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Silke Kirchner

Digital Platform Manager
Webasto Charging Systems Inc.

Silke Kirchner received her Ph.D. in Physics with a focus on Nanophotonics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She became a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rice University in Houston, Texas and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, where she was part of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and devoted her research to Nanophotonics for a Closed Carbon Cycle.

As of 2018, Silke is a Product Manager for Digital Solutions in the Automotive Industry. She has taken an active part in several automotive standardization forums, such as the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM) and the German Flat Panel Forum (DFF) to help define OEM specifications for the quality control of display solutions in the automotive interior. 

Silke Kirchner’s Session(s):


Standardizing the Industry: Protocols and Standards to Overcome Variable Conditions — Fri, March 31, 2023

Technology that powers the EV charging industry is ever evolving, and as EVs become a consistent player in the nation’s transit, standardizations and interoperability of charging are produced. CPOs and E-mobility service providers face common challenges such as integrating roaming capabilities and keeping up with emerging protocols and regulations. This session explores the key enablers for the future of deploying EV charging infrastructures such as OCPP, OCPI, OpenADR, OSCP, OCHP, OICP, and eMIP.


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