The recent “Diesel scandal” has fuelled critical discussions about the future of combustion engines and further accelerated the transition to electric vehicles. As a consequence, the concepts of mobility are radically changing at this point. Car manufacturers and suppliers have to rethink and revaluate their strategies and investments. This development also fosters innovations in technology and provides numerous opportunities for joint German-Japanese business activities. What are the key components of an electric car and − to take one further step into the future − what are the ingredients that turn self-driving cars into reality? How could Japanese and German companies benefit from one another and even adapt technological improvements?
At Panasonic, Takahiro Shiohara was General Manager and in charge of embedded software development, among others he established a software development centre in China. In 2010, he joined TDK and was in charge of the development of energy systems such as electric vehicle (EV) power supply, wireless charging and battery management systems, as well as Deputy General Manager until end of March 2017. Currently, he is Head of the R&D Center of TDK Europe GmbH in Munich and in charge of EV power supply, artificial intelligence and robotics development.
Dr. Dr. Shinichiro Nishizawa is Deputy Head of the R&D Center, the technology headquarter of TDK Europe GmbH in Munich. From 2006 to 2017, he worked at the Automotive R&D Headquarter of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. He received his first doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Tokyo in 2000, and the second Dr.-Ing. in Stuttgart in 2006. He was research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2000 and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation Germany in 2003.
Word of Welcome
Consul General Hidenao Yanagi
- 08:00 – Registration, Networking
- 08:30 – Welcome, Breakfast
- 09:00 – Speech, Q&A
- 09:30 – Discussion
- 10:00 – Close