Andrew Hawthorne, Altran
Andrew Hawthorn has been developing high-integrity software intensive systems for over 18 years. He has spent his entire career at Altran and worked in many different industries including aerospace, defence, rail, finance and automotive. For most of his career, Andrew has provided technical leadership on projects, and now, as Deputy Director of the Intelligent Systems Expertise Centre / Altran UK, Andrew provides governance of a number of projects including Research and Development into new processes, tools and techniques.
Stuart Jobbins, Sofintsys
Stuart Jobbins (Sofintsys Ltd) is a freelance Software and Systems Engineering Consultant who has over 35 years professional experience in software system development. His wide career has seen him cover industrial, defence, communications, automotive, aerospace, marine and nuclear, all centred on embedded real-time control. He has extensive experience of Automotive Powertrain control and the architecture-centric world of Software Product Lines and the business, process and organisational implications and opportunities.
For the last 2 years he has been retained by Changan UK’s Research and Development facility as Software Architect for a Transmission Control Product Line and more recently as their Hybrid Powertrain Control Software Architect. He is passionate about engineering, especially systems with extensive software engineering, and enjoys the mix of pace and pragmatism that is Automotive.
Stuart sees the challenges facing future system and software engineering as increasing scale and complexity, geographic dispersion (both of product and engineering), and an increased public dependence on software intensive systems to deliver improved safety and security. He sees future engineering being increasingly about partial system replacement in larger, more interconnected, adaptive, systems of systems, of potentially mixed integrity, whose design detail may be unavailable, rather than the more traditional teaching of “clean-sheet” new product development, which frustrate the aforementioned expectations.
Sofintsys provides Software and Systems Engineering Consultancy, Training solutions and Assessment services, with significant expertise in Powertrain, Embedded Real-time Control, Safety (including ISO26262), AUTOSAR, and substantial software programme measurement and management experience across many development lifecycles and organisational constructs.
Mark Richardson, LDRA
Mark Richardson has over 25 years of experience in the development of real-time embedded software in C, C++ and Java. He is currently working for LDRA, where he is a Field Application Engineer working in close collaboration with LDRA’s numerous distributors. Prior to joining LDRA, Mark was the lead application engineer for IBM Rational Rhapsody and has over 12 years of experience using UML on embedded projects. He has lived in the UK, France and the USA, working on a variety of embedded projects and is currently living in the UK.
Chris Tubbs, Green Hills Software
Chris Tubbs is an industry veteran with 40 years experience in the Avionics, Simulation, Medical, Automotive and Software Industries. After 15 years in the Aerospace industry managing safety critical systems development he co- founded companies in the Simulation and Medical Imaging markets in the roles of Commercial and Managing Director. He then spent eight Years in the Automotive industry in Germany and Holland as a Development and Business Development Manager after which he joined Green Hills Software in 2008. Chris was promoted to Director of Business Development EMEA in 2012 since when he has specialized in Safety and Security.
Simon Brewerton, RDM Group
Simon Brewerton is CTO at RDM Group in Coventry, where he is responsible for all areas of technology development, R&D and technical support across the different business groups. He was previously at Infineon Technologies, where he specialised in embedded microcontrollers for automotive safety systems. As an experienced automotive engineer for over 25 years, his present role includes the definition of hardware and software architectures for the UK AUTODRIVE Autonomous PodZero project, where 40 Pods will be deployed in Milton Keynes, UK.
Zain Khawaja, Propelmee
Zain has a Master of Engineering (MEng) from Oxford University with a specialisation in Computer Vision and Robotics. Zain is a highly proficient C++ and MATLAB programmer and has developed key technologies including Propelmee’s proprietary camera-based perception framework for obstacle detection and path segmentation for multi class autonomous mobility systems.
Zain has implemented state-of-the-art optical flow based algorithms in C++ based on the ‘variational framework’ by Horn & Schunck, and extensions based on the ‘L1-Huber cost function’, relevant for use in real time applications to detect and segment static and dynamic obstacles; vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, etc., with robust results.
Most recently, Zain has worked as a software engineer at Oxbotica, a leading robotics and autonomous mobility company in the UK, and gained direct experience of autonomous control systems, autonomy enablement software stack, and robustness testing for self-driving vehicles. At Oxford University, Zain’s capstone project work for his 4th Year M.Eng degree, was in computer vision research and he won the SONY award for his work presentation related to ‘Visual Motion Magnification’. During his student years Zain has worked for Imperial College London’s Mechatronics in Medicine Lab and Oxford University’s Osney Thermofluids Lab.
Zain has core expertise in camera-based perception systems and direct industry experience in autonomous vehicles. Zain has successful acclaimed implementations of camera based computer vision applications. Working under Dr. Andrea Vedaldi of the Visual Geometry Group at Oxford University, Zain implemented state-of-the-art visual motion magnification algorithms previously developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. Zain extended the state-of-the-art of that computer vision research by developing a novel methodology for real time video motion magnification using ‘Empirical Mode Decomposition’.
Zain has received formal autonomous control systems training which deals with all aspects of system architecture, in-field testing, debugging and development. He has conducted vast intellectual property research directly related to the field of autonomous vehicles and has a specialist grasp on the scope of existing technologies and IP in the field of autonomous mobility.
Mike Bartley, Test & Verification Solutions
Mike has been involved in software testing and hardware verification for over 25 years. He started his career in testing of military software and safety-related aerospace applications using formal mathematical methods before moving into testing of commercial software. Since 1994 Mike has also been involved in the verification of complex hardware products (on Silicon and FPGA) going into sectors such as mobile phones, HDTVs, smart cards, avionics and automotive. In 2008 Mike established T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions: www.testandverification.com) to offer specialist services and products in hardware verification and software testing. T&VS has now grown to a global company of 250 engineers. T&VS has also been recently involved in Innovate UK projects to apply advanced hardware verification techniques to the testing of autonomous vehicles and complex cyber physical systems and his talk today will cover those projects.
Mike gained a PhD in Mathematical Logic from Bristol University. He has since obtained an MSc in Software Engineering and an MBA through the Open University. Mike is currently studying for an MSc in Computer Security at the University of London.
Manuel Acosta Reche, Coventry University
Manuel Acosta Reche (Toledo, Spain – 1990) gained his Master degree in Machinery Design and Transportation, Carlos III University (Madrid, 2014). Previously, he studied Industrial Engineering (Mechanics) at the University of Castilla La Mancha (Ciudad Real, 2008-2013). In 2014 he started his automotive career working as Data Analyst and Scrutineering engineer for the European Championship International GT Open. In 2015 he moved to Barcelona and started working for the Spanish Proving Ground IDIADA Automotive Technology. Initially, he took the role of Project Engineer in the objective testing team (Vehicle Dynamics Department) being involved in projects related to chassis characterization, benchmarking, objective-subjective correlation and target setting. After this initial stage, he joined the Electronic Chassis Control Systems team, where he worked intensively in projects related to chassis system evaluation (analysis and manoeuver execution).
He is currently a Marie Curie Fellow at Coventry University (UK), working for the European Horizon 2020 ITEAM (Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles) Project. His research interests include agile manoeuvring, experimental data acquisition, estate estimation and vehicle dynamics control.