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Issue 39 | July 2016

Welcome to Issue 39 of insidetrack

As July signals the turn in the year and we enter the second half, I was pleased to be able to provide positive reports to both the FISITA Finance Committee and Executive Board over the course of the last week. FISITA is in a strong position with regard to our financial performance for the year and operationally we are on track with development and delivery against this year’s agreed schedule of work. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation along with the FISITA head office team and the Executive Board for all the support, encouragement and advice received from our members.

It’s really important to me that we hold an open dialogue with our members as we develop plans for the future of our organisation. We need to be able to do so with the support of the community we serve – so your contribution, input and guidance is always valued. I regularly receive emails from Member Society colleagues and Committee members and look forward to hearing from you at any time, about any topic. One further way we are looking to maintain reporting levels is via a mid-year Council presentation, with a voice over commentary. We distributed this yesterday and you can access it directly via the Members Area here - please do take a few minutes to listen to my update on activities. Once downloaded, please view this in presentation mode, clicking after each slide, to hear the audio.

This month’s newsletter looks back at the most successful EuroBrake conference to date, with an excellent technical event being delivered in Milan, Italy in June. FISITA is well supported as event organiser by the EuroBrake Steering Committee and we yet again pass our thanks on to each member of the Committee and Advisory Board for their collaborative approach and support - we are in fact already working with them in preparation for EuroBrake 2017.

Final delivery plans are in place in Korea, and our friends at KSAE are ever closer to delivering what will be an excellent World Automotive Congress, when FISITA 2016 takes place in September. The programme of FISITA meetings is also coming together and we look forward to connecting with members and colleagues to progress discussions and FISITA business while taking an active part in the Congress, which we are all looking forward to. 

In membership news, we are delighted to announce IBM as the latest company to join the FISITA Honorary Committee. There are a number of technology companies interested in joining the group, which is clearly a reflection of the relevance of the Honorary Committee within the global, automotive mobility landscape, as well as a reflection of the evolution of the industry. We’re looking forward to welcoming IBM into the community and working with them as we move forward with plans around the Summit and the recently approved proposal to develop an ‘Industry Committee’. This will support a regular dialogue and agenda of work for Honorary Committee members – we’ll keep you posted on this development in due course.

We have an excellent case study from SAE-China, thanks to Amelie Gong and her colleagues for providing this great insight into how the organisation has, and continues to develop. It’s an interesting read and I’d welcome your input to Inside Track with a similar report from your Society, please contact me directly should you wish to do so.

It’s really great to see the Formula Student challenge taking place through so many Societies around the world. FISITA colleagues were able to attend the IMechE competition at Silverstone here in the UK last week, they had a great time and were really impressed with the dedication and determination – not to mention the quality and competitiveness of all the entries.

Finally, around our Member Societies, it’s good to see SAE awarding members with their Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award - a worthy cause which I’m sure we can all support. Plus we're delighted to have granted FISITA Patronage to the 13th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control - no doubt this will be a great success and the technical content will be of the highest standard.

All the best
In this issue of insidetrack...
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Milan plays host to a successful EuroBrake 2016
It's now a month after EuroBrake 2016 took place in Milan and we are delighted to report that the event was a tremendous success. EuroBrake took place at the MiCo - Milano Congressi - the largest conference centre in Europe, where we welcomed 1,200 international delegates of the highest calibre from over 40 countries. 

Now in its fifth year, EuroBrake is firmly established as the world’s largest technical event of its kind, with attendance figures up 80% from 2012. This year we offered a technical programme of over 120 technical presentations, two popular Panel Sessions with renowned industry executives, newly introduced Tutorials and an international exhibition featuring almost 100 organisations.

The event also played host to the EuroBrake Student Innovation Competition (ESIC), where finalists were asked to present their vision of vehicle braking systems with regards to autonomous driving. This year the judging panel identified two winners, who each received EUR 500 in prize money and were recognised at the Gala Dinner in front of an audience of 800 people:

• Oussama Erraji, Polytechnic University of Turin:
Advanced systems for autonomous driving vehicles

• Hamidreza Mirtaheri, Polytechnic University of Turin:
Hydraulic regenerative braking system

A collection of photos from EuroBrake have been added to Flickr and can be viewed here.

In addition, we have also created a summary of the social messages shared at EuroBrake, which can be viewed here.

We would like to express our thanks to this year’s sponsors, the EuroBrake Steering Committee, Advisory Board, Session Chairs and reviewers who have worked purposefully and collectively to organise such a successful conference.

We now look forward to EuroBrake 2017, which will take place in Dresden, Germany between 2 - 4 May 2017. The plans are already in action, so to stay informed please visit the EuroBrake website where you can sign up for Braking News email alerts.
ESIC winner Oussama Erraji
ESIC winner Hamidreza Mirtaheri
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FISITA 2016 for students
Here at FISITA and at the Korean Society of Automotive Engineers, we are busy preparing for FISITA 2016, which will commence in less than three months. The second round of earlybird fees are now in place, so don't miss out on registering for a discounted fee before 8 August.

FISITA 2016 - a focus on students & young engineers
Each month leading up to FISITA 2016,
insidetrack will focus on a specific element of Congress. This month we'll look at what's available for students and young engineers.

The FISITA Student Congress is integrated into the main Congress and offers students from around the world the opportunity to participate in an international conference, presenting papers on the main Congress topics. We are pleased to say that around 20 students will be presenting their work in Korea to an international audience of automotive leaders.

As well as making contacts with other students, participants in the Student Congress will have full access to the main Congress, and the chance to network with senior engineers and industry executives at all social events. Awards for the best student papers are presented at the official Closing Ceremony.

The Travelling Fellowship Programme begins the week before the main FISITA Congress starts. 13 outstanding young automotive engineers, under the age of 35, will take part in a special week long series of industry visits in Korea, before attending the World Automotive Congress. This is a wonderful opportunity for young engineers to make connections with their peers from around the world.

The Islands of Excellence is a competition that provides an opportunity for universities and research institutes around the world to showcase their new and innovative projects as a part of the exhibition of the FISITA 2016 Congress. For students it is the perfect place to display their knowledge and start networking and building contacts for a future career in the automotive industry. We look forward to welcoming academics locally in Korea, as well as from the UK, Netherlands and Germany.

A very special student rate is available for those currently undertaking Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees. To register for this discounted rate of 80%, click the button below.
Click here to register for your reduced rate
FISITA welcomes IBM to Honorary Committee
We're pleased to report that global technology and consulting company IBM has become a corporate member of FISITA's Honorary Committee, joining 60 other leading organisations from many of the most influential companies in the global mobility industry. The select group works with FISITA in support of its mission to advance automotive engineering technology, mobility solutions and promote the global professional development of engineers.

“The automotive industry is at a tipping point as automotive manufacturers adapt to new consumer demands that require vehicles that fit their digital lives,” said Dirk Wollschlaeger, General Manager, Global Automotive Industry, IBM. “We look forward to working with FISITA and its global network to address how we can engineer a seamless and secure driving experience for customers with digital preferences.”

Honorary Committee members are exclusively invited to attend and contribute towards FISITA’s global events and activities, and take the lead in developing and delivering the by-invitation technical leaders event, the World Automotive Summit. For more information about joining FISITA see our join FISITA pages here.

Read the IBM press release
Case study: The development of SAE-China - alliances, industry research and standards
FISITA's Vice President for Internal Relations, Ms Amelie Gong, introduces developments at SAE-China, where she works as Deputy Secretary General.

As the Chinese automotive industry rapidly develops, SAE-China has also grown at pace, both in the scope of its business and the size of the organisation. 

In 2000, SAE-China only had a few responsibilities, including conferences, an exhibition and academic journals. Since then, the organisation has expanded and three major platforms have been established: 
-    Technical exchange
-    Automotive culture popularization
-    Industry-academia-institute collaboration

Within these platforms, SAE-China has conducted a series of activities to develop technical information, industry research, student programs, policy consultation and cross-industry cooperation. 
  • Industry-academia-institute collaboration
SAE-China has made great progress in stimulating collaboration with industry, universities and research institutes - mainly through its four Alliances: 
- Alliance for Electric Vehicles, 
- Alliance for Lightweight Technologies, 
- Alliance for Manufacturing Equipment
- Alliance for Intelligent and Connected Vehicles
Within the Alliance for Lightweight Technologies, there are 17 members and 43 partners, whilst eight more companies are applying to join. It covers almost all the major OEMs, suppliers, universities and other institutes in China in the sector of lightweight technologies, so is able to connect engineers for generic research programs including high-strength swing arms and aluminum alloy chassis development. Its members and partners share the achievements, so in this way, SAE-China is leading the progress of lightweight technology for the whole industry in China. 
  • Industry research
SAE-China is a leading authority on industrial strategy and produces numerous reports that include statistics and analysis, covering almost every sector within the automotive industry. For instance, the Annual Report on Automotive Industry in China, is one of the major works that SAE-China produced together with the National Development Research Center of the State Council and VW China. Since its first edition in 2008, this report has been highly regarded by both the government and the entire industry. Since 2015, SAE-China has started to produce the Annual Report on Vehicle Technology in China, to gain a deeper insight into technical development. SAE-China also receives commissions assigned by the Central Government, to provide a greater overview of the automotive industry. 
  • Standards
Accompanying government standards, SAE-China is playing an increasingly important role in establishing group standards for the industry. In 2015, the State Council announced that 12 national societies were to be the pilots in creating and promoting group standards for each of their specialties, to which SAE-China was enlisted. SAE-China is therefore able to unify technical standards for the entire industry and promote technical developments in China, while at the same time, is able to highlight its unique technical position in the field.

Continual staff developments at SAE-China

SAE-China has a dedicated workforce, who work in a thriving environment:
  • Establishing a professional team of employees - in 15 years, the number of full time employees has almost tripled to meet the demands of an expanding business.
  • A culture of research - SAE-China encourages all employees to be engaged in industry research, and to become experts themselves
  • To meet the demands of industry - the aim of SAE-China is to support the technical development of industry, so they always focus on what the industry needs.
  • To get continue to gain support from technical experts.
Click here for more information on SAE-China
Share your Formula Student news
We looking forward to hearing the results from the latest Formula Student events that have taken place, or are currently being organised around the world. Formula SAE and Formula Student events are a series of competitions organised by a number of FISITA Member Societies around the world, in which teams of university students compete to design, develop, build and race a prototype single-seat formula-style car. 

Thousands of engineering students are taking part in the competitions, organised in America, Europe and the Asia Pacific area and many have gone on to pursue successful careers in the automotive and motorsports industries. Let us know how you are involved by sending your stories, updates and images to FISITA Communications Officer, Patrick Carpenter, at, and we'll publish these in a future edition of 
Click here for a list of Formula Student events
FISITA Patronage for AVEC '16

Organised in association with FISITA Member Societies JSAE and VDI, the 13th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control - AVEC '16 - will bring together the world's leading scientists and experts in the fields of vehicle dynamics and advanced vehicle control. Delegates can register here for the event, which takes place in Munich, Germany, between 13 - 16 September 2016.

AVEC '16 will put a special focus on automatic driving and autonomous driving functions, integrated control of interacting control systems, controlled suspension systems, active wheel torque distribution and vehicle state and parameter estimation. The event has been granted FISITA Patronage, which is awarded to international events with a proven track record, high technical quality and global significance. To find out more about how FISITA supports international events, see the events page on our website here.
Click here to register for AVEC '16
SAE International honours mobility engineers

SAE International has awarded nine mobility engineers with their Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award. Established in 2000, this award recognises an individual or groups of individuals who, through their ingenuity and dedication, make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact caused by the transportation industry. 

One of the 2016 winners includes Shigetaka Hamada, Group Manager, Toyota - a corporate member of FISITA's Honorary Committee, whose winning project was titled, “The Toyota Fuel Cell System on Miria FCV.” He received the award for his Mobile Energy paper during the SAE 2016 World Congress.
Click here for more information on the winners
The FISITA Automotive Diary is your online resource for all kinds of automotive engineering events happening across the globe. From conferences, forums, seminars and workshops, be sure to check back regularly to see what is new. 

Automated Vehicles Symposium
19–21 July 2016, San Francisco, U.S.

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25–29 July 2016, Michigan, U.S.

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