Driver-Vehicle Dynamics Group

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NEWS: Registration open for Vehicle Dynamics and Control seminar, Cambridge, 17 March 2015

The fourth seminar in this series of biennial one-day seminars on vehicle dynamics and control will be held on 17 March 2015 at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. The seminar will be of benefit to engineers working in many branches of vehicle and component engineering including research, design, development, testing and competition. The topics covered are relevant to a broad range of vehicles including road and racing cars, bicycles and trucks. Fifteen presentations in four sessions will cover steering control, control at limits of adhesion, tyre and vehicle dynamics, and racing. Each presentation will be followed by audience questions. Refreshment breaks and lunch will offer opportunities for further discussion. Full details of the programme are here. Register here.

Driver-Vehicle Dynamics Group

David Cole is a Senior Lecturer in Cambridge University Engineering Department. He leads the Driver-Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) research group, investigating the dynamic interaction of drivers and vehicles.

The understanding of driver-vehicle dynamic interaction has been very limited in the past. This has prevented vehicle manufacturers from designing chassis and steering control systems that optimize the closed-loop driver-vehicle behaviour. Reliance has had to be placed on costly and non-optimal trial and error methods late in the vehicle development programme. Chassis technology has now advanced to the stage where better theoretical understanding of the driver is vital to ensure that the full benefits of the technology are realized.

The DVD Group's objectives are to:

  • measure, understand and model mathematically the control behaviour of the driver;
  • design vehicle chassis and control systems that optimize the closed-loop driver-vehicle behaviour;
  • support industry through the provision of services and the transfer of knowledge and personnel;
  • provide opportunities for research training.

Dr Cole is supported by an able and enthusiastic team of researchers, of which many go on to pursue careers in the automotive industry. Applications to join the team from well-qualified candidates are welcomed. Undergraduates at CUED are also able to participate in the research programme through MEng projects. Several of these undergraduates have continued working in the group as postgraduate PhD researchers. There is close collaboration with industry, and enquiries from potential collaborators are invited. The Group also works closely with other academic staff in the Engineering Department.

University of Cambridge Department of Engineering Dynamics and Vibration