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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.

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