UAB will build an autonomous vehicle mobility facility that works in collaboration with its Engineering and Innovative Technology Development research group.

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engine 2UAB will build an autonomous vehicle mobility facility that works in collaboration with its Engineering and Innovative Technology Development research group.The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering recently launched a new research initiative that could help shape the future of autonomous vehicles. Funding for the project includes $35 million over four years from the United States Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center. 

UAB will build an autonomous vehicle mobility facility that works in collaboration with its Engineering and Innovative Technology Development research group, the CCDC GVSC, multiple organizations within NATO, partner universities in the Automotive Research Center, and industry. 

“This research facility will serve as the first academic national-level laboratory of the U.S. Army CCDC GVSC dedicated to autonomous mobility research and engineering,” said Vladimir Vantsevich, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the UAB Vehicle and Robotics Engineering Laboratory. “UAB will become a hub for international academic and professional education by developing and delivering training programs that will provide enhanced expertise in the U.S. and other NATO nations.” 

In addition to Vantsevich, the institute will be co-directed by Lee Moradi, Ph.D. Moradi is currently director of the EITD, which has extensive experience working with government agencies through its
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