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Release: May 23, 2002

UI professor to give May 23 NSF lecture on vehicle simulation

Edward J. Haug, University of Iowa Carver Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation, will present a talk today (May 23) in Washington, D.C. on technologies involved in vehicle driving simulation.

The talk, titled "Enabling Technologies for Highway Safety Research and Vehicle Design," is a part of the NSF's Research Highlights Series and will focus on technologies developed within the Iowa Center and elsewhere that have provided a basis for the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) and fundamental new vehicle driving simulation capabilities.

On May 13, the NSF awarded $265,000 over five years in support of a $1.7 million industry-matching extension grant to the University of Iowa-University of Texas at Austin Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation.

Haug, who serves as director of the I/UCRC, which is affiliated with the UI's NADS, says that the extension grant will permit the center to create NADS-based proving grounds and use them to test off-road military vehicles and agricultural and construction machinery. He noted that the first five-year NSF grant was spent developing proving ground technology for use with the NADS and other simulators.

Haug says his NSF talk will offer examples of driver-in-the-simulator experiments using the recently completed $80 million NADS. One of the examples to be presented illustrates linkages between the NADS and Army simulators in Warren, Michigan to interactively simulate advanced military vehicle designs. Another example utilizes an Internet II-based interactive simulation between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, supported by the NSF and Deere & Co., to interactively carry out simulation and design of agricultural equipment.