The Proving Ground Conference
Automotive Proving Grounds are facing new challenges e.g., with an increasing number of autonomous vehicles under test, or vehicles which are tested automatically. As safety remains top priority for everyone involved in testing, changes result in many fields such as test protocols, design, operations, and connectivity.
The Proving Ground Conference aims to serve the community as a venue for exchange and discussions. We invite everyone interested to meet (again) in person, share knowledge and experience, and connect with experts alike.
Save the Date
We would like to build on the success of the first Proving Ground Conference and are happy to share the date for the 2023 conference. Mark 19 + 20 September 2023 in your calendar.
On 13 September 2022, a field trip to Aldenhoven Testing Center offers the chance to see the proving ground live and witness demonstrations regarding testing tools, proving ground management and connectivity. The day will be closed with a joint dinner to intensify discussions and relations.
The actual conference will take place on 14 September 2022 at CT² - Center for Teaching & Training, one of the university top conference centers. Presentations and exhibitions will target these main streams
- Safety on proving grounds
- Testing of automated and autonomous vehicles
- Proving ground design and operations
|14:00||Transfer from Aachen|
|14:30||Snacks & drinks served|
|15:00||Welcome and intro to Aldenhoven Testing Center|
|15:15||Start of demonstrations
• Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab
• mm-lab Proving Ground Management System
|17:00||End of demonstrations|
|17:15||Transfer to Aachen|
|19:00||Joint dinner in Aachen|
|09:00||Exhibition Open, Coffee Served|
|09:30||Welcome||Rainer Staron, mm-lab
Micha Lesemann, Aldenhoven Testing Center
|09:40||Impulse||Prof. Peter Urban, Institute for Automotive Engineering, RWTH Aachen University|
|Session 1: Safety on Proving Grounds|
|10:00||SAE J3300 Driving Skills Standards||Jörg Hogefeld, SAE|
|10:20||Safety Driver Qualification||Dennis Eckl, Driving Concept|
|10:40||Improving Safety for Motorcycles on Proving Grounds||Steffen Firchau, mm-lab|
|11:00||Panel Session 1|
|Session 2: Testing of Automated and Autonomous Vehicles|
|11:45||Testing Automated Driving - What we learned in UNICARagil||Raphael van Kempen, Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)|
|12:05||Increasing the Test Portfolio for Proving Grounds||Nils Katzorke, Mercedes-Benz|
|12:25||Proving Ground as Part of Virtual Homologation||Rico Barth, TÜV Rheinland|
|12:45||Panel Session 2|
|13:00||Lunch break & coffee|
|Session 3: Testing Tools and Environments|
|14:15||Efficient Tool Chain for Proving Ground and its Ideal Targets||Bahaa Salhab, 4activeSystems|
|14:35||High-end Digital Twins of Proving Grounds||Gunnar Gräfe, 3D Mapping Solutions|
|14:55||Cold Climate Vehicle Indoor Testing||Jörg Hogefeld|
|15:15||Panel Session 3|
|15:30||Final Discussion (Podium)|
|16:00||End of conference|
The presentations of the 2022 conference are now available to participants.
RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s top technical universities, located right at the border to The Netherlands and Belgium. Aldenhoven Testing Center, an R&D-focused proving ground is operated by the university in close vicinity.