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


Executive Session Speakers

David Skipp

Simon Clark

More Electric Powertrain Session Speakers

Will Drury
Session Chair

Bill Kim

Richard Stocker

Peter Harrop

ADAS & AV Session Speakers

Alan Walker
Session Chair

Xavier Fornari

Tom Wilson

Dr David Wheeler

Mark Cund

Automotive Security Session Speakers

Peter Davies
Session Chair

Erik Jacobson

Tony Gee

Chris Shire

Garry Stansfield

Pali Surdhar

Stuart Soltysiak

Connected Car Session Speakers

Martin Green
Session Chair

Paul Brookes

Mujahid Muhammad

Claire Lewis

Andrew Patterson

Paul Febvre

Alessandro Modigliana

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 Pitchford

Chris Tubbs

Speakers To Announce

* 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

09:10  Executive Session

“UK Roadmap for Intelligent & Connected Vehicles”
– David Skipp, Ford Motor Company

10:55  Break, Exhibition & Networking

11:25  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: Connected Car

Chaired by Martin Green, Visteon

“Security Issues in LTE – Enabled V2X Communication System”
– Mujahid Muhammad, Birmingham City University

“Connected Automotive Satellite Serviced Integrated System (CASSIS): High-Speed Satellite-Terrestrial Hybrid Communication Enabling the Next Generation Connected Cars”
– Paul Febvre & Alessandro Modigliana, Satellite Applications Catapult

“Let’s Play Commute – Gamifying Connected Social Mobility”
– Paul Brookes, Siemens Mobility

“An Update on the UK CITE Project”
– Claire Lewis, Visteon & Andrew Patterson, Mentor Graphics

Track 2: More Electric Powertrain

Chaired by Will Drury, Ricardo

“Adaptive Controller Development for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)”
– Bill Kim, AVL Powertrain

“The Main Ageing Mechanisms in Li-Ion Cells, Their Sensitivity to Usage Factors, and the Implications for Vehicle Use Cases”
– Richard Stocker, HORIBA MIRA

“Power Electronics Becoming Much More Important”
– Peter Harrop, IDTechEx

“Title To Be Announced”
– Speaker TBA


12:55  Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

13:55  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: Automotive Security

Chaired by Peter Davies, Thales e-Security

“Right-Sized Security for Automotive Systems”
– Erik Jacobson, ARM

“Usage of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to Secure the Central Gateway”
– Chris Shire & Garry Stansfield, Infineon

“Hack the Hardware: A Live Demonstration of Firmware Recovery from Vehicle ECUs and Other Devices”
– Tony Gee, Pen Test Partners

“A Systematic Approach to Securing Automotive Systems”
– Pali Surdhar & Stuart Soltysiak, Thales e-Security

Track 2: Software

Chaired by Michael Welsh, Altran

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

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

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

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

15:25  Break, Exhibition & Networking

15:55  Technical Session – Dual Track

Track 1: ADAS & AV

Chaired by Alan Walker, AVL

“Fast-Tracking Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles Development with Simulation”
– Xavier Fornari, ANSYS

“Challenges of Automotive RADAR Sensor Networks”
– Dr David Wheller, EnSilica

“Market Trends in Automotive Radar: Impact on System and Processing Architectures”
– Tom Wilson, NXP Semiconductors

“Update on the UK Autodrive Project”
– Mark Cund, Jaguar Land Rover

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

17:30  Panel Session

18:00  Conference Wrap Up & Final Remarks

18:15  IC Resources Drinks Reception Welcome

18:20  Conference Close

18:30  Drinks Reception

19:00  Conference Dinner

* Timings and speaker order are subject to change


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: 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.



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

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


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