EPIC Meeting on LIDAR Technologies for Automotive

Opening & Welcome

Welcome words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium - PDF - video

Welcome words by Marno Panis, Development Lead, Anteryon - PDF - video

KEYNOTE: New features for laser based modules using hybrid optics

Edwin Wolterink, CTO, Anteryon (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF - video

BONUS: Remote heartbeat sensing

Jorma Palmén, CTO, Ladimo (FINLAND) - video

SESSION 1: Setting up the scene

It is clear that LiDAR technology is not far future anymore, but becoming part of our daily life. LiDARs find their application in luggage handling, parcels delivery, robotics, etc. Also interest and market for in this technology for automotive applications keep increasing, despite yet high prices. The main drivers of the LiDAR systems price are the components which have to fulfil long list of requirements and there are still many challenges yet to overcome.

KEYNOTE: Introduction to the market and technology of the LiDAR industry

Alexis Debray, MEMS & Sensors Market and Technology Analyst, Yole Développement (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Challenges in development, assembly and testing of Lidar Sensors

Roland Goschke, Head of Sales, DIOPTIC (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Significance of early ASIC design and its advantages for the LiDAR product development

Farzad Parsaie, CEO, SAND MicroSystems  (SWITZERLAND) - video

SESSION 2: LiDAR challenges and solutions

Many challenges of the LiDAR system are related to optics. Not only it has to be top quality, but also packaging, assembly and end of line testing are critical. Additionally, the protective glass has to offer a solution for when facing different environmental conditions, including bugs. Another challenge is related to the balance between range and resolution of the system, optical interference, parallax error in data fusion as well as processing of the data.

KEYNOTE: LiDAR | Evolution in Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems – The Autonomous Shuttle Opportunity

Heinz Oyrer, Director, Strategic Partnerships, LeddarTech (CANADA) - PDF

LiDAR – sensing your vision

Boris Eichhorn, Senior Project Manager New Venture, Schott (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Flash LiDAR system on chip using single photon detector

Claude Florin, CEO, Fastree3D (SWITZERLAND) - PDF - video

LiDAR for ADAS: bridging the gap to autonomy

Mirvais Yousefi, CEO, LuxC (DENMARK) - PDF - video

High resolution solid-state LiDAR with real-time image fusion for autonomous vehicles

Jordi Riu Gras, CEO, Beamagine (SPAIN) - PDF - video

Advanced laser sources and detectors for SWIR LIDAR systems

Frédéric van Dijk, Optonics Sources Team Leader, III-V Lab (FRANCE) - PDF - video

Current CMOS SPAD based developments dedicated for automotive LiDAR

Thomas Rotter, Technology Scout, Elmos Semiconductor (GERMANY) - PDF

SESSION 3: The Manufacturer, TIER-1, and OEM perspective

Manufacturing solution such as 2-Photon Polymerisation (2PP) additive manufacturing and adhesive bonding allow production and assembly of LiDARs and its elements with high precision and can lead to resistance to vibration, shock and other environmental factors. To account the weather conditions in the data analysis is made possible when using single photon avalanche detectors (SPADs) as these detectors acquire digital signal. While many elements required for a LiDAR system are generally available on the market, however, not many of them can directly be used. When considering a LiDAR for automotive industry it is critical to acquire respective qualifications at the very early stages of manufacturing of the individual elements.

KEYNOTE: 4D Solid-state LiDAR utilizing VCSEL and SPAD arrays

Hanno Holzhuter, Project Manager, Ibeo (GERMANY) - PDF - video

KEYNOTE: Automotive LiDAR at Veoneer – Optical design paths

Olov von Hofsten, Optics designer, Veoneer / Eclipse Optics (SWEDEN) - PDF - video

Optics manufacturing and automated precision assembly for LiDAR systems for prototyping and massproduction

Tobias Müller, Head of Business Unit Optics at Fraunhofer IPT and CTO of Aixemtec (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Challenges and opportunities with 2PP for photonics integrated circuits  

Jörg Smolenski, Business Development Manager, Nanoscribe (GERMANY) - video

SESSION 4: LIDAR components: Laser, detectors and mirrors

One of the requirements to the LiDAR system for automotive industry is miniaturization. This requirement leads to a general trend towards integration and use of chips, Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), etc. Use of PIC technology allows integration at the wafer level and production of Hybrid PICs for scanning LiDARs. Hybrid scanning LiDAR uses a motor for vertical scanning and next step towards solid state LIDAR can be enable when using VCSELs. Use of VCSELs requires additional attention to the system alignment, at the same time a 1550nm laser diodes with 50Hz line width and SOA integration is great light sources for LiDAR system. Independently from the light source surplus of the light entering LiDAR detection system, also in form of direct sun light, can be successfully mitigated when a proper coating, such as Vantablack, is used.

Low Loss Silicon Nitride –  an integrated photonics platform for solid state LiDAR

Thomas Hessler, Director, LIGENTEC (SWITZERLAND) - PDF - video

Boosting LiDAR performance through better stray light control using Vantablack coatings

Michael Stellmacher, Market Development Director Automotive, Surrey NanoSystems (UNITED KINGDOM) - PDF

LiDAR components: ns-laser diodes, micromirrors and detector arrays

Christoph Galle, Program Manager, Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (GERMANY) - PDF - video

Discrete-Mode Laser Diodes for LIDAR Applications

Kevin Carney, Sales Manager, Eblana Photonics (GERMANY) - PDF - video

VCSEL based solid state LiDAR

Jeroen Duis, Chief Commercial Officer, PHIX (THE NETHERLANDS) - PDF - video

Optical phased arrays for automotive solid-state LiDAR systems

Marcus Dahlem, Principal Member of Technical Staff, IMEC (BELGIUM) - PDF