Speaker Title
Prof. Dr. Mustafa İlhan Gökler
Conference Chair
Joerg Krings
Strategy& Management Consultants
Murat Doğru
Director of SAE European Operations
Prof. Dr. Ece Schmidt
Dieter Gabriel
Velodyne Lidar
Marketing Manager
Dr. Stephan Neugebauer
Muhammed Alyürük
Tülin Baysal
Chassis System Control - Systems Engineering Automated Driving
Mustafa Üstertuna
Mercedes Benz Turkey
R&D Director
Mustafa Gürcan
R&D Manager
Dr. Elvin Yüzügüllü
CSRA/George Washington University
Project Manager/Adjunct Professor
Özkan Yıldırım
Associate Professor Zsolt Szalay
Budapest University
Dr. Cem Saraydar
General Motors
Director of Electrical & Controls Systems Research Lab in Warren, MI
Associate Professor Taşkın Padır
Northeastern University
Prof. Dr. Günay Anlaş
Bogazici University
Dr. Klaus Kuepper
Executive Chief Engineer
Prof. Dr. Murat Pekşen
Multiphysics Energy Solutions (MES)
Managing Director
Dr. Thomas Hülshorst
Global Vice President Electronics & Electrification
Bertan Birtürk
Oyak Renault
Head of Electrical Systems&ElectrotechnicaI Components Design&Development
Prof. Dr. Nejat Tuncay
Okan University
Professor Dale Harrow
Royal College of Art
Head of Automotive Design
Ömer Rüştü Ergen
Ford Otosan
R&D and IPR Manager
Dr. Ali Erkin Kutlu
Standart Profil
Group R&D Director
Prof. Dr. Murat Ereke
Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş
Okan University
Osman Sever
General Secretary
Tolga Doğancıoğlu
Board Member
Prof Dr. Metin Ergeneman
Prof. Dr. Mustafa İlhan GÖKLER

Prof. Dr. Mustafa İlhan GÖKLER

Prof. Dr. Gökler received his B.Sc. degree from Mechanical Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1979 and Ph.D. degree from Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Birmingham, UK in 1983.

He was appointed as Instructor in 1983, as Assistant Professor in 1985, as Associate Professor in 1987 and promoted as Professor in 1998 in Mechanical Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. While he teaches the Mechanical Engineering courses in the department, he has also been the director of METU-BILTIR Research and Application Center since 1999. The center provides services especially to automotive industry through R&D projects and vehicle safety tests. The center has the first Sled Test Facility in Turkey.

Dr. Gökler is founding member of DÖVSADER Turkey Forgers’ Association, MATİM Machine Design and Production Society of Turkey and AUSDER Association of Intelligent Transportation Systems of Turkey. Dr. Gökler also serves as vice-president of OTEP Automotive Technology Platform of Turkey.

He was NATO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel Member of Turkey from 2007 to 2010 and he has been NATO Science and Technology Board Member of Turkey since 2015.
Joerg Krings

Joerg Krings

Jörg Krings is an advisor to executives in the automotive and auto finance industries for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business based in Germany.

His work focuses on advice to shareholders and investors as well as management on strategic transformations of automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM), automotive suppliers and automotive finance companies through technology innovation, M&A and sustainable performance improvement.

He frequently advises automotive focused associations and NGOs in EMEA on the impact of future technology and mobility trends on the industry structure and dynamics.

Jörg Krings has co-authored numerous industry-related articles, like “Will you be mine in the digital world?”, “Deals that win” and “Strategic Due Diligence: A Foundation for M&A success” in the strategy+business magazine.

He holds degrees equivalent to an MBA and an M.S. in computer science.
Murat Doğru

Murat Doğru

Murat brings more than 13 years of experience in EMEA business development, education providing, membership/volunteer management, media sales and EU Affairs consulting to his role as Director of Operations for SAE International in Europe. Murat’s primary focus is to build awareness about SAE’s unique value proposal in Europe by:

• Conducting and developing the education business in EMEA
• Managing, driving and developing European Conferences
• Identifying and develop topical activities (events, workshops, participation in third party programs, etc) with the aim to raise the awareness of products and services
• Managing the development and implementation of a community management strategy that aims to enhance the involvement, growth and interchange of both stakeholder groups
• Building and managing a sustainable subject matter expert and customer community in the European region.
• Position SAE standards and publications portfolio in Europe

Murat holds a Master Degree in International Communication with a specialization in Advertising
Prof. Dr. Ece Güran Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Ece Güran Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Ece Güran Schmidt received her B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1997 and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. She is currently a Faculty Member with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University.

Prof. Dr. Schmidt’s research interest areas include real time communication for in-vehicle applications and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The theoretical aspect of her research addresses the design and evaluation of scheduling algorithms for the widely used in-vehicle communication standard controller area network (CAN), as well as emerging standards such as CAN with flexible data rate (CAN-FD) and FlexRay. The practical aspect of her research covers the evaluation of scheduling algorithms on different commercial communication controllers as well as the hardware design and implementation of communication controllers. Prof. Dr. Schmidt employs her research experience in computer networks in the field of ITS communications to realize ubiquitous ITS architectures with satisfactory real-time performance.

Prof. Dr. Schmidt has numerous publications and advised graduate theses on automotive communications and embedded systems. She completed industrial and academic projects sponsored by TOFAŞ A.Ş., TÜRK TRAKTÖR, TÜBİTAK and Middle East Technical University.
Dr.-Ing. Stephan Neugebauer

Dr.-Ing. Stephan Neugebauer

BMW, Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)

Stephan Neugebauer is Director Global Research Cooperation at BMW Group and Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) since 2015. He completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1991. He was a scholarship holder of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. After this, while being research assistant at the “Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Vehicles”, he completed his doctorate by obtaining the title of Dr.-Ing..

Stephan Neugebauer started at BMW in the diesel engine development department in Steyr (Austria). In 1998, he returned to Munich in different functions in the development of BMW Gasoline Engines.

In 2005, he was transferred to the total vehicle development, taking over a new function as Head of the Energy Management Department and later as Head of the Thermal Management Department.

From 2012 to 2015, Stephan Neugebauer was Head of Vehicle Project, current BMW 3 series and 4 series.
Muhammed Alyürük

Muhammed Alyürük

Muhammed Alyürük, born in Istanbul, in 1980, completed his primary, secondary, high school and university education in Istanbul. After graduating from Marmara University Technical Education Faculty Computer and then Business Administration, he obtained Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2009. Alyürük has studied in Traffic Engineering at Boğaziçi University and Pamukkale University, he has also trained in software architecture, project management and transportation technologies.

He started his career as System Specialist at Air Alfa Airlines in 1999, worked as a Software Developer at Sun Microsystem - Gantek in 2000 and started working at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality İSBAK A.Ş at the end of the same year. Muhammed Alyürük, who worked as a Software Specialist between 2000-2004, took an active role in projects such as Electronic Audit System, CepTrafik, Digital Image Transmission and Intelligent Traffic Signaling System. Between the years 2004-2005, he worked as the Head of Communication and Display Systems at İSBAK A.Ş.

Muhammed Alyürük worked as the Head of R&D and Information Technologies, then as the Manager of R&D and Information Technologies between 2005-2011. Alyürük is General Manager of İSBAK A.Ş. since September 2015.

He is married and has two children. He speaks English.
Tülin Baysal

Tülin Baysal

Chassis Systems Control, Automated Driving - Engineering System and Function

Tülin is a project manager at Bosch, and has been responsible for the platform series development of an automated driving system since 2016. Her responsibility includes system and function development, connectivity and security concepts as well as system safety and the overall validation of the SAE level 3 function.

Tülin studied Industrial Engineering and Management at Technische Universität Ilmenau and has a degree comparable to MSc

She started her Career at Bosch Chassis systems in 2006 in brake systems (ESP) development and was responsible for system FMEAs. She moved over to functional safety in 2008 and took part in introduction and piloting ISO26262. In this position, she worked as safety manager and engineer within customer projects (2008 until 2012).

She moved to the position of Automated Driving Safety Engineer in 2013, later being promoted into a team leader role. During this assignment, Tülin also led a team of technical experts which designed stack architecture and established the requirements for automobile controlling software for Bosch automated driving program.
Mustafa Üstertuna

Mustafa Üstertuna

Mustafa Üstertuna is R&D Director of Mercedes-Benz Türk in İstanbul.

He has his BS and MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. He also worked as research assistant at the same university.

He started his career in Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş. in 2000 in R&D department. He took over several management positions within R&D in Turkey. In 2009, he was transferred to Daimler AG in Germany, where he was responsible for Chassis Control Systems and Brakes for Mercedes-Benz Trucks. In 2012, he switched back to Turkey and took the responsibility of Entire Vehicle and Testing in Truck Product Engineering.

Mustafa Gürcan

Mustafa Gürcan was born in Adana in 1977. He graduated from Tarsus American High School in 1995. After graduating Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2000, he completed a Master of Business Administration at Clemson University in 2002.

In 2003, he started working as a Quality Control Engineer in Temsa. He worked in various positions in Temsa Quality departments between 2003-2011 and then in 2011 he was appointed as Quality Assurance Manager.

Since 2014 he has been working as R&D Manager in Temsa.
Dr. Elvin Yüzügüllü

Dr. Elvin Yüzügüllü

Dr. Elvin Yüzügüllü is a Project Manager at CSRA in Washington D.C. Her main client is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, for whom she provides support with analysis, research planning, technology progress evaluation, project management, industry partnership coordination, and outreach (via publications, conference panels, and related events). She also serves as an Adjunct Professor, teaching graduate-level classes on Energy Management at the George Washington University’s Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department. Dr. Yüzügüllü started her career with Bachelor’s (Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul) and Master’s (West Virginia University) degrees in Environmental Engineering, which she supplemented with a Doctor of Science degree from George Washington University in Environmental and Energy Management (focusing on hydrogen technologies and decision-making).

She brings a comprehensive, multi-faceted systems view of issues related to the way we create, consume, and manage energy. Throughout her career, she has been involved in analyses of a diverse array of clean energy technologies and issues, including techno-economic evaluations, market penetration analyses, technology deployment planning, and decision-making model development for consensus building. Her extensive experience and interactions with the federal government, national labs, and industry has provided her with detailed knowledge on critical energy issues, as well as the capability to understand and resolve concerns related to divergent stakeholders in the energy industry. Dr. Yüzügüllü has also been engaged in clean energy-related conferences in various countries, with roles such as keynote speaker, discussion panel moderator, conference organizing committee member, and abstract reviewer.


Mr. Zsolt SZALAY, Ph.D. graduated as M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, he is leading the Department of Automotive Technologies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering since 2009. A reputable expert in advanced automotive technologies like connected and highly automated vehicles, IoT telematics and security of vehicle Cyber-Physical Systems. Head of R&D for the new Hungarian Automotive Proving Ground dedicated to the testing and validation of connected, automated and electric vehicles.

Representing Hungary in the EU GEAR2030 initiative for connected and automated vehicle technology deployment.
Cem U. Saraydar

Cem U. Saraydar

Director, Electrical and Controls Systems Research Lab
GM Global Research and Development, General Motors Company

Dr. Cem Saraydar is director of the Electrical and Controls Systems Research (ECSR) Lab at General Motors Global Research & Development. In this post, he leads GM’s advanced technical work in driving automation, connected vehicles, and related enabling technologies. He joined GM R&D as a researcher in 2005 and was named to his current post in September 2014.

Before joining GM, Saraydar worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He has authored over 30 papers and holds 20 U.S. patents.

During his tenure at GM, Saraydar has completed several assignments in R&D, Vehicle Engineering, and GM’s OnStar telematics subsidiary. In 2012, he completed the “Emerging Leader” program administered by Harvard Business School and in 2017 he completed the “Leading with Impact” program administered by the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business. He currently oversees major innovation programs in critical strategic growth areas for the company, including a major initiative on autonomous vehicle development. Saraydar also directs ECSR Lab cooperative activities with a diverse external technology collaboration network that includes HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA, the CAMP Crash-Avoidance Metrics Partnership, and several universities around the world.

Saraydar serves on the Electrical and Electronics Technical Leadership Council of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) and co-directs the GM-Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Collaborative Research Lab. He is technical director for GM’s research activities at HRL Labs, which GM co-owns with Boeing.

In 2015, Saraydar was selected to receive the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, along with Narayan Mandayam and David Goodman. He holds a Black Belt in Design for Six Sigma, he has served as President of GM’s Sigma Xi Chapter and he is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has presented numerous keynote and guest lectures, served on dissertation committees, and contributed to National Science Foundation panels.
Prof. Dr. Taşkın Padır

Associate Professor Taşkın Padır

Taskin Padir is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He received his PhD and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He holds a BS in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He is the Director of Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab). He is also the co-founder of the Robotics Collaborative at Northeastern University. His research interests include supervised autonomy for humanoid robots, shared autonomy for intelligent vehicles, and human-in-the-loop control systems. His projects have been sponsored by NSF, NASA, DOE-EM, DARPA, and numerous industry partners. Professor Padir led project teams for the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge, SmartAmerica Challenge and the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Padir currently leads one of two research groups selected by NASA to develop autonomy for humanoid robot Valkyrie.
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Küpper

Dr.-Ing. Klaus Küpper

Executive Chief Engineer
AVL List GmbH

1985 Studies Mechanical Engineering at TH Darmstadt & Cornell University, USA
1994 PHD at the University of Duisburg, automatic control engineering

Professional Career:
Fa. LUK:
1995 Various positions in the development of transmission automation
1998 Department Manager for function- and software development

AVL List GmbH:
2007 Skill Area Manager for Software and Electronics
2010 Skill Area Manager for System and Software
2014 Executive Chief Engineer Systems, Software and Vehicle
with global technical responsibility for these topics
Murat Peksen

Prof. Dr. Murat Pekşen, PhD, MSc, BSc, Tech

Managing Director
Multiphysics Energy Solutions (MES), DE

Dr. Murat Peksen is the founder and managing director of the 3D simulation assisted R&D and consultancy company Multiphysics Energy Solutions (MES), located at the Technology Center Jülich, Germany. He is the topic coordinator of the Modelling Master Class at the Joint European Summer School on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser, and Battery Technologies.

He worked about eight years as the scientific head of SOFC modelling and simulation at the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ), Germany. Academically active, he held Lecturer positions in Multiphysics/Simulation at Aachen University of Applied Sciences (DE) and as a Visiting Prof. at the Chinese University of Science and Technology of China (CN), in Simulation & Fuel Cell, E-mobility Technologies. With 16 years of experience in the methodology of modelling coupled physical interactions, six sigma tools, conceptual design, material and process optimisation of complex materials and components, he is the inventor of the currently used Jülich SOFC fuel cell design (Patent file EP2372825 - Fuel cell module). Dr. Peksen holds mechanical engineering degrees from Loughborough University (UK), RWTH Aachen University (DE) and Istanbul Technical University (TR)..
Thomas Hulshorst

Dr. Thomas Hülshorst

Professional Experiences
• 20 years of experience in model-based function development
• 15 years of engineering experience on Hybrid and electric powertrain development
• Project Manager, Powertrain System Simulation and Calibration
• Department Manager Electronics and Integration, Hybrids and EV
• Director Hybrids and E-Mobility
• Vice President Electronics and Electrification
• Global Vice President Electronics and Electrification/ FEV Group

Selected Key Projects
• Involvement in more than 40 hybrid and electric powertrain development projects (HEV, PHEV, EV, REEV, FCEV)
• Management involvement in more than 20 mass production hybrid and electric powertrain development projects
• Expansion of hybrid and EV powertrain business for German and international OEMs
• Established battery and BMS development since 2006
• Established smart vehicles engineering since 2010
Bertan Birtürk

Bertan Birtürk

Head of Electrical Systems&ElectrotechnicaI Components Design&Development

Bertan Birtürk is the Head of Electrical Systems & ElectrotechnicaI Components Design and Development in Oyak-Renault.

He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2005 and one year later he joined Renault as Electronic Process Engineer.

After then he was transferred to Vehicle Electronic Architecture Teams and as an electronic architect he worked in Renault Technical Centre during the developpment and industrialization of Fluence ZE. With that extensive experience; he took place in several presentations, publicity and conferences for Fluence ZE locally.

Then he returned to Oyak Renault, taking over Clio4 Harness Design Engineer responsibility which continued for two years.

Since 2015, he is the head of an engineering team which work on harness design, electrotechnical, multimedia and ADAS parts project management in Renault.

He is also a member of “Intelligent Transport Systems Comitee” in Automotive Manufacturers Association of Turkey.
Dale Harrow

Professor Dale Harrow

Chair and Director of the Intellegent Mobity Design Centre
Head of the Vehicle Design Programme
Royal College of Art

Professor Dale Harrow is Chair of the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) and Head of the Intelligent Mobility Design Programme recognised as a global centre of excellence in automotive and design education. As a former Dean of the School of Design at the RCA he introduced new Programmes in Service Design and International Programmes in innovation design and championed multi disciplinary design methods through new curriculum development.

He is an international opinion former and commentator and media persona on design the automotive and transport industry. He is a multi award-winning designer, academic leader and a researcher and is regularly cited as one of the most influential and important figures in the automotive industry. He is committed to design education and is always keen to raise the intellectual debate about vehicle and automotive design and is currently engaged with a major show at London’s Victoria and Albert museum celebrating the origins processes and history of car design.

Research is key to his work and he has led a collaborative project with the Helen Hamlyn Design Centre and four other UK universities on a major research and design programme to develop mobile healthcare design and delivery including the redesign of the Emergency Ambulance. The prototype ambulance has won major design awards including the Design Museums Transport Design of the Year 2012. He is currently engaged with projects including the design of a new sustainable taxi for London and ‘Gateway’ an 8M major UK funded trans-disciplinary project on autonomous vehicle design and public adoption.

Dale’s approach to the discipline reflects his belief that it is complex subject constantly moving forward and designers have to innovate and be better informed to meet current and future challenges. His work has initiated new trandisciplinary methods, approaches and explores the broader and emerging issues such as the changing city, technology and new commercial opportunities to develop innovative design solutions within an established and evolving design culture.

He has worked as a design consultant with many companies, lectured world-wide on the subject, and frequently acts as a judge at international events and competitions. He was part of the team that redesigned The London Taxi Cab to significantly improve acess for disabled and visually impaired users, and was awarded Millinnium Product status by the Design Council. While with Seymour Powell Design he led the team which designed the Norton paramilitary motorcycle for Police use which led to a national standardisation of specifications. This was followed in 1989 by a milestone product, the Norton Sportbike which won Designweek magazine’Best Product Design’ and’Best Design of the year’ awards.

Dale is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art, A fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London; he chairs the design stream of the Automotive Council UK and is a trustee of the Design Council UK.

In December 2003 BBC Top Gear identified Dale at the eighth most important person in the automotive industry (George Bush was no.1 and Bin Laden no. 13!). Autocar Magazine published ‘Top 100 most Influential Brits’ in May 2004 and identified Dale as number 33 in the world automotive industry.
Ömer Rüştü Ergen

Ömer Rüştü Ergen

Born in 1970, and started his career 25 years ago as a research engineer. After spending first years of his career in the fields of robotics, machine tool design and industrial hydraulics, he joined Ford Otosan Product Development in 1998. He has worked for Engine Design and Development Department for eighteen years, which he has led for nearly a decade as department manager. He was assigned his current position, R&D and IPR Manager, in 2016. His current role covers coordination of R&D collaborations, designing R&D projects, accessing R&D grants, management of IPR operations as well as setting IP strategies.

He has M.S. degree in mechanical engineering, and continues his PhD study in nonlinear vibrations at Koç University.
Dr. Ali Erkin Kutlu

Dr. Ali Erkin Kutlu

Dr. Ali Erkin Kutlu achieved his MSc and BSc degrees in METU Mechanical Engineering Department and achieved his PhD in Manufacturing and Production Systems/ Mechanical Engineering in Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Starting his professional life in METU BİLTİR, Turkey's first interdisciplinary research and application center, Kutlu has been active in diverse projects bringing together universities and industry during his lifetime of education and career. He has articles published in various national and international symposiums and journals.

Kutlu has joined the Standard Profil Group in 2006 as a project engineer. Since then, he had worked in diverse responsible and managerial roles in Product Development, Project Management and Quality Assurance. In 2015, he has joined to RD team as Advanced RD Projects Manager until 2016. Since then he has the title of SP Group RD Director, responsible for 3 RD Centers and RD projects in 12 factories in 7 different countries.

His foreign languages are Italian and English.
Orhan Alankuş

Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş

Born in 1955. Graduated from Ankara Fen Lisesi in 1972, and got his B. Sc. degree from METU Mechanical Engineering in 1978.

In 1979, completed his master programme in the same department with the subject of “Computer Aided Mechanism Design”. In 1982, got his Ph.D degree on the subject of “The Application of Microprocessors to Machine Tools” at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

Before starting to work in TOFAS in 1984, worked in a research company in London for two years. In 1992, got his associate professorship degree in “Computer Aided Design and Production” area.

Has been employed in TOFAŞ respectively as Computerized Production Systems Expert, Administrator of Manufacturing Engineering Department, Vice Manager of Technical Services and R&D Director.

Between July 2006 and January 2008 , he has undertaken the position of General Manager of the Design and R&D Company of TOFAŞ-FIAT, Platfom Inc., founded in Uludağ Technology Development Zone .Between 2008 and 2009, he acted as “Technology Consultant” in KOÇ Holding. Between 2009 and August 2011, he has taken the position of “Technology and Environment Coordinator” at Koç Holding.

Since September 2011, he acts as a Professor and Director of “Research and Project Development at Okan University” coordinating the activities of the university with industry and other foreign and national universities for research.

Prof. Dr. ORHAN B.ALANKUŞ has many articles published in various national and international journal and symposiums.

His foreign languages are English and Italian and some limited German.
Osman Sever

Osman Sever

Osman Sever was appointed as the secretary general of Automotive Manufacturers Association Turkey (OSD) on 17th February 2015. He holds bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He took various roles in Turkish Automotive Industry between 1987 – 2009. From 2009 onwards, Osman continued working in the automotive industry outside Turkey until 2014.