Level 9 Certificate in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles

Institute of Technology, Sligo (SG_ESENS_E09)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

40

Department

Computing

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information
Contact

Jean Gilligan

Email

gilligan.jean@itsligo.ie

Phone

071 9305835

Address

Jean Gilligan,
Springboard Project Coordinator,
IT Sligo,
Ash Lane,
Sligo.

Role

Springboard Project Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

14/09/2018

Start Date

17/09/2018

End Date

31/05/2019

About this Course

The Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is being developed with the intent of up-skilling engineers with a body of knowledge to enable them grow the autonomous driving market within Ireland. A version of this course is running successfully in Kempten University of Applied Sciences Germany since 2014; the German version of the course continues to be industry-led by local Automotive companies such as BMW and Continental. IT Sligo is adapting this course to meet the needs of automotive companies and associated OEMS based in Ireland (JLR, Valeo etc.)
The course in multi-disciplinary in nature; it is a mixture of software based skills, mathematics, mechanical engineering and Artificial Intelligence for Automotive. Its intake can come from electronic engineering, mechatronic engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science - the course aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary skills required to design and build the next generation of automotive vehicles.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is offered in an online manner, utilizing IT Sligo’s online delivery techniques. Lectures will run between 6pm and 9pm to facilitate the target market of those in industry hoping to up-skill. The students will be required to attend practical/hands-on sessions once per semester. This self-contained level 9 minor award enables learners to exit with a Certificate in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles or to progress to complete a full Level 9 Masters in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. The Full Masters incorporates an in-company research thesis, enabling the students to progress research and development in the industry and also to encourage life-long learning for the students.

Objectives

The Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is being developed with the intent of meeting the needs of the growing automotive industry within Ireland. Engineers to design Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as lane assist, automated braking, and visualization through blind spots are much sought after, and the onset of autonomous driving will further reinforce this growing need. Ireland lends itself very well to the development of autonomous driving; albeit not a traditional automotive manufacturing country, the country is very strong in software based skills and it is this skillset that is at the core of autonomous driving.
The course in multi-disciplinary in nature; it is a mixture of software based skills, mathematics, mechanical engineering and Artificial Intelligence for Automotive. Its intake can come from electronic engineering, mechatronic engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science - the course aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary skills required to design and build the next generation of automotive vehicles.
The course aims to up skill engineers with a body of knowledge that will enable them grow the autonomous driving market within Ireland. In particular, it is hoped that this course will lend itself to the growth of this market along the Atlantic Economic Corridor. The arrival of Jaguar Landrover (JLR) to Shannon, along with General Motors in Limerick and Valeo in Tuam are some of the Industrial pillars already in place on this corridor. IT Sligo is ideally placed to deliver a course that aligns with their needs.
The course was originally developed in Kempten University, where it has been very successfully delivered for the last 4 years. The course content was driven by a German industry steering group (BMW, Continental, etc.) in order to ensure it met their needs. Kempten and the German industry partners are eager to make international partnerships (they have currently partnered with a Japanese and Romanian university); they approached IT Sligo to develop/deliver an English language version of the course. It is envisaged that Kempton and IT Sligo will work closely together to ensure that the course continually matches industry’s needs.

Entry Requirements

Graduates with a Level 8 Honours Degree 2:1 or above in Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. Programming knowledge (Ideally C++) and Level 8 Engineering Maths are pre-requisites to the course.
Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have the willingness to address them will be considered. Candidate interviews and entrance exams will be used to assess suitability for the programme.
In addition, international students, whose first language is not English, will be required to prove their English competency through previous examination results, recognized English language tests such as IELTS (6.5 or equivalent required) and through oral communication skills at interview.

Long Description

The Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is being developed with the intent of up-skilling engineers with a body of knowledge to enable them grow the autonomous driving market within Ireland. A version of this course is running successfully in Kempten University of Applied Sciences Germany since 2014; the German version of the course continues to be industry-led by local Automotive companies such as BMW and Continental. IT Sligo is adapting this course to meet the needs of automotive companies and associated OEMS based in Ireland (JLR, Valeo etc.)
The course in multi-disciplinary in nature; it is a mixture of software based skills, mathematics, mechanical engineering and Artificial Intelligence for Automotive. Its intake can come from electronic engineering, mechatronic engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science - the course aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary skills required to design and build the next generation of automotive vehicles.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is offered in an online manner, utilizing IT Sligo’s online delivery techniques. Lectures will run between 6pm and 9pm to facilitate the target market of those in industry hoping to up-skill. The students will be required to attend practical/hands-on sessions once per semester. This self-contained level 9 minor award enables learners to exit with a Certificate in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles or to progress to complete a full Level 9 Masters in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. The Full Masters incorporates an in-company research thesis, enabling the students to progress research and development in the industry and also to encourage life-long learning for the students.

Why Choose This Course

The automotive industry is in a state of flux, as we move from level 1 standard driver-operated cars to level 5 fully
autonomous vehicles. This market within Ireland is a growing one because of Ireland’s high education levels and its expertise in software; this market growth is directly from automotive manufacturers and also from OEMS servicing them. IDA Automotive estimate circa 15 automotive companies in Ireland, employing 3,500 persons while Enterprise Ireland Automotive is circa 80 companies employing 3,000 persons. Some notable details on such companies are given below.
JLR moved into Shannon in October 2017, and announced 150 software jobs on the 13th January this year. “JLR, which builds just under a third of Britain's 1.7 million cars, has said half of all its new models will be available in an electric version by the end of the decade, requiring new skills among its staff”.
Valeo Vision Systems is French owned and part of one of the world’s leading suppliers of driving assistance systems. Their Irish operation is in Tuam, Galway and is home to one of its largest R&D centres. They have a workforce of over 1000 employees, with 400+ in Research and Development. Valeo are constantly looking for new talent to join their team in Tuam; a count of their website lists 39 jobs today. From working with them on the course development, the pool of engineers in Ireland needs to be bigger.
Kostal, in Limerick and Cork are another large company focused on the design & manufacturing of automotive
Electronics. Kostal has circa 1000 employees.
Large multinationals within Ireland are also working on products for the Automotive Industry. Such OEMS include
Movidius/Intel, Analog Devices, Xperi, Xilinx; all of which have automotive divisions in place to service this industry. On 3rd November 2017 Xilinx announced 100 jobs and a 40-million-euro investment in an initiative to expand its R&D Engineering operations at the company’s European headquarters in Dublin and Cork. The new employment positions are for highly skilled electronic engineering staff with specific experience in developing technologies for automated vehicles.
Kirchoff Automotive, a family-owned automotive mechanical engineering design house based in Letterkenny Co. Donegal also have potential to grow in this market.
Research and Markets have stated that the global autonomous vehicles market revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 39.6% during the forecast period 2017-2027 reaching $126.8 billion by 2027. With the onset of Brexit, it remains to be seen as to its effect on the automotive market in Britain.
The share that Ireland gets of this large revenue stream depends on the country providing the expertise and infrastructure necessary to design and develop the next generation autonomous systems. This course from IT Sligo, while disciplinary in nature, strives to produce a talent pool that will help grow this industry, especially along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.
According to Sebastian Thrun, pioneer of automated driving technology, “talent shortage is the most pressing problem facing the autonomous driving sector as technology is advancing more rapidly than educational opportunities. The automated driving engineering skillset is multidisciplinary and that broad skillset is just not there at present”.

IT Sligo Springboard participants can avail of the services of the Careers office and the IT Careers Portal. The Careers officer provides guidance to students regarding their programme of study and career options. A virtual and campus based career fair occurs annually and students have access to employers and their current requirements. Students can attend live events where they can visit live interactive sessions with employers.
Students also have access to a postgraduate fair, which also occurs annually on campus. As part of this event, students will have an opportunity to attend CV Clinics and have their CV professionally checked by HR professionals. They can also attend seminars and lectures relating to career development, identifying target employers, how to connect with employers, collaborate effectively in groups and in identifying and applying on the job soft skills.
IT Sligo delivers a six week 'Get Working' MOOC in semester 1 and this programme is delivered in association with HR specialists within the 'Worklink' organisation.
Following which the students then participate on a 'Personal effectiveness and employability' programme in semester two which is designed to enhance participants job readiness training. This is a 10 credit module and it has been designed to enhance the skills needed for effective engagement in the work place.
IT Sligo also helps students get ahead in the world of work with an industry placement. Thanks to our close contacts and research collaborations with many companies and major employers, we can offer a wide variety of opportunities in destinations across the region and beyond.

Career Opportunities

The Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles is being developed with the intent of meeting the needs of the growing automotive industry within Ireland. Engineers to design Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as lane assist, automated braking, and visualization through blind spots are much sought after, and the onset of autonomous driving will further reinforce this growing need. Ireland lends itself very well to the development of autonomous driving; albeit not a traditional automotive manufacturing country, the country is very strong in software based skills and it is this skillset that is at the core of autonomous driving.
The course in multi-disciplinary in nature; it is a mixture of software based skills, mathematics, mechanical engineering and Artificial Intelligence for Automotive. Its intake can come from electronic engineering, mechatronic engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science - the course aims to produce graduates with the multidisciplinary skills required to design and build the next generation of automotive vehicles.
The course aims to up skill engineers with a body of knowledge that will enable them grow the autonomous driving market within Ireland. In particular, it is hoped that this course will lend itself to the growth of this market along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

Timetable Info

Lectures delivered online in the evenings and also available to download as recordings. The schedule will be confirmed in September.

Delivery Location

IT Sligo online delivery

Delivery Notes

e-Learning

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Admissions Department

Address

Online Admissions,
IT Sligo,
Ash Lane,
Sligo.

Phone

071 9318511

Email

admissions@itsligo.ie

RPL Information

IT Sligo recognises and assess prior experiential learning of applicants through its RPL process. The institute is committed to maximising access and flexibility to applicants and the RPL procedure outlines how a learner may apply for and obtain credits for prior learning. The definition of credit in this instance is the award of a grade for learning in the context of the relevant course schedule.

Application Procedures

Apply online through the Springboard website www.springboardcourses.ie

Media
IT Sligo online

Experience online learning at IT Sligo

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ytk4szuvg6opxm/AABKwO9YnAT9ErMeEpJVGlI5a?dl=0


Online learning webinar

The webinar demonstrated the medium by which online programmes are delivered at IT Sligo

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6R5gsxoeXRZQnplMGRfdGVpWG8/view?usp=sharing


IT Sligo website

Programme page for Level 9 Certificate in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles

https://www.itsligo.ie/courses/certificate-sensors-autonomous-vehicles/