Issue: Apr 2006


dSPACE 2006 User Conference Features Hansen Report Publisher



Discussion Focuses on Embedded Controls Industry

by Lenny Case

Paul Hansen, publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, is headlining a three-day user conference on breakthrough developments and best-industry practices in the embedded controls industry.

Presented by dSPACE, a leading producer of engineering tools for developing and testing embedded Electronic Control Units (ECUs), "Overcoming ECU Development Challenges" will take place at the St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth, Mich., Tuesday, May 2, through Thursday, May 4.

Hansen, a well-known automotive electronics consultant, will moderate "Off the Record," a panel discussion, on May 2. The panel will highlight accomplishments and challenges in automotive controls software.

Members of the "Off the Record" panel include: James Kolhoff, director of Software Engineering, General Motors Powertrain; Mark Thomas, director of Electronics Systems, Detroit Diesel; Eric Bansbach, general manager of Electronics, Magna; and Dr. Herbert Hanselmann, president and CEO, dSPACE GmbH.

The 2006 User Conference also features live demonstrations, workshops and nearly a dozen partner exhibits. Registration and agenda information are available at http://www.dspaceinc.com/ .

"Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in using a model-based approach to develop and test ECU systems," said Kevin Kott, president of dSPACE Inc., the company's North American subsidiary. "There will be discussions on evaluating control designs through rapid prototyping, generating efficient code from models for production ECUs and performing effective ECU calibration and measurement."

dSPACE, a market leader and innovator in solutions and systems for development of embedded electronic controllers, provides hardware, software and engineering support services for controller testing, control algorithm prototyping, automatic production code generation and controller calibration.

Hansen has been a keynote speaker and consultant to many of the world's leading automotive electronics suppliers and investors in Japan, Europe and the U.S. He spent 12 years in electrical engineering and marketing management prior to founding Paul Hansen Associates, an agency providing strategy and market research consulting in electronics.

First published in 1988, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics provides timely information on the increasingly global automotive electronics industry.

Founded in 1988, dSPACE has its headquarters in Paderborn, Germany, and engineering project centers in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to its North American subsidiary in Novi, Mich., the company has subsidiaries in France, Japan and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives worldwide. Today, more than 12,000 dSPACE systems are in use globally, serving customers in the automotive, aerospace, agricultural, educational, engineering, robotics and noise-and-vibration industries.

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