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.

Former Contributing Researchers

Former PhD Students

Paolo Grasso (Awaiting examination)
ORCID
Towards an autonomous wildfire suppression system based on swarms of self-organising drones
Funder: Coventry University via Centre for Mobility & Transport Studentship
Supervisor & PIDr Mauro S. Innocente

Zihao Liu (Awaiting examination)
ORCID
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)

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


Former MSc Students

Francisco Freire Alves – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2020)
Cellular Automata-Based Modelling of Fire Propagation Underpinning Algorithmic Developments for Autonomous Swarms of Firefighting Drones.
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Job E. Mathews – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2020)
Thermal Modelling of Liquid-Cooled & Convective Heatsinks.
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

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

Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Thomas Staite – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2019)
Development of a Convolutional Neural Network for the Detection of Railway Track Maintenance
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Paul E. Esugo – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2018)
Railway track following using Gazebo simulation and Erle-copter model
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Matthew Sumner – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2018)
Development of a convolutional ANN for image recognition to detect maintenance issues in railway networks by means of autonomous drones
Supervisors: Dr Mauro S. Innocente & Magesh Nagarajan

Constantin S. Pavelescu – Research Intern (Coventry University, 2018)
Gazebo simulation, system identification and control of the Erle-copter using Artificial Neural Networks towards path planning
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Ryan Barnes-Batterbee – MSc Student (Coventry University, 2018)
Designing and Implementing a Differential Evolution Algorithm to Train Artificial Neural Networks
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

Paolo Grasso – MSc Student & Research Intern (Coventry University, 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 (Coventry University, 2016)
Simulated Firefighting Fleet of Autonomous Drones
Supervisor: Dr Mauro S. Innocente

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