Codeplay Software to Receive Investment to Enable Safe AI for Automotive

Foresight has committed £2.1M ($3M) into Edinburgh based software company, Codeplay, to grow its world-leading team with safety specialist engineers needed for safe and reliable artificial intelligence in automotive systems.

The commitment, of which Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund has already invested £1.05 million, will enable Codeplay to extend its ComputeSuite™ products for integration into advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. This will support C++ software programmers in developing their latest vision and AI algorithms then implement on state-of-the-art specialised AI processors. Codeplay’s solution will accelerate development time and provide a safe and verified platform for faster deployment.

Last year, Codeplay announced a relationship with Renesas, a leading Japanese semiconductor company, to enable their next generation of advanced automotive processors. Codeplay is already demonstrating complex vision processing applications running on their R-Car products H3, V3M and recently announced V3H.

ADAS systems provide surround monitoring around the car features such as adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance, self-parking and driver monitoring. These functions are now common-place and are being adopted into most new cars produced providing extra safety systems and reducing accidents.

Since 2002 Codeplay has developed complex software components for gaming consoles, mobile phones and other complex devices. The ComputeSuite products enable software programmers to develop leading-edge applications using well known and understood techniques. Codeplay has already established a global reputation and worked with most of the largest processor companies.

Building on their proven expertise in precision engineering, systems integration and optimisation, Williams Advanced Engineering is well-placed to provide support with the development of automotive safety certified products. Foresight’s expertise in growing businesses and expanding them globally will be invaluable. Supporting Codeplay with investment preparation in Edinburgh were Stephen Gibbens of Accountech, Chiene & Tait Accountants and MBM Commercial.

“Codeplay is already influencing how AI is enabled with leading processor companies using ComputeSuite” said Andrew Richards, Founder and CEO of Codeplay Software. “With Foresight’s investment and Williams Advanced Engineering support, we will advance our automotive solutions and support the strong growth of ADAS and ultimately the autonomous drive vehicle”.

Chris Wardle, Investment Manager, Foresight said “We are very excited to partner with Codeplay, an established leader in heterogenous processor systems and support their expansion into safety-certified Artificial Intelligence products for Automotive as well as other verticals.”

About Codeplay Software Ltd (“Codeplay”):

Codeplay is internationally recognized for expertise in heterogeneous systems, and has many years of experience with OpenCL™, SYCL™, Vulkan™ and specialized tools for complex processor architectures. Codeplay’s ComputeSuite™ is enabling advanced vision processing and machine learning C++ applications using ComputeAorta™, an implementation of OpenCL for heterogeneous processing, and ComputeCpp™, a product based on the SYCL open standard for single-source programming using completely standard C++. Codeplay has earned a reputation as one of the global leaders in compute processing systems.

Codeplay has a strong recruitment program and actively invites the best software engineers to join the Edinburgh team. They are licensed visa sponsors and have many years of experience in welcoming people to work with them from all over the world. Contact the company directly to learn about the great work environment and opportunities.

Codeplay is a real home-grown, Scottish success story. Codeplay was founded by Andrew Richards and Dr Jens-Uwe Dolinsky. Andrew started his career in the 8-bit days writing games for the ZX Spectrum from home, progressing up to writing large console games on the Sega Megadrive and PlayStation. He then decided he was interested in producing new technology for game developers to enable them to do new things. It was becoming possible to do some interesting new things on the graphics hardware that was being introduced. So he started a company with Uwe (who has a PhD in Robotics) to develop technology to let programmers take software they had written for normal computers and run it on new graphics-capable computers. It seemed like an interesting revolution that was about to happen. That was more than a decade ago and to be honest, it took a bit longer than he expected to happen!

Codeplay first operated in 2002 out of a small 2nd floor office in Edinburgh’s Hanover St, before rapidly expanding until in 2017 they are proud to announce a staff of 70 in Argyle House, with 2 colleagues working remotely in Toronto and the Isle of Skye. During this period, Codeplay have always tried to maintain their friendly work culture along with the growth in their workforce and market reach. Codeplay is extremely proud of their Silver Accreditation from Investors in People and is actively working towards Gold Accreditation.

 

About Foresight Group LLP (“Foresight”):

Foresight is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager which has been managing investment funds on behalf of institutions and retail clients for more than 30 years.

Foresight has £2.8 billion of Assets Under Management across a number of funds, including Listed Vehicles, Limited Partnerships, Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs), Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) and Inheritance Tax Solutions using Business Property Relief (BPR).

Foresight’s Private Equity team, comprising 22 investment professionals, invests between £100k and £5m in management buy-outs, management buy-ins and growth capital investments in UK SMEs.

Foresight is an appointed equity fund manager for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) which is backed by the British Business Bank. The £100 million of equity funding for the region was introduced as part of the wider £250 million Midlands Engine programme. Foresight will make equity investments of between c.£100k and £2m in growing small and medium sized businesses across the East and South-East Midlands.

Foresight is headquartered in London with regional UK offices in Manchester, Nottingham, Guernsey and international offices in Sydney, Rom and San Francisco.

www.foresightgroup.eu

 

About Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund

Foresight and Williams announced the unique collaboration represented by the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund in November 2016. It combines the Williams Advanced Engineering team’s expertise with Foresight’s successful investment track record.

The Fund enables investors to qualify for relief under the UK Government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (“EIS”) for investment into early stage UK SMEs with strong intellectual property in their own specialist fields.

The Fund plans to make investments of up to £2 million into at least ten qualifying UK SMEs, supporting the next generation of engineering technology success stories in the UK.

http://www.foresightwilliams.co.uk/

 

About Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited operates a technology and engineering services business and is part of the Williams Group.

In 2010, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited began diversifying its operations, leading to the establishment of the Williams Advanced Engineering division, which has now become Williams Advanced Engineering Limited. Combining cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One, Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operational consultancy services to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, defence, health and energy sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aerodynamics and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.

For more information see www.williamsf1.com/advanced-engineering, follow us on Twitter @WilliamsAdvEng or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/williams-advanced-engineering.

Ricardo announce White Paper on The Automation Revolution Coming to Mobility and Transport by 2025

Automation will transform the way we move, how we transport goods, the kinds of vehicles we use and the way we purchase mobility services in the next 10 years and beyond. Ricardo has long recognised this trend and has been engaged in cutting edge programmes in connected and automated vehicles. This report has gathered inputs and learning from around Ricardo’s global consulting business units, allowing us to highlight the observations in this paper.

We are at the beginning of a truly massive paradigm shift in mobility and transport – are you ready? Within this publication we define what Connected and Automated (or Autonomous) Vehicles encompass and where they are being used. With a focus on likely automated mobility systems deployed by 2025, commercialisation scenarios are outlined including the impact automation will have on surrounding industries. Key technologies that will be required are introduced as well as the challenges and solutions in development. An early application of automation technologies will be truck platooning, hence the deployment and the impact this will have on the long-distance road haulage industry will be outlined. The influence of CAVs on city congestion is also assessed, and in closing, a view is offered on how technological developments with further solidify the impact CAVs will have by 2035.

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Codeplay Hosting AESIN’s ADAS & AV Controls Meeting

The automotive industry is rapidly moving towards increased levels of automation, and in order to make this possible, Codeplay are working to bring open standard based frameworks to automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). By engaging with a range of groups our team can provide valuable input to the industry, and also learn from the industry as a whole. One of the groups that Codeplay is engaging with is the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN).

As part of TechWorks, AESIN is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems into vehicles and infrastructure operated by the UK Trade Association. It is a network for everyone in the automotive supply chain to progress the Automotive Electronics Industry in the UK to discuss and importantly to facilitate world-beating innovation by enabling collaboration, sharing of expert knowledge and best practice in a noncompetitive and effective environment.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Purchasing Risk Manager Michael Mychajluk is quoted on AESIN’s website as saying “the car of tomorrow will make increasing use of sophisticated, highly integrated electronic systems for safety, comfort and performance. There are many exciting areas of development enabled by electronic systems but this introduces a significant complexity issue which can only be addressed by a supply chain that works more effectively together. This presents us all with a once in a generation opportunity to streamline the process and accelerate innovation from R&D to on-the-road production vehicles.”

 

Codeplay participates in AESIN’s ADAS & AV Control group

 

During January Codeplay hosts the AESIN Control sub-group meeting for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) hosted by Charles Macfarlane, Codeplay’s VP of Marketing, in the company’s office next to Edinburgh Castle.

 

The AESIN Control sub-group meeting brings together industry leaders providing expertise in ADAS and AV vision processing intelligence and will help to align on the industry’s strategy towards autonomous vehicles.

Codeplay, experts in high-performance compilers and software optimization for multi-core processing, is gaining a reputation for bringing its development frameworks to the automotive industry benefiting intelligent ADAS solutions. This reputation is greatly enhanced by Codeplay’s recent partnership with Renesas and participation in various AESIN activities, including a presentation at AESIN’s ADAS & AV seminar at Warwick University in front of a large audience. During the seminar in December, Codeplay’s Safety-Critical Software Development Lead Illya Rudkin presented on “Open Standards for ADAS Vision and Machine Learning.” This presentation outlined how Advanced Driver Assistance Systems can be developed to meet the levels of automation set out by SAE, and how open standards will help to achieve this faster.

 

Codeplay presents on Open Standards for ADAS at AESIN’s December seminar

 

The members of AESIN come from a broad set of disciplines across the Automotive Electronics supply chain that includes OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 component makers, and system software developers. Unsurprisingly there are numerous areas for development in vehicles and the infrastructure systems to support them, so AESIN have five working groups. Codeplay joined the ADAS and AV Control group to facilitate and promote the advantages of using Khronos open standards in complex software stacks such as those used to implement vision analysis and machine learning. This particular “Control” group has around 60 members spread across other sub-control groups.

OEMs and Tier 1 automotive companies are beginning to realize that there are opportunities and solutions outside their existing domain and Codeplay is being recognized for the expertise and solutions we can provide by participating within AESIN. If you would like to participate alongside Codeplay with AESIN you can find out the events they host and how to get involved on the AESIN website.

Alan Banks awarded for lifetime contribution to electronics industry at last night’s TechWorks Awards

24th November – Visteon’s Alan Banks was last night awarded the TechWorks lifetime contribution award for his role in making the UK a world-leading hub in automotive electronics.

In addition to his role at Visteon – itself a leading player in the sector, specialising in automotive cockpit electronics and with customers including Ford, Renault/Nissan, Mazda, BMW, GM, Honda, PSA, JLR, VW, Daimler and others – Banks is also chair of the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, which brings together expertise from over 90 companies developing automotive electronics .

The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. While these are the inaugural TechWorks Awards, they follow on from the NMI Awards, which ran from 2001 to 2016.

The gong was presented by the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones at last-night’s award gala. In presenting the award Cellan-Jones highlighted that: “Electronics has become the cornerstone of automotive development, underpinning electrification, autonomy and connectivity.” And said of Alan that: “At a time of great opportunity for our industry, [Alan] has in no small way helped to bring together and promote the UK automotive electronics supply chain as a world-class cluster of excellence.”

Speaking at the event Alan Banks said: “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this award. I passionately believe in the power of collaboration as an instrument to success, particularly in the changing and challenging world of Automotive Electronics.

 “The power of AESIN is in its networking and collaboration, and has given me the platform and opportunity to practice this and the recognition of my personal efforts in this space is gratefully received particularly at this time in my career.”

Other key winners on the night included Cambridge Mechatronics, which won Company of the Year; Unmanned Life, which took home the Disruptive Innovation award; and vivaMOS, which was declared Emerging Technology Company of 2017.

 

The full list of winners is:

 

Company of the Year Award – Cambridge Mechatronics

Contribution to Industry Award – Alan Banks, Visteon

Product of the Year Award – Xilinx

 

Automotive Electronics Innovation & Excellence Award – EnSilica

Disruptive Innovation Award – Unmanned Life

Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award- vivaMOS

More Than Moore Award – Lime Microsystems

 

Manufacturing Site of the Year Award – Xaar

Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Award – Compugraphics

 

Research Collaboration Award – Compound Semiconductor Centre

University Research Group of the Year Award – Centre for Device Thermography & Reliability, University of Bristol

 

Young Engineer of the Year award – Siddartha Khastgir, WMG, University of Warwick

UKESF Scholar of the Year Award: Eliza Law – University of Southampton & Jamie Tuphlome – University of Leeds

Autonomous Vehicles expert from PA Consulting to Present Keynote at the Premier UK Automotive Electronics Conference


The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) Expands Impressive Line-up of top Industry Leading Speakers

The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems into Automotive applications and infrastructure.

AESIN today announced the addition of another notable industry speaker to its exciting programme – Simon Clark; Autonomous Vehicles expert & Consumer lead at PA Consulting is joining the AESIN2017 Conference, Oct 3, Solihull.

 

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KEYNOTE: When Will My Car Be Able To Pick Me Up?: A Timeline for Autonomous Vehicle Enablement

The Autonomous Vehicles expert of PA Consulting will share his views on what the journey to successful vehicle autonomy looks like, discussing how Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are likely to progress over the coming decade.

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.

Held on Oct 3rd at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull; this Premier UK Conference and Networking Dinner will provide insight into the latest thinking from Industry leaders and champions and offers companies the opportunity to engage in UK programmes driving the automotive revolution enabled by electronic systems.

 

Speakers include:

  • David Skipp, Manager, UK Research and Advanced EngineeringFord Motor Company
  • Alessandro Modigliana, Senior Specialist, Satellite Communications & Paul Febvre, CTO Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Paul Brookes, Head of Research and Development, Intelligent Traffic SystemsSiemens Mobility

The full programme can be seen on the AESIN website.

With more than 200 delegates expected from across the industry, up to 20 exhibitors and vehicle demonstrators, we are looking forward to welcoming you at our biggest and best Automotive Electronics Conference.

Secure your place today.

About AESIN

AESIN provides an excellent basis for collaboration across electronic systems and automotive domains with Industry led Workstreams covering Connected Car, ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles, Security, More Electric Powertrain and Software.

For more information, please visit www.aesin.org.uk

Follow @UKAESIN on Twitter

 

Edinburgh Software Company to enable cars with artificial intelligence

Codeplay Software has announced it is working with Renesas, a leading Japanese semiconductor company, to enable their next generation of advanced automotive processors. The technology will be included in future cars that interpret the surroundings and safely take control to avoid accidents or aid with driving functions.

This new relationship will also attract at least 30 new software jobs into Edinburgh, further enhancing its reputation for attracting high-tech employment.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is already available today in high-end cars providing functions such as adaptive cruise control and self parking. The next generation extends these functions relieving the driver of more responsibilities including steering, avoiding accidents and ultimately take full control towards the autonomous car.

Codeplay’s software is using its technology and experience applied to games and mobile phones over the last 15 years to enable Renesas’ latest automotive processors with an advanced vision processing and machine learning platform.

“Codeplay has already worked directly with the world’s greatest processors providing advanced software solutions” said Andrew Richards, Founder and CEO of Codeplay Software, “We are excited to be enabling Renesas great products. It endorses the company’s product and the leadership reputation of the software engineers.

About Codeplay

Codeplay is internationally recognized for expertise in heterogeneous systems, and has many years of experience with OpenCL™, SYCL™, Vulkan™ and specialized tools for complex processor architectures. Codeplay is enabling advanced vision processing and machine learning C++ applications using ComputeAorta, an implementation of OpenCL for heterogeneous processing, and ComputeCpp™, a product based on the SYCL open standard for single-source programming using completely standard C++. Codeplay has earned a reputation as one of the global leaders in compute processing systems. For more information, visit www.codeplay.com.

Codeplay has a strong recruitment program and actively invites the best software engineers to join the Edinburgh team. They are licensed visa sponsors and have many years experience in welcoming people to work with them from all over the world. Contact the company directly to learn about the great work environment and opportunities.

Codeplay is a real home-grown, Scottish success story. Codeplay was founded by Andrew Richards and Jens-Uwe Dolinsky. Andrew started his career in the 8-bit days writing games for the ZX Spectrum from home, progressing up to writing large console games on the Sega Megadrive and PlayStation. He then decided he was interested in producing new technology for game developers to enable them to do new things. It was becoming possible to do some interesting new things on the graphics hardware that was being introduced. So he started a company with Uwe (who has a PhD in Robotics) to develop technology to let programmers take software they had written for normal computers and run it on new graphics-capable computers. It seemed like an interesting revolution that was about to happen. That was more than a decade ago and to be honest, it took a bit longer than he expected to happen!

Codeplay first operated in 2002 out of a small 2nd floor office in Edinburgh’s Hanover St, before rapidly expanding until in 2017 they are proud to announce a staff of 70 in Argyle House, with 2 colleagues working remotely in Toronto and the Isle of Skye. During this period, Codeplay have always tried to maintain their friendly work culture along with the growth in their workforce and market reach. Codeplay is extremely proud of their Silver Accreditation from Investors in People and is actively working towards Gold Accreditation.

 

 

Intercede offers trust management expertise to TechWorks’ automotive security initiative AESIN

Intercede offers trust management expertise to TechWorks’ automotive security initiative AESIN

 

Membership to AESIN will see Intercede provide expertise and guidance on security for the automotive market

 

London, England/Washington DC, 5 July 2017 – Today, digital identity and credentials expert Intercede announces its membership to AESIN, the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, and one of the communities that make up UK industry association TechWorks.

TechWorks is an industry association at the core of UK deep technology, with the ambition to develop the UK’s position as a global technology super-power. Within TechWorks, there are technical and business communities that empower innovation, collaboration, business growth and investment. AESIN is one of TechWorks’ connected communities; a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems (ES) into vehicles and infrastructure operated by the UK Trade Association – NMI.

Intercede joins both TechWorks and AESIN, which will involve the company offering the trust management expertise it has developed in the enterprise space to guide rules, facilitate collaboration and share knowledge on how security can be applied to the automotive market. More specifically, Intercede joins the automotive security steering group of AESIN and will lead the cybersecurity roadmap for the group. The company was invited to participate after founding the Cyber Security Consortium for Connected Vehicles (CCV).

Working with other members of AESIN, which include vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other security vendors, Intercede aims to help market players navigate the cyber security landscape of connected vehicles and infrastructure to ensure threats are understood and mitigated appropriately. Intercede will also assist the group in publishing materials for the wider automotive community to use as best practice and guidance for security.

Nick Cook, CIO, Intercede commented: “As vehicles and infrastructure become connected, the relationship between the different components becomes complex – who and what do you trust? So many different manufacturers and suppliers are involved in creating connected vehicles, therefore it’s important to ensure everyone involved is aware of the security risks that can arise. We are thrilled to be joining the AESIN community and we look forward to sharing our experiences of trust management practices with a thriving yet still vulnerable market.”

Paul Jarvie, AESIN Director at TechWorks added: “AESIN’s ethos is ‘better together’; innovation is born from collaboration, and we need experts like Intercede to help us accelerate the growth of UK technology markets. Intercede brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to AESIN, which acts as a network for everyone in the supply chain to discuss concerns, problems and ideas. We have no doubt that Intercede’s role in the community will help to establish best practice for everyone’s mutual gain and protection.”

AESIN’s annual automotive security conference will be taking place on 5th July at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.

-ENDS-

 

About Intercede

Intercede® is a cybersecurity company specializing in identity, credential management and secure mobility to enable digital trust. It provides software and services that help organizations ensure the safety and security of their people, facilities, networks and information in an increasingly mobile, digital world.

 

Intercede has been delivering solutions to high profile customers, from the US and UK governments to some of the world’s largest corporations, telecommunications providers and information technology firms, for over 20 years. To find out more: www.intercede.com

 

About TechWorks

TechWorks is a new type of industry association at the core of the UK deep tech community with an ambition to harness our fantastic engineering and innovation to develop the UK’s position as a global technology super-power.

 

About AESIN

AESIN is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems (ES) into vehicles and infrastructure operated by TechWorks.

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AESIN Conference 2017 Call for Papers Extended

AESIN Conference 2017

Tuesday 3rd October – National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull
http://aesin.org.uk/conference-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.

The Call for Papers deadline for Technical Session Presentations has been extended until Friday 12th May 2017.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals on any of the key conference themes:
– ADAS & AV
– Automotive Security
– Connected Car
– More Electric Powertrain
– Research & Development
– Software
For more information, please download the Call for Papers Guidelines.