TÜV SÜD: Dr Houssem Abdellatif to head new project team on highly automated driving (HAD)
Effective immediately, Dr Houssem Abdellatif (42) will head the “Highly Automated Driving” project at TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH as Business Line Manager. By establishing this new position, TÜV SÜD is stepping up its commitment to the design and development of type-approval methods aimed at ensuring the safety and security of highly automated vehicles.
“We are very happy to have found a renowned expert of driver assistance systems for this position in Dr Abdellatif“, says Patrick Fruth, CEO of the Auto Service Division at TÜV SÜD. As the “Highly Automated Driving” project lead, Dr Abdellatif will oversee the development of safe and reliable test methods for the type approval of autonomous vehicles. The project will focus on ensuring the functional safety and embedded security of the highly complex driver assistance systems. TÜV SÜD is the only independent test organisation to partner the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in their PEGASUS research project. One of the central tasks in Dr Abdellatif's new position will be the simulation of traffic situations suitable for testing functional safety and effectiveness that can be used as test methods in vehicle type approval. “The safe launch of highly automated vehicles on our roads and ensuring the safety of these vehicles throughout their lifetimes are challenges that fascinate me. Within the scope of this new project, we will now work closely with automotive manufacturers and politics to develop appropriate methods. Our aim is to become the number one organisation to contact in all issues related to the safety of automated driving“, says Dr Abdellatif.
Passionate about automation
Before joining TÜV SÜD, Dr Abdellatif, holder of a doctorate in mechanical engineering, occupied various executive positions at several companies – including nine years at automotive service provider ITK Engineering AG in Martinsried near Munich, Germany – in which he developed safety-critical software and electronics for the automotive industry.
Dr Abdellatif studied mechanical engineering at Hanover University, specialising in mechatronics. His doctoral thesis was on control of robots with parallel kinematic structures. He had already addressed the topic of self-driving robots in his graduate engineering thesis, which was on “Track control of a mobile autonomous platform”. In addition to his new position, the automotive expert is also a part-time lecturer at the Chair of Data Processing at Technische Universität München (TUM).
Caption: Effective immediately, Dr Houssem Abdellatif will head the “Highly Automated Driving” project at TÜV SÜD.