The second Future Professions Workshop was arranged by Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” in cooperation with the other Russian Race4Scale project partners, Autoprom and Kudrovo. The workshops were held on the 8th and 12th of December in 2020. Like the previous workshop earlier in the autumn, the workshop was arranged via Zoom. The Russian keynote speakers had interesting presentations about new technologies in the automotive industry.

The presentations and the workshop agenda can be found here.

Presentation Highlights

On the first workshop day, Irina Borovskaya and Alexandra Proshkina from INTPROTECH introduced a research of cross-border automotive and motorsport industries in the Russian Federation and Finland.

There is a need to create modern educational programs, module and projects of secondary and higher education in the field of training specialists for the automotive industry in the North-West Federal District and Finland, in accordance with trends in the technological development of the industry.”

The presentation featured an interesting proposal to create a free economic zone on the border of Finland and the Leningrad region. This zone would provide the opportunity for simplified rules of entry, residence and procedure for employment.

Autoprom North-West represents many well-known international and national automotive brands. The international automotive companies have factories in the St. Petersburg region. Autoprom has done a research about the current situation and the development needs in the automotive industry. The amount of car production decreased 27 % from year 2019 to year 2020 in Russia. However, it is estimated to increase slowly from year 2021. This estimation aligns with the international car production trends.

There were 7925 electric passenger cars in Russia in July 2020. Nissan was represented by 6747 EVs. There are 500 electric buses in Moscow, which is more than in other European capital cities. In 2023, there will be 2300 EV buses in Moscow. Autoprom’s research also studied the demands of automotive professions in the future.

Anton Filatov represented ETU-LETI’s “Using the Duckietown platform as a simulator for managing autonomous systems” an RDI project study about autonomous driving with a toy-scale testing track. Duckietown track simulates a city environment. The development of software and the usage of camera technology represents a significant role in the project.

The WP1 workshop days also included a section of team working. On the first day, the teamwork topic was to develop a simple software to the Duckietown platform.

On the second workshop day, Evgeniy Vorobyov from ETU-LETI’s Research Institute “Prognoz” represented “Intelligent Radar Systems for the Automotive Industry.” There are many uses and implementations for the traffic control radars such as velocity red light enforcement, crossroads management, object classifications and traffic statistics. The radar systems could be utilized in other businesses too. The software and hardware radar systems have been developed in ETU-LETI.

Nikita Sitkov from ETU-LETI presented about the topic of “smart clothes” as well as the sensor elements integrated into a car seat and a steering wheel. The presentation, “Automotive Bio-Techno Interface”, highlighted that the artificial integral neuroprocessor holds a key role in this technology. The teamwork topic on the second day was based on this presentation. The task for each group was to think and innovate about “What sensors can be used as the basis for a trucker monitoring system before and during a trip?”