Agile Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency, and Performance in Severe Environments
September 8 - 11, 2013
His research areas are vehicle dynamics and control, driver-vehicle-system analysis and application, ITS-related vehicle dynamics and control with driver’s behavior, full drive-by-wire electric powered vehicle systems, driving simulator with a full range of linear and rotational moving base and networked multiple driving simulators for accident analysis and vehicle traffic safety.
He has published many papers on active front and rear wheel steering and direct yaw moment control (DYC) as active vehicle motion controls for high vehicle performance and active safety. Recently, he has published numerous papers on driver model-based handling quality evaluation, vehicle longitudinal acceleration control combined with vehicle lateral motion, steering torque effects on handling quality evaluation, application of networked driving simulators and tire force distribution controls for full drive-by-wire electric vehicle.
He was a trustee of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD) and was vice president of IAVSD for six years from 2006. Also, he was a trustee of the Japan Society of Automotive Engineer (JSAE), co-editor of VSD Journal (official journal of IAVSD), JSAE editor-in-chief of transactions, and JSAE editorial board member of transactions. He also organized many international symposiums on vehicle dynamics and control and was General Chairman of the 18th IAVSD Symposium and of the 9th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC08). He is now a councilor of JSAE, editorial board member of VSD Journal, and editorial board member of Proceedings for I. Mech. E., Part D.
Dr. Ahmadian’s research interests include vehicle system dynamics and control, advanced automotive systems, Smart Materials and Systems, advanced materials for improving ground vehicle dynamic performance and control, energy harvesting systems, intelligent suspensions, magneto-rheological fluids, and biodynamics.
Dr. Barakhtanov’s main scientific interests are theoretical and experimental activity in the field of terrain vehicle passing ability; development of mathematical models that describe off-road vehicle moving processes in different road and off-road conditions; increasing all-terrain vehicle exploitation and resources-economy properties; increasing all-terrain vehicle longevity and reliability; and design of movers for off-road vehicles (wheeled, tracked, screwed, combined, and others).
Dr. Blokhin’s main scientific interests are investigation of the interaction process between track-laying of wheeled drive and bearing road surface; investigation of vehicle mobility in off-road conditions; development of power efficient vehicle movers; development of theoretical basics of interaction process between vehicle movers and bearing road surface; LCV electro-vehicle chassis development; development of mechatronic operating system for heavy trucks transmissions; and development of multi-purpose vehicles with low-pressurized tires for Northern Areas.
Dr. Eskandarian has been instrumental in the establishment of a new and unique graduate program of study in Transportation Safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems at GW. He is widely published, and his research has been covered in several media. He is the Chief-Editor and co-author of the recent 2012 Springer Handbook of Intelligent Vehicles. He is an associate editor of IEEE ITS Transactions and International J. of Automotive Technology and a board member of IMechE J. of Multi-body Dynamics, International J. of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, and International J. of Vehicle Information and Communications Systems. He was awarded the GW School of Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award in 2011. He has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE ITS Society and is similarly active in ASME Dynamic Systems and Control and SAE technical committees. He has served by invitation on several government (DOT), NSF, and NAS committees and panels. He received his B.S. (with honors), M.S., and D.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from GWU, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and GWU in 1982, 1983, and 1991, respectively.
He is the author of the book, Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics, published by the SAE. While at the University, he taught courses in Automotive Engineering and Integrated Vehicle Systems Design and still teaches courses in vehicle dynamics at automotive manufacturers and suppliers.
Dr. Gillespie's professional career has been primarily concerned with advanced engineering and research in the automotive and highway areas. From the beginning, his career spanned the breadth of these areas, ranging from applied research at Pennsylvania State University in automatic controls and pavement friction test methods, to responsibilities as a Project Officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for directing engineering and service tests on new military construction equipment. At Ford, he served as a group leader in development testing of new heavy truck products, as well as development of analytical methods and computer programs for predicting truck braking, handling, and ride performance. His expertise in the area of road roughness and vehicle dynamic interactions led to consultation with the World Bank directing an international experiment in roughness measurement from which the worldwide standard, the International Roughness Index, was developed.
In 1987-88, he served on the White House staff as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He later served as a consultant to the White House, chairing the Interagency Task Force to develop a National Action Plan on Advanced Superconductivity Research and Development.
Dr. Gillespie currently serves as the Director of Product Planning at Mechanical Simulation Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to a consulting practice, he continues to teach courses in vehicle dynamics at automotive and supplier companies.
Dr. Groshev’s main scientific and practical interests are expertise of vehicle construction that were changed (modified) or re-equipped; vehicles testing; road accidents expertise; vehicles technical checkup; and ecological safety and road traffic safety.
Dr. Malyarevich’s research interests include off-road performance of vehicles, multi-wheel ground vehicles, vehicle driveline systems, and ecological aspects of vehicle wheel action on the ground. He is author of more than 20 research papers on all-wheel-drive vehicle performance and design of driveline systems. He holds 8 patents in the sphere of vehicle driveline systems. Dr. Malyarevich is a member of International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Association of Automotive Engineers (AAE).
Professor Margolis is an expert in the area of physical system modeling and control of engineering systems. He is a principal developer of the bond graph modeling method for interacting multi-energy domain systems. These have come to be called "mechatronic" systems. He is co-author of the most comprehensive text in this area of modeling, titled System Dynamics: Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Mechatronic Systems, published by Wiley and Sons of NY. This book is in its fifth edition. He is also co-author of the text Engineering Applications of Dynamics. This book is also published by Wiley and Sons.
Professor Margolis has done research and development in the general area of physical system understanding with particular application to vibration control and vehicle dynamics and control. He has published over 150 articles in these areas and holds several patents for devices that required in depth physical system understanding for their invention.
Professor Margolis is a teacher, researcher, and consultant to industry and national laboratories throughout the US, Asia, and Europe.
In 2007, Dr. Sandu received the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. In 2013, she also received the Forest R. McFarland Award from SAE and the Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence in Commercial Vehicles Engineering. Dr. Sandu is a fellow of ASME, the elected secretary of ASME DED executive committee, the Chair of the ASME Vehicle Design Committee, as well as the Vice-Chair of the SAE Chassis and Suspension Committee. Dr. Sandu is also an active member of ISTVS, whose 50th year anniversary international conference she chaired in 2011. Dr. Sandu is editor-in-chief of the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, editor-in-chief of Journal for Automotive and Transport Engineering, editor of the Journal of Terramechanics, associate editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, and editorial board member of the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modeling and Testing.
Dr. Sandu’s research has been supported with funding over $2.4 million by agencies such as NSF, NASA, and AAR, centers such as the Automotive Research Center (ARC, a U.S. Army Center of Excellence for Modeling and Simulation of Ground Vehicles) and the NSF I/UCRC Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe), and companies such as Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Caterpillar Inc. Among her scholarly publications are 39 journal articles, 64 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, one book chapter, and several other technical publications. Dr. Sandu graduated 7 Ph.D. and 15 M.S. students and is currently advising 1 research scientist and 6 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Shukhman received his Ph.D. in 1988 and earned his Sc.D. (the highest degree in the Russian Federation) in 2001 from Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Shukhman’s main areas of research are cross-country ability and maneuverability of heavy vehicles, reduction of the destructive effect of wheeled vehicles on soil, design of flexible, infinitely variable powertrain for multi-axis vehicles (hydrostatic), design of “active” AWD trailers, and control systems of hydrostatic driveline in multi-axis wheeled vehicles.
Prof. Shukhman completed a large volume of scientific research in the areas of vehicle’s climatic and cross-country ability. Currently, he is leading the development of perspective all-wheel-drive multi-axis vehicles. He is author of more than 100 research papers on all-wheel-drive vehicle performance and design of driveline systems. He holds more than 20 patents in the sphere of vehicle driveline systems. Prof. Shukhman is a member of International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Association of Automotive Engineers (AAE).
Dr. Soni received his doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1979. After nine years in industry and adjunct experience in academic institutions, he joined academia at Mississippi State University (MSU) as an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering in 1988. Until June 30, 2002, he was the Director of the Center for Computational Systems at the Engineering Research Center and a Professor and Eminent Scholar of Aerospace Engineering at MSU. From 2002-2013, Dr. Soni was Chairman and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Soni has a long history of contributions in cross-disciplinary research, education and technology transfer with a focus on the underlying science and enabling technologies in computational simulations and associated enabling technologies (including visualization, virtual reality, image processing, immersive 3D environments) and their application to a wide spectrum of disciplines including aerospace, automotive, general engineering and science, home land security, energy and environment, health care, medicine and dentistry. The software modules (GENIE++, PMAG, GGTK, CAGI, HYB3D, etc.) used for computational field simulations and mesh generation and adaptation developed under his direction are widely used in the computational fluid dynamics community.
Dr. Soni has been internationally recognized for his research, educational and professional services and contributions in the area of numerical grid generation and computational fluid dynamics. He has authored more than 150 publications. He is the founder and president of the International Society of Grid Generation and a co-editor of the CRC Handbook of Grid Generation, published in 1999.
Dr. Tesar researches the development of advanced component and system technology for intelligent machines and robotics. More specifically, he is concerned with performance, condition-based maintenance and fault tolerance for applications in space, manufacturing, military operations and microsurgery. His work seeks to demonstrate the benefits of standardized, modular design of robotics, allowing these systems to be easily adapted to a broad spectrum of applications.
His research interests are robotics, electro-mechanical actuators, embedded intelligence; open architecture vehicles, ships, aircraft, machinery for manufacturing; human rehabilitation systems; and long duration lunar base habitat operation.
Dr. Tumasov’s main scientific interests are vehicle active and passive safety; intelligent transport systems; finite element analysis of vehicle body structures; and vehicle road tests and simulation of vehicle dynamics.
From May 2011 to January 2012, he worked as an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Research Associate at the University of Texas at Arlington and at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute. He is currently working as a Project Research Scientist at the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on game-theory-based network security, multi-agent optimization, approximate dynamic programming, neural network feedback control, and optimal control. He is coauthor of one patent, six book chapters, 55 technical publications, and the book Optimal Adaptive Control and Differential Games by Reinforcement Learning Principles.
Dr. Vamvoudakis is the recipient of several international awards including the Best Paper Award for Autonomous/Unmanned Vehicles at the 27th Army Science Conference in 2010, the Best Presentation Award at the World Congress of Computational Intelligence in 2010, and the Best Researcher Award from the Automation and Robotics Research Institute in 2011. He currently is a member of the Technical Committee on Intelligent Control IEEE Control Systems Society (TCIC), a member of the Technical Committee on Approximate Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (ADPRLTC), an Associate Editor on the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, a registered Electrical/Computer engineer (PE) and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Prof. Vantsevich’s research area is inverse and direct dynamics of mechanical and mechatronic systems, system modeling, design and control. Applications include conventional and autonomous, multi-wheel ground vehicles, and vehicle driveline systems. He developed a novel research avenue – inverse ground vehicle dynamics, which is the basis of his optimization of power distribution among the drive wheels and vehicle performance control including vehicle mobility, energy/fuel consumption, traction and acceleration performance, and stability of motion.
He is author of 5 technical books and more than 100 research papers on inverse dynamics, vehicle performance and energy efficiency optimization and control, and design of driveline and autonomous wheel power management systems. Prof. Vantsevich delivered more than 120 science seminars, invited lectures and technical presentations at academic institutions, professional societies, and to industry. He is a registered inventor of the U.S.S.R. with 30 certified inventions and holds 4 US invention disclosers and patent applications.
Prof. Vantsevich is the Founder and Editor of two book series of handbooks, textbooks, and references: (i) Ground Vehicle Engineering at Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press and (ii) Robotics Engineering at ASME Press. He is Editor of the Journal of Terramechanics and a Member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, Journal of Multi-body Dynamics (Part K of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). He is also Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles.
Prof. Vantsevich was honored with Fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (currently, he is the Chair of the Vehicle Design Committee) and also Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, New Jersey. He is a member of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems, Society of Automotive Engineers, and International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics.
Dr. Zezulin’s main scientific interests are vehicle passing ability; mechatronic systems for off-road vehicles; and estimation of mover power efficiency in off-road conditions.