Bilin Aksun-Guvenc is a research professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). She previously worked at Istanbul Technical University and Istanbul Okan University as a professor of mechanical engineering. Her expertise is in automotive control systems—primarily vehicle dynamics controllers, such as electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, cooperative adaptive cruise control and collision warning and avoidance systems as well as autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems and smart cities.
Aksun-Guvenc's current research focuses on collision avoidance systems and pedestrian safety, autonomous and connected road vehicles and on-demand automated shuttles for a smart city. She was a member of team Mekar in the 2011 Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge and is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committees on Automotive Control and on Mechatronics, and worked as a project evaluator and reviewer for European Union Framework Research Programs. She represents the Ohio State University in the First Mile/Last Mile and Autonomous Vehicle working groups of the Columbus Smart City Challenge Project. Aksun-Guvenc is a founding member of the Automated Driving Lab at CAR. She received her PhD in 2001 from Istanbul Technical University.
Levent Guvenc is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and conducts his research at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He was the coordinator of team Mekar in the 2011 Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge. He is the founder and director of the Automated Driving Lab at CAR. He is the co-author of two books, two book chapters and more than 160 publications in major journals and conference proceedings. He is a co-inventor of six patents in the automotive are and is an ASME fellow.
Guvenc's work on connected and autonomous driving has resulted in seven research prototype vehicles (two of them with a major automotive OEM) with different levels of autonomy, the last two being in the Automated Driving Lab. He is a member of the Connected Vehicle Environment and Autonomous Vehicle working groups of the City of Columbus Smart City Challenge project.
In addition, he is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committees on Automotive Control; Mechatronics; and Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles and the IEEE Technical Committees on Automotive Control; and Intelligent Vehicular Systems and Control.
Guvenc received the PhD in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1992.
Ümit Özgüner received his PhD degree from University of Illinois and has worked at IBM Research (Yorktown Heights), Istanbul Technical University and The Ohio State University. He has spent sabbaticals at Ohio Aerospace Institute and Ford Motor Company. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OSU and holds the title of TRC Inc. Chair on ITS. Starting in October 2013, he is the Director of the OSU Crash Imminent Safety University Transportation Center.
Professor Özgüner’s research interests are in large scale systems, decentralized control, intelligent transportation systems and autonomous vehicles. He has over 400 publications and has advised over 25 students on their PhD studies.
Professor Ozguner has been the General or Program Chair of many International Conferences in control and ITS. He was the founding President of the IEEE ITS Council which is now the ITS Society. Teams that he led have participated successfully in various autonomous driving challenges including Demo’97 and all the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.
His research has been supported by NSF, AFOSR, DARPA NASA and numerous industries including Ford, Honda Denso.
While most are PhD and Masters students with a background in mechanical and aerospace or electrical and computer engineering, there are some undergraduate students who work in the lab as well. Student’s research topics range from vehicle to everything communication, pedestrian safety, cooperative collision avoidance and cooperative driving, highway auto pilots, low speed autonomous shuttles and fuel efficient connected and autonomous driving.
Junbo Jing received his masters degree in electrical and computer engineering from The Ohio State University and is working towards PhD. His work focuses on controlling vehicles in the most fuel efficient way and utilizing information sharing and connectivity. His research includes fuel-optimal predictive control methods for vehicle throttle, brake and gearshifts, and methods for vehicle short term speed prediction.
John Maroli received his masters degree in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from The Ohio State University in in the BS to PhD ECE program. His research focuses on vehicle to vehicle communication and map sharing.
Dongfang Yang is working towards both is masters and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering . His research includes the modeling of crowd pedestrian motion and vehicle-pedestrian interaction for intelligent transportation systems and the motion planning of autonomous vehicles in shared space.
Yasser Bin Salamah is working towards PhD in electrical and computer engineering. His research interests lie between control theory and optimization