Bernd Gombert, Executive Vice President & CTO of "Body & Chassis Electronic" from Siemens VDO
Abstract: "From the autonomous robot to the car of the future"
The tight integration of mechanics, electronics and information technology to create intelligently maneuvered and controlled systems leads to an integration that requires minimal space to the point of a Microsystems technology. An ideal overall function of mechatronical systems can only result from integrated interaction of these components. Even today you will find numerous implementations of mechatronical systems. This includes CD Players, printers, machine-tools and robots as well as \"fly-by-wire\" airplanes.
On the basis of the autonomous robot we will see what the future car one day might look like.

Dipl.-Engineer Bernd Gombert was born in Germany in 1960. After a precision-engineering apprenticeship at the Phillips University in Marburg he studied mechanical and precision engineering at the Technical University of Giessen. Since 1986 he was scientific staff member and since 1990 head of the mechanics lab at the Institute for Robotics and System Dynamics of the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich. Until 2001 he was responsible for development, design and production of mechanics and mechatronics for robot sensors and actuators, light-weight arms, grippers, articulated hands and man-machine interfaces like the SPACE MOUSE. He was responsible for the mechanical design of the ROTEX (first robot in space) multisensory gripper and received the KUHLENKAMP award in 1994 for outstanding achievements in mechatronics, as well as DLR´s annual scientific award. In October 2000 he founded eStop, which received recently the HERMES AWARD, given for excellence in the field of scientific and technological advancement, with a value of Euro 100,000 is one of the largest technology prizes in the world. Since October 2004, Bernd Gombert is Executive Vice President & CTO of the division Body & Chassis Electronics from Siemens VDO.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE (born 7 March 1944), usually known simply as Ranulph Fiennes, is a British explorer and holder of several endurance records. He was the first man to visit both the north and south poles by land.
Fiennes was born in England shortly after the death of his father, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 2nd Baronet, who was killed in action in World War II. On his birth Fiennes inherited his father's baronetcy, becoming the 3rd Baronet. After the war his mother moved the family to South Africa where he remained until he was twelve. Ranulph then returned to be educated at Eton, after which he joined the British Army.
Fiennes was born in England shortly after the death of his father, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 2nd Baronet, who was killed in action in World War II. On his birth Fiennes inherited his father's baronetcy, becoming the 3rd Baronet. After the war his mother moved the family to South Africa where he remained until he was twelve. Ranulph then returned to be educated at Eton, after which he joined the British Army.

Ranulph Fiennes married his childhood sweetheart Virginia Pepper ("Ginny") in 1970; the two remained married until her death in February 2004.
He is the third cousin of Hollywood film actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes, and is a distant cousin of Britain's royal family. Ranulph Fiennes was on the shortlist of those considered to replace Sean Connery in the role of James Bond (despite Fiennes having little acting experience). Fiennes was summarily rejected on meeting Bond producer Cubby Broccoli, who said his hands were too big and he had "a face like a farmer's". Ranulph Fiennes owns and operates a sheep and cattle farm on Exmoor.

Fiennes served eight years in the British army, first with his father's regiment the Royal Scots Greys and later on secondment to the Special Air Service, where he specialised in demolitions.
Offended by the construction of a concrete dam built for a film production of Doctor Dolittle at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, Fiennes and an SAS comrade demolished the dam (using explosives Fiennes had obtained for authorised demolitions, for which he just signed for at the armory as he declared in the Top gear program in 2004.) Both fled, and Fiennes (who had recently completed a training course on evading search dogs by night) escaped capture - but his comrade did not, and both were subsequently discharged from the SAS and returned to their regiments. In the last two years of his service in the British Army, Ran Fiennes was seconded to serve with the army of the Sultan of Oman. After familiarisation, he commanded the Reconnaissance Platoon of the Muscat Regiment, seeing active service in the Dhofar Rebellion. He led several raids deep into rebel-held territory on the Djebel Dhofar

Since the 1960s Fiennes has been an explorer. He led expeditions up the White Nile on a hovercraft in 1969 and on Norway's Jostedalsbre Glacier in 1970. Perhaps his most famous trek was the Transglobe Expedition that he undertook from 1979 until 1982. Fiennes and Charles Burton journeyed around the world on its polar axis using surface transport only, covering 52,000 miles and becoming the first people to have visited both poles by land.

In 1992 Fiennes led an expedition that discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman. The following year he joined with nutrition specialist Mike Stroud in an attempt to become the first to cross Antarctica unaided. They were forced to call for a pick up on the Ross Ice Shelf.
In 2000 he attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the north pole. The expedition failed when his sleds fell through weak ice and Fiennes was forced to pull them out by hand. He sustained severe frostbite to the tips of several fingers, forcing him to abandon the attempt. On returning home, his surgeon insisted the necrotic fingertips be retained for several months (to allow regrowth of the remaining healthy tissue) prior to amputation. Impatient at the pain the dying fingertips caused, Fiennes removed them himself (in his garden shed) with an electric saw (He first attempted to use a hacksaw with limited success).

Despite suffering from a heart attack and undergoing a double heart by-pass operation just four months previously, Fiennes joined up with Stroud again in 2003 to carry out the extraordinary feat of completing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. Their route:

26th October - Race 1: Patagonia, South America
27th October - Race 2: Falkland Islands, "Antarctica"
28th October - Race 3: Sydney, Australasia
29th October - Race 4: Singapore, Asia
31st October - Race 5: London, Europe
31st October - Race 6: Cairo, Africa
1st November - Race 7: New York, North America

Originally Fiennes had planned to run the first marathon on King George Island, Antarctica. The second marathon would then have taken place in Santiago, Chile. However bad weather and aeroplane engine trouble caused him to change his plans, running the South American segment in southern Patagonia first and then hopping to the Falklands as a substitute for the Antarctic leg.

Speaking after the event, Fiennes said that the Singapore marathon had been by far the most difficult because of high humidity and pollution. He also said that his cardiac surgeon had approved the marathons providing his heart-rate did not exceed a 130 beats per minute; Fiennes later confessed to having forgotten to pack his heart-rate monitor, and as such does not know how fast his heart was actually beating.
Fiennes reached 28,500 feet in a 2005 attempt to climb Mt. Everest. He has joined the Victoria Falls Expedition, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of David Livingstone's discovery of Victoria Falls (this expedition started on the 2nd of November, and originally took David Livingstone 4 years).

Fiennes' career as an author has developed alongside that of explorer. He is the author of thirteen books in fiction and non-fiction. In 2003 he published a biography of Captain Robert Scott which proved to be a very robust defence of Scott's achievements and reputation which had been strongly questioned by biographers such as Roland Huntford. Although others have made comparisons between Fiennes and Scott, Fiennes himself says that he identifies more with Captain Oates, another member of Scott's doomed Antarctic team.

His works include:
· Where Soldiers fear to tread, (1975), ISBN 450029034 - account of service in the Dhofar Rebellion.
· To The Ends of the Earth (1983) ISBN 0340252774 - account of the Transglobe Expedition
· The Feathermen (1992) ISBN 0747510490
· Captain Scott (2003) ISBN 0340826991 - account of Robert Falcon Scotts south polar expeditions.

Fiennes stood for the Countryside Party in the 2004 European elections in the South West England region - 4th on their list of 6. The Party received 30,824 votes - insufficient for any of their candidates to be elected.

In 1970, while serving with the Omani Army, Fiennes received the Sultan's Bravery Medal. In 1983 he was awarded an honourary doctorate by Loughborough University, and later received the Royal Geographical Society's Founders Medal.

Fiennes was appointed OBE in 1993 "for Human Endeavour and for charitable services"- his expeditions have raised £5 million for good causes. In 1995 he was awarded the Polar Medal - he is the only person ever to receive a bar to this award, having visited both poles.
He is not a knight. His title "Sir" comes from the baronetcy that he inherited from his father. His formal style is thus Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, Bt., OBE.

Jim Brown, Global Product Innovation and Engineering
Area of Focus:
Jim Brown leads Aberdeen Group's Global Product Innovation and Engineering Research. Its goal is to provide fact-based research and experienced analysis that advises executives on how to achieve maximum product profitability and corporate value by employing optimal approaches and enabling technology to identify, specify, engineer, develop and continuously improve innovative, high-value products.

Jim's research and consulting firm, Tech-Clarity, which Aberdeen acquired in May 2005, researched and communicated the business value of PLM- and enterprise-related software solutions. Jim began his professional experience with roles in manufacturing engineering and software systems at General Electric, before joining Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where he focused on enterprise software applications. Jim is a frequent author and speaker on applying software technology to achieve tangible business benefits. His research has been published internationally. He has also served as the PLM analyst for Technology Evaluation Centers and The PLM Evaluation Center, and has been an executive at several software companies.


Abstract: "Transforming innovation... with leading TCO: UGS/Windows/Intel is ready for Prime (Enterprise) Time"
Windows/Intel based workstations are the preferred customer choice for running UGS modeling and simulation software like NX, I-deas and SolidEdge. Windows running on Intel platforms allows multi-tasking users to focus on breakthrough designs by modeling, manipulating and visualizing large data sets in an easily deployed, leading TCO environment.

While UGS's Teamcenter products have been deployed widely on Windows/Intel server environments for the past several years, the increasing need to achieve lower operating costs, without sacrificing reliability, security and performance, have now made Windows/Intel a preferred choice for enterprise-level server deployments of UGS collaborative product development (cPDM) software.

Working closely with partners like Microsoft and Intel, UGS has optimized Teamcenter products to take advantage of the latest capabilities of Windows/Intel platforms and has benchmarks to prove that Teamcenter products running on these platforms rival and surpass the performance and scalability of legacy systems.

UGS customers realize even more benefits when deploying on Windows/Intel server platforms with the release of new capabilities:

* Performance: Intel's dual-core processors enable increased scalability and efficiency in dealing with large, complex data sets

* Reliability: Intel's RAS features provides comprehensive redundancy, data protection and error correction

* Scalability: Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 provides the ability to scale up to 64 bit computing providing nearly unlimited addressable memory

* High Availability: Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 provides high availability features, reporting services, notification services and analysis services without additional costs as opposed to competitive database suppliers.

So, as UGS works to transform innovation in your can rely on Windows/Intel workstations and servers, to provide the end-to-end scalability and performance you require with all the reliability, security and low cost of operations you have come to expect from Windows/Intel platforms.

Roderick Strand, Hewlett Packard, USA
Abstract: "HP & Intel: Unleash Engineering Innovation"
Today the computing choices for PLM (CAD/CAE/cPDM) solutions continue to be daunting in a time when many believed technology choices were starting to consolidate. Choosing between 32 and 64 bit OS choices requires planning and evaluation of your environment. Then you have the choice of multiple architectures dependant on what your application suite. In PDM you have multiple tiers to look;application tier, web tier and database tier. Should this be monolithic or multi-tier, which OS/Architecture is best for each tier? Unix, Windows and Linux, what is best for your business? Dual core, Dual Processor how do these choices impact applications? Performance is tied to the interaction of solutions and architectures. One size does not fit all. Your best solution is dependant on the applications you use, the type of PLM work you do, legacy solutions you have today and expectation for application price/performance and scalability for the future. As a supplier of the complete range of solutions and services, HP will position for you the strengths and weaknesses of different technologies. This presentation will help you maximize your productivity today, prepare for the future, and understand how to "Unleash Engineering Innovation".


Roderick Strand is responsible for the HP global business with UGS offering the industry's largest portfolio of technical computing products and solutions for performance and scalability in PLM. Prior to working with UGS, Roderick was Global MDA Program manager for HP. As global program manager Roderick and his team were responsible for HP's global business development, marketing programs and sales/customer support. Throughout his HP career, he has served in roles in product development, channels, ISV alliance management and business development. Among his many roles at HP, Roderick was the European MDA program manager for two years based in Sindelfingen, Germany.