Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILab)

Multidisciplinary laboratory focused on developments and applications within the fields of Mathematical Modelling, Optimisation, Soft & Natural Computing, Self-Organisation & Swarm Robotics, Autonomous Navigation and Positioning Systems.

About AVAILab

Centre for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University
7th Floor Friars House, Manor House Drive,
Coventry CV1 2TE, United Kingdom

Founded in 2016, the Autonomous Vehicles & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AVAILab) is a multidisciplinary laboratory within the Centre for Future Transport and Cities (CFTC) at Coventry University. The CFTC facilities can be found here.

While open to a wide spectrum of applications, the 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 Positioning 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.


STAFF MEMBERS


Dr Mauro Sebastián Innocente  –  Founder & Leader
Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering
Personal webpage


CURRENT RESEARCHERS


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Ioannis Papagiannis PhD Researcher
Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAVs to Fight Wildfires
Funder: Lloyds Registry Foundation International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (LRF-ICON)
Main Supervisor & PIDr Mauro S. Innocente
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Evangelos Gkanas

Prof Guillermo Rein (Imperial College)



Jun Jet TaiPhD Researcher
Autonomous AI-Enabled Drones to Inform Predictive Maintenance of the Railway Track
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Funder: Coventry University via Trailblazers’ Award
Main Supervisor & PIDr Mauro S. Innocente
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Thomas Statheros

Dr Nadjim Horri


Mohammad Tavakol SadrabadiPhD Researcher
Swarm-based Wildfire Propagation Monitoring and Forecasting System
Funder: Coventry University via Centre for Future Transport & Cities
Main Supervisor & PIDr Mauro S. Innocente



Daizy RajputPhD Researcher
A Model-Based Design Platform to Conjointly Optimise the Performance of the Powertrains and the Associated Energy Management Strategy of the HEVs
Funder: FEV (50%) & Coventry University via Centre for Future Transport & Cities (50%)
Main Supervisors:
Dr Arash M. Dizqah (PI, University of Sussex)
Dr Mauro S. Innocente (DoS)
Co-Supervisors:
Dr José M. Herreros
  (University of Birmingham)
Dr Jeremy Bryans


Zaidan Zyadat – PhD Researcher
Flight Envelope Protection of Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft with Stall Prevention
Main Supervisors:
Dr Nadjim Horri (PI)
Dr Mauro S. Innocente (DoS)
Co-Supervisor:
Dr Thomas Statheros



Osita N. Ugwueze PhD Researcher
An Optimal Recovery Method for Electric VTOL Aircraft Following Total Loss of Thrust
Funder: Coventry University via Computing NTDC VC Challenge fund
Main Supervisor & PI: Dr Thomas Statheros
Co-Supervisors:
Dr Mauro S. Innocente
Dr Nadjim Horri
Dr Mike Bromfield (University of Birmingham)