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AABTAM Symposium
Advanced Automotive Battery Technology, Application and Market
Wednesday, May 21 to Friday May 23, 2014

AABC Asia 2014 - AABTAM Symposium: Advanced Automotive Battery Technology, Application and Market - Overview


Session 1: xEV and xEV-Battery Market


Menahem Anderman
Session Chairman:
Menahem Anderman, President, Advanced Automotive Batteries

President of Advanced Automotive Batteries and founder of Total Battery Consulting, Inc., Dr. Anderman has led the development and commercialization of high-power Ni-Cd batteries, Li-Ion batteries, and ultracapacitors and spent the last ten years conducting assessments of energy-storage technologies for advanced vehicles, publishing Advanced Automotive Battery Industry Reports and chairing the AABC.

Michael Lord
Session Chairman:
Michael Lord, Senior Principal Engineer, Vehicle Regulation and Certification Engineering, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing NA


Michael Lord is a Senior Principal Engineer in Vehicle Regulation & Certification Engineering for Toyota Technical Center (TTC), the North American research arm of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA). Mr. Lord has a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Japanese language at Sophia University in Japan before joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1987. In 1993, he transferred to TTC where he works closely with Toyota engineering and US regulators on issues related to future powertrains including the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD), Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV), Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations.

Session 2: Energy-Storage Requirements and Solutions for Low-Voltage Hybrids


Tadatoshi Asada
Session Chairman:
Tadatoshi Asada, Head, Engine Electrical Systems Engineering Division, DENSO Corporation


Tadatoshi Asada is the head of the Engine Electrical Systems Engineering Division at DENSO Corporation in Japan. He joined DENSO in 1988 after graduating from Yokohama National University and in his early years at DENSO was engaged in the development of generator control systems. These days Tadatoshi leads the development and promotion of advanced Start & Stop technology. Last year Tadatoshi's development team successfully launched the world's first mass produced advanced S&S system using a 12V Li-ion battery. This battery permits the elimination of the DC-DC convertor, limiting the system cost whilst improving the fuel economy.

Heinz Willi Vassen
Session Chairman:
Heinz-Willi Vassen, Manager Energy and Storage Systems, Audi AG

Mr. Vassen studied electomical engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. In 1997 he became system engineer of engine control at Mannesmann VDO AG. He entered Audi AG in 1999 as diagnostics engineer and became manager of gateway ECU and data buses in 2004. He has been manager of energy and storage systems at Audi since 2006.

Session 3: Batteries for High-Voltage HEVs and PHEVs


Ninoru Noguchi
Session Chairman:
Minoru Noguchi, Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.


Mr. Minoru Noguchi is chief engineer of battery research and development division at Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D center. He joined Honda in 1985. He studied the material of a lithium ion battery and an ultra-capacitor. He developed the electric energy storage system which used the ultra-capacitor, and it contributed to improve the efficiency and in acceleration performance of FCX. He is engaged in development of the battery system for HEV or EV now.

Heinz Willi Vassen
Session Chairman:
Ted J. Miller, Senior Manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford

Ted Miller’s team is responsible for energy-storage strategy, research, development, and worldwide implementation of hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. Mr. Miller is a member and Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Management Committee and past Chairman of the USABC Technical Advisory Committee. He is the principle investigator for Ford/University Research Alliance energy storage research programs at MIT and the University of Michigan.

Session 4: EV Technology, Logistics, and Infrastructure


Takeshi Miyamoto
Session Chairman:
Takeshi Miyamoto, Engineering Director, EV Energy Development Department, Nissan Motor Co.


Mr. Miyamoto joined Nissan Motor Co. in 1981 and started researching advanced batteries for EV at Nissan Research Center. In 1994, he joined Li-Ion battery development projects for EV/HEV. In 2006, Mr. Miyamoto became General Manager of the EV Energy Development Department at Nissan, and in 2007, Engineering Director in the EV Energy Development Department. Mr. Miyamoto headed the Nissan Leaf battery system development project.

William Wallace
Session Chairman:
William Wallace, Director, Global Battery Systems, General Motors Co.

Director of General Motor’s Global Battery Systems, Mr. William Wallace is responsible for all GM Li-Ion battery and EVSE product development, validation and integration as well as GM’s global battery labs. He has over 25 years of product development experience in the aerospace and automotive industries in both North America and Europe. He also serves as a board member of the General Motors / University of Michigan Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains, which is a joint research program focused on spanning the gap between battery material synthesis and vehicle controls integration.