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Dr. Claudio Longo

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Vice President Research & Advanced Engineering Software and Central Technologies


Dr. Claudio Longo, born in Kassel, Germany, on March 25th, 1978, is a seasoned leader in automotive innovation. His academic journey led him to earn a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Materials, and Design Engineering in 2004, followed by a distinguished PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kassel. At Continental AG, Dr. Longo's career has been marked by progressive roles, from contributing to the Business Unit Engine Systems Productline High Pressure Pump to becoming the Head of Platform Development for Wheel Speed Sensors in the Business Unit Passive Safety and Sensorics. His visionary leadership continued as Director of R&D Segment Speed and Director of R&D Segment Sensors and Subsystems in the same unit. In 2022, Dr. Longo assumed the pivotal role of Vice President Research & Advanced Engineering Software and Central Technologies at Continental Automotive, where he continues to shape the future of mobility technologies through innovation and strategic leadership. 𝗦𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: Driving the Future: From Real to Cloud, From Virtual to Real - The Journey of an AI-Empowered Company 𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘀𝗶𝘀: TBA

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Dr. Christian von Albrichsfeld

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Country Head Continental Romania,

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Christian von Albrichsfeld graduated at the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany in 1992 and received a doctoral degree in robotics and artificial intelligence from the same University in 1997. In the same year he joined the technology company Continental, being today one of the most important suppliers for the automotive industry worldwide, where he worked in research projects and in the technical management for innovative automotive systems. Since 2009 he is the General Manager of Continental Automotive Romania, representing also as Country Head Continental in Romania, coordinating its activities with currently more than 17.500 employees in Timisoara, Sibiu, Nadab, Carei and Iasi at national level. At the same time, he is the manager for Research and Development. In 2012 he received the title of Honorary Professor of the Politehnica University of Timisoara. He is Vice President of the German Economic Club Banat, Vice President of the Executive Board of the Politehnica University of Timisoara, and Vice President of the German-Romanian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 2018 he was awarded CEO of the Year by Automotive Today and The Diplomat. He is permanently engaged in the collaboration between economic and educational institutions, a collaboration which not only has a scientific component, reflected in research and development but also an institutional one for improving the educational academic system and its adaptation to global standards. His commitment to education has also extended to the undergraduate level, being one of the initiators for reintroducing vocational schools in Romania, a project in which Continental is a partner of the pilot classes in Timisoara, Carei, Brasov and Sibiu, being also member of the German-Romanian Steering Committee for dual professional education. 𝗦𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: Opening speech Smart City Stage

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Gina Aspelin Hedbring

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Project Manager @ Smart City Sweden and Head of International Projects @ IVL The Swedish environmental research institute

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Gina is the Manager of the Swedish collaboration Platform Smart City Sweden. For several years she has been meeting and discussing with ministers, governmental agencies, companies and other organizations about the challenges and opportunities in building smart cities, and about, what is actually a smart city? The aim of the platform is to showcase best practices and inspire collaboration and they has welcomed more then 6000 visitors from +100 countries the last 4 year, all with the aim of creating more Sustainable Smart cities. The platform is operating a network all over Sweden as well as internationally. In addition, Gina is leading a group of consultants working on sustainable solutions for society, all over the world. Previously, Gina has worked as a management consultant within the utility sector as well +10 year within the area of IT and Telecommunication, in the Nordics as well as in Africa and South America. As a member of the G100: Smart City Wing she collaborates with likeminded all over the world and more importantly she regularly speaks and have intense dialouges with students from all over the world. 𝗦𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: How a banana peel makes a difference in the Smart City 𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘀𝗶𝘀: Smart Cities has been on the top of the agenda for many years, now the term and ambition needs to be revisited. What is actually needed to create a smart city? Where should the focus be and why is the city still so important? This presentation will not give you any answers, only more questions. This session will investigate some alternative ideas of a smart city, and touch upon the question, where does the city start and end? In the end, is about people, courage and leadership.



The Future of Smart City is discussed in the Smart City & Mobility Stage [9 NOV]. Get ahead by discovering innovative approaches to reshape urban environments, from Green Planning to the digital transformation of governance, and shaping the cities of tomorrow.

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