Conference 2017

The AESIN Annual Conference 3rd October 2017


Key Themes

  • ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles

  • Automotive Security

  • Connected Car

  • More Electric Powertrain

  • Research & Development

  • Software

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Sponsors / Supporters

Keynote Speaker

David Skipp is Manager, UK Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company.  In this role since January 2015, David is responsible for running collaborative research projects in the UK in association with University, SME, Supply Chain and other industry partners.  David works closely with a number of industry bodies, and has been active within a number of UK Automotive Council working groups.

In his previous role, David was Manager, Sustainability Planning & Strategy, responsible for  Emissions, CO2, and Powertrain Technology strategies and resulting future product plans for Ford Of Europe markets.  Prior to that, David was Manager, Gasoline Powertrain Development, responsible for gasoline engine development and calibration.

Since graduating from Brunel University with a multi-discipline engineering degree, David has held a number of Powertrain Development, Vehicle Development, and Product Planning roles in over 25 years at Ford Motor Company.


Research & Development Session Speakers

Kevin Vincent
Session Chair

Simon Brewerton

Zain Khawaja

Mike Bartley

Manuel Acosta Reche

Software Session Speakers

Michael Welsh
Session Chair

Stuart Jobbins

Andrew Hawthorne

Mark Richardson

Chris Tubbs

Technical Session Speakers

* We will be announcing more information on our speakers in due course

Conference Dinner

151028_0437A Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of the 3rd October in the Ballacraine Suite at the National Motorcycle Museum, the same venue that the conference will be held in. The dinner gives delegates the opportunity to extend their networking opportunities and socialise with their fellow delegates.

The dinner is in addition to the conference and will cost £60+VAT for NMI/AESIN Members and £80+VAT for Non-Members for a Drinks Reception and 3 Course Dinner. Inclusive Conference and Dinner tickets are also available. There is a maximum attendance of 100 delegates so please register early to avoid disappointment.


Thank you to our Drinks Reception sponsor:

2017 Event Logistics

About AESIN 2017

We are delighted to announce the AESIN Conference 2017, building on its success in previous years and now being established as the premier UK Automotive Electronics Conference.

This year we expect an even bigger and better show with more than 200 delegates expected and capacity for over 20 exhibitors at the popular National Motorcycle Museum next to Birmingham Airport. Along with headline keynotes from Industry and updates from Government, there will be parallel technical tracks covering the six key workstream areas covered by AESIN which include:

  • ADAS & AV
  • Automotive Electronics Security
  • Connected Car
  • More Electric Powertrain
  • Research & Development
  • Software

Exhibitor and Sponsor options will be available on first come first served basis. Please contact Rachel Palmer for more information. This year we will once again run the popular Conference Networking Dinner at the end of the formal conference talks which will all run over a full day this year, helping maximise the potential for networking across Industry, Government and Academia in one place at one time.


Draft Agenda

08:15  Registration Opens

09:00  Welcome & Introduction – Alan Banks, AESIN Chairman

09:15  Executive Session

10:30  Break, Exhibition & Networking

11:00  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: Connected Car

Chaired by Martin Green, Visteon

Birmingham City University

Satellite Applications Catapult


UK CITE & Mentor Graphics

Track 2: More Electric Powertrain

Chaired by Will Drury, Ricardo

AVL Powertrain



Speaker TBA

12:30  Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

13:30  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: Automotive Security

Chaired by Peter Davies, Thales e-Security



Pen Test Partners

Thales e-Security

Track 2: Software

Chaired by Michael Welsh, Altran

“SECT-AIR – A UK Initiative to Reduce Software Cost”
– Andrew Hawthorne, Altran

“Enabling Secure Over-The-Air Updates”
– Chris Tubbs, Green Hills Software

“Need to be ISO 26262 Compliant? Cost-effective Methodology for Achieving Automotive Software Compliance”
– Mark Richardson, LDRA

“Software Architecture for a Product Line of Hybrid Powertrain Controllers – Changan UK R&D Centre”
– Stuart Jobbins, Sofintsys

15:10  Break, Exhibition & Networking

15:40  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: ADAS & AV

Chaired by Alan Walker, AVL Powertrain




Speaker TBA

Track 2: Research & Development

Chaired by Kevin Vincent, Coventry University

“Highly Skilled Autonomous Off-road Vehicles”
– Manuel Acosta Reche, Coventry University

“Enabling Autonomous Vehicles to Understand their Environment Without Prior Learning or Model-Based Approaches, Using Only Cameras”
– Zain Khawaja, Propelmee

“Testing of Low Speed Autonomous Vehicles in Milton Keynes”
– Simon Brewerton, RDM Group

“The Innovate UK Funded CAPRI Project”
– Mike Bartley, Test & Verification Solutions

17:15  Panel Session

17:45  Conference Wrap Up & Final Remarks

18:00  Conference Close

18:30  Drinks Reception

19:00  Conference Dinner

* Timings and speaker order are subject to change


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: 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.


Full Price Tickets 

  • Member Conference Ticket – £195 +VAT
  • Non-Member Conference Ticket – £275 +VAT
  • Member Conference & Dinner Ticket – £225 +VAT
  • Non-Member Conference & Dinner Ticket – £325 +VAT

Conference Dinner Only Tickets

  • Member Dinner Ticket – £60 +VAT
  • Non-Member Dinner Ticket – £80 +VAT

Sponsors and Partners

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Drinks Reception Sponsor

Supporting Organisations

If you are interested in Sponsoring or Partnering AESIN 2017, please contact Rachel Palmer.


The AESIN Conference 2017 will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ.


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