Dr. Försterling completed a degree in mathematics at the State University of Kharkov, Ukraine.
After leaving university, he began his professional career as a research fellow of data communications and distributed applications at Academy of Sciences, Germany.
In 1990 Dr. Försterling joined Siemens Communications. For nearly 15 years he held various positions as head of R&D teams, within the areas of Business Development and Technical Sales. His responsibilities mainly addressed topics of public communications like Intelligent Networks, Next Generation IP Networks, Telecommunications Applications as well as Systems Integration.
In January 2005, Dr. Försterling moved to the automotive infotainment division of Siemens VDO, which was acquired by Continental in 2007. Since January 2007 he has lead advanced development and innovations activities within Continental’s Business Unit Infotainment and Connectivity. Since April 2012 Dr. Försterling is in charge of Sales&Portfolio for Innovations within Division Interior of Continental.
Dr. Försterling and his team lead projects focused on next generation automotive technologies like Car-to-X communication, Interconnecting Nomadic devices, Software defined Radio Broadcasting solutions, Web Services, IP based In-Car Systems Architectures, ITS based solutions (ITS – intelligent transportation systems), Automated Driving.
Dr. Försterling is representing Continental within ERTICO – the ITS Europe Organization. He is member of the ERTICO Supervisory Board as well as the ERTICO Strategy Board.