VREL News

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June 10, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Professor Openings

In support of a pending award from the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Engineering has three open Research Professor positions. During the 4-year research program, novel fundamental research topics will be developed and applied in a variety of laboratories, virtual, and real-world settings for demonstration of increased capabilities for autonomous ground vehicles in operationally relevant terrain and off-road environments.

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April 14, 2020

PhD Student Openings

In support of a pending award from the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Engineering has seven open Ph.D. student positions in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program. During this 4-year program, novel fundamental research topics will be developed and applied in a variety of laboratories, virtual, and real-world settings for demonstration of increased capabilities for autonomous ground vehicles in operationally relevant terrain and off-road environments.

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April 1, 2020

New ASME Journal Launched

ASME has launched a new technical journal – Journal of Autonomous Vehicles and Systems. Prof. V. Vantsevich serves as the founding editor. The purpose of this journal is to provide an international platform for the communication of knowledge and solutions in the area of the research and design of autonomous vehicles and systems operating in all media and inter-medium environments: ground, air, space, and water. The focus of this journal is on a vehicle system-of-systems approach to modeling, simulation, and design.

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February 20, 2020

Award

Siyuan Zhang, a PhD student was named the UAB outstanding graduate student engineer and mechanical engineering outstanding graduate student engineer of the year at the Council of Birmingham’s (ECOB) 61st Annual Awards Banquet.

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February 10, 2020

UGV for Experimental Research Launched

A fully electric Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) with a multi-sensor system and an advanced controller was assembled in VREL. The dSPACE MicroAutoBox II is utilized as the controller; VectorNav 300 sensor is employed as the GNSS/INS to track the UGV’s status and position; a novel rotational kinematic sensor system is placed for agilely tracking one wheel’s angular velocity. More high-tech sensors and hardware will be employed on this robot shortly, including LiDARs, cameras, embedded PC, etc.

January 28, 2020

Seminars & Presentations

Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich conducted a technical seminar at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground: “Manned and Autonomous Vehicles: Terrain Mobility and Design”.

January 24, 2020

Seminars & Presentations

Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich conducted a technical seminar at the Automotive Research Center, the University of Michigan: “Manned and Autonomous Vehicles: Design for Terrain Mobility, Maneuver, and Energy Efficiency”.

January 15, 2020

Award

Prof. Vladimir Vantsevich was awarded Forest R. McFarland Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the work and success of the SAE Engineering Events.

October 10, 2019

Seminars & Presentations

Samuel Misko, a PhD student and Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich made research presentations at the 2019 NATO Symposium: 1.“Agile Tyre Mobility: Observation and Control in Severe Terrain Environments” and 2.“Development of a Novel Wheel Speed Sensor for Enhanced Closed-Loop Feedback Control of Vehicle Mobility”. This research material was published as chapters in the technical book “2019 NATO SPS Projects”.

September 15, 2019

Seminars & Presentations

Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich was invited to conduct a technical seminar at New York University. The topic was “Manned and Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Design: Towards Convergence and Transdisciplinary Technologies”.