Invited Speakers





Invited Speakers



Alex Gruzen (CEO of WiTricity)

Alex Gruzen is the CEO of WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer. WiTricity wireless EV charging technology is being adopted by top global automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers for a future that is electrified, shared and autonomous. Before WiTricity, Gruzen co-founded Texas-based Corsa Ventures, where he focused on building leading technology companies via early-stage investments. Prior to Corsa, he was the Senior Vice President of the Consumer and Small Medium Business Product Group at Dell, and previously led the company’s global notebook computer business. His experience spans product development, global sales and marketing, operations and growth through mergers and acquisitions, having also held leadership roles at Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Sony. Gruzen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a S.M. and S.B. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Talk: Wireless Charging: Driving EV Adoption and the Autonomous Future

The future of transportation is electric and wireless charging serves as a catalyst for the increased adoption of electric vehicles. Wireless charging is as efficient and as fast as conventional plug-in charging, much more convenient, and essential for the autonomous vehicles of the near future. With the explosive growth taking shape in mobility-as-a-service, WiTricity is poised to capitalize on a future that is shared and autonomous.  







Grzegorz Ombach (VP of Engineering and General Manager Halo China at Qualcomm)

Grzegorz Ombach is Vice President of Engineering and General Manager Halo China at Qualcomm. In this role he is responsible for technology and innovation portfolio development in close collaboration with strategic partners and universities. One of his main interest area is managing breakthrough innovation in cross functional teams. He joined Qualcomm in 2012 from Brose Fahrzeugteile, where he managed the design of new automotive systems and intellectual property portfolio as Director of Advanced Development. Prior to Brose Fahrzeugteile, Grzegorz was Principal Expert at Siemens VDO Automotive AG where his responsibilities included management of a panel of experts in charge of electric/electronic systems for automotive at the company. Grzegorz holds Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Silesian University of Technology, Poland. Grzegorz has authored and coauthored over 80+ papers and holds more than 30 patents (awarded and pending). He has been awarded Guest Professorship at the Zhejiang University in China.

Talk: Wireless Technologies for Autonomous and Electric Mobility

Future mobility is transforming towards autonomous, connected and electric. Can you imagine an electric car parking and charging autonomously without automatic charging e.g. wireless charging? Can dynamic wireless charging substitute high power chargers? How simple can be be wireless charging? What other technologies are required to support wireless charging? These and other questions are going to be discussed during presentation.  







Jurgen Meins (University of Braunschweig)

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Talk: Wireless Power Transfer for Long Stator Maglev Trains

The synchronous long stator maglev concept requires on board power to supply levitation and guidance magnets and auxiliary power consumption in the range of about 150 kW per 25m long vehicle section length. The propulsion power in the speed depending range of some MW is fed to the guide way side synchronous long stator motor. The presentation describes wireless already existing and novel concepts of transferring the vehicle side required electric on board power. The wireless linear generator concept is proved at the Transrapid maglev in Shanghai and characterised by a minimum vehicle speed to cover the required vehicle power. During stand still inside stations no electric power can be applied to the vehicle. The separate wireless power transfer consisting of an on ground primary inductive loop and a vehicle side receiving coil is also proven and tested, but requires cost intensive installation along the guide way. The presented innovative idea is the cost saving combination and use of the maglev components for wireless transferring of the required vehicle side electric power.  





  • Alexander Gerfer (Wurth Electronics)

  • Burak Ozpineci (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)



    More to come...