Certificate in Emerging Automotive Technologies

  • Vehicle Control Systems Online Course

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    (four courses)
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    Vehicle Control Systems Short Course

    Vehicle control systems grant an automotive engineer the capacity to make a system work the way he or she wants it to work. It allows for flexibility of use across virtually any mechanical and electromechanical vehicle system, inviting a new dimension to the development of automotive infrastructures. The opportunities presented by this technology is unprecedented in the field of automotive design, and will continue to have a lasting impact on the automotive industry as it continues to develop.

    This online course presents a control systems overview, analysis and design, state-space control and illustrative applications.


    Embedded Control Systems
    Data Communication
    Embossed Software Development
    Safety Critical Control
    Fault Detection
    Fault-Tolerant Control 

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    Learning Objectives

    • Identify the key components of a control system
    • Distinguish between open loop and closed-loop processes and understand the purpose of applying feedback control to a given system or process
    • Analyze simple systems in terms of inputs, outputs, disturbances, and performance criteria
    • Identify opportunities for applying fault detection, isolation, and fault tolerant control to safety-critical control systems

    Prerequisite Student Knowledge or Experience

    Participants have a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering; prior or current experience with control system concepts including transfer functions, frequency response, digital control; at least 12 months relevant work experience.

  • Outline

    Session Topic
    Session 1 Dynamic Models and Transfer Functions (Hemant Sardar)
    Session 2 Principles of Feedback and Controller Design (Hemant Sardar)
    Session 3 Stability Considerations and State Space Design (Hemant Sardar)
    Session 4 Digital Control Systems and Rapid Prototyping (Hemant Sardar)
    Session 5 Reference Signals and Models (Tim Gordon)
    Session 6 Chassis Control Systems (Tim Gordon)
    Session 7 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (Hemant Sardar)
  • Instructors

    Dr. Timothy Gordon

    Dr. Timothy Gordon

    Dr. Gordon is a Research Professor, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include all aspects of dynamics and control, with special emphasis on advanced and nonlinear methods and automotive engineering applications including driver modeling and driving control and assistance systems. He received a PhD in Relativistic Field Theory and a BA degree in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    Dr. Hemant Sardar

    Dr. Hemant Sardar

    Dr. Sardar is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute's Engineering Research Division. His research interests include intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and human factors in ITS, adaptive and nonlinear controls, modeling and identification of systems for controller synthesis and NVH suppression, application of control theory to systems design and integration, and topologies for fault detection and recovery in automotive electrification/electronic systems.

    He received his PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and his BTech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.