Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Lab

Robotic motorized vehicle.The Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory (VREL) is a research facility dedicated to vehicle and robotics engineering research, with a focus on developing a cross-disciplinary, multi-domain systems engineering approach to engineer vehicle and robotic intelligent physical/mechatronic systems. We work in partnership with other academic institutions, industry, governmental research agencies, and intergovernmental international organizations.

The laboratory provides a space for postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate research. We work on contract projects and provide advanced academic courses and programs at all educational levels and professional development courses for industry in the field of vehicle and robotic mechatronic systems engineering.

Positions Available

Check VREL News for information about openings for Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and research professors.

Stategic Vision

The Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory develops a cross-disciplinary, multi-domain systems engineering approach to engineer vehicle and robotic intelligent physical/mechatronic systems in partnership with academia, industry, governmental research agencies, and intergovernmental international organizations.

Mission

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

R&D Directions

  • Dynamical Systems

    • Inverse and direct problems in modeling and control of multi-physics dynamical systems
    • Agile dynamics of reconfigurable systems with variable mass and inertia
    • Intelligent mechatronic and innovative mechanical/robotic systems
      • inverse dynamics-based system/component modeling and performance optimization
      • energy conversion and utilization
      • sensors and actuators, modeling and hardware implementation
  • Conventional and Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Systems

    • Inverse and direct vehicle dynamics
    • Agile vehicle dynamics
    • Coupled and interactive dynamics of open architecture vehicle systems
    • Cyber security and safety of in-vehicle and inter-vehicle systems
    • Vehicle performance and mission fulfillment optimization and control
    • Vehicle energy and fuel efficiency
    • Stability of motion and turnability
    • Mobility and survivability
    • 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

Resources

For more information, please contact:

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

ASME Fellow
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering (second appointment)
Director, Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Physical Address: 1150 10th Avenue South, BEC 257
Mailing Address: 1720 2nd Avenue South, BEC 257
Birmingham, AL 35294-4461

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Office Phone: (205) 975-5855
Fax Number: (205) 975-7217