On-Demand Webinars: Software

The Value of Sensor Simulation for Hardware-in-the-Loop Design Validation


With the recent advances in electrification and new technology developments in propulsion methodology, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test benches—historically the domain of production test—are becoming increasingly prominent in R&D. Where we used to see prototypes used in labs for validation, new R&D applications are rapidly emerging in the test bench market. Safety and cost efficiency are the main drivers for this shift in strategy.

R&D teams have unique views on real-life applications; their specific needs and validation processes differ from the needs of production. Some test-and-measurement and real-time simulator companies have a long history of collaborating on HIL test applications, due to the ever-increasing need for expertly designed sensor simulation products for the verification of today’s “Smart” PCBs, among other reasons.

In this 60-minute Webinar, speakers will analyze some of those differences that bring new challenges for companies designing HIL test benches and see how test and measurement companies have addressed the simulation challenges. This Webinar also will look at the tactics of implementing simulation and how to choose the right products for your applications.

Attend this Webinar and learn:

  • The differences between R&D and production test benches
  • The engineer’s versus the manager’s view
  • Why specs aren’t always what they seem
  • About scalability and how to plan ahead

A Q&A session will follow the technical presentation.


Paul Bovingdon, Technical Engineering Manager, Pickering Interfaces

Paul Bovingdon serves as the Technical Engineering Manager for Pickering Interfaces, where he has held design engineering and product management roles since 2006. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a postgraduate diploma in electronic and computer engineering from the University of Birmingham. He is also a member of the Institute of Physics and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Alexandre Leboeuf, Aerospace Business Unit Manager, Opal-RT Technologies

Alexandre Lebeouf is the Aerospace Business Unit Manager for Opal-RT Technologies. He joined the company in 2010 and has designed, assembled, installed, and tested test benches for multiple applications. Alexandre founded Opal-RT Technologies’ systems integration team in 2011 and its aerospace business unit in September 2021. In his current role, Alexandre focuses on serving global aerospace clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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