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International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems
International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems


Special Issue on: "Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Control for Safe Driving of Ground Vehicles"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Jianbo Lu, Ford Motor Company, USA
Prof. Panagiotis Tsiotras, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Current technological advances in the area of embedded sensing and control are opening the possibility for completely accident–free driving of passenger vehicles. Recently, accident-free driving has been discussed by several auto manufacturers. To achieve this goal, increased levels of autonomy will be required onboard the vehicle, as demonstrated during the recent DARPA Grand Challenge competitions.

Besides full autonomy which is more appropriate for robotic vehicles, co-existence of the electronic stability controls and the human driver is perhaps a more suitable and near-term goal for passenger vehicles. In fact, a variety of electronic stability control systems under different names (ABS, ESC, RCS, TCS, etc) can already be found in almost all vehicles on the road. These electronic control systems operate on-demand, and safeguard or enhance the performance of vehicles with a driver-in-the-loop. Eliminating accidents completely however will require control systems incorporating increased levels of autonomy and intelligence, along with immunity to unforeseen circumstances. Designing the next level of algorithms for accident-free vehicles provides new challenges to the automotive, controls, perception and computer science communities.

This special issue will showcase recent advances in the use of driverless or driver-assist control technology for safe driving, accident avoidance/mitigation, and occupant injury reduction/elimination.

Subject Coverage
Topics in (but not limited to) the following areas are welcome:
  • Vehicle safe path/trajectory planning
  • Vehicle dynamics and control for safe path/trajectory tracking
  • Event-driven vehicle dynamics and control for accident avoidance and mitigation
  • Vehicle electronic stability control systems
  • Lane keeping control and lane change assist
  • Collision mitigation systems
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Sensing and data fusion algorithms
  • Driver-assist and driver-support systems
  • Integrated active and passive safety systems
  • Driver/control system interaction issues and conflict mitigation
Although the focus is primarily on passenger vehicles, submissions dealing with commercial and military vehicles will also be considered.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of full paper before: 17 April, 2009 (extended)

Notification of Acceptance: 15 July, 2009

Final paper due: 15 September, 2009