About AVAILab

Founded in 2016, the Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILab) is a multidisciplinary laboratory within the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities (FTC) at Coventry University.

While open to a wide spectrum of applications, AVAILab’s main motivation is in conducting research and supporting teaching involving Applied Mathematical Modelling, Optimisation, Soft & Natural Computing, Self-Organisation & Swarm Robotics, Autonomous Navigation and Indoor Location Systems with applications in Aerospace, Automotive and Environmental Engineering.


HISTORY

The Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILab) was founded at Coventry University in 2016 under the name of Smart Vehicles Control Laboratory (SVeCLab) by Dr Mauro S. Innocente, Dr Arash M. Dizqah and Dr José M. Herreros. After two of the co-founders left the institution, the focus of the laboratory shifted and its name was therefore amended accordingly in 2018. Dr Thomas Statheros joined in 2018.


STAFF MEMBERS


Dr Mauro Sebastián Innocente  –  Founder & Leader
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Personal webpage


Dr Thomas StatherosMember
Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering


CURRENT RESEARCH STUDENTS

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Paolo Grasso  – PhD Student
Dynamics, Control and Cooperative Decision-Making in Swarms of Self-Organising Drones Aimed at Fighting Fires Autonomously
Main SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente
Co-Supervisor: Dr Olivier Haas


Daizy RajputPhD Student
A Model-Based Design Platform to Conjointly Optimise the Performance of the Powertrains and the Associated Energy Management Strategy of the HEVs
Main Supervisors:
Dr Mauro S. Innocente
Dr Arash M. Dizqah (University of Sussex)
Co-Supervisors:
Dr José M. Herreros
  (University of Birmingham)
Prof Andrew Parkes

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Ioannis Papagiannis PhD Student
Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAVs to Fight Wildfires
Main SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Evangelos Gkanas

Prof Guillermo Rein (Imperial College)

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Malambage P. G. Sirimanna – PhD Student
Developing a mathematical programming tool to design and optimise solar thermal power stations
Main Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Nixon
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Mauro S. Innocente
Dr Janis Priede


Advertised PhD Student
Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Enabled Drones to Inform Predictive Maintenance Actions in the Railways and Roads
Main SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Thomas Statheros

Dr Nadjim Horri


OTHER CONTRIBUTING STUDENTS

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Brandon L. BallardPhD Student (ongoing)
Distributed Predictive Control Strategies for Active Suspension Systems with Preview
Supervisors:
Dr Olivier Haas
Prof Mike Blundell
Dr Arash M. Dizqah (University of Sussex)

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Zihao LiuPhD Student (ongoing)
Mission Dependent Predictive Engine and After-Treatment Control Strategies for Passenger Car Diesel Engines

Supervisors:
Dr Olivier Haas
Dr Arash M. Dizqah (University of Sussex)
Dr José M. Herreros  (University of Birmingham)

Luke J. Smith – MSc Student (2019)
Microscopic Traffic Modelling Using Cellular Automata

Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Paul E. EsugoMSc Student (2018)
Railway track following using Gazebo simulation and Erle-copter model

SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente

Matthew SumnerMSc Student (2018)
Development of a convolutional ANN for image recognition to detect maintenance issues in railway networks by means of autonomous drones

SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente

Constantin S. PavelescuResearch Intern (2018)
Gazebo simulation, system identification and control of the Erle-copter using Artificial Neural Networks towards path planning
SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente

Ryan Barnes-BatterbeeMSc Student (2018)
Designing and Implementing a Differential Evolution Algorithm to Train Artificial Neural Networks

SupervisorDr Mauro S. Innocente

Paolo Grasso – MSc Student (2017)
Mathematical modelling of spread of fire underpinning algorithmic developments for autonomous swarms of firefighting drones

Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Brandon L. Ballard – MSc Student (2016)
Simulated Firefighting Fleet of Autonomous Drones
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente