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WMG Research Seminar: June

12pm-1.30pm, Monday 20th June '11

Location: Auditorium, International Manufacturing Centre

Keynote: Dr Alain Dunoyer

Title: Intelligent Cars: Myth or Reality


The first part of the talk will concentrate on the sensors available to automotive engineers for sensing a car's external environment in order to support intelligent/autonomous vehicles. The respective advantages and disadvantages will be described.Taking into account the limitations of the sensors available, the challenges and many of the trade-offs tobe considered when designing an intelligent system will be explained. In particular the fine balancebetween providing a system that genuinely offers some safety benefits but at the same time does not introduce annoyance, distraction or create a false sense of security will be illustrated.

Dr Alain Dunoyer was born in 1969 in France. He obtained a BEng (Honours, First Class) in Electronics and Computer Control, Coventry University, Coventry, UK in 1992, an MSc in Control Engineering Coventry University, Coventry, UK in 1993 and a PhD in Self-tuning Control and Bilinearisation of Nonlinear Industrial Systems, Coventry University, Coventry, UK in 1996. He is currently a Technical Specialist in vehicle capability at Jaguar Land Rover, UK.

Opening talk: Predicting cosmetic defects in automotive panels - Dr. Sumit Hazra

The style and quality of automotive skin panels convey practical and emotional values that are intended to enhance the desirability of a product. However, its perceived quality (and value?) may worsen with the presence of cosmetic defects, which are side-effects of the manufacturing process. Predicting the occurrence and severity of defects presents an interesting problem because there is an issue of scale:defects are small, localised deviations within relatively large, flat panels. This presentation will show how signal processing concepts, which are normally used to analyse time-based signals, can be used to overcome this issue in physical parts. The application of these concepts will be illustrated with test casesof physically realistic parts.

Sumit Hazra is part of the Simulation group and has worked on a variety of sheet metal forming projects since 2003. One of his first projects investigated the sensitivity of the sheet forming process and found that temperature increases of 30-40°C occurred during the serial manufacture of what is regarded as a ‘cold’ process. This rise was found to be sufficient to affect the formability of certain aluminium alloys. He gained his PhD from Imperial College, London in 2001 for work on the ‘Fracture of polyethylene under impact loading’.


12:00 – Opening talk: Predicting cosmetic defects in automotive panels - Dr. Sumit Hazra
12:15 – Keynote: Intelligent Cars: Myth or Reality - Dr Alain Dunoyer
13:05 – Posters and Lunch
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