Thrust Area 1:
Dynamics and Control of Vehicles

Thrust Area Leader: Dr. Tulga Ersal, tersal(at)
TARDEC Leader: Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar, paramsothy.jayakumar.civ(at)

Fuel economy, mobility, and safety of modern vehicles heavily rely on the numerous control systems that fulfill tasks ranging from controlling the traction between the tires and the road to controlling the energy storage in electrified powertrains. All these vehicle control systems rely in turn on a solid understanding of the dynamics of the vehicle and its components. Thrust Area 1 focuses on research for proper mathematical modeling of these dynamics and creating new control algorithms that leverage these models to maximize the vehicle’s performance. The vision of Thrust Area 1 is to create adaptive vehicles for maximum mobility and responsiveness to changing mission needs.

For completed area 1 projects, click here.


      Vehicle Mobility