Automotive & Mobility Systems

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Description of impact

Driving towards a greener future, our research commitment to sustainable vehicle and mobility solutions, innovation, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.

Automotive and Mobility Systems (AMSs) represent a comprehensive and evolving approach to transportation, encompassing traditional automotive technologies, emerging mobility services, and the integration of innovative solutions to create a more connected, efficient, fair and sustainable transportation ecosystem. CST is a leader in fundamental knowledge and tools to design and optimize these types of systems in the domains of:

Automotive Systems
- Powertrain System
- Integrated Thermal and Battery Management
- Self-Learning Control for Future Powertrains
- Electrified Racing
- Electrified Aerospace Propulsion

Mobility Systems
- Cooperative and Autonomous Driving
- Autonomous, Connected, and Electrified Mobility Systems
- Intermodal Mobility Paradigms
- Electrified Air Mobility Networks
- Energy Charging Hubs
- Fair and Equitable Mobility Paradigms

Automotive Systems:
The electrification of automotive powertrains spawns challenging research questions regarding technology, topology, and control design. Concurrent and integrated design from component to system level enables significant gains in performance and cost reduction. To derive an efficient and effective system design method, the theoretical concepts of multidisciplinary optimization and optimal control methods are adopted in combination with developed scalable models. The search for computational, efficient optimization techniques has led to contributions to optimal control theory and optimization frameworks. Many of the research results have been experimentally validated in our automotive engineering laboratory. The methods are also being successfully implemented at DAF Trucks, Punch Powertrain, TNO Automotive, VDL, Bosch, ELEO and other industrial automotive partners.

Mobility Systems:

Mobility systems are facing enormous challenges, such as congestion and pollution. The advent of autonomy, connectivity, and electrification, combined with recent advances in optimal control and optimization methods, may provide us with opportunities to rethink mobility from a human-centered and holistic perspective, realizing its accessibility purpose in a fair and sustainable fashion. In this context, our research lines are aimed at jointly optimizing the design and operation of mobility systems, from the individual vehicles and aircraft to intermodal mobility systems and electric regional air mobility networks, including fair incentive schemes to achieve system-optimal user behavior.
Category of impactResearch Topic/Theme (at group level)