Simon Clark, PA Consulting
Simon’s experience in autonomous vehicles stems from working as part of Jaguar Land Rover to launch their first suite of connected car products across two vehicle platforms and three countries, back in early 2014. With an engineering degree from Loughborough, a masters from Cambridge University and over 11 years’ industry and consulting experience; Simon’s background in engineering, supply chain, marketing and strategy provide him with the ability to view the subject of autonomous vehicles from different perspectives which is vital for such a diverse and complex subject.
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 Pitchford, LDRA
Mark Pitchford has over 25 years’ experience in software development for engineering applications. He has worked on many significant industrial and commercial projects in development and management, both in the UK and internationally. Since 2001, he has worked with development teams looking to achieve compliant software development in safety and security critical environments, working with standards such as DO-178, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IIRA and RAMI 4.0.
Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Trent University, Nottingham, and he has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years. He now works as Technical Specialist with LDRA Software Technology.
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.
Mujahid Muhammad, Birmingham City University
Mujahid Muhammad received the B.Eng. degree in computer engineering from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, in 2009, and the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Sunderland, U.K., in 2014. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with Birmingham City University, U.K., with a focus on Security in LTE – based V2X Communication. His research interests includes IoT, vehicular communications, LTE-A network, D2D communication and their security.
Paul Brookes, Siemens Mobility
Paul is Head of Research and Development for Siemens Mobility, Intelligent Traffic Systems. His experience in hardware, software, embedded systems design and management spans more than 25 years over 3 industry sectors: computer systems, motion control and ITS.
Holder of a DTI award for promoting good practice in microelectronic design, Paul is a Chartered Engineer, Siemens mentor, innovation lead and connected mobility consultant. Paul’s active research areas are the infrastructure enhanced connected vehicle, energy efficient freight corridor, mobility as a service and enabling smoother journeys through city intelligence based social incentives.
Paul Febvre, Satellite Applications Catapult
In March 2013, Paul was appointed Chief Technology Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult. Prior to joining the Catapult, Paul held positions at Inmarsat as Satellite System Architect, subsequently progressing to Head of the BGAN Evolution Team, responsible for system engineering on the Inmarsat BGAN system and managing the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) Alphasat-extension programme. Paul was also the Chief Architect for Inmarsat’s proposal to ESA in response to the SESAR (Single European Skies Advanced Research) joint undertaking to develop the next generation of air traffic management communications systems over Europe. Paul specialises in the bidding process and contract negotiations within ESA ARTES and the EC Framework programmes, consortium creation and maintenance, and R&D technical programme management. Paul graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Electronics Engineering.
Alessandro Modigliana, Satellite Applications Catapult
Alessandro Modigliana is a Senior Specialist in Satellite Communications with over 15 years high qualified professional experience in digital electronics and satellite communication systems and services. Alessandro obtained a Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2001. Following graduation, he spent 1 year at the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research in Trento working on signal processing algorithms and techniques applied to speech recognition. Working alongside iDirect, he has led a series of system activities aiming to ensure the successful delivery of the next generation ground segment and mobile terminals (land, maritime and aero). In particular, he focused on: over-the-air interface and hub design, service requirements analysis, end-to-end system performance, testing strategy, payload multi-beam interference analysis and optimisation, contractors and suppliers’ management, project management. Since April 2015 Alessandro is working at Satellite Applications CATAPULT as Wireless Communications Lead in the Emerging Technologies team. His main tasks and interests are in future satellite systems and concepts, advanced signal processing techniques applied to ground and payload equipment, system performance assessment analytically of using computer simulations.
Claire Lewis, Visteon
As a member of the Visteon senior leadership team in the UK Claire has multiple responsibilities associated with the VES Ltd legal entity and Visteon as a whole. Claire’s main role is in the area of business and relationship development. This not solely with Visteon’s established customers but predominantly with technology companies, UK academia, local and national government and industry bodies.
Claire has over 30 years experience in the automotive industry in engineering, customer group and business roles across Ford Motor Company and Visteon. In recent years Claire has worked to established Visteon as a key stakeholder in the field of connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK developing working relationships with major players in this field. To this end, one of Claire’s current responsibilities is the program management of the UK CITE project.
Claire has a BSc (Hons) in Combined Technologies specialising in Control Systems and an MBA.
Andrew Patterson, Mentor, a Siemens Business
Andrew Patterson is Business Development Director for Mentor, a Siemens Business’ embedded software division, specializing in automotive solutions (Mentor Automotive). Prior to Mentor, Andrew has spent over 25 years in the Design Automation market and IT/Engineering markets, working in the areas of vehicle networks, simulation model development, and embedded software build, validation and testing. Recently he has been focused on automotive connectivity challenges involving ADAS, Infotainment, AUTOSAR, embedded security, and the use of complex SoCs in Linux-based in-vehicle solutions. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.
Xavier Fornari, ANSYS
Xavier Fornari is the SCADE Suite Product Manager, and is the leader of the automotive action at ANSYS System Business Unit.
Xavier is holding a PhD in Computer Sciences and has been working in embedded software for more than 20 years. His interests cover software development and related processes with a special focus on domain specific languages and certification. Prior to his current position X. Fornari was VP R&D deputy, after being team manager of the SCADE code generator. Before joining Esterel/ANSYS, X. Fornari was a research engineer at a joint lab Ecole des Mines/INRIA, working on programming languages, formal methods and hardware-related topics.
Tom Wilson, NXP Semiconductors
Tom has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specializing for the last 5 years in embedded vision. At NXP, Tom is ADAS Product Line Manager for automotive radar microcontroller products. Before NXP , Tom was VP of Product Management and Marketing for Image Cognition Processing APEX processing IP at CogniVue. In the past, Tom held roles in ASIC design, sales and product management mostly in wireless baseband applications. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in the biological sciences and a PhD from Carleton University Ottawa Canada.
Dr David Wheeler, EnSilica
David has spent more than 25 years in a technical role covering advanced communication systems, cryptography and radar. He joined EnSilica 10 years back to establish teams covering IP development, embedded hardware and software. David has a BEng from Exeter University and a PhD in Signal Processing from Birmingham University.
Bill Kim, AVL Powertrain
Bill Insup Kim is a senior CAE engineer at AVL Powertrain UK. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2006. He has 11 years’ experience as a hybrid system engineer at Hyundai Motors and AVL Powertrain UK. He has co-authored seven technical papers and holds four patents in hybrid technology. His research focuses on adaptive control for electrified vehicles, optimization and vehicle big data analysis.
Richard Stocker, HORIBA MIRA
Richard Stocker is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Nottingham University. He has been at HORIBA-MIRA for 3 and a half years, looking at alternative technology such as N2 engines and hydrogen fuel cells, before settling in his current department looking more closely in Electric Vehicle powertrains, and in particular Li-Ion battery packs for automotive applications. His roles include cell characterisation testing, battery pack verification, and BMS design and modelling. In addition to his work at HORIBA-MIRA, Richard is currently studying for a PhD at Coventry University in the topic of Li-Ion battery ageing mechanisms.
Peter Harrop, IDTechEx
Dr Peter Harrop PhD FIEE is Chairman of IDTechEx the analyst, consultancy and event organiser on green technologies including energy harvesting and electric vehicles. IDTechEx has 50 staff across the world, 15 at PhD level. Dr Harrop has been chairman of 20 high tech companies and he was CEO of Mars Electronics he took from near startup to $260 million output and sale for $500 million without any acquisitions on the way.