CIOmove@Volkswagen on March 6 & 7, 2024

“2024 will be the year of Business AI”, says Hauke Stars, Volkswagen Group Board Member IT. Find out why at CIOmove@Volkswagen on March 6 and 7 in Wolfsburg. Hauke will present the progress that Germany’s largest company has already made – and will make this year.

While 2023 was the year of ChatGPT and other public applications, AI is now getting serious: The keynote speaker for our event at Volkswagen headquarters is Sven Lorenz, who many of you know as the former CIO of Porsche. Sven is now Head of Group Data & AI at Volkswagen Group. He will talk about “Data and AI in Industrial Applications”.

Hauke and Sven will provide insights how cross-company data ecosystems will be used in the future. Sven will show the areas in which the Group has gained insights with multimodal AI models and what needs to be considered when it comes to data and AI compliance. “Data is the fodder for AI systems”, says Sven: “Hardly any company can afford to forego the enormous potential offered, but even the augurs are warning of the risks. I’m looking forward to discussing this highly topical subject with my many experienced colleagues.” During the day, the Audi brand and Volkswagen Poznan will also provide comprehensive insights in their latest AI projects.

Picture: Hauke Stars

Important: Please have your ID (Personalausweis) ready during the entire event, as we will pass through security several times. Admission to the Autostadt is not possible without ID.

Full agenda for CIOmove@Volkswagen:

Wednesday, March 6

Thursday, March 7

  • 09:30 am: Accreditation in the lobby of the venue
  • 09:45 am: Exclusive VIP tour of the Autostadt Wolfsburg on the history and the various Group brands

  • 11:00 am: Welcome with Hauke Stars, Volkswagen Group Board Member IT
    Keynote: “Data and AI in Industrial Applications” by Dr. Sven Lorenz
    Under this title, Dr. Sven Lorenz, Head of Group Data & AI at Volkswagen, provides insights into how data is handled at Europe’s largest industrial group and how, for example, cross-company data ecosystems can be used. It shows in which areas the Group uses AI, what experiences have been made so far with multimodal AI models and what to look out for in data and AI compliance. “Artificial intelligence is currently the focus of business, the public and politics. Data is the fodder for AI systems. Hardly any company can afford to miss out on the enormous potential of using AI and the exploitation of data, but even the augurs warn of the risks. I am looking forward to exchanging ideas on this highly topical topic with the many experienced colleagues,” says Lorenz.
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch, Networking

  • 1:00 pm: Keynote: “Large-Language-Models-as-a-Service: Beetle Bot and other Animals” by Dr. Luisa März
    The lecture begins with an introduction to LLMaaS (Large Language Models as-a-Service). In the further course, the Beetle Bot is presented as a concrete example of a Volkswagen-internal Large Language Model (LLM). This opens up new opportunities for Volkswagen to try out and exploit the potential of generative AI. The Beetle Bot uses the internal LLM in ChatBot mode, analogous to the use of ChatGPT on the Internet. Finally, an outlook on other different AI services at Volkswagen is given.

  • 1:30 pm: Keynote: AI Aided Design Platform for VW Group by Sebastian Herbst and Daniele Sirigatti
    AI Aided Design Platform marks a turning point in the landscape of vehicle design by leveraging cutting-edge GenAI technologies. The platform, developed in-house at Audi, enables designers to develop new designs quickly and precisely. It provides design generation and customization capabilities that speed up the creative process and increase innovation. Our talk will shed light on how this technology is revolutionizing the design process by enabling efficiencies and a new level of creativity. Discover with us how AI Aided Design Platform will shape the future of design.

  • 2:00 pm: Coffee Break

  • 2:30 pm: Keynote: “Decarbonization through IT platforms” by Dr. Denis Barz and Benjamin Marx
    Using IT platforms and A. I. can help reducing energy consumption and CO2 footprint, as the example of VW Poznań foundry shows. Creating transparency of significant energy users by digitalization, data and KPI are the basis for improvement.

  • 3:00 pm: Goodbye (including the chance to explore Autostadt indiviudually)

If possible, please join us the evening of March 6. (It will be difficult to get to Wolfsburg for the tour on March 7 at 9:30 am.) If not possible, please join the group no later than 11:00 am for the Opening Notes. Most of us will be staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.

Apply now by sending an email to Claudia Michel (

We are looking forward to seeing you!