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Release: April 15, 1999
UI hosts National Science Foundation center review
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
A multi-university National Science Foundation (NSF) research Center led by
the University of Iowa, in partnership with the University of Texas-Austin,
will host a key program review April 22-23 on the UI campus. In partnership
with U.S. industry and the Department of Defense, the Center is developing
virtual proving grounds for vehicle engineering.
The UI-based Center, known as the NSF Industry/University
Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation,
in collaboration with the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the
UI, is creating computer-driven vehicle proving grounds for research and development.
The ultimate goal is to use the emerging capability of the NADS to eliminate
the need to construct and test numerous expensive prototypes during vehicle
development. Dr. Alex Schwarzkopf, director of the NSF I/UCRC program and
its 53 centers across the country, will represent NSF in the review.
Center sponsors include major corporations such as
John Deere, Caterpillar, United Defense, and General Dynamics, developers
and manufacturers of off-road agricultural, construction, and military vehicles.
Other commercial members of the center are LMS CADSI, a leading vendor of
dynamic simulation software products, and Goodyear Corp., an international
leader in tire manufacturing and technology. Army organizations who sponsor
the Center's research program include the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command,
Test and Evaluation Command, Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command,
and Materiel Systems Analysis Agency. The Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency is also a Center sponsor.
The virtual proving ground modeling and simulation
technology being developed by the Center will enable the NADS, which is to
be operational in May 2000, to be used by a broad cross-section of U.S. industry
and government organizations. Virtual proving grounds being developed by the
Center will enable its sponsors to use the NADS to revolutionize the process
of vehicle system design. The partnership between the Universities of Iowa
and Texas-Austin is contributing fundamentally new vehicle simulation and
electromechanical technologies, respectively, to the rapidly growing field
of electric vehicle development.
The Center is led by UI Carver Distinguished Professor
Ed Haug. L.D. Chen, professor of mechanical engineering, who is serving as
interim NADS director, leads I/UCRC and NADS efforts in fuel cell research
for electric vehicles. Currently under construction, the NADS will be a national
shared-use facility. It will be the world's most advanced driving simulator
for research to achieve fundamental improvements
in highway safety and transportation efficiency. With the virtual proving
grounds being developed by the NSF Center, this revolutionary new simulator
will enhance vehicle and equipment product development effectiveness, minimizing
the number of expensive prototypes that must be fabricated and tested.