The Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles (ITEAM) is aimed at establishing and sustainably maintaining the European training network with high grade of interdisciplinarity by training strong specialists to research and develop new technologies in the field of multi-actuated ground vehicle. The ITEAM project will provide the first of its kind European training network in Ground Vehicles at doctorate level to fill up the niche in private sector and industry with researcher-practitioners. The global goals, constituting the main frame of the consortium, are:

  • Advance of European postgraduate education in the area of environment and user friendly vehicle technologies, nowadays highly demanded by the European industry and society;
  • Reinforcement of cooperation between academia and industry to improve career perspectives of talented graduates in both public and private sectors;
  • Creation of strong European research and innovation group making determinant contributions to next generations of multi-actuated ground vehicles.

Consortium structure and research objectives

Distinctive feature of the ITEAM network is the concept of interaction of three research clusters: “MAGV integration”, “Green MAGV” and “MAGV Driving Environment”.

  • Multi-actuated ground vehicles (MAGV) integration – Mechatronic subsystems for active and integrated chassis and powertrain control, e.g. brake, steering and stability control.
  • Green MAGV – Achieving of efficient and low emission MAGV through the development of innovative solutions with special attention to the use of electric motors for propulsion.
  • MAGV driving environment – Advanced driver assistance systems for the realization of semi-autonomous and fully automated driving of MAGV.

In compliance with the structure of the research network, the three clusters will deal with the following research objectives:

  1. Advancement of numerical modelling and simulation tools for better understanding of inter-domain interactions of MAGV systems such as vehicle dynamics, hybrid powertrain systems and environment simulation;
  2. Development of innovative controllers and tool for driver assistance, as well as for cognitive semi-autonomous and autonomous mobility, contributing to the environment-friendliness and safety of MAGV;
  3. Development and application of innovative experimental techniques for investigations of MAGV dynamics and for the assessment of the proposed technologies.

In particular, the research effort involved in the three clusters stems from fifteen individual projects that will lead to PhD thesis. Within the ITEAM framework, all the participants will be trained in three domains:

  • Control engineering and computational intelligence;
  • Vehicles dynamics and human machine interface;
  • Verification and validation of the proposed cutting-edge solutions by means of the development of virtual and real testing facilities for MAGV.

The main expected research outcomes will result from complex integration, processing and interpretation of available data from the ground vehicle and environment, taking care of safety, high performance, and low-emissions operations. The ITEAM consortium has planned a set of research database to provide wide access to shared electronic research and technical material of the participating members. For the sake of the open access to research data, the projects results and assets will be made available for wide international audience in order to share the acquired knowledge outside of the consortium.

Consortium members

To achieve the project objectives, the consortium draws upon 11 beneficiaries and 5 partner organizations from 9 European countries including, 7 universities, 2 research centers, and 7 nonacademic organizations. The training and research activity will be conducted under the supervisions of the participating institutions. With reference to the three research clusters and three training domain of the ITEAM network, the contributions of individual partners to the research and training programs can be summarized as follows.

Participant Research clusters Training domains
TUIL – Technishe Universität Ilmenau Integrated chassis management; methodologies for connected test setup experiments Vehicle dynamics and control; soft computing.
AVL List Methodologies for vehicles and powertrain testing Test instruments for powertrains
COVUNI – Coventry University Electric vehicle stability control Multibody dynamics
FDRIVE – Flanders’ Drive Path and motion planning Chassis and powertrain controllers
IFAG – Infineon Technologies AG Power electronics for onboard control systems Failsafe control
KUL – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Model based and sensor based estimators Physical modelling of vehicles; design of state estimators
SKODA AUTO a.s. HMI systems Experimental procedures of vehicle testing
UNIPV – Università degli studi di Pavia Wheel slip controllers Sliding mode control
UTC – Université de technologie de Compiègne Instrumented electric vehicle demonstrators; sensor-based navigation systems Nonlinear and multimodal estimation methods
VIF – Das virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH Drive assistance systems; thermal network controlling Optimization methods for engineering applications
VOLVO Car Group CAE design Passenger car testing
IPG Automotive GmbH Vehicle software simulators Technologies for vehicle dynamics simulation and navigation in the loop
JLR – Jaguar Land Rover Off-road mobility Design and testing of all-wheel drive vehicles
TUD – Technische Universiteit Delf Traffic simulation Vehicle control
UOL- The University of Liverpool Methods for robust design Computational intelligence
UTIA – Ústav teorie informace a automatizace AV ČR, v.v.i. Methods for online estimation of road parameters Driver modelling