Research in Engineering and Collaborative Haptics (REACH) Lab

Automotive, and particularly, automated driving (AD) is not one technology, but rather a highly complex system that includes many sub-systems. In addition, with emerging connectivity and technology that runs on vehicles, cybersecurity influences our professional and personal lives in various levels. In automotive industry, cybersecurity plays an important role to protect vehicular systems and components that govern safety from harmful attacks, unauthorized access, damage, or any interference with safety functions.

The focus of this lab is on the technologies and algorithms for the design and development of automotive-related applications, specially on automated driving. Students learn more in detail about various AD algorithms and components by conducting research projects involved in sensing, perception, and action in automated driving. They will learn about major sensors for AD, like GPS, IMU, LiDar, Radar, and cameras, in addition to  the advantages and drawbacks of several sensors in autonomous vehicles and the need for the data from multiple sensors to be combined for increased reliability and safety.

Students also learn about virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) applications. VR/AR are computer-generated experiences within simulated environments that enable us to interact with the artificial world using our senses. Nowadays, VR/AR commercial devices are built to help developers to create applications that provide various feedback to users, including auditory and visual feedback, and other types of sensory feedback like haptic. As we look toward the future, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be more integrated to our surrounding environment in applications like automotive.