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Agile Ground Vehicle Dynamics, Energy Efficiency, and Performance in Severe Environments

International Symposium

Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel
Birmingham, AL
September 8 - 11, 2013

Speaker Biographies

Masato Abe has been a professor in the Department of Vehicle System Engineering at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan, since 1987. He was a visiting professor at the University of Leeds, UK, from 1995-1996. He is now the head of the Department of Vehicle System Engineering.

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.

Mehdi Ahmadian is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS) and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER) and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 120 archival journal publications and more than 200 conference publications. He has made more than 200 technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds eight U.S. and international patents and has edited four technical volumes. He currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, Editor-in-Chief of Shock and Vibration journal, and Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Automobile Engineering. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Smart Materials Research, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In the past, he has served as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989–1996), the AIAA Journal (2000–2008), and Journal of Shock and Vibration (2003–2011). Dr. Ahmadian is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), and Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is the recipient of the 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Forest R. McFarland Award. Dr. Ahmadian is an active member of SAE International. His activities include: Member-at-Large of the SAE Membership Board, member of Executive Council, SAE International Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (ComVEC), and Chair of the SAE Chassis and Suspension Committee.

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.

Lev Barakhtanov graduated from the Gorky Polytechnic Institute (currently NNSTU) in 1965 as an engineer in the field of ground all-terrain vehicles. He was one of the creators of the first Soviet multipurpose vehicle with rotary-screw movers. In 1972, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation “research of the all-terrain vehicles ride processes.” In 1976, he became an assistant professor of the Gorky Polytechnic Institute. During the period 1980-1990, Dr. Barakhtanov worked as a leading scientist in the industrial scientific and research laboratory of all-terrain vehicles. He was the head of several R&D projects that were implemented under the support of the Soviet Union Government in the field of development of all-terrain vehicles for military use. In 1988, he became the doctor of science. During the period 1989-1999, Dr. Barakhtanov was the chief of the Automobiles and Tractors department of Gorky Polytechnic Institute. In 2004, he established the Scientific and Research Laboratory of transport and technological machines and complexes. At present, he is the chairman of the NNSTU Dissertation Council that is responsible for several scientific directions: wheeled and tracked vehicles, heat engines, and construction and road-making machines.

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).

Alexander Blokhin graduated from NNSTU in 2002 as a master of ground transport systems. In 2006, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation “development of the methodology of selection of efficient vehicles gearboxes rates.” The results of the research were published in a wide range of publications (papers and monographs) and were the basis of several patents. Since 2009, Dr. Blokhin has been the vice-director of Scientific and Educational Center Transport. During the period 2009–2013, he was a leading scientist and project manager of several contracts that were implemented under financial support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

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.

Mike Blundell has worked at Coventry University since 1991 and is the Professor for Vehicle Dynamics and Impact. Before this, he worked in a range of industries including activities working on ship and submarine design for the Royal Navy and working as a stress analyst for Boeing. During his time at Coventry, he has become well known for his teaching and research work on vehicle dynamics, and he is co-author of the textbook “The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics.” He is Head of the Vehicle Dynamics and Safety Research Group which, in addition to vehicle dynamics research, also carries out projects for automotive occupant and pedestrian safety and aircraft occupant safety. Research work on tire modelling has also included studies with aircraft tires. He has previously been Head of the Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Department and is currently an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing.
Clarence W. de Silva is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and occupies the Senior Canada Research Chair in Mechatronics & Industrial Automation at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. A Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), he is also a Fellow of ASME, IEEE, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada. He has received many awards including the Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award and the Takahashi Education Award of ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division; Killam Research Prize; and Outstanding Engineering Educator Award of IEEE Canada. He has served as Editor/Associate Editor of 14 journals including ASME and IEEE transactions; and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems. He received Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (1978) and the University of Cambridge, UK (1998), and an Honorary D.Eng. from the University of Waterloo (2008). He has authored 20 books and about 475 papers, nearly half of which are in journals. The most recent books are: De Silva, C.W., Mechatronics—a Foundation Course, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2010; De Silva, C.W., Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2009; De Silva, C.W., Vibration—Fundamentals and Practice, 2nd Edition, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007; and De Silva, C.W., SENSORS AND ACTUATORS—Control System Instrumentation, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007.
Since graduating from Cranfield with an MSc in Automotive Product Engineering, Mike Dickison has worked for a number of automotive consultancies, developing niche vehicles for car manufacturers. His roles have included Group Leader, Body Engineering & Safety, at MIRA and Director of Vehicle Programmes at Tickford Engineering. In 2001, Mike joined C2P Automotive, as Technical Director, to lead a team developing a supercar designed for low volume production. Mike is currently Commercial Director, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, at Coventry University, leading advanced automotive technology projects with the global automotive industry.
Azim Eskandarian is a Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University (GW). He has been the founding director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) since 1996 and the director of the “Transportation Safety and Security” program since 2002, which is one of GW’s competitively selected major Areas of Excellence. He was also the co-founder of the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) in 1992 and its director from 1998 to 2002. He has three decades of academic research and engineering experience in dynamics and control, intelligent systems, and applied mechanics, with applications in intelligent vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, automotive and transportation safety, and robotics. Prior to joining GW in 1993, he was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1989-92) and earlier worked as an engineer and project manager in industry (1983-89) in R&D and design for mechanical/structural systems of vehicles.

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.

Thomas Gillespie is a Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He is retired from a 30-year career as a researcher at the University’s Transportation Research Institute where his research focused on vehicle dynamics, road roughness, tire uniformity, tire-roadway interaction and simulation of these phenomena. In conjunction with this, he was a co-founder of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, the producer of CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim vehicle dynamics software.

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.

Anatoly Groshev graduated from the Gorky Polytechnic Institute (currently NNSTU) in 1972. In 1986, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation “increasing of longevity of belt brakes of tracked vehicles.” The results of the research were put into practice at Gorky Automobile Plant and were used in a wide range of military tracked vehicles. In 1991, he became an assistant professor at the Gorky Polytechnic Institute. In 1996, he became a leading scientist of R&D activity in the field of road safety and vehicle technical expertise. In 1998, Dr. Groshev established the Center of Road Safety and Technical Expertise that was one of the first in the Russian Federation that was authorized to issue the conclusion about the possibility of modifying vehicle construction. In 2006, he established the Certification authority “Institute of Certification of Automobiles and Motorcycles.” Since 2007, he has been the director of the NNSTU Automobile Institute. In 2008, he established the Laboratory of Transport Intelligent Systems.

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.

Farbod Khoshnoud is a Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His current research areas include self-powered and biologically inspired engineering systems, with application to vehicles, in which area he has published widely. He was a Visiting Scientist in the Industrial Automation Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC) from 2007 to 2012 and a Visiting Researcher at the California Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2011. Also, he carried out postdoctoral research in the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC from 2005 to 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University, UK, in 2005. He has worked in industry as a Mechanical Engineer for over six years.
Sergey N. Korkin is an Associate Professor of Automobile and Tractor Engineering at the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI). He also works in the State Research Centre of the Russian Federation Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute (NAMI) as the Director of the project. His main activity is the creation of a competitive all-wheel drive vehicle with combined power installation. He was also the Head of the “Tractors” department. Before the State Research Centre NAMI, Dr. Korkin was a senior researcher at the Joint-Stock Company “NAMI – SERVICE Innovative Firm.” His main research is the investigation of problems with the theory of wheeled vehicle’s cross-country movement, the ecological aspects of vehicle wheel action on the ground, study of parameters for off-road capability, and designing all-wheel drive vehicles with high off-road capability. In 2009, Dr. Korkin received his Ph.D. from MAMI. His thesis title was "A method to increase the ecological characteristics of off-road vehicles movement on soils." He is author of 5 patents and more than 20 research papers on vehicle performance, power distribution among the drive wheels, and the ecological aspect of vehicle wheel action on the ground.

Jianbo Lu received his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in 1997. He was with Delphi Corp. from 1997 to 2000 and joined Ford in 2000, where he is currently a Technical Expert in Advanced Vehicle Controls at Controls Research and Advanced Engineering. His research interests are in automotive controls, intelligent and adaptive vehicles, driver assistance, and active safety. He is a recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award. He currently holds 74 US patents and is the author/co-author of more than 60 published technical articles. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IFAC J. of Control Engineering Practice and IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology and is on the editorial board of two other international journals. He is the Chair of Intelligent Vehicular Systems & Control Technical Committee, IEEE SMC Society. Dr. Lu is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASME, SAE, and Tau Beta Pi.
Vladimir E. Malyarevich is the Head of the Department of the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute of the Russian Federation (NAMI) and the Director of Research and Development of NAMI-Service Innovation Firm. Prior to NAMI-Service, he held various positions at the Central Automobile Scientific Research Proving Ground (NICIAMT).

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).

Donald Margolis received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He did his graduate work at MIT, receiving an M.S., M.E., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. Upon graduation from MIT, Dr. Margolis joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Davis where he is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Corina Sandu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and the Director of Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory. She received her Engineer Diploma from the University “Politehnica” Bucharest, Romania in Precision Mechanics (1991) and her M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa. She worked at Michigan Tech as a visiting and research faculty for three years before joining Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 2003. Dr. Sandu’s research spans from highly theoretical to applied studies in the areas of multibody systems dynamics, vehicle dynamics, and terramechanics. Her work includes on-road/off-road/rail vehicle dynamics, tire and track modeling, as well as soft soil and terrain topology modeling. In multibody systems, she works on uncertainty quantification and propagation, parameter estimation, and design optimization.

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.

Sergey B. Shukhman is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI) and the General Director of NAMI-Service Innovation Firm. Prior to MAMI, he held various positions at the Central Automobile Scientific Research Proving Ground (NICIAMT) and Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute of the Russian Federation (NAMI).

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).

Bharat K. Soni is t Vice President of Research and Economic Development at Tennessee Tech University. His research interests include studies in computational science and engineering with an emphasis on computational field simulation, grid/mesh generation and adaptation, visualization and virtual reality, computer aided geometry design, multidisciplinary design and optimization, and high performance computing.

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.

Delbert Tesar earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1964. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He directs the Robotics Research Group. In 2005, Tesar received the Engelberger International Robotics Award for Education from the Robotic Industries Association.

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.

Anton Tumasov graduated from NNSTU in 2005 as an automobile engineer. During the period 2005–2009, he was an assistant lecturer in the Automobile and Tractors department as well as a lecturer in the Engineering Graphics department. In 2008, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation “development of the methodology of cars and cabs passive safety estimation on basis of simulation and real tests results.” In 2009, he was sent to the R&D Center of Knorr-Bremse as a trainee for studying new intelligent technologies for commercial vehicles. Since 2009, he has been a deputy chief of the NNSTU Laboratory of Transport Intelligent Systems. During the period 2009–2013, he was an account man on several R&D projects that were implemented under financial support of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Since 2011, he has been a vice-director of the NNSTU Automobile Institute for innovation and international cooperation.

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.

Kyriakos Vamvoudakis was born in Athens, Greece. He received the Diploma (5 year degree) in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, Greece in 2006 with highest honors and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

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.

Dr. Vladimir V. Vantsevich recently joined the UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Professor and Director of the Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory. Prior to UAB, he was a Professor and the founding Director of the M.Sc. in Mechatronic Systems Engineering Program and the Laboratory of Mechatronic Systems at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan. He was also a co-founder and the Associate Director of the LTU Automotive Engineering Institute. Before Lawrence Tech, Dr. Vantsevich was a Professor and the Head of Research and Design Group on Multi-Wheel Drive Vehicles that designed and developed a number of mechatronic and mechanical driveline systems for various purpose vehicles in Belarus. He earned his Ph.D. and Sc.D. (the highest degree in the former U.S.S.R.) degrees from Belarusian National Technical University approved by the Higher State Awarding Committee of the Russian Federation.

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.

Denis Zezulin graduated from NNSTU in 2010 as a master of ground transport systems (the topic of master's thesis is the synthesis and implementation of control systems to ensure the mobility of wheeled vehicles). From 2009 to 2012, he worked as an engineer in the scientific and research laboratory of the transport intelligent systems. He was the executor of experiments for evaluation of patency of multipurpose wheeled vehicles in the condition of moving over snowy terrain and sandy ground. Since 2011, he has been a senior lecturer in the NNSTU Automobile and Tractors department. In 2013, he defended the candidate dissertation "the development of the method of choice of tires parameters for ensuring the efficient movement of wheeled vehicles on snow."

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.