Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory 

The Home of Mechatronics


Strategic Vision

The ASME Global Summit on the “Future of Mechanical Engineering: 2008 - 2028” emphasized a need to develop “Multi-Disciplined and Systems Engineering Approaches to Multi-Scale Systems” (see full report here). 
The Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory (VREL) develops a multi-disciplined and multi-domain systems engineering approach to engineer vehicle and robotic mechatronic systems in partnership with academia, industry, governmental research agencies, and intergovernmental international organizations.


VREL provides conditions and equipment and facilities for postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate research, works on contract projects with industry, and develops advanced academic and professional development courses and certificate programs at all educational levels in the area on vehicle and robotic mechatronic systems engineering.

Basic Research Directions

  • Inverse problems in multi-physics dynamical systems
  • Mechatronic, innovative mechanical and robotic systems (design with TRIZ):
    • Inverse dynamics-based system/component modeling and performance optimization
    • Energy conversion and utilization
    • Sensors and actuators
  • Biomechatronics, mechatronically sustained biological units, biorobotics (inverse approach)


Main R&D Directions

Conventional/autonomous ground and wheeled amphibious vehicles

  • Inverse and direct vehicle dynamics
  • Energy and fuel efficiency
  • Terrain mobility and survivability
  • Vehicle performance and mission fulfillment optimization and control
  • Orientation in 3D-space, stability of motion, turnability
  • Vibration protection

Vehicle driveline/propulsion systems: optimization, control, and design

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


Papers and Articles: Education in Mechatronics Engineering

V. V. Vantsevich, Chapter “Education in Mechatronics” in technical book “Mechatronics in Action. Case Studies in Mechatronics Education and Applications”, Springer, 2010, 259 pages.

V. V. Vantsevich, “Integration of Education and Research in Mechatronics Engineering Programs, DETC2013-12387, ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences, IDETC/CIE 2013, August 4-7, 2013, Portland, Oregon, USA (submitted)

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.

V. V. Vantsevich, S. Henke (M.Sc. Mechatronics student) “Modeling and Simulation of Direct/Inverse Dynamics of a Wheel”, 11PthP Mechatronics Forum-Conference, IMechE and University of Limerick, Ireland, June 23-25, 2008.

V. V. Vantsevich, S. K. Howell “Development of a New Master of Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering Program”, 10PthPMechatronics Forum-Conference, IMechE and PennState Great Valley, June 19-21, 2006.



May 20-22, 2014
Professor Mike Blundell from Coventry University, UK is visiting the VREL with a guest lecture: “Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research at Coventry University.” The lecture will be in the conference room of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Download Abstract and Biography

April 25, 2014

salamaMostafa Salama, Ph.D. student and research assistant at VREL, is recognized as a recipient of UAB International Graduate Student (Doctoral) Academic Excellence Award (2014), UAB National Alumni Society License to Learn Scholarship (2014), UAB Caroline and Charles W. Ireland International Student Scholarship (2014), and UAB Volker International Scholarship for International Students (2013).salama2Mostafa Salama receiving the award from UAB President Ray Watts, M.D.

March 10, 2014

Professor Vladimir Vantsevich received a NATO Award of Euro 98,000 to establish the NATO Advanced Study Institute “Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Design for Severe Environments”. Click on the following links and see if you are eligible for the full or partial coverage of your participation in the ASI:
Download the ASI Flyer
Download the Registration Form

 February 13-18, 2014
Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich presents a technical seminar “Multi-Wheel Ground Vehicles: Inverse Dynamics, Energy Efficiency and Mobility" at Warsaw University of Technology.

February 10-12, 2014
Tire Technologies Expo 2014, Cologne, Germany.
Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich and Dr. Mukul Verma present a new course “Intelligent Vehicle-and-Tire Systems for Energy Efficiency & Safety"