"The Automotive Electronics industry is going through unprecedented change, and the security challenges we face ... will be solved by the next generation of engineers and scientists..."

Alan Banks, Chairman, AESIN

Automotive Electronics Competition

The automotive sector is changing radically. Integrated Electronic Systems (ES) are becoming increasingly important and sophisticated, totaling as much as 40% of the components of some vehicles. Electronics accounts for 80% of in-vehicle innovation, and ES continues to have a hugely positive impact on car safety, security, economy and control. The UK already has a strong presence in the automotive sector globally, but the race is now on for automotive companies to embrace open innovation practices and focus on accelerating the delivery of advanced ES into their vehicles.

In order to raise awareness about and interest in automotive electronics and security among undergraduates, AESIN (Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network) and the UKESF have teamed up to run a new Automotive Electronics Competition. The competition is kindly sponsored by UltraSoC.

The Competition

Entrants are required to produce a ‘thought piece’ about the future of cyber security for connected and autonomous vehicles and submit it directly to the UKESF (info@ukesf.org). The piece should:

  • Have a compelling title
  • Be no more than 1,000 words
  • Be along the lines of a blog post in style, not a formal essay

Please include your name and university along with the entry. The closing date is Sunday 1st September 2019. Entries will be reviewed by a judging panel including an AESIN board member, an academic and an UltraSoc representative.


The winner will receive £1,000, with a runner-up receiving £500. The prizes will be awarded at the AESIN Conference on Tuesday 1st October 2019, taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Both finalists will be invited to the conference and dinner as guests of AESIN/TechWorks, and both winning entries will be published.


To qualify, entrants must:

  • Be registered at a UKESF partner university on a BEng or MEng degree, or a MSc course
  • Be focused on Electronics, Computer Science, Automotive Engineering and/or Cyber subjects
  • Qualify as a UK or EU student for tuition fees or be a British National, with a permanent right to work in the UK upon graduation

Any questions, please email info@ukesf.org.

“AESIN are delighted to be able to support the Automotive Electronics Competition. The Automotive Electronics industry is going through unprecedented change, and the security challenges we face both now and in the future with Connected and Autonomous vehicles will be solved by the next generation of engineers and scientists who truly understand the challenges of Digital Resilience and Cyber Security in the new Automotive space.”

Alan Banks, Chairman, AESIN

“At UltraSoC we believe that strong links with the academic world provide multi-faceted benefits to everyone involved – an opportunity for students to learn about and use state-of-the-art commercial products, an opportunity for UltraSoC to stay abreast of the latest academic developments in many related relevant fields, and the ability for us all to advance our industry together. We are delighted to sponsor this UKESF project and very much look forward to reviewing the entries.”

Aileen Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer