.
Martin is Key Researcher for Virtual Development and responsible for project management at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE with more than 25 years experience in the automotive industry. He entered the field of development and research at TAKATA-PETRI AG in Ulm, where he worked as designer, project- and program manager on seatbelts. After developing a very successful generation of seatbelt-retractors, he joined MAGNA STEYR in Graz where he lead the seating and restraint systems group and managed interior developments for several customers, such as the interior of the new FIAT Bravo, a completely virtual developed vehicle. Having gained deep insight on development and production methods in automotive business, he was responsible for all further method developments at MAGNA STEYR. After a short intermezzo as Engineering Manager at Roto Frank AG, Martin manages several research projects in the VIRTUAL VEHICLE. He is now coordinator of the big scale (>1000PM) Horizon 2020 – Factory of the Future (FoF) project “Worker centric workplaces in smart factories (FACTS4WORKERS)”.
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