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Vehicle Dynamics and Control Seminar 2009

Vehicle Dynamics and Control Seminar 2009

Dynamic interaction of the driver and vehicle will be the subject of several presentations at the seminar

A one-day seminar to explore recent developments in the design and analysis of vehicle dynamic behaviour will be held at the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge on 2 April 2009. 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, motorcycles and trucks. Eleven presentations in three sessions will cover vehicle vibration, steering dynamics, tyre dynamics, vehicle dynamics, and path following control.

Highlights of the seminar include: Professor Malcolm Smith of Cambridge University on application of the inerter to Formula One racing; Malcolm Burgess and Richard Hurdwell of Lotus on use of four-wheel models in stability control; and Professor Robin Sharp of Surrey University on modelling a racing driver.

The Programme and Registration Brochure can be downloaded here

For enquiries about the programme please email Dr David Cole,

For enquiries about registration, travel, accommodation please email Anita Clayson

Staff and students of the Department who wish to attend for all or part of the event do not need to complete a registration form but should contact Anita Clayson ( beforehand.

The complete list of presentations is as follows:

Characterisation of longitudinal response for a full-time four wheel drive vehicle
Jasjit Pawar and Sean Biggs (Jaguar and Land Rover) and Dr Peter Jones (University of Warwick)

New directions for vehicle dynamics using passive network synthesis
Professor Malcolm Smith (University of Cambridge)

Steering feedback: modelling its effect on driver and vehicle
Will Hoult and Dr David Cole (University of Cambridge)

Driver perception of steady-state steering feel
Dr Anna Speed (Jaguar and Land Rover)

Tyre modelling: current state-of-the-art, future trends and loose ends
Dr George Mavros (Loughborough University)

Tyre and vehicle model identification using identifying Kalman filters
Dr Matthew Best (Loughborough University)

Multi-axle active steering of lorries
Dr Richard Roebuck, Dr Andrew Odhams and Prof. David Cebon (University of Cambridge)

Four-wheel vehicle models in the control loop for ESP and torque distribution
Malcolm Burgess and Richard Hurdwell (Lotus Engineering)

Autonomous vehicle dynamics testing
Dr Andrew Pick and Mat Hubbard (Anthony Best Dynamics)

Applications of nonlinear dynamics to stability analysis of motorcycles, and predictive control in rider feedback
Dr Atanas Popov (Univ. of Nottingham), Dr Jacob Meijaard (Univ. of Twente) and Dr Stuart Rowell (Romax Ltd)

Modelling a racing driver
Professor Robin Sharp (University of Surrey)

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