Vantsevich, Vladimir V., Sc.D., Ph.D.

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Vladimir V. Vantsevich, Sc.D., Ph.D., ASME Fellow

Professor and Director
Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory

Academic Background

Sc.D., Automobile and Tractor Emgineering, Belarusian National Technical University, Awarded by the State Supreme attestation Board, Russia

Ph.D., Automobile and Tractor Engineering, Belarusian National Technical University

Dip.-Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Belarusian National Technical University (Diploma Summa Cum Laude) with specialization in Automobile and Tractor Engineering

Courses

ME 690/790 Autonomous Wheel Power Management Systems: Theory and Design

ME 690/790 Dynamics of Ground Vehicles

ME 430/530 Vehicle Dynamics

ME 360 Introduction to Mechatronic Systems Engineering

ME 370 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

Research and Design Areas:

Conventional vehicles (with driver) and unmanned ground vehicles and systems

•    Inverse and direct vehicle dynamics
•    Agile/hyperactive vehicle dynamics
•    Passive and active operational fusion of open architecture vehicle systems
•    Cyber security and safety of in-vehicle and inter-vehicle systems  
•    Vehicle energy and fuel efficiency
•    Mobility and survivability  
•    Stability of motion and turnability
•    Vibration protection

Multi-wheel vehicle driveline systems: optimization, control, and design

•    Autonomous agile wheel power management systems
•    Hybrid/electric/hydraulic driveline systems
•    Limited slip and e-locking differentials; transfer cases and drive axles
•    Wheeled amphibious propulsion systems
•    Intelligent tire and wheel-leg combination

Robotic Manipulators: mechanical/ mechatronic design, dynamics and control

Recent Publications (2010 - 2013)
Technical Book
A. F. Andreev, V. I. Kabanau, V. V. Vantsevich, “Driveline of Ground Vehicles: Theory and Design”,
V. V. Vantsevich, Scientific and Engineering Editor, Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press, 792 pages, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4398-1727-87.

Book Chapter
V. V. Vantsevich, Chapter “Education in Mechatronics” in technical book “Mechatronics in Action. Case Studies in Mechatronics Education and Applications”, Springer, 2010, 259 pages, ISBN: 978-1-84996-079-3.

Journal Papers

1.    M. Patterson (US Army TARDEC), J. Gray (PhD student, US Army TARDEC),  G. Bortolin, V. V. Vantsevich “Fusion of Driving and Braking Tire Operational Modes and Analysis of Traction Dynamics and Energy Efficiency of a 4x4 Loader”, Journal of Terramechanics, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp.133 – 152, 2013.
2.    V. V. Vantsevich, D. Murphy (M.Sc. Mechatronics Student), G. Bortolin “Mobility and Energy Efficiency Analysis of a Terrain Truck”, SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 2013-01-0672, May, 2013.
3.    V. V. Vantsevich, G. Bortolin “Axle Drive and Brake-based Traction Control Interaction”, SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, Vol. 4, N 1, p. 49-55, 2011.
4.    G. Thomas (M.Sc. Mechatronics student), V. V. Vantsevich “Wheel-Terrain-Obstacle Interaction in Vehicle Mobility Analysis”, Journal of Vehicle Systems Dynamics, Vol. 48, pp.139-156, 2010.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

1.    V. V. Vantsevich, “AWD Vehicle Dynamics and Energy Efficiency Improvement by Means of
Interaxle Driveline and Steering Active Fusion”, ASME 15th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Portland, OR, August 4-7, 2013.
2.    V. V. Vantsevich, “Integration of Education and Research in Mechatronics Engineering Programs”,
ASME 10th International Conference on Design Education, Portland, OR, August 4-7, 2013.
3.    J. P. Gray (PhD Student, US Army TARDEC), V. V. Vantsevich, J. L. Overholt (US Army TARDEC), “Indices and Computational Strategy for Unmanned Ground Wheeled Vehicle Mobility Estimation and Enhancement” 2013 ASME 37th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MECH), Portland, OR, August 3-7, 2013.
4.    M. Salama (PhD Student), V. V. Vantsevich, “Tire-Terrain Vertical and Longitudinal Dynamics and Power Losses of a Wheeled Robot” ASME IMECE, November 15-21, 2013 San Diego, CA.
5.    V. V. Vantsevich, D. Murphy, G. Bortolin, B. Farley, G. Judd, “Driveline Configuration and Terrain Effect on Slippage and Efficiency of a 6x6/6x4 Truck”, ASME IMECE, November 15-21, 2013 San Diego, CA.
6.    B. N. Belousov, T. I. Ksenevich, V. V. Vantsevich, “Load Estimation of an Open-Link Locomotion Module for Robotic and Commercial Multi-Wheel Applications”, 2013 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress.
7.    B. N. Belousov, D. S. Komisarov, T. I. Ksenevich, V. V. Vantsevich, “8х8 Platform for Studying Terrain Mobility and Traction Performance of Unmanned Articulated Ground Vehicles with Steered Wheels”, 2013, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress.
8.    J. P. Gray (PhD Student, US Army TARDEC), Vantsevich, V. V., Opeiko, A. F., Hudas G.R. (US Army TARDEC), “A Method for Unmanned Ground Wheeled Vehicle Mobility Estimation in Stochastic Terrain Conditions”, 7th American Conference of the International Society for terrain vehicle Systems, Tampa, Florida, November 4-7, 2013.
9.    V. V. Vantsevich, M. Salama (PhD Student), “Tire-Terrain Modeling for Agile Dynamics Analysis”, 7th Americas Conference of the International Society for terrain vehicle Systems, Tampa, Florida, November 3-7, 2013.
10.    M. Salama (PhD Student), V. V. Vantsevich “Stochastic Tire-Terrain Interaction for Unmanned Ground Vehicle Modeling”, ASME Early Career Technical Conference, Birmingham, AL, November 2-3, 2013
11.    J. Paldan, Wei Yao (M.Sc. Mechatronics Students), V. V. Vantsevich “Control Fusion of a Hybrid Electric Transmission and Wheel Power Distribution System”, ASME 2012 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Ft. Lauderdale Florida , October 16-20, 2012.
12.    V. V. Vantsevich “Driveline System - Suspension Interaction in 6x6 Terrain Vehicles”, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, October 2-3, 2012, Rosemount, IL.
13.    J. Gray, M. Patterson (M.Sc. Mechatronics Students), V. V. Vantsevich  “4x4 Terrain Truck: Traction Improvement by Combining Tire Driving and Braking Operational Modes”, International Conference on Advanced Vehicle technologies and Integration, Changchun, China, 16-19 July, 2012 (recommended for submission to the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems).
14.    D. Murphy (M.Sc. Mechatronics Student), V. V. Vantsevich, G. Bortolin “Driveline Configuration Effect on Vectoring of Power Flow between Drive Wheels and Energy Efficiency of 6x6/6x4 Articulated Haulers”, ASME  14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies, Chicago, Illinois, August 12 - 15, 2012.
15.    B. Joshi (M.Sc. Mechatronics Student), V. V. Vantsevich, G. Bortolin “Statistic Analysis in Designing Transmission Gear Ratios for Terrain Vehicles”, ASME  14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies, Chicago, Illinois, August 12 - 15, 2012.
16.    M. Patterson, J. Gray (M.Sc. Mechatronics students), V. V. Vantsevich , G. Bortolin “Fundamentals of Driveline and Traction Control Systems Fusion for Improving Traction of a 4x4 Single Bucket Loader”, 17th International Conference of the International Society for Terrain Vehicle Systems, September 18-22, 2011, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. (Honorable Mention Award).
17.    V. V. Vantsevich, G. Bortolin, V. I. Kabanau, S. I. Strigunov “4x4 Off-Road Tractors: Traction Performance and Energy Efficiency”, 22nd International Symposium: Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, Manchester, UK, August 14-19, 2011.
18.    B. N. Shyrokau (Ph.D. Student), D. Wang, V. V. Vantsevich, K. Augsburg, V. Ivanov “Multi-task Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control”, EAEC-2011-C31, 13th EAEC European Automotive Congress, Valencia, June 14-16, 2011.
19.     T. Wilson, Ch. Kopchick, M. Siero (M.Sc. Mechatronics students), V. V. Vantsevich “Terrain Truck: Control of Wheel Rotational Velocities and Tire Slippages”, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, September 13-14, 2011, Rosemount, IL.
20.    V.V. Vantsevich “Holonomic Inverse Dynamics and Performance Optimization for Autonomous Ground Vehicle Applications”, 16PthP US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2010.
21.    V.V. Vantsevich, K. Augsburg, V. G. Ivanov, B. N. Shyrokau (Ph.D. student) “Kinematic Discrepancy Analysis and Fundamentals for Vehicle Energy Efficiency Control”, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, October 4-6, 2010.
22.    V.V. Vantsevich, E. I. Rivin “Innovative Graduate Program in Mechatronics Engineering to Meet the Needs of the Automotive Industry”, 2010-01-2304, SAE Convergence Conference, October 19-20, 2010.
23.    B. N. Shyrokau (Ph.D. student), V. V. Vantsevich, K. Augsburg, V. G. Ivanov “Slip Power Loss and Fuel Consumption Control in 4x4 Terrain Vehicle Application”, 9PthP Asia-Pacific ISTVS Conference and Annual Meeting at Japanese Society for Terramechanics, Sapporo, Japan, September 27-30, 2010.
24.     V. G. Ivanov , B. N. Shyrokau (Ph.D. student), K. Augsburg, V. V. Vantsevich “System Fusion in Off-Road Vehicle Dynamics Control”, 9PthP Asia-Pacific ISTVS Conference and Annual Meeting at Japanese Society for Terramechanics, Sapporo, Japan, September 27-30, 2010.


Research Funding (2010 - 2013)

1. “UGV Terrain Mobility Foundation and its Algorithmical Formalization” (US Army TARDEC)
2. “Alternative Designs of Interaxle Bogie Driveline System” (a contract R&D project with an OEM, Europe)
3. “Mobility and Energy Efficiency of Dump Trucks: Impact of Transmission Gear Ratios and Driveline/Suspension Configurations”, (a contract R&D project and professional advancement course with an OEM, Europe)
4. “Innovative Robotic Gripper: Modeling, Design and Optimization” and “Fundamentals and Control of Adhesive Interaction between Gripper and Payload” (two contract R&D projects with a robotics engineering company in the U.S.A.)
5. “Advancing Engineering Students in Mechatronics Design of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” (NSF sub grant)
6. “Single Bucket Loader: Autonomous Control Development for Individual Wheel Electric Drives” (a contract R&D project and professional advancement course with an OEM, Europe)
7. “Fundamentals and Applications of Vehicle Dynamics” (a contract R&D project and professional advancement course with a tier-one supplier in the U.S.A.)   

Editing Book Series and Journals, Conferences and Symposium

  • Founding Editor of the Ground Vehicle Engineering book series (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press)
  • Founding Editor of the Robotics Engineering book series (ASME Press)
  • Editor: Journal of Terramechanics
  • Associate Editor: SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles
  • Editorial Board Member:   International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems  

Conference Technical Program Chair/Session and Panel Organizer/Associate Editor

  • International Symposium on Agile Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency and Performance in Sever Environments, Birmingham, AL, September 8-11, 2013
  • ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and  American Control Conference
  • ASME Advanced Vehicle Technologies Conference  
  • SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress  
  • International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Integration, China
  • 18th International ISTVS Conference, Seoul, Korea, 2014

Research proposal and paper reviewer

  • NSF,  US Army Research Lab
  • Journal of Terramechanics
  • ASME Journal of Mechanical Design
  • Journal of Vehicle Systems Dynamics
  • Journal of Automobile Engineering
  • Journal of Biosystems Engineering

Invited Lectures and Key-Note Talks (2010 - 2012)
1. “Intelligent Vehicle-and-Tire Systems for Energy Efficiency & Safety”, Speaker, Tire Technology Expo, Cologne, Germany, February 10-12, 2014
2. “Multi-Wheel Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency and Performance: Perspective R&D Directions and Multi-Domain System Design”, Presenter, Invited Seminar, US Army Research Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, November 15, 2013
3. “Multi-Wheel Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency, and Performance: Operational Fusion of Vehicle Systems”, Lecturer and Symposium Organizer, “International Symposium on Agile Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency and Performance in Sever Environments”, Birmingham, AL, September 8-11, 2013
4. “Mechatronics Foundation for Ground Vehicle Engineering: Multi-Discipline and Systems Engineering Approach to Multi-Domain Systems”, Invited key-note speaker, Chengdu International Forum on Advanced Vehicle Technologies, China, July 12-14, 2012
5. “Vehicle Electronics & Electrification Technologies”, panel organizer and moderator, The International Conference Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Integration, Changchun, China, July 16-19, 2012  
6. “Mechatronics Engineering vs. Mechanical Engineering for Ground Vehicles and Robotics”, Invited seminar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012
7. Key-note Speaker at “The 4th Intelligent Tire Technology Conference”, Detroit, 2011
8. “Mechanical Engineering: Multi-Discipline and Systems Engineering Approach to Multi-Scale Systems”, Invited lecture, Coventry University, United Kingdom, 2011
9. “Off-Road Tractors: Traction Performance and Energy Efficiency”, Presentation at International Symposium on Vehicle Dynamics, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2011
10. “Mechatronics for Ground Vehicles and Robotics”, Invited lecture, Auckland, New Zealand, 2011
11. Volvo Construction Equipment AB, “Construction Vehicles: Driveline System Design”, “Off-Road Vehicle Dynamics Applications in Drivetrain Design”, Technical interactive courses, Eskilstuna, Sweden, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
12. “Vehicle Dynamics Fundamentals and Suspension Design”, Technical interactive course, Link Manufacturing Ltd., 2011
13. “Mechatronics: Automobile Applications”, EASi Webinar for branches in China, India and Western Europe (160 attendees), 2011
14. “Holonomic Inverse Dynamics and Performance Optimization for Autonomous Ground Vehicle Applications”, 16th USNCTAD, 2010
15.“Wheel Power Management for AWD Vehicle Dynamics and Performance Optimization”,  Key-note speaker, Vehicle Dynamics Expo, Stuttgart, Germany, 2010

Professional Society Membership
•    ASME Fellow, Chair of the ASME Vehicle Design Technical Committee
•    Fellow, Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, BINIM, New Jersey
•    SAE, Member of Vehicle Chassis and Suspension Technical Committee
•    Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
•    International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems
•    International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics

UAB Student Community Service
•    Advisor, ASME Student Chapter