Mobility, Automotive, & Transportation


Our Automotive and Transportation research activities are focused in:

  • Advanced and hybrid powertrains
  • Vehicle dynamics, system optimization, and control
  • High-performance structures and materials,
  • Advanced vehicle manufacturing
  • Advanced fuels and combustion processes

In addition to the internationally renowned Automotive Research Center, we receive sustained funding as the home to the General Motors-UM Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratory with three divisions focused on

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engine Systems
  • Multi-Functional Vehicle Systems


  • Internal combustion engines
  • Combustion research
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Systems
  • Powertrain Control
  • Biofuels
  • Friction
  • Brake systems
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Fracture and fatigue
  • Integrated vehicle systems modeling
  • Adhesives and fracture
  • Driver-vehicle interaction
  • Multi-vehicle dynamics
  • Autonomous vehicles

Recent News

Peng and his research group have developed an automated modeling methodology that searches designs to identify the optimal configuration and component size for a power-split system.

Mcity demonstrates the powerful pairing of connectivity and automation.

"The ARC is having a tremendous impact on the field," said Dingell. "I was really impressed to learn about the ARC’s implementation of the research concept used to reinforce the connection between basic research and real world needs."

To ensure that the systems they design will operate as intended, engineers construct controllers which ensure the largest possible set of configurations of a system behave as intended.

Autonomous vehicles may be the way of the future and what better approach to get high school students interested in pursuing careers in engineering than creating a two-part workshop focused on learning more about them.

This prestigious honor recognizes his seminal research contributions in adaptive control and optimal control, with an emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems