A consortium of sixteen partners has started the Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles (ITEAM). 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 cutting-edge technologies in the field of multi-actuated ground vehicle (MAGV). In this framework, the ITEAM consortium sets out to foster the development of new hardware and software solutions to enhance the driving performance, to improve the vehicle safety and to reduce the pollutants emissions. In concert with the research goals, the consortium will also guarantee a sound and effective collaboration between the academia and industry in order to improve the career perspectives of the talented graduates.

Distinctive feature of the ITEAM network is the concept of interaction of three research clusters: “MAGV integration”, mainly aimed at developing subsystems for active control of the chassis and the powertrain; “Green MAGV”, focused on the development of innovative solutions to improve the efficiency and to reduce the emissions of MAGV; “MAGV Driving Environment” that deals with the realization of semi-autonomous and fully automated driving of MAGV. In particular, the research effort involved in three clusters stems from fifteen individual projects that will lead to doctoral thesis. All the participants will be trained in the domains of control engineering and computational intelligence, vehicle dynamics and human machine interface, assessment of the proposed solutions by means of the development of virtual and real testing facilities for MAGV.

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 non-academic organizations: TU Ilmenau (Germany), AVL (Austria), Coventry University (United Kingdom), Flanders Make (Belgium), Infineon Technologies AG (Germany), KU Leuven (Belgium), SKODA Auto (Czech Republic), University of Pavia (Italy), University of Technology of Compiegne (France), VIF (Austria), VOLVO Car Group (Sweden), IPG Automotive GmbH (Germany), Jaguar Land Rover (United Kingdom), TU Delft (Netherlands), University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), UTIA (Czech Republic).

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 databases 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 also made available for wide international audience in order to share the acquired knowledge outside of the consortium.

ITEAM network is running in 2016-2019 and is supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Program, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, under grant agreement no. 675999.