Bruce Bateman | CTO LiteOn

Future Living

Experienced Connected City technologist and designer now leading the drive for Smart City planning and technologies. Bruce has been a Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor, Constant Traveler and Lover of Life with unique blend of technical, sales, marketing and customer service skills to help City Planners understand the social, financial benefits by deploying Appropriate technologies. It’s not about the technology it’s about solving a problem. Previous products / projects for the telecom, wearable, IoT, VR, M2M and enterprise industry. Excellent technical and analytic skills, extensive international experience in manufacturing and distribution, with an understanding of different cultures and business practices. Having started or been involved early stages of 9 startups, the experiences of success and failures has given Bruce an open and enlightened view of the startup world.


Angelika Sodian |Managing Director NIO

Mobility of the Future

Dr. Angelika Sodian (40) was born and grew up in Villach, Austria. After she finished econdary school, she went on to study business administration with a focus on international management at the Karl Franzens University in Graz.During her studies she had various stints abroad and completed her MA dissertation in 2000 in Tokyo for the Austrian supplier for the microelectronics industry SEZ. Around that time she also took up learning Japanese. Having returned to Europe, Angelika successfully finished her studies in Graz and became a doctorate employee for the Austrian automotive supplier Magna Steyr. Earning her PhD degree in 2008, she went to work as a Magna representative in Shanghai.About eighteen months later Angelika founded her own automotive consultancy business in Hong Kong with a focus on business based in Shanghai. In that role she gained NextEV NIO as a client in 2015 and shortly after that joined the start-up firm in a managerial role. At NIO she currently holds the position of a Managing Director for the UK and she also forms part of the senior management team of the company.


Reinhard Willfort | Founder and CEO of isn-innovation service network

Open Innovation Toolbox: Service Design Thinking meets Crowdbusiness

Reinhard Willfort is founder and CEO of isn-innovation service network, Austrian's leading innovation company, since 2001. As entrepreneur and founder of five further startups he supervises the innovation management processes of several leading Austrian companies. 2007 he started Austrian's 1. Crowdsourcing platform www.neurovation.net. In 2012 he established Austria’s first crowdinvesting platform 1000x1000.at. He is Co-Founder and Director Research, Development & Innovation of European Crowdfunding Network.


Michaela Binder | Expert in Service Design & Design Thinking Projects and Communication Architect 

Open Innovation Toolbox: Service Design Thinking meets Crowdbusiness

Michaela Binder is an expert in service design and accompanies design thinking projects. She has learned trade Communication & Marketing at the University of Vienna and in the master study course for Public relations. Michaela She has more than 14-year career in leading Communication and marketing functions Agencies and major Austrian Companies. Since 2012 she is a Communication architect and consultant for Innovation processes.


Timo van Roermond | Director Automotive Security, CTO Business, NXP Semiconductors 

Autonomous & Assisted Driving

Timo van Roermund is leading NXP’s automotive security team. NXP is the global technology leader in the secure connected car with a market leading product portfolio in radar, car infotainment, secure car access, body and in-vehicle networking, safety, and powertrain. In his role in NXP, Timo is responsible for the automotive security strategy, technology, solutions, and processes. 

Timo has deep expertise in applied security for embedded devices, such as Vehicle-to-X communication systems, in-vehicle E&E networks, architectures and systems, Internet-of-Things appliances, mobile phones and wearable devices. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and member of the program committees for the escar EU conference (since 2018) and the Cyber Secure Car conference (2015-2017). He has made various contributions to industry consortia (Auto ISAC, C2C-CC, …) and to the development of (automotive) security standards. Timo received the MSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. 


Mario Lamberger | Principal Cryptographer and Security Assessment Expert at NXP Semiconductors

„From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Trust“

Mario Lamberger holds a MSc and PhD degree in mathematics from TU Graz. From 2003 – 2011 he worked at the IAIK of TU Graz as a researcher and lecturer in cryptography and security where in 2012 he received a habilitation for IT-security.
In 2011 he joined NXP Semiconductors Austria where he is part of the Innovation Center Crypto & Security.
His focus lies on cryptographic libraries, certification, random number generation and company-wide trainings on cryptography and security.


Michael Jerne | Director External Relations at NXP

63th Digitaldialog - Special | Smart Living

Michael Jerne (Male) was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1963. He holds a Master’s degree of Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Graz. He has been active in the microelectronics industry for more than 25 years, initially in the start-up Mikron, dealing with RFID development and later on in Philips, where he hold several positions in project and product management. In 2000 he established a world-wide technical support team, and in 2006 moved on to an R&D project office lead function in the Business Unit Automotive & Identification. Since 2010 Michael Jerne is involved in collaborative R&D projects and external relations activities, with experience in national and European research projects. He is representing NXP Semiconductors Austria in various industrial and research oriented platforms including ECSEL Austria, FEEI and IV.


Bernhard Weber | Managing Director of the Center for Knowledge- and Innovationtransfer 

#DT4G Startup Pitches

It’s the startup business, where Bernhard Weber puts his professional focus and passion on. He is fostering the development of a vital ecosystem for startups in Graz and especially spin-offs from universities. That’s what he has been doing now for more than 150 startups since 2006.

Bernhard is the Managing Director of the Center for Knowledge- and Innovationtransfer where he is responsible for establishing a hub for Innovators in the heart of the city, directly on the campus of the University of Graz. Besides other roles he is also Founding Member of the Board of Gründungsgarage, a support and accelerator program for student based early stage startups.



Erik Bogner |Skill Team Leader Assessment and Development of Driving Attributes

Autonomous and Assisted Driving

More than 20 years’ experience in vehicle driving attributes and ADAS assessment & development, skill team lead for product development of AVL’s vehicle assessment tool AVL-DRIVETM

Master evaluator for passenger car Driveability for Automotive OEM customers as well as AVL vehicle development projects

  • Skill team leader of ADAS engineering at AVL Graz in addition to Vehicle Attributes Assessment & Development
  • Skill team leader of Vehicle Attributes Assessment and Simulation



Helfried Müller | Head of Alternative Propulsion Systems R&D at Magna Steyr/ Graz

Powertrain of the future

2014 – present:  Head of Alternative Propulsion Systems / Advanced Development at Magna Steyr

2012 – 2014:   Project Manager Alternative Mobility at MagnaSteyr

2009 – 2011:   Product Manager EV&PHEV at Magna E-Car Systems

2006 – 2009:   Module group leader for Chassis/Powertrain (Alternative Mobility) at MagnaSteyr

2001 – 2006:   Team leader for Chassis module advanced development at MagnaSteyr

1998 – 2001:    Design engineer Chassis/Powertrain at  Steyr Daimler Puch



Jost Bernasch | Managing Director, VIRTUAL VEHICLE 

Autonomous and Assisted Driving

 Since 2004, Jost Bernasch is Managing Director of the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center in Graz, Austria. In that time VIRTUAL VEHICLE became an international recognized institution with over 250 employees and a turnover of 22 million Euros. Central topics are automated driving systems, vehicle safety and security. 

Since 2018, Jost Bernasch also serves as Managing Director for ALP.Lab – the “Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving”. Along with public roads, proving grounds, and facilities for data recording and processing, ALP.Lab offers a comprehensive virtual testing environment and a unique test laboratory for automated driving. 

In the past, Jost Bernasch held several senior positions including Authorized Officer and Senior Project Manager of Information Technology, Düsseldorf, Germany and Director of Driving Simulation BMW, Research & Development Center, Munich, Germany. 

Jost Bernasch holds a PhD degree in computer science from the University of Munich and Dortmund. 

He is steering committee member of the International Driving Simulation Conference (DSC), founder and chair of the Graz Virtual Vehicle Symposium (GSVF) and chair of the International Styrian NVH Conference (ISNVH, in cooperation with SAE). 



Mathias Brandstötter | Deputy director at the JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS

Smart Manufacturing

Mathias Brandstötter is deputy director at the JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS Institute in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee since March 2015. He received his Doctor of Technical Sciences at UMIT in 2016 and his Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from Graz University of Technology in 2007. Mathias Brandstötter has more than 10 years of experience also as project leader in several fields of robotics, especially in kinematics, modelling and control. Moreover he is author and co-author of numerous relevant papers and publications.




Gernot Oreski | Division Manager at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (Austria), Head of the  »Smart Material and Surface Testing« division

Smart Manufacturing

Dr. Oreski is Division Manager at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (Austria) and heads the »Smart Material ans Surface Testing« division. He holds a PhD in Polymer Engineering and Science. His main fields of research are polymer science and testing as well as long term reliability and degradation behavior of polymeric materials and components for PV modules. In addition to his work for the PCCL, Dr. Oreski serves as lecturer at the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering of the University of Leoben.




Johannes Oberzaucher | Professor for Active and Assisted Living at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

Smart Health

Johannes Oberzaucher acts as professor for Active and Assisted Living at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS), is the lead of the department for “Health and Assistive Technologies” at the Institute for Applied Research on Ageing (IARA) and is part of the Austrian „Research Group for Assisted Living Technologies“ (RALTEC).

From a technological perspective he gained a broad experience in interdisciplinary technology development based on the user-centered design approach. His special interests include smart sensors, sensor fusion, HCI/HRI and AAL environments. In a socio-technological perspective he has experience in the field of UX (user-experience) and acceptance analysis as well as socio-technological study planning and implementation. He had the project- and WP-lead in several AAL related projects (e.g. Smart VitAALity (2017-2020), CARE4TECH (2016-2019), KSERA (2010-2013), eSHOE (2008-2010)).