Department of Automotive Engineering

Automotive Systems Integration Research Topics & Contributors

Students in the Deep Orange labThe automotive systems integration area has been divided into five focus areas. Please see below for a list and sampling of research in these areas.

Diagnostics and Prognostics

  • Preventative diagnostics of hybrid electric vehicle battery packs with the objective of developing a predictive algorithm to determine when battery life will end.
  • Model-based system fault diagnosis and prognosis -passive robustness and aging prediction to formulate a method to reduce the computational complexity and efficiently implement adaptive thresholds, and to develop an approach for the calibration of adaptive thresholds based on the type of uncertainties.

Sustainable Mobility

  • Vehicle-infrastructure integration enabled plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for energy management.
  • Creation of a simple and flexible energy management control strategy for PHEVs based on trip information derived through vehicle-infrastructure integration to optimize fuel consumption, and the total energy used, to minimize the total cost of a trip.

Safer Mobility

  • Assessment of/guidelines for aftermarket chassis modifications (suspension lift kits and tire/rim packages) with regard to roll and yaw stability and FMVSS126 compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety - understanding the aging-related increase of injuries and accidents and making improvements to motorcycle design to reduce injuries in a crash.

Concepts, Methods, and Tools

  • Multi-physics vehicle concept tool - bring simulation, analysis, and optimization tools upstream in the vehicle concept design process to increase product maturity, improve quality, and reduce costly product/production issues.
  • Dimensional control systems - understand and describe functional aspects in dimensional tolerancing.


Deep Orange Vehicle Prototyping Program

The Deep Orange initiative is an integral part of the automotive graduate program. The goal of Deep Orange is to place this knowledge into context and to tackle complex problems through collaborating with colleagues whose perspectives are shaped by radically different experiences. During the two-year M.S. program, students, faculty and participating industry partners will develop and manufacture a vehicle prototype giving the students experience in marketing, design, engineering, systems integration, prototyping and production planning from their entry into the program until graduation. The following Deep Orange programs have been completed or are in progress.

  • DO1: Vehicle Concept for GenY: Extended range electric vehicle with novel seating concept and open-architecture infotainment system designed specifically for the millennial market segment (2009-2010)
  • DO3: The Next-Big-Thing: Mazda sponsored concept vehicle showcasing novel body-in-white concept, hybrid powertrain and infotainment architecture (2010-2012)
  • DO5ONE: Future campus/shuttle bus concept 
  • DO5TWO: Personal emotional urban mobility for GenY/Z in the U.S. market

This research is made possible thanks to the generosity of the companies and organizations listed below.

BMW Group
Mazda
Ford Motor Company
Chrysler Group
Toyota
SEMA
Alcon