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2017 dSPACE Embedded Success Award Winners

dSPACE’s Christian Sauerland and Ohio State University graduate student Aditya Modak.

dSPACE is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Embedded Success Awards!  This year’s winning teams are:

  • 1st Place:  Ohio State University
  • 2nd Place: University of Waterloo
  • 3rd Place:  McMaster University

The Embedded Success Award recognizes teams participating in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition that make best use of the dSPACE toolchain in their software development process. 

1st Place: Ohio State University

Ohio State University (OSU) received first-place honors for implementing a very structured and disciplined approach to hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing. Having HIL testing as a core step in their software development process and deploying requirements-based testing using SYNECT, dSPACE’s data management tool, has led the team to continued success in the EcoCAR 3 competition.

“Ohio State demonstrated a high level of proficiency in all areas of requirements definition, test case development, test data management and test automation,” said Christian Sauerland, HIL Engineering Manager for dSPACE Inc. “And their approach to HIL testing is comparable to many industry adopters of HIL.”

2nd Place: University of Waterloo

Second place honors were bestowed to the University of Waterloo.

“This team truly understands the value of HIL simulation and testing in the component development process,” said Sauerland.

Waterloo capitalized on the fact that HIL is a complex tool to work with and created a plan to train its domain experts to retrain and transfer knowledge to new team members. They developed a systematic approach to transition from software-in-the-loop (SIL) to HIL to vehicle-in-the-loop (VIL), and demonstrated a strong understanding of dSPACE’s CAN tools.

“This team maintains a true ‘CAN-do’ attitude when it comes to vehicle modeling,” said Sauerland.

3rd Place: McMaster University

The third place Embedded Success Award was presented to McMaster University for exhibiting a systematic approach to HIL simulation and testing. This team developed an excellent template for defining test cases, which enabled them to capture and report testing results in a consistent manner. The team used both MicroAutoBox and a HIL simulator from dSPACE, showing a firm understanding of the development process.

“The use of best practices in model-based design – from model referencing and variant management to revision control and scheduled software releases – will ensure that this team is successful throughout the remainder of the EcoCAR 3 competition,” said Sauerland.

Congratulations to this year’s Embedded Success Award winners!

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