Thrust Area 5:
Vehicle System Integration, Optimization, and Robustness

Thrust Area Leader: Prof. Bogdan Epureanu,
TARDEC Leader: Dr. Matthew Castanier,

The goal of engineering and fielding highly resilient ground vehicle systems requires not only optimal design of the vehicle components, but also an optimization of the interactions between them. Such an effort requires modeling across many different physical systems and domains as well as multiple spatial and temporal scales, which becomes ever more challenging with the increasing complexity of military vehicles. Thrust Area 5 research addresses the challenges associated with the need to develop modeling, simulation, and design methods that support ground vehicle system-of-systems integration. This integration may involve not just a vehicle but also the humans inside and the support systems outside, as well as a wide variety of missions with demanding duty cycles.