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A proximity sensor for the detection of hands on a steering wheel
TS-048591 — An embedded coax proximity sensor for the detection of hands or other objects near a vehicle's steering wheel
The coming age of autonomous vehicles will require the development of many new technologies to keep the vehicle occupants safe even when no one is paying attention to the vehicle operation. At present, given the limited capabilities of autonomous vehicles, it is necessary for the driver to monitor…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Lee, Robert; Kiourti, Asimina; Wang, Zhenyu
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Method for Automatic Transmission Calibration and Controller Optimization
TS-048123 — A method for automatically calibrating and optimizing gear shift control parameters through iterative algorithms both during development and during use.
As fuel efficiency standards for modern cars increase, manufacturers are adding more and more gears to their transmissions. The higher number of gears allows for greater gear spread, meaning engineers can add taller gears that allow engines to operate at lower, more fuel-efficient rpms. Despite…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Mishra, Kirti; Srinivasan, Krishnaswamy
  • Licensing Officer: Gooray, Arthur "Art"

A Generic Plug-in Jack-knife Accident Prevention System for Vehicle-Trailer Path Tracking Control
TS-041598 — A plug-in that predicts semi-truck jack-knifing and prevents it by saturating or overtaking steering control.
There is an increased consumer demand for autonomous vehicles which make driving safer and easier. Maneuvering and parking a semi-truck with a trailor attached is both dangerous and challenging. Autonomous semi-trucks can avoid one of the most prolific driving problems: jack-knifing, when a revers…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Hejase, Mohammad; Jing, Junbo; Bin Salamah, Yasser; Fiorentini, Lisa; Maroli, John; Ozguner, Umit
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

A Control Architecture for Active Combustion Control in Conventional Diesel Engines
TS-037361 — A novel method to schedule diesel fueling parameters based on cylinder conditions.
For a diesel engine to produce a combustion process which results in a desired trade-off between emissions and fuel economy, the fuel injection parameters must account for the state of the air path system. This is typically accomplished by simultaneously determining the desired air path set point …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Midlam-Mohler, Shawn; Meyer, Jason; Sujan, Vivek; Yurkovich, Steve
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Battery consumption minimization strategy for plug-in, pure, and hybrid EVs
TS-036908 — An energy management strategy for pure and hybrid electric vehicles that improves battery-life and optimizes fuel economy
Automotive powertrains are increasingly more electric, from mild and full hybrid, to plug-in hybrid and battery electric, automotive propulsion is increasingly relying on electricity as a source of power assist, or as the sole source of power, in automotive vehicles. This is true for passenger, co…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Rizzoni, Giorgio; Tang, Li
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

U+RSW - A Break-Through Process for Dissimilar Metal Joining in Automotive Industries
TS-036907 — A welding technique that joins two dissimilar metals.
Resistance spot welding (RSW) is critical to automobile manufacturing, with 3,000 to 5,000 spot welds per vehicle. As consumers seek vehicles with better fuel economy, automobile manufacturers have replaced parts built from heavy metals, such as advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), with lighter al…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Kimchi, Menachem; Lu, Ying "ying"; Mayton, Ellis
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Method and Device to Monitor & Control Efficiency of the Friction Welding Process
TS-015293 — A device that can be readily attached to inertia or direct drive friction welding equipment to determine energy efficiency in-situ during welding, providing real-time feedback for improving control.
Friction welding is a category of solid-state welding processes that uses frictional heat generation at the weld interface to plasticize the work pieces and produce a metallurgical bond. The welding parameters used in large-scale industrial production are typically determined via trial and error. …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Zhang, Wei; Mahaffey, David; Semiatin, Sheldon; Senkov, Oleg; Tung, Daniel
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

Oxidatively Stable Membranes for Gas Separations
TS-015228 — Carbon dioxide capture from synthesis gas or hydrogen and methane containing mixtures
Industrial processes, such as cement, steel, pulp and paper, chemicals and natural gas processing, are significant emitters of carbon dioxide, which accounts for nearly 25% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. The current standard for carbon capture membranes are amine-based, which are susc…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Ho, W.S. Winston; Salim, Witopo; Vakharia, Varun
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

Enhanced Tapered Chamber Measurement Range
TS-015152 — A novel tapered chamber design that allows for easy polarization change, test zones clean of stray signals, and a thinner back wall absorber
The original tapered chamber was developed to reduce stray signals normally associated with a more traditional rectangular chamber. In a tapered chamber, a feed antenna is placed at the throat of a tapered section. This chamber design had several problems: the original concept could not satisfy bo…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Burnside, Walter; Essman, Stephen; Theunissen, Wilhelmus (Willie); Walton, Eric
  • Licensing Officer: Hong, Dongsung

Simulcure Technique - Fabrication and Preparation of Structural Composites
TS-014977 — A fabrication technique to prepare a composite structure with sensor elements distributed in 3-D space for visualizing stress distribution.
Trends in home automation, wearable electronics, and autonomous vehicles have created networked ecosystems, in which computers coexist and play a critical role. In these ecosystems, sensors provide necessary inputs to monitor the environment and take situation-specific action. Currently, sensors a…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Sundaresan, Vishnu Baba
  • Licensing Officer: Bartell, Cordellia

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