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Automotive Control Systems and Related Developments

The talk will summarize some of the developments in automotive dynamic systems modeling and control, with an emphasis on advanced and R&D efforts in vehicle dynamics and control at Ford, and especially at the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn. This will include the following: · Design and evaluation of (advanced) Traction Control; · Active safety and Interactive Vehicle Dynamics and Control: present efforts and future potential developments and enhancements including industry-first Roll Stability Control, (first implemented in the new Volvo XC-90 SUV, which received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2003 Motor Trend SUV-of-the-Year award); · Tools and methods for evaluation of various (advanced) vehicle control / active safety concepts including the autonomous steering robot driver vehicle setup. As time permits, the presentation will also give a brief overview of a number of other automotive control applications and important related activities.

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Public Seminar
Dr. Davor Hrovat
Corporate Technical Specialist, Ford Research Laboratory, Dearborn, Michigan
Jan 15, 2004   17:15

ETH Zentrum, Gloriastrasse 35, Zurich, Building ETZ, Raum E6
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Dr. Davor Hrovat received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1979. Since 1981, he has been with the Ford Research Laboratory (FRL) in Dearborn, Michigan. At FRL, he is a Corporate Technical Specialist coordinating and conducting research efforts on different aspects of vehicle–power train dynamics and control, for which he holds numerous patents and awards. From May 1999 to July 2000, he was a member of the Boeing 737 Engineering Tests and Evaluation Board (ETEB) in Seattle, WA. The board was established on recommendation from the NTSB to evaluate the flight control system safety of the Boeing 737. He has served as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, the ASME Applied Mechanics Review and on the Board of Editors for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. He is currently serving as an Editor for the IFAC journal Control Engineering Practice and the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the recipient of the 1996 ASME-DSC Innovative Practice Award and the 1999 Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council.