The Smart Vehicle Concepts Center (SVC) focuses on novel and emerging trends in vehicle design that integrate smart structures, next-generation suspension or mounting devices, improved actuators or valves, intelligent sensors, and health monitoring and diagnostic systems. SVC conducts research to analyze, model, characterize, and design innovative engineered components capable of providing built-in actuation, precision motion control features, self-diagnostics, sensing, and self-healing capabilities while satisfying increasingly stringent vehicle design requirements.
SVC's mission is to develop ground and aerospace vehicles of the future. To do so, it investigates smart materials and structures applied to ground and aerospace vehicles; builds an unmatched base of research, engineering education, and technology transfer with emphasis on improved vehicle performance, unprecedented safety improvements, and enhanced vehicle efficiency; and prepares next-generation engineers at the doctoral and master's levels who possess both theoretical and experimental expertise applicable to auto and aerospace vehicles.
Professor Marcelo Dapino, Fellow of ASME and SPIE
Director, NSF IUCRC on Smart Vehicle Concepts
Adaptive noise, vibration, and harshness: active noise and vibration control, adaptive structures, system integration
Emerging vehicle technologies: vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, lightweighting
Interfacial mechanisms: characterization, constitutive modeling, system integration (sensors, actuators, dynamic simulation)
Safety, comfort, and health monitoring: machine and material diagnostics, human-machine interface, strain energy management