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WTISD 2013 Laureate Volkmar Denner

​WTISD 2013 Laureate Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH

Interview with Mr Volkmar Denner


Volkmar Denner is the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. He is also the chief technical officer, and has corporate responsibility for research and advance engineering, engineering coordination, corporate strategy, and corporate communications. In addition, his responsibilities include the Bosch Software Innovations and Healthcare Telemedicine units.

Robert Bosch GmbH was among the first signatories of the European Road Safety Charter. Founded in 1886, Bosch is a multinational engineering and electronics company headquartered near Stuttgart, Germany. It is one of the leading suppliers of automotive components, including fuel-injection systems for internal combustion engines. Bosch is also responsible for pioneering innovations in the areas of vehicle safety systems, in-car information and communication systems, as well as driver-assistance and other guidance functions. In addition to enhancing individual vehicle safety, these systems also help to ensure safety in ITS.

For more than 30 years, active safety systems developed by Bosch have significantly contributed to reducing the number of road crashes, despite increasing traffic density. These innovations include the antilock braking system (ABS), traction control system (TCS), and electronic stability programme (ESP®), all of which intervene before a crash occurs.

One of the areas in which Bosch experts are working with ITU is to develop short-range high-resolution automotive radar systems in the 79 GHz frequency band, with the aim of improving both transportation efficiency and road safety. On the basis of studies conducted by ITU-R, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 will consider allocating the 77.5-78 GHz frequency band to the radiolocation service.

Mr Denner received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart in 1981. After a period spent conducting research in the U.S., he was awarded a PhD in physics by the University of Stuttgart in 1985.