AEI Webcast

Concepts and Trends in Virtual ECU Software Development

Wednesday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. GMT).

What does virtual development mean to you? Does it mean virtual calibration, function development, or systems simulation -- or all of the above? In addition, what ingredients are needed? As more companies embrace virtual development, it is becoming apparent that one size does not fit all. In this webcast, we'll clarify these terms and hear industry experts discuss the state of virtual development in their organizations including:
• Virtual calibration using Software-in-the-Loop (SiL)
• Function development with virtual calibration using Model-in-the-Loop (MiL)
• Automatic testing of new ECU algorithms in MiL and SiL
The 60-minute webcast will elaborate not only on these concepts but also add insight into process implications and the necessary ingredients without focusing on any particular tool. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during the program’s live Q&A segment.

Industry Expert Participants:

Mike Badalament, Director, Engineering Services, ETAS Inc.
Mike Badalament has 20 years of experience in the development, launch, and manufacture of automotive embedded control systems. He started his career at Ford in 1992 where he was a member of the global team responsible for developing an engine dynamometer based on auto-calibration procedures. From 1996 to 2006, he held leadership roles at Motorola Automotive, including management of all powertrain software and test systems development. In 2006, he joined Robert Bosch as Director of Software and Control Systems Engineering in the Chassis Controls division. Under his leadership, Bosch CC achieved the successful deployment of all CMMI Level 2 processes, the development and launch of electronic stability control software for multiple North American vehicle applications, and clarification of NHTSA’s FMVSS126 ESC mandate. In 2008, Mike joined ETAS Inc. to establish and grow an engineering services and consulting business that focuses on providing comprehensive software and calibration processes, methods, and tools services and consulting to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 ECU suppliers in North America. He holds a BSE and MSE in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Michael Kropinski, Staff Engineer, General Motors Powertrain
Mike Kropinski is currently a staff engineer at General Motors Powertrain working on Software-in-the-Loop and system simulation strategies. He has worked in a variety of positions within GM including: controls algorithm/software development, diagnostics (OBD II), testing (validation/verification), and development of modeling/autocode capabilities. Mike received an MBA from Indiana University (Kelley School), an MS in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz), an MS in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (SEI), an MS in computer engineering from Wayne State University, and a BS in computer science from Michigan State University.

Dr. Larry Michaels, Principal Vehicle Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Larry Michaels is a Principal Vehicle Systems Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, working on modeling and analysis of alternative vehicle propulsion system technologies. He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of modeling, simulation, and control system analysis and design. Prior to joining Argonne, he was a Technical Fellow in the GM Powertrain Engineering organization, responsible for the institutionalization of modeling and simulation in the Powertrain Control System design and development process, and was the Manager of Applications Engineering at The MathWorks Inc. He began his career working on a variety of applications including satellite trajectory simulation, electric power system stability analysis, AC/DC power converter operation, anti-lock braking systems for tractor-trailers, and power plant training simulators. This was followed by five years as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, analyzing and contributing to the design of the power supply equipment for experimental fusion reactors. He received his BEE, MEE, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Lisa Arrigo
SAE International, Custom Electronic Products Editor, representing Automotive Engineering International magazine
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