FER and GlobalLogic launched the...

GlobalLogic Croatia and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb (FER) have launched an educational module for FER students on the topic AUTOSAR (Automotive Open Systems Architecture), which represents the automotive standard established with the aim of creating an open and standardized software architecture. This way students will be given an opportunity to learn highly wanted skills at the software market so that they can increase their competitiveness in the labor market.

The educational module is organized as a skill (extracurricular course) at FER during which students acquire practical knowledge of relevant technologies in the labor market through a partnership between the faculty and the industry that employs such profiles.  FER students were given the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about AUTOSAR in the summer semester of this academic year. The interest of students was great since the quota of 30 students for the first year of the course. was completed soon with more students interested to join the course in the future. Classes will last until June and and 10 software engineers from GlobalLogic with many years of experience working on digital innovations in the automotive industry, will hold the lectures and lab work.

GlobalLogic prepared the education module in cooperation with its business partner, the German automotive software supplier Elektrobit. Elektrobit secured specific thematic materials for the module and also supports the project with its highly sophisticated commercial software used in the design and development of AUTOSAR systems for individual ECUs (Electronic Control Unit) for all modern cars.

"I am extremely happy that the cooperation between FER, Elektrobit and GlobalLogic has finally been established and that we have started with lectures and laboratory exercises. It was not easy because we had to switch everything to online, which is a special challenge for all lecturers but also for the students. The skills that students will acquire through the educational module will be an excellent basis for further training, but also preparation for a challenging working environment within the software development in the automotive industry. We already have constructive ideas on how to raise the educational module to an even higher level next year, mainly by expanding it with new topics related to the AUTOSAR platform", said the Program Director at GlobalLogic Croatia, Joško Rogulj. He emphasized that such interest in the course is a signal that students express interest in working in the automotive industry.

"FER has been open for a long time to cooperate with Croatian companies in the field of education and preparation of students for working on technologies that are required in the labor market today. At the same time the automotive industry and embedded computer systems in general are getting more and more importance. By acquiring such skills, which can be learned at FER in the form of extracurricular courses, our Institution provides high flexibility of the teaching process and the possibility of continuous adjustment of knowledge to students in order to better follow the changing trends in the modern technology. Successful cooperation with GlobalLogic in the field of educating students to work on the AUTOSAR platform has shown that, through the cooperation of the academic community and the industry, we can successfully and efficiently implement new professional courses for students in a short period of time. For sure it will contribute to their even better employability and it will enrich teaching content. offered to students ", said Lecturer in Charge, Assoc. Professor at FER dr. sc. Hrvoje Džapo.

The training module covers mostly the classic AUTOSAR platform, but the adaptive AUTOSAR platform will also be covered, showing their main differences as well as when and how to use them in the automotive industry. Although the AUTOSAR adaptive platform is newer and offers slightly more flexibility than the classic one, both have great prospects of remaining stable platforms for both single-core and multi-core ECUs for many years. Students will have the opportunity to work on commercial tools used to develop and validate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) applications in the automotive industry.

Namely, ECUs are the main components in the modern cars that control all systems - from basic ones, such as engine and brake system control, through infotainment, climate control, all the way to safety systems such as airbags. There are more than 100 ECUs in modern cars, and it is imperative to enable real-time driving.

To gain practical knowledge, students will configure, validate, and generate simple ECU management applications during the lab exercises. At the same time, students will receive an overview of coding guidelines for the development of secure software that can be use in automotive and other industries.

Author: Petra Škaberna
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