Christoph Gümbel

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Senior analyst and partner at Future Matters


Speed Matters in Vehicle Development and the specific
role of CAE


Christoph Gümbel is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Stuttgart University and joined Porsche AG as a software engineer for cybernetics and realtime computing in 1979. Until the end of 2016 he was director Virtual Vehicle at Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach. He is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in digital prototyping and applied simulation methods for design and functional verification in the vehicle development process.

Furthermore he was the driving force in the start-up of three enterprises in Germany and abroad. These companies are successfully working in the areas of high performance computing, computer aided engineering and methods for numerical simulation to this day.
Today, he works as a consultant for virtual development processes. Since 2017 he is partner at future matters located in Switzerland, one of Europes leading future research institutes. Focus of his work is on automotive engineering trends, future mobility and digital prototyping. He is steering committee member of the Graz Virtual Vehicle Symposium (GSVF) and of IPG’s Apply and Innovate Symposium. He is member of the administrative board of Juice Technology in Switzerland, one of the leading companies for mobile charging devices as well as co-founder of a SR-advanced simulated reality GmbH, developing and producing compact driving simulators.

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