On May 11, 2022, the Center for Automotive Research and Education Birmingham CASE successfully held its second webinar on automotive engineering and networking session at the University of Birmingham. The event attracted a lot of attention from academia and industry. Participants in the event, including Richard Burden, a member of the House of Commons Committee on International Development; Karina Fletcher, Development Director, Group Lotus; Tony Dwan, Fuel Cell Specialist, CHANGAN UK Research and Development Center; George E, Managing Director of UBIPOS UK Ltd. The event invited Professor Marina Gashinova, Department of Universal Sensing, and Professor Emma Kendrick, Department of Energy Materials, to make a presentation. After that, the participants had a deep communication and discussion of the presented topics. The webinar was chaired by Professor Hongming Xu, director of the CASE Center for Automotive Research and Education in Birmingham, and was broadcast live on Gasgoo, followed by more than 28,000 viewers.
At the beginning of the event, Professor Xu expressed his cordial greetings and warm welcome to the visiting guests, and expressed his opinion on the future direction of development of the automotive science and education center CASE. Afterwards, Professor Clive Roberts, Head of the School of Engineering, delivered a speech clarifying the strategic position of the CASE Center for Automotive Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, then introducing two key CASE Center members as guest speakers and finally expressing his expectations for the event.
The first report was made by Professor Marina Gashinova, who made an exciting presentation on the topic of automotive radars in terms of current trends in research and development. She noted that the University of Birmingham has played a key role in the development of automotive radar by the UK’s largest research team in the field, and explained in detail the importance and research value of automotive radar technology based on several industrial collaborative projects. Finally, she summarized the existing achievements of the University of Birmingham Radar Laboratory in the field of automotive radar and gave an overview of its future development.
The next presentation was given by Dr. Carl Reynolds and Dr. Rob Somerville, members of the Energy Materials Research Team led by Professor Emma Kendrick. They began with an introduction to the Energy Materials Group, followed by presentations on the sustainability of battery production and the method of parametric modeling of batteries, respectively. Dr. Reynolds gave a complete overview of the processes and equipment used in the manufacture of batteries in terms of battery materials, service life and performance, and recycling / reuse. Dr. Somerville then showed detailed videos and images by parametric battery modeling techniques to get more accurate information about the properties of lithium-ion batteries and next-generation batteries. Based on research by a group of energy materials, Professor Emma Kendrick and her colleagues set up the company in collaboration with Imperial College London to help the industry turn physical batteries into digital models for use in the automotive industry with next-generation battery sectors.
At the end of the event, participants from academia and industry actively asked questions. They had deep communication and interaction with several presenters from different perspectives.
After the networks and dinner the event ended successfully.