Automotive Systems Block Week
Mar 11, 2024 – Mar 15, 2024.
Automotive Systems Block Week 2024
FH Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Dec 10, 2023
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Automobiles are complex systems that are composed of mechanical, electric/electronic, and software components. The activity of specification, design, integration and testing of these components to build a safe, performant and desirable car is a joint effort of a global network of car manufacturers and their suppliers and sub-suppliers. Automotive system engineering is about orchestrating all these parties and addresses a wide range of engineering and management skills. All that being said, the complexity of automotive systems is ever increasing as advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) autonomous driving (AD) and connectivity capabilities boost the functionality of new vehicles by incorporating novel sensor systems as well as powerful software algorithms. Due to these developments, the automotive industry is undergoing a deep transformation: established development processes are being questioned, software companies gain importance and the formerly potent car manufacturers fight for their supremacy in the market. However, one thing persists: the industry’s need for system engineers who have a comprehensive understanding of the system engineering process paired with knowledge in software engineering. The BIP Automotive Systems proposed here contribute to the formation of this type of engineer.
The Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) Automotive Systems 2024 is about automotive systems engineering with a focus on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD). Another focus lays on software engineering. The backbone of the module are the so-called V-Model and ASPICE, two engineering process models/guidelines that are fundamental in automotive system engineering. Many aspects of these models are explained and numerous examples originating from ADAS/AD are presented. The target group are bachelor students in their last year as well as master students. Matlab/Simulink will be used in some demonstrations and in hands-on exercises. Basic knowledge of Matlab and Simulink is appreciated, however a Simulink crash course will be given during the block week.
- Time Frame: The BIP Automotive Systems Block Week 2024, organised by the University of Applied Sciences Dortmundspans over seven consecutive calendar weeks (CWs). It starts with a virtual phase (CW 10), followed by a presence phase of one week (block week CW 11 from 11th to 15th of March ) and a virtual phase (from CW 12 to CW 16).
- Location: The presence phase takes place on site at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.
- Detailed Information: In the attached document you will find a detailed description of the block week, learning content and methods, organizational framework, preliminary schedule and student competence requirements. Please read the document carefully before registering for the block week.
- Deadline:Please register for the upcoming event latest until December 10th, 2023. After registering in this system, you will receive a registration confirmation. Please note that this is an automatic confirmation and not a final confirmation of your participation. You will receive a final confirmation by email separately.
Students from the partner universities who participate in the block week will be funded by their sending university with mobility lump sums (approx. 70€) per day.
The BIP Automotive Systems is about automotive systems engineering with a focus on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD). Another focus lays on software engineering. The backbone of the module are the so-called V-Model and ASPICE, two engineering process models/guidelines that are fundamental in automotive system engineering. Many aspects of these models are explained and numerous examples originating from ADAS/AD are presented.
– Requirements management
– System Architecture
– Sensors for ADAS/AD
– Safety and Security
– Management and Support Processes
– Software Development
– ADAS/AD Algorithms
– Model-based Development in Matlab/Simulink
– Agile Methods
– Software Testing
– System Validation
Teaching in this module will utilize diverse methods:
Lectures and Seminars
In lectures and seminars, knowledge will be presented and discussed with students. At the conclusion of each segment, a set of questions will be provided to the students online and will be answered immediately so that the lecturer can give direct feedback as well as additional explanations.
Demonstration of a Test Vehicle
The demonstration of an Audi Q7 that is available at the Department of Information Technology and that carries different sensors used in ADAS/AD like radar, lidar and GPS e.g. complements the seminars.
Development using Matlab/Simulink
An ADAS function called Autonomous Emergency Breaking (AEB) is presented and will be demonstrated using a Matlab/Simulink simulation. The students themselves will develop, optimize,
and test an AEB function in a Simulink simulation environment.
Other algorithms that are crucial to ADAS/AD will be demonstrated through Simulink simulations.
Practical Work on a Mobile Robot
An autonomous mobile robot that is available at the Department of Information Technology will be used as a prototype to develop and test the AEB function. Models-based code that is developed in Simulink will be deployed on the robot and tests will be conducted in an indoor laboratory.
Discussion of White Papers/Scientific Papers
Current technological trends that are explained in white papers and/or scientific papers will be provided to the students. The students will then briefly present the core ideas of each paper to trigger a discussion between the students and the lecturer.
Depending on availability, guest speakers from other universities or industry partners will join and present their perspectives. Also depending on availability, a field trip to an automotive supplier with an R&D site located in Dortmund is planned.
During the virtual phase, an assignment will be given to the students. The students will be split into several groups and will be given a specific topic originating from the automotive world. The students will search for relevant literature and prepare a written report about their respective topic. At the end
of the BIP, the groups will share their results with all other students and the lecturer through a final presentation and a discussion in a (virtual) colloquium.
The target group are bachelor students in their last year as well as master students. Matlab/Simulink will be used in some demonstrations and in hands-on exercises. Basic knowledge of Matlab and Simulink is appreciated, however a Simulink crash course will be given during the block week. Each student should have a laptop computer with Matlab/Simulink installed.
The BIP spans over seven consecutive calendar weeks (CWs). It starts with a virtual phase, followed by a presence phase of one week (block week) and a virtual phase as shown in the table below:
The schedule for the block week is planned as follows: