EuroBrake Student Innovation Competition information

The Daimler Student Innovation Competition was introduced at EuroBrake 2015, the world’s biggest braking conference. Grand finalists came from around the world to present their vision of what brakes will look like in 2025, where three top prizes were awarded for:

  • Best Presentation
  • Best Design
  • Most Innovative Idea

The grand final also featured keynote speaker Tony Parraman of the BLOODHOUND Project, a global engineering initiative that aims to break the 1000 mph World Land Speed record whilst showcasing the vitality of STEM subjects and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Click here to see the details and winners of the 2015 event.

The 2016 Competition, now named the EuroBrake Student Innovation Competition (ESIC) kindly sponsored by Daimler, was created to enable students around the world to showcase their vision and ideas for an engineering topic of the future. This promises to be an exciting competition with the chance for students to win attendance at EuroBrake, held in June 2016 in Milan, Italy, to contribute their own work and compete for prizes, recognition and experience first-hand this leading, international automotive event.

The ESIC will open for applications here on Friday 22nd January with a deadline of Monday 21st March; the competition for 2016 challenges students to:

"Consider the implications for vehicle braking systems with regards to autonomous driving"

  • Specification of braking system: can brake load capacity be reduced to allow for this mode of driving or should it be increased?
  • Sensing and actuation: what forms should these systems take to account for the autonomous driving mode?
  • Is the safety of the vehicle improved and how should the autonomous vehicle respond in an emergency braking scenario?
  • What measures should be introduced to ensure that the vehicle remains pleasant and comfortable to travel in?
  • What are the additional opportunities for recuperative braking systems leading to reduced emissions for autonomous vehicles?
  • How do we ensure security from cyber attack or other malicious tampering?

The application and judging process:

1. The EuroBrake Student Innovation Competition kindly sponsored by Daimler asks the engineers of the future to submit a written technical abstract (no more than 2 A4 pages) to outline their ideas and vision of the implications for vehicle braking systems of autonomous driving. These abstracts will be judged by a panel made up of representatives from FISITA, Daimler, education and industry experts.

2. The panel will select the 20 best abstracts and these students will be invited to EuroBrake to experience an international conference first hand and exhibit their work in the form of a technical poster.

3. From these posters, 5 finalists will be selected to present their work to EuroBrake delegates through an oral presentation, with the overall winner of this final receiving 500 EUR in prize money.

As part of a three day programme of events, students will attend a special keynote presentation and a private Q&A session with members of the EuroBrake Steering Committee. Students will also be able to enjoy a tour of the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" or the "Museo Storico Alfa Romeo".

This is an incredible opportunity to learn directly from leading figures in industry and academia, and to develop your future career in automotive engineering - we look forward to another successful competition and finding engineers of the future who have creative ideas and innovative approaches to present and in doing so potentially addressing the mobility braking issues of tomorrow.

Important information:

  • Students must submit their written abstract via the online system, emailed entries will not be accepted
  • Abstracts must not exceed 2 A4 pages and must be submitted in English
  • All written work must be that of the student and referenced where applicable
  • Only one abstract can be submitted per student
  • Abstract applications can be submitted from Friday 22nd January 2016
  • The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday 21st March 2016.


For further information contact:

Hayley Millar | Education Officer

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Important dates

Tuesday 2 February 2016
Deadline for review-ready papers
Tuesday 5 April 2016
Deadline for final papers
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Deadline for upload of oral-only presentations, speaker biographies and final abstracts

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Diamond Sponsor

  • ITT

Platinum Sponsor

  • NUCAP Technologies

Gold Sponsors

  • Polytec GmbH
  • Link Europe GmbH
  • Federal Mogul
  • NOF Metal Coatings Europe S.A.
  • Horiba
  • CAME srl
  • Brembo

Gala Dinner Sponsor


Drinks Reception Sponsor

  • MAT Holdings Inc