The goal of this Thrust Area is the development of fundamental control and design tools to enhance the safety andperformance of ground vehicles through modeling and computer simulation. This focus is partitioned into 1)modeling tool development for efficient, accurate robust control and design and 2) control system design. Thetechniques are applied to vehicle handling, steering, ride mobility, inter- or shared operability, remote piloting,active vehicle safety, power management control of hybrid systems including fuel cells.The motivation for the first focus area, modeling tool development, is that the modeling and simulation processremains a greatly under-utilized tool for vehicle system design and control. This is because models are timeconsuming to develop, expensive to parameterize (statistically or otherwise), time consuming to solve (especially inoptimal design scenarios), often difficult to integrate with models developed by others, difficult to quantify theiraccuracy and range of validity, and finally difficult to properly document. The motivation for the second focus area,control system design, is the development of performance enhancing and safety enhancing systems with innovativecontrol algorithms. These can only be developed if the models are first available (first focus area) and if suitablecontrol synthesis techniques are developed. Hence, our goal is to create control system algorithms that can beefficiently and effective used by vehicles designers for improving vehicle performance.Thrust Area Leader : Prof. Jeffrey L. Stein,email@example.comTARDEC Leader :Dr. Paramsothy "Jay" Jayakumar,firstname.lastname@example.org
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Optimal Sensor Package Selection for Off-Road Vehicle Mass Estimation
PrincipalInvestigators:Jeffrey L. Stein, University of Michigan,email@example.comHosam K. Fathy, University of Michigan,firstname.lastname@example.orgQuad MembersFaculty:Jeffrey L. Stein, Hosam K. Fathy, University of MichiganStudent:Benjamin L. Pence, University of MichiganGovernment:David Gunter, U.S. Army RDECOM-TARDECIndustry:Gary Witus, Turing Associates, Inc.
This project is motivated by the critical need for protectingsoldiers
lives from accidents such as rollovers. Active andsemi-active vehicle safety systems have been shown tosignificantly lessen the likelihood of such life-threateningaccidents, but they must be correctly calibrated. Suchsystems can also improve drivetrain control and handlingby scheduling gear shifts and fuel injection, and controlling braking actuation.Thegoal of this project is to estimate the mass of an off-road vehicle online in real time, use low cost sensors, andto quantify the confidence in the estimate. develop an accurate and fast real-time online mass estimator for off-road vehicles. We will perform experimental validation of our method on real vehicles and extend the application to