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Advanced Automotive Electronic Control Group

The Advanced Automotive Electronic Control Group (AAECG) has a broad range of skills from automotive electronics and control systems.

Research Activities

  • Vehicle Networks: CAN bus, LIN, TTCAN and FTTCAN.

  • Vehicle Diagnostics: ISO9141-2, KWP2000, J1850 PWM, J1850 VPWM and CAN bus.

  • Hardware Design: Infineon, Microchip and Motorola.

  • System Modelling: Matlab and Simulink.

The three group leaders have a vast depth of knowledge in the areas of automotive electronics, control system analysis and design and also embedded electronic applications. This experience has been gained through research and many years of industrial experience.

In the 2007/2008 academic year, there were 4 registered postgraduate students in the Advanced Automotive Electronic Control Group; 1 studying at PhD level; and 3 studying at Masters level.


John Manning
Advanced Automotive Electronic Control Group
Waterford Insitute of Technology
Cork Road

Tel: 051 845638 or Email: [email protected]

Mr Henry Acheson BSc, MEng

Lecturer Automobile Engineering, WIT School of Engineering. Email: [email protected]

Academic Record

B. Sc. Technology NCEA 1999.


Member of Institute of Automotive Engineers & Assessors.

Student Member S.A.E.

Research Experience

Design and Implementation of Electronic Ignition System.

Henry initially served his time as a motor mechanic during which time he won a Gold Medal from the Ford Motor Company in the National Apprentice Competition 1967. He worked in the fleet transport department of the Electricity Supply Board from 1970 to 1980 and then moved to his present position lecturing in Automotive Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology. Henry attends various courses delivered by car importers in Ireland, reviewing the latest innovations. He is a senior examiner in Automotive Engineering subjects with both FAS (the industrial training authority) and the Department of Education & Science. Henry has completed an academic course in Automotive Electronics and Control Systems at Limerick Institute of Technology in 1998. His research interests are Automotive Electronics and Control Systems and he is presently conducting research into microprocessor-based electronic control systems for the automotive industry.

Mr John Manning BE, MEngSc

Mr Gavin Walsh BTech, MSc

Publications 2007-2008

Donovan, P & Manning, J. (2007) ‘Fuzzy Logic Controller Implementation in ANSI C’ SAE 2007 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars: Electronic and Electrical Systems pp.173-176. 978-0-7680-1986-5.

O Brien, D. & Walsh, G. (2007) ‘Design of a Digital Dash-Panel using a TFT LCD Panel and Blackfin Processor’ SAE 2007 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars: Electronic and Electrical Systems pp681-687.