Venue: University of Surrey Research and Enterprise Support
Daniel Dearing, ESP KTN, Chair
Jeremy Bennett, Embecosm, ESP KTN Embedded Group Champion
Gordana Collier, Kingston University
John Cosmas, Brunel University
Phil Costen, University of Surrey
Paul Findlay, University of Hertfordshire
Peter Lockhart, Roke Manor Research
Tony Rozwadowski, REC
Simon Stanley, Earlswood Marketing (by teleconference)
Peter Turner, Brunel University
Summary of Actions
Action. Daniel Dearing will talk to Wendy Daniels, and tie in with the ESF work from the NMI. He'll also see if the UK Skills Council have data on the subject they can share.
Action. Gordana Collier will draw up the questionnaire, drawing on advice from Alex Zivanowic at Middlesex University and Susan Martin from Surrey University Research and Enterprise Services as well as other committee members. Daniel will then promulgate the questionnaire to members.
Action. Daniel Dearing will ask Greg May to join our next meeting to discuss his vision for the role of the Embedded Systems Group.
Action. Jeremy Bennett to get statistics on the show from Claire Saunders.
Action. Daniel Dearing will suggest Jeremy Bennett to join their steering committee.
Action. Daniel Dearing will inquire about Embedded Live!/Technology World with UBM.
Action. Jeremy Bennett to chase up Mike Bartley for DV Club, Multicore and BCS events.
Action. All to add comments to the report and send back to Daniel Dearing, particularly addressing our success criteria.
Action. Jeremy Bennett to liaise with Paul Findlay over candidate dates.
John Cosmas, Phil Costen, Peter Lockhart and Peter Turner were all welcomed to their first meeting of this committee.
Follow-up on Actions
Andrew Porter of UBM provided data to help Universities in designing courses. Andrew has now moved on to a new role in UBM, and will not be attending the meetings in the future. We wish him well in the future.
It was suggested we should talk to Wendy Daniels at the UK Skills Council about improving skills in embedded engineering. ARM, Imagination Technologies and Roke Manor Research are all leading this initiative.
This group will generate more data to help Universities design courses by its own questionnaire to members.
Daniel Dearing reported on his experience becoming a STEM Ambassador and working with Chris Styles from ARM to develop suitable programs for after-school clubs. He is currently waiting for Chris to complete a Robotics case study. Peter Lockhart advised that the UK Skills Council sees Robotics as a key subject for drawing together mechanical engineering and EE/CS skills. Other good ways of getting children interested is to involve music and gaming.
Daniel Dearing will ask the Skills Council to address a future meeting.
Report on Recent Events
Daniel Dearing reported on the success of the mbed workshop program, which had introduced 120 working engineers in the UK to the latest ideas for rapid prototyping of embedded systems. There had been some resistance to this from Greg May at TSB.
The objective will be to discover whether further workshops covering Arduino, Pick, ST Discovery and other boards when combined with networking opportunities meet the KTN remit of raising technology awareness and generating new technologists.
Ashley Evans (KTN chair) reported that National Electronics Week was very successful. Neither Jeremy nor Daniel were able to attend. It is planned that the KTN will support it again next year.
NMI held a multicore event at ARM, which was a sell-out.
ARM were very strong at Embedded World in Nuremburg. Wireless control of embedded devices was a hot topic. There was a reasonable UK presence.
The Embedded Masterclass will take place on 5th October
The ARM Developers Conference will take place in May at the Motorcycle Museum.
There was some discussion about Embedded Live! , now believed to be renamed Technology World, and scheduled for the autumn. Is it actually happening?
The NMI will be running and Embedded Automotive event in November. The next Future World Symposium will be in May 2012.
UBM have their Autonomous Electronics event on 27 September at the Motorcycle Museum and Medical Electronics event on 29 November in Cambridge.
Essex University want to run an event before July. It was decided to leave it to them to do this.
Ideas for other events
Report Outlining the Purposes of this Group
Daniel Dearing had previously circulated a draft report which describes the goals of the Embedded Systems group. Key points noted were.
Some of the characteristics of embedded systems are commonly seen, but are not particularly characteristic of just embedded systems.
There are lots of SMEs in the field, there are lower barriers to entry, therefore potentially lots of growth.
Need to identify the value chain and UK strengths and weaknesses.
There was also a discussion of how the group could promote new MSc courses in Embedded Systems, while not stepping out of the remit of the group. Use of the _connect website would seem to be the primary route we can offer.
Presentation on Surrey University
Phil Costen gave a presentation on Surrey University and the work of its Research and Enterprise Support unit.
University of Hertfordshire have offered to host a meeting in July. In addition to inviting Greg May, it was asked that the meeting address why UK companies do not take up Artemis more enthusiastically.