The Proving Ground Conference

Automotive Proving Grounds are facing new challenges e.g., with an increasing number of autonomous vehicles under test, or vehicles which are tested automatically. As safety remains top priority for everyone involved in testing, changes result in many fields such as test protocols, design, operations, and connectivity.

The Proving Ground Conference aims to serve the community as a venue for exchange and discussions. We invite everyone interested to meet (again) in person, share knowledge and experience, and connect with experts alike.

Impressions 2022

Day 1 - Demonstration Day

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Day 2 - Conference Day

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Save the Date

We would like to build on the success of the first Proving Ground Conference and are happy to share the date for the 2023 conference. Mark 19 + 20 September 2023 in your calendar.

Save the Date!

Program 2022

On 13 September 2022, a field trip to Aldenhoven Testing Center offers the chance to see the proving ground live and witness demonstrations regarding testing tools, proving ground management and connectivity. The day will be closed with a joint dinner to intensify discussions and relations.

The actual conference will take place on 14 September 2022 at CT² - Center for Teaching & Training, one of the university top conference centers. Presentations and exhibitions will target these main streams

  • Safety on proving grounds
  • Testing of automated and autonomous vehicles
  • Connectivity
  • Proving ground design and operations

Demonstration Day


Sep 2022

14:00 Transfer from Aachen
14:30 Snacks & drinks served
15:00 Welcome and intro to Aldenhoven Testing Center
15:15 Start of demonstrations
• Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab
• mm-lab Proving Ground Management System
17:00 End of demonstrations
17:15 Transfer to Aachen
19:00 Joint dinner in Aachen

Conference Day


Sep 2022

09:00 Exhibition Open, Coffee Served  
09:30 Welcome Rainer Staron, mm-lab
Micha Lesemann, Aldenhoven Testing Center
09:40 Impulse Prof. Peter Urban, Institute for Automotive Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
Session 1: Safety on Proving Grounds
10:00 SAE J3300 Driving Skills Standards Jörg Hogefeld, SAE
10:20 Safety Driver Qualification Dennis Eckl, Driving Concept
10:40 Improving Safety for Motorcycles on Proving Grounds Steffen Firchau, mm-lab
11:00 Panel Session 1  
11:15 Coffee break  
Session 2: Testing of Automated and Autonomous Vehicles
11:45 Testing Automated Driving - What we learned in UNICARagil Raphael van Kempen, Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
12:05 Increasing the Test Portfolio for Proving Grounds Nils Katzorke, Mercedes-Benz
12:25 Proving Ground as Part of Virtual Homologation Rico Barth, TÜV Rheinland
12:45 Panel Session 2  
13:00 Lunch break & coffee  
Session 3: Testing Tools and Environments
14:15 Efficient Tool Chain for Proving Ground and its Ideal Targets Bahaa Salhab, 4activeSystems
14:35 High-end Digital Twins of Proving Grounds Gunnar Gräfe, 3D Mapping Solutions
14:55 Cold Climate Vehicle Indoor Testing Jörg Hogefeld
15:15 Panel Session 3  
15:30 Final Discussion (Podium)  
16:00 End of conference  

The presentations of the 2022 conference are now available to participants.


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RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s top technical universities, located right at the border to The Netherlands and Belgium. Aldenhoven Testing Center, an R&D-focused proving ground is operated by the university in close vicinity.

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Aldenhoven Testing Center
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CT² - Center for Teaching & Training (sop architekten, Foto: B+E Fotografie)

Exhibitors 2022

3D Mapping Solutions

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mm-lab GmbH

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Segula Technologies

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TÜV Rheinland

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Sponsors 2022

Check Who Makes This Event Possible!

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The Proving Ground Conference is an initiative of Aldenhoven Testing Center, RWTH Aachen University, and mm-lab GmbH. We anticipate a need for regular and neutral forum for the community of proving ground users, operators, and suppliers and hope to serve this need.

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