Vehicle Dynamics & Safety

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Research Group: Vehicle Dynamics & Safety

Focus of Our Research

There are huge opportunities for reducing collisions, injuries and emissions in future traffic through advanced design and manufacture of the next generation of vehicles and control systems.

In this research group, we have brought together experts in accident investigation and traumatology, with those who are experts in light weight structures and optimisation and vehicle performance modelling (including tyre and suspension systems). In addition, we look at the contribution electric motors will play in efficiency and then also look at how advances in control systems engineering will contribute to future vehicle design and functional safety.

Extreme light weighting without degrading vehicle safety can be achieved only
through multifunctional structures. We are researching and developing multidisciplinary optimisation algorithms and tools that facilitate the design, analysis and verification of these structures. 

To complement work on the performance of vehicles within a collision we also look at new communication and control systems designed to avoid collisions through driver support functions.

The Team

 Professor Mike Blundell

Professor Mike Blundell (Group leader)

Vehicle dynamics, impact and safety

 Dr. Jesper Christensen Thumbnail

Dr. Jesper Christensen

Structural analysis, optimisation algorithm development and implementation

 Dr. Christophe Bastien Thumbnail

Dr. Christophe Bastien

Automotive safety, lightweighting, optimisation and human trauma predictions

 Stratis Kanarachos

Dr. Stratis Kanarachos

Motion control, active dynamics and learning behaviour

Dr. Arash Moradinegade Dizqah

Dr. Arash Moradinegade Dizqah

Optimisation and control, electric and hybrid vehicles, autonomous vehicles

 Dr. Mauro Innocente

Dr. Mauro Innocente

Analysis & optimisation for engineering design, connected & autonomous vehicles


Dr. Mike Bromfield

Flight safety, flight data monitoring, aircraft flying qualities, in-flight loss-of-control

 Neophytos Lophitis

Dr. Neophytos Lophitis

Power electronics, semiconductor engineering & batteries


Dr. Dina Shona Laila

Instrumentation and control


Dr. Leon Shpanin

Energy, plasmas and compressed air


Dr. Huw Davies

Mobility & Transport


Dr. Nwabueze Emrkwuru

Mobility & Transport


Dr. Emmanuel Bolarinwa

Mobility & Transport


Dr. Konstantinos Gyftakis

Induction motors, insulation and rotors