Students showcase autonomous vehicle software projects at UK conference

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Pictured at the Vector GB conference, From left: Jakub Zdun (Jaguar Land Rover), Kacper Woloszyn, Ciara Power, Brendan Jackman (Lecturer, WIT)

Pictured at the Vector GB conference, From left: Jakub Zdun (Jaguar Land Rover), Kacper Woloszyn, Ciara Power, Brendan Jackman (Lecturer, WIT)

Since 2011 Vector GB has supported WIT automotive software students with software tools, technology masterclasses and project mentoring

Final year B.Sc. in Applied Computing students Ciara Power and Kacper Woloszyn recently travelled to Coventry to attend the Vector GB User Conference, organised by the UK subsidiary of Vector Informatik GmbH.

Vector are the leading supplier of tools, software components and services to the automotive industry. The students were accompanied by Brendan Jackman, Lecturer and Research Supervisor at WIT’s Automotive Control Group, whose presentation to the conference delegates described the automotive software teaching environment at WIT.

UK automotive industry

The conference was attended by a large cross-section of the UK automotive industry. Ciara and Kacper demonstrated a range of automotive software technologies that are central to the operation of autonomous vehicles of the future and the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) used in modern vehicles. Technologies demonstrated included vision-based road sign detection, high definition mapping, neural networks, high-speed in-vehicle communication networks, real-time path planning algorithms and car-to-car communication protocols. These are just some of the exciting technologies studied by students of the B.Sc. in Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems) programme at WIT. Some of the automotive modules are also taught on the B.Sc. in Applied Computing (Internet of Things) and the B.Sc. in Physics for Modern Technology programmes.

Employment prospects

Past graduates from the course have found employment with many of the leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers around the world, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Red Bull F1 Racing, Ford, Peugeot Citroen, Kostal, Valeo, Continental, Applus+ IDIADA and many others. With the increasing requirements for software-based driver assistance systems, connectivity, electric powertrains and autonomous driving there is a growing demand worldwide for graduates with a mixture of Information Technology skills such as systems analysis, cloud computing, cybersecurity and data analysis combined with automotive software skills such as embedded systems, vehicle networking and functional safety.

Industry support

Since 2011 Vector GB has supported WIT automotive software students with software tools, technology masterclasses and project mentoring. “We have developed a strong relationship with WIT through our ongoing collaboration lead by Brendan Jackman and it is great to see their new students being taught using Vector’s training materials and products, plus previous students joining our event representing their new employers,” says Azumi Watabe, Account Manager with Vector GB.

The students really benefit from this close co-operation with an industry leader and the experience is very valuable in seeking good employment in the automotive industry on graduating.

Headstart for students

According to recent graduate Jakub Zdun “My final year automotive project for Vector was a perfect chance to have a head start in the industry. It allowed me to learn about and have access to the latest Vector development tools used by many car manufacturers, and taught me about automotive networks and standards. After graduating, I moved to London to work for Ford on Restraints Electronics, where I could build on top of the knowledge gained at WIT. Three years later, I now work for Jaguar Land Rover in their Electrical Systems Architecture team.”

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Physics for Modern Technology
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Applied Computing (Internet of Things)

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