Dr. KarlheinzBlankenbach President/Chairman, and Professor at Pforzheim University German Flat Panel Forum
Abstract: The next big thing in automotive interior lighting are 1,000s of RGB LEDs providing orchestrated effects and living room feeling for autonomous and robot cars. That is an enormous step from a few white LEDs of todays cars. The presentation will show and compare examples of high-end interior lighting. Additional benefits raise from the improvement of safety like attention flashes or visualization of status for manual or semi-automated driving. New concepts in terms of electronics and quality of light are required - an example is the display-like characteristic of contour lights (direct-lit light guides) in terms of luminance, uniformity, color and bright ambient light performance.
Bio: Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach graduated in physics at the University of Ulm, Germany, where he also received his PhD in 1988. Until 1995, he was with AEG-MIS /subsidiary of DAIMLER-MERCEDES), Germany, developing display electronics, LCDs and software. A highlight was a 3D helmet mounted monitor for stereo endoscopy founded by BMBF. Karlheinz was appointed 1995 as full professor at Pforzheim University, Germany, launching the University's Display Lab. His main R&D activities are on display measurements (mainly automotive, incl. LEDs) and display systems as well as display hard- and software resulting in many talks, papers, and projects (governmental and industrial funded). Karlheinz is member of the SID subcommittee “AUTOMOTIVE/VEHICULAR DISPLAYS AND HMI TECHNOLOGIES”. He has been a member of the board of the DFF (German Flat Panel Forum) since 2001 and acts as chairman since 2011. Karlheinz is chairman of the electronic displays Conference held every year in Nuremberg, Germany.