Prof. Hans - Christian Reuss was born in Düsseldorf. He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and received his doctorate at the Institute of Electronics. From 1989 to 1992 he was responsible for serial bus systems and microcontrollers for automotive applications at Philips Semiconductors Hamburg. In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Automotive Electronics and Electrics at the Technical University of Dresden. Since April 2004 he has headed the Chair of Automotive Mechatronics at the University of Stuttgart and is a member of the Executive Board of the Research Institute for Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS).