5th International
Commercial Vehicle
Technology Symposium

March 13-15, 2018
at the University of Kaiserslautern

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Event Information

The Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium is a two-day conference taking place at the campus of the University of Kaiserslautern. The conference includes (approximately) 50 oral presentations and 15 poster presentations focusing international trends and technological developments of the commercial vehicle industry. It will be accompanied by a technical exhibition and a special vehicle exhibition.

Review of the 4th CVT-Symposium 2016

Target Audience

Professionals and managers from industry and academia from the domains

  • Trucks
  • Buses
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Construction Machinery
  • Special-purpose Vehicles


A. Energy and Resource Efficiency

  • Energy- and resource-efficient product lifecycle
  • Innovative drives, alternative fuels
  • Lightweight design

B. Safety, Reliability and Durability

  • Functional safety and software quality
  • Durability, failure safety and robustness
  • Usage variability, load data analysis and design load targets
  • Monitoring, diagnosis and testing

C. Assisted and automated driving and working

  • Driver assistance systems
  • Partially, highly and fully automated systems
  • Human-machine interaction / simulators

D. Simulation methods

  • Multi-domain system simulation and co-simulation
  • Real-time and hybrid simulation
  • Human-machine interaction/simulators
  • Simulation of tires and soil tool interaction

E. Connected Services

  • Cloud solutions
  • Remote Diagnostics and Predictive Maintenance
  • Security and Data Privacy
  • Customer services / product services

F. Innovative development and manufacturing

  • Agile development methods
  • Variant management
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Efficient production technologies and processes

Conference Language

The conference languages are English and German. German presentations will be translated simultaneously into English.


Program Flyer

The regularly updated program flyer of the symposium can be downloaded here.

Icon of the program flyer

As of February 06, 2018

Program Overview

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

18:00Welcome and opening of exhibition, refreshments

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

9:00Opening and welcome addresses by politicians
François Jaussi (Liebherr Machines Bulle SA)
Michael Fauser (StreetScooter GmbH)
10:30Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and product presentations, coffee break
11:10Presentations in topic groups
12:50Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and vehicle presentations, lunch
14:50Presentations in topic groups
16:30Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and product presentations, coffee break
17:00Presentations in topic groups until approx. 18:15
19:00Conference dinner

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Christof Weber (Mercedes-Benz do Brasil)
09:10Presentations in topic groups
10:40Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and product presentations, coffee break
11:30Presentations in topic groups
13.10Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and product presentations, lunch
Stefan Stahlmecke (John Deere GmbH & Co. KG)
15:00Presentations in topic groups
16:20Final plenary session
16:40Expected end of the event

On both conference days

  • Accompanying exhibition of industrial-booths, poster sessions and product presentations
  • High-ranking managers and senior engineers are talking about new trends and innovations for commercial vehicles, busses, agricultural or construction machinery, or special purpose vehicles


The Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium will be accompanied by a special industry exhibition. This is a great opportunity to present your company to an international audience of researchers and managers. The exhibition will take place in parallel and in close proximity to the symposium held on the campus of the University of Kaiserslautern. It is freely accessible for exhibitors and the symposium’s audience. The organizers will assist you in organizing your stand at the fair.

Desirable exhibitors

  • Manufacturers and suppliers of commercial vehicles
  • Supply companies
  • Logistics and service companies in the commercial vehicle industry
  • Engineering service and software companies
  • Research institutes

Your benefits as an exhibitor

  • Wide public presence (Announcement of the symposium in print and online media)
  • Presence at the symposium in the event program and on posters
  • Attention of more than 250 professionals and executives in the commercial vehicle industry
  • Approaching potential clients
  • Strengthen your business network

If you are interested please get in touch with us: Tel. +49 (0) 631 205 5220 or info@cvt-symposium.de


Program Committee

  • A. Altherr, John Deere, Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. C. Aurich, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. K. Berns, TU Kaiserslautern
  • A. Brand, BPW Bergische Achsen, Wiehl
  • Dr. W. Burget, Liebherr-France SAS, Colmar Cedex (F)
  • Dr. A. Diehl, Grammer, Amberg
  • Dr. K. Dreßler, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern
  • J. Elfsberg, Volvo CE, Eskilstuna (S)
  • P. Fleischmann, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. L. Frerichs, TU Braunschweig
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. D. Görges, TU Kaiserslautern
  • T. Grimm, Schaeffler, Herzogenaurach
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Günthner, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. T. Herlitzius, TU Dresden
  • T. Ille, MAN Truck & Bus, München
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. G. Jacobs, RWTH Aachen
  • R. Kalmar, Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern
  • Dr.-Ing. M. Kleer, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern
  • R. Klement, SchmitzCargobull, Altenberge
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. P. Liggesmeyer, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Lienkamp, TU München
  • Dr.-Ing. H. Möller, Daimler, Stuttgart
  • Dr. F. Sager, Alois Kober, Kötz
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. B. Sauer, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Dr. M. Speckert, Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern
  • Dr.-Ing. N. K. Stephan, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Dr. T. Tentrup, Dürr Assembly Products, Püttlingen
  • Dr. M. Thul, CVC, Kaiserslautern
  • J. Weiland, Motec, Hadamar-Steinbach


Commercial Vehicle Alliance (CVA)
Umbrella organization

Organization Team

Karsten Berns, Klaus Dreßler, Patrick Fleischmann, Daniel Görges, Ralf Kalmar, Michael Kleer, Betina Knerr, Elke Lang, Susanne Mörsdorf, Bernd Sauer, Michael Speckert, Nicole Stephan, Martin Thul, Caroline Wasser

Imprint and Contact

Commercial Vehicle Alliance

c/o Lehrstuhl für Konstruktion im Maschinen- und Apparatebau
Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße 42-166
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone: +49 (0) 631 205 5220
Fax: +49 (0) 631 205 3730
Email: info@cvt-symposium.de