The Vetronics Research Centre (VRC) led by Professor Elias Stipidis, is the only Academic Centre of Excellence in the UK conducting research and training in the subject area of Vetronics (Vehicle Electronics). Founded in 2004, the VRC has acquired funding primarily to conduct innovative research in the field of Vetronics for Land Systems on behalf of the UK government. Its purpose is to research future technologies and methodologies and has also conducted research in the field of Avionics and Commercial Automotive offering expertise in the latest vetronics technologies.
The VRC conducts research that helps the industry to develop demonstrators and testbeds for future, commercial, and specialist vehicle designs, offering expertise in vehicle electronic architectures, systems engineering, systems integration, safety, security, modelling and simulation, networking technologies, crew stations, human factors, and embedded systems.
Vetronics research provides a new dimension to vehicle systems where mechanical, electrical and electronic components integrate. By seeing the world from a user perspective, the VRC research has a problem-to-solution approach that is based on co-production with stakeholders (government and industry partners) to understand the needs, application and limitations of capabilities, and then uses a process of robust experimentation and applied innovation to find solutions.
A dedicated state-of-the-art space of more than 250m2 was created to host specialised exclusive facilities such as: a vehicle electronics systems integration laboratory including verification and validation systems and MilCAN Certification test rigs; mobile technology demonstrator laboratory; numerous safety critical and deterministic embedded networking test beds with modelling, simulation, crew stations, and development kits; secure network facility for distributed networking; standard electronics test capabilities. The VRC has also access to specialist facilities within their industrial collaborators laboratories and government facilities.