The Evolution of Vehicles

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Amir Khajepour

In this talk, we will delve into the remarkable evolution of vehicles, tracing their journey from traditional gas-driven engines to the revolutionary era of electric-driven propulsion.  Furthermore, we will explore how vehicles are transitioning from being human-controlled to becoming machine-controlled with the advent of autonomous technology.

By examining the historical significance of gas-driven vehicles, we will review their impact on transportation and the environmental challenges they posed. We will uncover the motivations behind the shift towards electric-driven vehicles, exploring the benefits they offer in terms of sustainability, reduced emissions, and enhanced energy efficiency.

Additionally, we will discuss the latest developments in autonomous driving and the pivotal role of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in enabling vehicles to operate autonomously. We will delve into the advantages and challenges associated with autonomous vehicles, including enhanced safety, improved traffic management, and the ethical considerations surrounding their deployment.

About The Lecturer

Dr. Amir Khajepour

Amir Khajepour is a professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and the Director of the Mechatronic Vehicle Systems (MVS) Lab at the University of Waterloo. He held the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems from 2008 to 2022 and the Senior NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in Holistic Vehicle Control from 2017 to 2022. His work has resulted in the training of over 150 PhD and MASc students, 30 patents, 600 publications, numerous technology transfers, and the establishment of several start-up companies. He is a recipient of the Engineering Medal from Professional Engineering Ontario and is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering.