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Dr. rer.nat.

Managing Director of the Competence Center "The Virtual Vehicle"
Academic history
  • 1983 – 1989: Master's in Computer Science and Business Administration, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1993 – 1996: PhD in Computer Science (University Munich and Dortmund), development and realisation of an automated attention control system for complex image sequences

Professional career
  • 1989 – 1993: Collaboration in joint research project (BMW / Technical University of Munich); representation of BMW in the public-private partnership of research; interface research laboratory and industry, responsible for transfer of know-how and technology
  • 1993 – 1996: Project manager in European and German research projects like Prometheus and Motif (funded by German Ministry of Research & Technology) at BMW, Munich, Germany; development of new technologies (electronic, sensoric, simulation) of innovative automotive systems, responsible for transfer of results in the driving simulation
  • 1996 – 2001: Director of Driving Simulation BMW, Research & Development Center, Munich, Germany; strategic and operational management of BMW's Driving Simulation, making the BMW Driving Simulation being part of the BMW PEP (Product Dev. Process)
  • 2002 – 2003: Coaching a high-tech start-up company in Munich (part time)
  • 2002 – 2004: Authorized Officer and Senior Project Manager Information Technology, financial services company, Düsseldorf, Germany: Development & realisation, group IT-Strategy & IT-Architecture
  • since 2004: Managing Director of the Competence Center "The Virtual Vehicle", Graz, Austria; full responsibility of personnel, budget and strategic development

Further achievements
  • 1998 – 1999: Authorised representative of BMW AG in the Bavarian research foundation
  • 2001: Colwell Merit Award of the SAE Society (outstanding contribution to technical literature)
  • since 2001: Member of the Steering Committee (International driving simulation conference – DSC)

Author and co-Author of the following publications (selected list):  

Kaiser J, Lehr M, Bernasch J (2006): Optimierung von E/E-Architekturen in Fahrzeugen mittels modellbasierter Entwicklung von Mechatronik. 4. Paderborner Workshop Mechatronik, 30. März 2006.

Bernasch J, Klein T, Puntigam W, Zamazal K (2005): Integrierte virtuelle Prozesskette am Beispiel der thermischen Simulation. Virtual Product Creation 2005, 9. Automobiltechnische Konferenz, Stuttgart, Mai 2005.

Lossack R, Bernasch JH, Puntigam W (2005): Virtual Engineering or the creation of a virtual vehicle. NAFEMS (The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community), Malta, May 2005.

Bernasch JH, Strobl MH, Löwenau JP, Rummel A, Reich FM (2001): Evaluation of Adaptive Light Control. In Proceedings of the Driving Simulator Conference DSC 2001, Nice, France.

Löwenau JP, Venhovens PJPh, Bernasch JH (1999): Adaptive Light Control Controlled by Vehicle Dynamics and Navigation. SAE Trans., Detroit, USA.

Bernasch JH, Löwenau JP, Venhovens PJPh (1999): Advanced Vehicle Navigation applied in the BMW Real Time Light Simulation. Selected Paper in the Journal "The Royal Institute of Navigation", Nottingham, England.

Venhovens PJPh, Bernasch JH, Löwenau JP (1999): The Application of Advanced Vehicle Navigation in BMW Driver Assistance Systems. SAE 1999, Detroit, USA.

Löwenau JP, Bernasch JH, Rieker J, Venhovens PJPh, Huber J, Huhn W, Reich FM (1998): Adaptive Light Control – A New Light Concept Controlled by Vehicle Dynamics and Navigation. SAE 1998, Detroit, USA.

Bernasch JH, Löwenau JP (1997): Test drive into the future. BMW Magazine 2/1997, Munich, Germany.

Bernasch JH, Löwenau JP (1996): The BMW Driving Simulator used for Online Development. FISITA, Praha.

Bernasch JH, Haenel S (1995): The BMW Driving Simulator used for the Development of a Driver-Biased Adaptive Cruise Control. Driving Simulation Conference DSC 1995, Paris, France.

Bernasch J (1993): Visual Attention Control in Image Sequences using multiple Knowledge Sources. Proc. IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Non-linear Image Processing, San Jose, USA.

Bernasch J, von Seelen W (1992): An Attentive Vision System. Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision, Ramat Gan, Israel.