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Automotive Engineering Research

Advanced Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Propulsion system architectures, including hybrid electric systems, and simulation-based methods for optimization of design and operating strategy, advanced IC engine concepts and control, emissions aftertreatment modeling and control, alternative fuels, heat transfer and low-heat rejection, energy storage systems, power electronics, battery ageing and management systems along with vehicle to grid interaction, model-based powertrain control and algorithms for improving energy efficiency using vehicle connectivity.

working on a vehicle

Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
Digitization of the manufacturing systems, vehicle assembly, automation and human-robot interaction, data analytics and predictive maintenance, continuous process improvement, sustainable manufacturing and advanced materials, metal and non-metal,  including characterization, processing, and manufacturing.

students working on the prototype vehicle

Design and Integration of Complex Systems
Interdisciplinary, collaborative engineering-and-management approach that produces an integrated solution that satisfies all customer needs. Modeling and simulation tools for full-vehicle prototyping and agile trade space exploration by combining efficient optimization and rapid analysis. Agile physical prototyping of an innovative vehicle concepts.

Andrew McDowell Testing a Motor Driver

Connected and Automated Vehicles
Lifecycle treatment (design, analysis, prototyping, validation, operation, and end-of-life) of multi-scale distributed connected-autonomy systems-of-systems to enhance and empower mobility, as well as improve energy efficiency and traffic flow. Application arenas range from microcosms of Smart Cities such as manufacturing shop-floors, malls, hospitals to full scale smart city settings.

Human Factors research using a drive simulator

Human Factors
Human Factors/HMI integrates multiple disciplines including psychology, medicine, computer science and engineering to maximize usability and user satisfaction on existing products and new innovations.