Conference 2018

The AESIN Annual Conference 2nd October 2018

Key Themes

  • ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles

  • Automotive Security

  • Communications for V2X

  • More Electric Powertrain

  • Research & Development

  • Software

Sponsors and Partners

Keynote Speakers

Rob Millar
Head of Electrical

Rob will be presenting on “F1 – Counter-Intuitive Test Bed for the Autonomous Car?”. Rob’s presentation will focus on an exploration of the technologies relevant to autonomous vehicles – whether and how F1 technology addresses them.

Tony Harper
Industrial Strategy Challenge Director

Tony Harper is The Industrial Strategy Challenge Director for the Faraday Battery Challenge at UKRI. Tony will be presenting on “Vehicle Electrification and Addressing the Battery Technology Challenge”.

Technical Session Speakers

Oscar Ciordia
Marketing Manager and Business Development

Darren Capes
Intelligent Transport Systems Policy Lead

Paul Green
Creative Director

Andrew Birnie
Systems and Applications Manager, Automotive Microcontroller

Nick Simpson
Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

Professor Phil Mellor
Professor in Electrical Engineering

Professor Shankar Madathil
Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair

Mike Bartley
Founder and CEO

Conference Networking Dinner

This year we will once again run the popular Conference Networking Dinner at the end of the formal conference talks, helping to maximise the potential for networking across Industry, Government and Academia in one place at one time. The Networking Dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 2nd October in the Ballacraine Suite at the National Motorcycle Museum. The dinner will be preceded by a Drinks Reception.



Conference Logistics

About AESIN 2018

We are delighted to announce the AESIN Conference 2018, building on its success in previous years and now being established as the premier UK Automotive Electronics Conference. Now in its sixth year, AESIN is becoming established as an active specialist group to facilitate world-beating Electronic Systems (ES) market leaders from a UK base. Aligned with the UK Automotive Council strategy, AESIN aims to accelerate UK derived ES innovation into automotive markets through collaborative project based work.

Along with headline keynotes from Industry and updates from Government, there will also be parallel technical tracks covering the six key workstream areas covered by AESIN;

  • ADAS & AV
  • Automotive Security
  • Communications for V2X
  • More Electric Powertrain
  • Software
  • Research & Development

An exhibition will complement the conference track, providing space for exhibitors.

This year we will once again run the popular Conference Networking Dinner at the end of the formal conference talks, helping to maximise the potential for networking across Industry, Government and Academia in one place at one time.


Early Bird Ticket Prices

AESIN Member Conference Only Ticket – £150
AESIN Member Conference & Dinner Ticket – £195
Non-Member Conference Only Ticket – £215
Non-Member Conference & Dinner Ticket – £275

Academic Ticket Prices

Academic Conference Only Ticket – £135
Academic Conference & Dinner Ticket – £170

*Academic Tickets are available for attendees from university’s with a university email address

Dinner Only Ticket Prices

AESIN Member Dinner Only Ticket – £60
Non-Member Dinner Only Ticket – £80

*Early Bird Tickets are available until 6pm on Friday 31st July
**Prices are exclusive of VAT



AESIN Conference 2018 – Agenda

08:15   Registration
09:00   Welcome Address – Alan Banks, AESIN Chairman

Executive Session

09:30   “F1 – Counter-Intuitive Test Bed for the Autonomous Car?” – Rob Millar, Williams Advanced Engineering
10:00   “Vehicle Electrification and Addressing the Battery Technology Challenge – Tony Harper, UK Research & Innovation
10:30   Presentation To Be Announced

11:00   BREAK

Dual Track Technical Sessions

Communication for V2X Session – Manxman Suite
11:30   Session Overview – Martin Green, Visteon
11:40   Session Presentations
“You do the V, and we will do the I” – Darren Capes, Department for Transport
“Smart Vehicles, Dumb Cities” – Paul Green, Iotic Labs
12:40   Panel Session

More Electric Powertrain Session – Compton Suite
11:30   Session Overview – Will Drury, Ricardo
11:40   Session Presentations
“Electrification Drives New Demand in Microcontrollers” – Andrew Birnie, NXP Semiconductor
“Life and Loss Evaluation of Windings Used in Integrated Drives with Fast Switching Power Devices” – Nick Simpson & Prof. Phil Mellor, University of Bristol
“Silicon Vs WBG – From an Application View Point of Electric Vehicles” – Prof. Shankar Madathil, University of Sheffield
12:40   Panel Session
13:00   LUNCH

Automotive Security Session – Manxman Suite
14:00   Session Overview – Peter Davies, Thales eSecurity
14:10   Session Presentations
15:10   Panel Session

Software Session – Compton Suite
14:00   Session Overview – Michael Welsh, Altran
14:10   Session Presentations
15:10   Panel Session

15:30   BREAK

ADAS & AV Session – Manxman Suite
16:00   Session Overview – Alan Walker, AVL
16:10   Session Presentations
“EMC Lessons Learnt on Gigabit Ethernet Implementation for ADAS & AV” – Oscar Ciordia, KDPOF
17:10   Panel Session

Research & Development Session – Compton Suite
16:00   Session Overview – Kevin Vincent, Coventry University
16:10   Session Presentations
“Overcoming the Safety and Security Barriers to Autonomous Vehicle Deployment” – Mike Bartley, Test and Verification Solutions
17:10   Panel Session

Everyone Return to Manxman Suite

17:30   Panel Session
18:00   Final Remarks
18:15   Drinks Reception Sponsor Welcome

18:20   Conference Close

18:20   Drinks Reception – Ballacrain Suite
18:50   Conference Dinner

*Conference timings are subject to change.


Rob Millar, Williams Advanced Engineering

Rob Millar is Head of Electrical at Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class innovation in engineering and technology, operational performance, testing and manufacturing services, working in a range of sectors including Automotive, Motorsport, Civil Aerospace, Defence, Healthcare, Sports Science and Energy.

Rob started his career as an electronics engineer, working on automotive body control systems, before moving into an electrical integration role in automotive systems with TWR Engineering in 1992. In 2004, he took a step towards the electrification of vehicles by founding his own company which developed electronic systems for Modec, Tata and Daimler vehicles amongst others. Having first worked with Williams in 2010 in delivering the Jaguar C-X75 project he joined the company in 2016 to deliver its long-term innovative plans for batteries and electronics.

Tony Harper, UK Innovation and Research

Tony Harper is The Industrial Strategy Challenge Director for the Faraday Battery Challenge at UKRI. Tony was previously Director of Research Engineering for Jaguar Land Rover. Tony joined Jaguar as a Graduate Engineer in 1986 with an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. He spent his early career developing the first Airbag-based passive safety systems and developing a number of sports car concepts including the first XK8. In the early 1990’s, Tony was involved in the development and use of pioneering Knowledge Based Engineering systems automating sophisticated rule-based Design tasks. In 1999, Tony was appointed as head of Jaguar’s Vehicle Engineering team responsible for Concept Design, Packaging, Aerodynamics and Vehicle Computer Aided Engineering. In 2006, Tony joined Jaguar Land Rover’s combined Product Development Operations to head up the Research and Advanced group. In recent years , Tony has worked closely with the EPSRC and Innovate UK on a number of large, strategic projects on Electrification and Autonomy. He’s a Chartered Engineer, fellow of the IMechE, an honorary fellow of the University Of Warwick, an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology group, sits on numerous advisory councils and has recently become a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Oscar Ciordia, KDPOF

Óscar Ciordia has a masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering and bachelor of arts in Applied Economy.

Marketing and Sales Director for the company KDPOF who developed the pioneering technology of High Speed communication over Plastic Optical Fiber.

Óscar has more than 20 years of experience in electronic systems Engineering in multinational companies like Hewlett-Packard, Ficosa International and TRW. Óscar has been for 5 years the head of the Spanish National body for Automotive safety Technology helping to the dramatic reduction of road fatalities in Spain.

Darren Capes, Department for Transport 

Darren has 30 years of experience working in highways and transportation in UK Local Authorities. Trained as an Incorporated Civil Engineer, Darren has during this time been involved in highway design and construction, transport planning and the procurement and operation of traffic and highways technology. Darren is employed as Transport Systems Manager with City of York Council, with responsibility for urban traffic control, transport technology and CCTV. He is currently undertaking a two year full-time secondment with the Department for Transport as ITS Policy Lead. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) and sits on the IET’s Transport Policy Panel and Transport Sector Executive Committee. He has represented the IET in discussions with Government, in the wider community of engineering institutions and has presented oral evidence to House of Commons and House of Lords Select Committees. Darren is also a director of the Transport Technology Forum

Paul Green, Iotic Labs

Paul is a founding director of leading Iotic-Labs, a web of things both private and public that enables secure and creative interactions between all kinds of sources and platforms. Visionary and creative, he previously co-founded Arkessa, the fast-growing enterprise IoT business. Paul is passionate about enabling technology to benefit business, people and society as a whole. He is known for his thought leadership and technology concepts that merge multiple disciplines and disrupt current practice. Working with STL Partners, he provides strategic consultancy for many global telecommunications and technology enterprises. Paul combines an imaginative flair for innovation with his personal life as a Christian minister, love of mountain walking and interests in railways and science.

Andrew Birnie, NXP Semiconductor

After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Andy Birnie had various roles in product & technology development, but is currently Systems Engineering Manager for Automotive Microcontrollers and Processors within NXP. In this role Andy is responsible for working with Tier1s and OEMs to understand market trends and customer demands, to define the next generation of microcontrollers, keeping NXP at the forefront of automotive electronics systems technology.



Nick Simpson, University of Bristol

Professor Phil Mellor, University of Bristol

Phil H. Mellor (M’13) received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K., in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K, where he is the head of the Electrical Energy Management Group (EEMG). Prior to this, he held academic posts at the University of Liverpool from 1986 to 1990 and the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., from 1990 to 2000. His research interests include high-efficiency electric drives, and actuation and generation systems for application in more electric aircraft and hybrid electric vehicles.

Professor Shankar Madathil, University of Sheffield

Professor Shankar Madathil FIET, FInstP (Sheffield) (h-index 21, citations 1632) was a Royal Society Industry Fellow in Rolls-Royce until July 2017 where he worked on the systems impact of next generation power electronic technologies and prior to that was a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Power Electronics (2007-2012). He has proven design-to-manufacture expertise in Silicon and GaN. His work is focused on high-power density power converters, embedding challenges in materials to circuits and thermal management via effective use of high value materials and manufacturing techniques for aerospace through direct support from industries. His notable scientific/technical contributions include the Clustered IGBT concept in Silicon and Silicon Carbide (SiC); the first demonstration of 2.4 kV Intelligent Power Chip in Silicon, record low on-state resistance 100 V devices in a PIC platform in Silicon with On Semi and a 1200 V fully implanted power IC process in Semefab plc. He is an editor of IEEE – TDMR, IEEE-TED and an associated editor of IET – PEL and holds 40 patents/applications and published more than 250 articles. He is a director of Eco Semiconductors Limited, which owns the IP of the CIGBT, presently under development for manufacture in the Far-East. His team pioneered the demonstration of high density 2DHG through a Newton Fellowship and demonstrated high performance GaN diodes, transistors and bi-directional switches through funds from Rolls-Royce. Powdec KK is presently exploiting this technology under non-exclusive license, with discrete power devices primed for production release in 2018. Research level preproduction 10 A, 3 kV samples are presently used in Sheffield to research into converter topologies.

Mike Bartley, Test and 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.

Sponsors and Partners






Download the AESIN Conference 2018 Sponsorship Guide Here.

For more information on AESIN Conference 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Rachel Palmer. 

Venue & Travel Information

The AESIN Conference 2018 will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ.

Getting to the National Motorcycle Museum

By Road

The National Motorcycle Museum is located directly on the J6 island of the M42 motorway, directly opposite the NEC near Solihull in the West Midlands. Once you are on the A45 and in the vicinity of the NEC and Airport, please look for our highway brown signs.

Sat Nav postcode is B92 0ED, however please follow brown signage when in the near vicinity.

Car Parking-

You can park your car, motorcycle, van or motorhome for free in the Museum car parks which are situated on site.  We also have overflow car parks for busy event days. There are designated car park spaces for disabled visitors near to the Museum entrance.

Visitors driving motorhomes or towing caravans can park their vehicles in the large overflow car park which has plenty of manoeuvring space. There are no height restrictions entering or leaving the site.

By Public Transport

By Bus-

The nearest convenient bus stops are situated at Birmingham International railway station or at Birmingham International airport. Both of these transport hubs which are only a very short taxi journey from the Museum. For more details see

By Rail-

The nearest main line station is Birmingham International which also serves Birmingham Airport, the NEC & the Museum. There is a taxi rank at the station with a journey time of less than 5 minutes to the Museum.

Birmingham International station is well served via Birmingham New Street Station which in turn has regular services from both London and all major UK cities. See

By Air

Birmingham International Airport is situated very close to the Museum and is served by all the major European airlines.  There is a taxi rank at the airport with a journey time of less than 5 minutes to the Museum. For more details of air travel to Birmingham international airport see

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