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Research and Teaching Interests: Mechatronics with application to vehicle engineering and robotics; Conventional (with driver) and unmanned ground vehicles and vehicle systems: dynamics, control, design, connectivity and autonomy for mobility; Robotics: innovative design for mechatronics

Office Hours: By appointment

  • Ph.D., Belarusian National Technical University, Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician

Dr. Vladimir V. Vantsevich joined the UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Professor and the founding Director of Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory in 2012. 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 served as Associate Director/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 mechatronic and mechanical driveline systems for various purpose vehicles in Belarus. He earned his Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees from Belarusian National Technical University.

Prof. Vantsevich's research area is mechanical and mechatronic multi-domain systems, system modeling, design and control. Applications include conventional and unmanned multi-wheel ground vehicles, and vehicle driveline systems. He developed a research avenue - inverse ground vehicle dynamics, which is the basis of his optimization of power distribution among the drive wheels and control of vehicle mobility, energy/fuel consumption, traction and acceleration performance, and stability of motion. Prof. Vantsevich's recent research work is on coupled and interactive dynamics of vehicle systems, agile tire dynamics, virtual drivelines for electric and hybrid vehicles, and protection of vehicle sensors from cyber-threats.

He is author of 6 technical books and more than 170 research articles. Prof. Vantsevich delivered more than 150 science seminars, invited lectures and technical presentations at academic institutions, professional societies, and to industry in 17 countries. He is a registered inventor of the U.S.S.R. with 30 certified inventions and holds US invention disclosures and a patent application.

Prof. Vantsevich is the Founder and Editor of two book series: (i) Ground Vehicle Engineering at Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press and (ii) Robotics Engineering at ASME Press. Dr. Vantsevich is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Terramechanics and Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles; he is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems.

Prof. Vantsevich was honored with Fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, New Jersey. He served as the Chair of the ASME Vehicle Design Committee. He is the founder and coordinator of the ASME VDC William Milliken Invited Lecture Award. 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.

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Recent Courses

  • ME 215: Dynamics
  • ME 370: Kinematics/Dynamics of Machine
  • ME 360: Intro to Mechatronics
  • ME 698: Non-Thesis Research
  • ME 699: Thesis Research
  • ME 798: Non-Dissertation Research
  • ME 799: Dissertation Research

Select Publications

  • "Fused Dynamics of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems." SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles. 7. (2014)
  • "Vehicle systems: coupled and interactive dynamics analysis." Vehicle System Dynamics. (2014)
  • "Load Estimation of an Open-Link Locomotion Module for Robotic and Commercial Multi-Wheel Applications." SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles. 6:301-307. (2013)
  • "Mobility and Energy Efficiency Analysis of a Terrain Truck." SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles. 6:73-81. (2013)
  • "Fusion of driving and braking tire operational modes and analysis of traction dynamics and energy efficiency of a 4 × 4 loader." Journal of Terramechanics. 50:133-152. (2013)
  • "Driveline System - Suspension Interaction in a 6×6 Terrain Truck." SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles. 5:462-469. (2012)
  • "Axle Drive and Brake-Based Traction Control Interaction." SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles. 4:49-55. (2011)
  • "Wheel-terrain-obstacle interaction in vehicle mobility analysis." Vehicle System Dynamics. 48:139-156. (2010)

Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

Academic Distinctions
  • ASME Design Engineering Division Thar Energy Design Award for significant contributions to the design research, innovation and product design in the areas related to energy engineering, 2017
  • Two Best Conference Paper Awards, ISTVS International Conference, 2017
  • Hyundai Distinguished Lecturer, 2016
  • Elsevier Certificate for one of the 5 most highly cited papers in 2013 through 2016: "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
Professional Societies
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Elected Fellow
  • International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, Technical Committee on Transportation Machinery, Chair
  • Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, New Jersey, Fellow
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Member
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Member
  • International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems (Robotics Group), Member
  • International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics, Member

Student Groups

  • ASME Student Chapter at UAB, Mentor
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Research at Vehicle Engineering and Robotics Laboratory