Professor Thomas Kropf is president of the Bosch Group’s corporate sector for research and advance engineering. Headquartered in Renningen, Germany, the research sector has locations across the globe, including major research and technology centers in North America, China, and India. It covers all the systems and technologies found in Bosch products, ranging from mobility solutions, industrial technology, and energy and building technologies, to consumer goods. In addition, Kropf is also responsible for the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, as well as for grow, a Bosch-internal start-up platform.
Prior to his current assignment, Kropf was senior vice president with responsibility for cross-divisional automotive systems engineering in the Mobility Solutions business sector. In this role, he also defined the company’s automotive technology strategy, reporting directly to the Bosch board of management.
Further assignments included responsibility for the Infotainment business unit of the Bosch Car Multimedia division, product management and advanced engineering in the Chassis Systems Control division in Abstatt, Germany, software and systems engineering as well as customer project management for radar, video, and ultrasonic driver assistance systems in the Driver Assistance business unit in Leonberg, and microelectronics development in the Automotive Electronics division.
Professor Kropf joined Bosch in 1999, after a spell as an assistant professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Darmstadt, Germany, as well as a Ph.D and a higher doctorate (‘Habilitation’) in computer science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
In addition to his position at Bosch, Thomas Kropf is adjunct professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, where he teaches computer science.