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Release: May 23, 2002
UI professor to give May 23 NSF lecture on vehicle simulation
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.