Please join us for the next seminar in the Hyundai Distinguished Lecturer Series, hosted by The
Hyundai Center of Excellence in Vehicle Dynamic Systems & Control at the Department of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis.
Refreshments will be served!
PROFESSOR J. CHRISTIAN GERDES
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Title: Moving Automated Vehicle Forward by Getting a Little Sideways
Automated vehicles have the potential to greatly improve traffic safety by reducing collisions
with other road users. In many cases, avoiding such collisions requires driving at the limits of the
vehicle’s capabilities, as defined by the available friction between the tire and road and the laws
of physics. Due to nonlinearities in the underlying dynamics, the behavior of vehicles near the
handling limits changes dramatically, presenting challenges to control systems just as they
present to human drivers. For automated vehicles to deliver their full potential for safety,
however, they must be able to comfortably operate in regions at or beyond the handling limits.
While this sort of a control presents a major challenge to most humans, race car drivers routinely
press cars to their limits in the pursuit of the best lap time. This talk presents the results of several
projects inspired by the goal of giving automated vehicles car control capabilities that rival or
exceed the best human drivers. These include developing algorithms for racing around a closed
circuit, controlling vehicles in the unstable region of handling defined by drifting and trading off
between stability and collision avoidance in driver assistance or full automation systems.
Collectively, this research leads to a deep appreciation for human skill in racing and optimism
that, with persistence, we will be able to achieve comparable awesomeness with automation.
The talk blends simple mathematical descriptions of vehicle handling with video demonstrating
the performance of human drivers and the control systems they have inspired.
Date(s) - 11/12/2015
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
1062 Bainer Classroom