July 14th-18th 2014 saw an elite group of world class professionals disseminating and discussing leading-edge research and engineering accomplishments alongside future trends at Coventry University’s £55m Engineering and Computing building. The event saw topics range from suspension design for durability to the cyber-security issues of agile vehicle dynamics.
The Advanced Study Institute in “Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Design for Severe Environments” was jointly organised by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (U.S.A.), Coventry University (UK) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), and supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.
This international event provided an avenue to meet world class professionals and discuss leading-edge research and engineering accomplishments and future trends in:
- Manned/unmanned ground vehicle dynamics
- Mobility and energy efficiency
- Vehicle design
Attendees of the event were from all around the world including countries such as Germany, Canada, Estonia and Israel. The attendees of the event came from diverse backgrounds including academia, industry and government agencies.
Professor Vladimir Vantsevich, co-Director of the NATO ASI Award and Professor and Director of the Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said “This was a great event that inspired young researchers to work in emerging directions of modern vehicle dynamics and bring real vehicle dynamics to unmanned ground vehicle design. We, as a team of Lecturers, formulated new prospective directions for our future collaboration with NATO, and we look forward to new potential projects with this inter-governmental organization”.
Coventry University’s Professor Mike Blundell, Associate Dean for Enterprise and Professor in Vehicle Dynamics, said “This was a unique event for us which allowed us not only to showcase our research in the area of vehicle dynamics but also as hosts to the excellent facilities in the Engineering and Computing Building. The generous funding from NATO ensured we had a high calibre field of expert speakers and delegates from across Europe and North America. Some of the topics we covered were cutting edge and in my field it was clear that vehicle dynamics, active safety and autonomy will be more closely linked in future. The event also allowed us to build strong partnerships, a specific outcome desired by NATO, and from the Coventry side we will be following up with discussions including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Virginia Tech, Ford in the US and also the US Army.”