LEE SKRYPCHUK, 35 Day job: Human Machine Interface (HMI) specialist Education: Electronics & Computing, Display Systems Technologies degrees and currently working on a Automotive Interface Systems PhD Spare time: Bringing up two kids and supporting Nottingham Forest FC Bonus fact: Lee’s surname only has one vowel – added by his Ukrainian grandfather – to make it easier to pronounce for other Europeans When the iPhone launched in 2007 it changed how we interacted with personal screens. We want something as intuitive and desirable but balanced with controlling a car at the same time. My research group focuses on a lot of speculative stuff that may or may not make it, but there’s still 25 of us. In 2007 there were only four. We’re working on what we call ‘offsurface touch’ with a capacitive system that senses your finger from 15-20cm away – so you can wave your hand to open and close the sunroof for example – using the sensor I’m holding. It could be in production in three years. We’re trying to make our systems more sympathetic so people can quickly switch off from one task and get into another by how we design it. We’re trained at some level to drive but no-one really trains us to do the other stuff at the same time. For aviation pilots it’s their job, but for many drivers it’s not. 32 j THE DYNAMIC ISSUE
PEOPLE KRIS KOBYLINSKI, 30 Day job: Research technology delivery manager, self-learning car project Education: Masters in Computer Science Spare time: Spending time with my wife and daughter, playing football, snowboarding, surfing and electric guitar lessons Inspiration: Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein “for their beautiful minds and amazing inventions” I lead the development of technologies that don’t exist yet in a team of machine-learning engineers, big-data scientists and human factors specialists. Our aim is to develop the first truly intelligent car that recognises each driver, learns their preferences and offers predictive options. My advice to budding engineers looking to get into this line of work would be to grow a passion for automotive – if you don’t already have one – look for hands-on work experience opportunities and study maths, physics and computer science…hard!