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.  







Alexander Gerfer (CEO/CTO of Würth Elektronik)

Alexander Gerfer is Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Würth Elektronik eiSos group, one of Europe's largest manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components, with it´s base in Waldenburg, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona, and also with R&D locations in Silicon Valley, Dallas and Shenzhen. Already at the age of 15 he repaired and built electronic devices. As a result, he completed an apprenticeship as a radio/television technician and gained extensive professional experience in R&D and production of precision measuring devices. He graduated from the engineering school of communications engineering at the Rheinische Akademie Köln and studied electrical engineer (FH) at the Rheinische Fachhochschule. He also gained years of professional experience in sales at the company RS Components and in product management at the distributor Schukat Elektronik. Alexander Gerfer has been part of the Würth Elektronik eiSos group since 1997; since 2000 he has been responsible for product management, quality, research and development. He shares his knowledge in countless specialist seminars on inductors and EMC components, EMC and circuit technology. He is the author of many professional contributions and publications in the field of consumer electronics, application notes and the book "Trilogy of inductors", as well as co-author of various books such as the "Trilogy of Connectors". Numerous patents bear his name. Alexander Gerfer also travels internationally as a sought-after key speaker and as a promoter of innovative startups. As the responsible for product design he is continuously exploring fields of Innovation as e.g, 3D Printing, Integrated Passive Components, LED-Horticulture- focusing on customer oriented solutions.


Wireless Power Transfer is becoming more and more popular in charging smart phones. But the technology is beneficial for other areas as well. What are the success factors and challenges for a global acceptance? Is a global standard available? The different power levels require different technical solutions. The wireless power transfer market is currently dominated by consumer applications. What are the requirements of other industries to make the technology a success as well? How will the market evolve in the near and midterm future? What are the health aspects ?  







Burak Ozpineci (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Burak Ozpineci received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Post-Masters Program with the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, USA, in 2001 and became a Full-Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002 and Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008. He is currently leading the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group and managing the Electric Drive Technologies Program at ORNL. He also serves as a Joint Faculty Associate Professor with The Bredesen Center at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Talk: Progress Towards Extreme Fast Wireless Static and Dynamic Charging

The wireless charging of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) has developed significantly due to the inherent benefits such as safety, convenience, flexibility, and high efficiency. Wireless power transfer can displace today’s plug-in chargers due to the convenience since there are no cables to trip over, no heavy duty plugs or connectors to handle, no concerns about inadvertent disconnection, and no fear of forgetting to plug-in. With the recent demands for faster charging, the interest in higher power wireless charging is growing. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently demonstrated a 120kW static wireless charging system using a single power conversion system and a single transmitter/receiver coil pair. Now the focus switches to more than 300kW wireless charging and dynamic wireless charging. This presentation will talk about ORNL’s recent work on wireless charging and the future plans.  







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.  






  • Charlie Greene (COO & CTO of POWERCAST)
  • Richard O’Brien (Innovation Director, CRHF Systems Technology and Integration at Medtronic)


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