Saber Fallah

Dr Saber Fallah


Senior Lecturer in Vehicle and Mechatronic Systems
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Biography

Biography

Saber Fallah is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Surrey, a past Research Associate and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCar), University of Waterloo, Canada, and a past Research Assistant at the Concordia Centre for Advanced Vehicle Engineering (CONCAVE), Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Currently, he is the director of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Lab (CAV-Lab) within the department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. Since joining Surrey, he has contributed (either as PI or CoI) to securing around £13M total research funding (with a contribution to Surrey of about £8.5M) from EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU, KTP and industry.

Dr Fallah's research has contributed to the state-of-the-art research in the areas of connected autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. So far, his research has produced four patents (three filed by Jaguar Land Rover and one filed by General Motors Company of the USA), and more than 40 peer reviewed publications in high-quality journals and well-known conferences. He is also co-author of a textbook entitled Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Technologies, modeling and control, (A mechatronics approach) which has been published by John Wiley publishing company in 2014. The book addresses the fundamentals of mechatronic design in hybrid and electric vehicles. Moreover, He is the co-editor of the book of conference proceedings resulted from the organisation of the TAROS 2017 conference published by Springer in 2017.

Dr Fallah is a fellow of higher education academy and completed the Graduate Seminar in Graduate Teaching at the University of Surrey and the Concordia University. He has collaborated with the Higher Education Department in a research and evaluation grant entitled “Bridging the Gap: the construction of shared meaning through feedback” to better understand of lecture feedback on teaching quality and students’ learning outcome. He also carried out a research on the effect of e-learning and developed online micro videos on the enhancement of students' learning outcomes 

Research interests

  • Connected and Autonomous Cars,
  • Cloud-assisted Distributed Vehicle Control Systems
  • Cooperative Vehicle State Estimation and Prediction
  • Intelligent Advanced Driver Assistant Systems
  • Power/energy Management of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Research Funding

  • Energy Management of a Fleet of Connecte Electric Vehicles, Funding Source: KTP, 2018-2021, 
  • GPR for Localisation of Autonomous Vehicles, Funding Source: Innovate UK, 2018-2019,
  • Above the Cloud, Funding Source: Innovate UK, 2017-2019,
  • Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE), Funding Source: EPSRC - UK Space Agency, 2017-2021, https://fair-space.squarespace.com ,
  • Improved Trustworthiness and Weather-Independence of Conditionally Automated Vehicles in Mixed Traffic Scenarios (TrustVehicle), Funding Source: European Commission (Horizon 2020), 2017-2020, http://www.trustvehicle.eu ,
  • Optimization of scalable realtime models and functional testing for e-drive concepts (Obelics), Funding Source: European Commission (Horizon 2020),  2017-2020, https://obelics.eu ,
  • Secure Cloud-based Distributed Control (SCDC) Systems for Connected Autonomous Cars, Funding Source: EPSRC - JLR, 2016-2021, http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/N01300X/2 ,
  • Development of Pre-emptive Optimal Control for Active Suspension Systems, Funding Source: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Industrial Research Collaboration, 2013-2014,
  • Integrated Control of Multiple-Motor and Multiple-Storage Fully Electric Vehicles, Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme, European Commission, 2013-2016, http://www.i-compose.eu/iCompose/ ,
  • Development of Regenerative Auxiliary Power Systems, Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Dec. 2011. 

Research staff

Postdoctoral Research Fellows 

  • Mohammad Zeeshan Babar, Multi-objective Optimsation for Planetary Rovers, 2018 - present
  • Umberto Montonaro, Design of a cloud-assisted distributed control system for connected autonomous driving, 2016 - 2018

PhD Students

  • Carlos Suarez Zapico, 3D Mapping for Autonomous Planetary Rovers 
  • Marco Visca, Reinforcement Learning Path Planning of Autonomous Planetary Rovers. October 2018 - present 
  • Salar Arbabi, Cooperative Decision Making for Automated Driving in Urban Environment, October 2018 - present
  • Glen Mason, Functional Safety Analysis of Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control Systems, October 2017 - present
  • Sampo Kuutti, End-to-End Deep Learning Control for Connected Autonomous Vehicles, October 2017 - present
  • Samuel Green, Fault-tolerant Cooperative Vehicle State Estimation (Cloud-assisted), October, 2017 - present
  • Shayan Taherian, Vehicle Emergency Autonomous Collision Avoidance System , May 2017 - present
  • Shilp Dixit, Fault-tolerant Cooperative Cruise Control with Autonomous Overtaking, October 2016 - present
  • Zhengyuan Wang, Robust Optimal Vehicle Yaw Moment Stability Control, January 2014-2018 
  • Johan Theunissen, Model Predictive Control of Semi-active Suspension Systems, January 2014 - present

MEng Students:

  • Sreejith Sreekumar, Design and Numerical Validation of Advanced Distributed Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles in Platoons, 2017-2018
  • Mark Peters, Intelligent Vehicle Health Monitoring and Maintenance using Machine Learning, 2017-2018
  • Salar Arbabi, Robotic Test Station for Automated Testing of Disk Pump Actuators, 2017-2018
  • Sampo Kuutti, Analysis of Cooperative Vehicle Localisation Systems, 2016-2017
  • Saifuddin Abdul Halim, Energy Management of a Series Hybrid Powertrain using Forward Equivalent Consumption Minimisation Strategy, 2016
  • Darius Mazeika, Emission Estimation of a Conventional Diesel Bus, 2015 (In collaboration with Alexander Denis Ltd.)
  • Tom Morrison, Emission Estimation of a Series Hybrid Electric Bus, 2015 (In collaboration with Alexander Denis Ltd.)
  • James MacDonald, Application of Equivalent Consumption Minimisation Strategy for Series Hybrid Electric Vehicles, 2014
  • Ioannis Karountzos, Power Management Control Design for a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, 2014
  • Lambros Vardakis, Modeling of a Continuously Variable Transmission and Its Fuel Efficiency Analysis, 2014
  • Matthew Chapman, Semi-active Suspension Simulation and Optimization using MATLAB and Simulink, 2013

Teaching

  • ENGM248: Mechatronics
  • ENGM001: Multi-Disciplinary Design Project
  • ENG3170: Modern Vehicle System Design
  • ENG3166: Control and Dynamics
  • ENG2094: Control

Departmental duties

  • Serving as the member of departmental Athena Swan group
  • Visiting tutor for professional training students

 

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

My publications

Publications

Books

  •  Y. Gao, S. Fallah, Y. Jin, C. Lekakou, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, Springer, 720 pages,ISBN-10: 3319641069, July 2017
  • A. Khajepour, S. Fallah, and A. Goodarzi, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Technologies, modeling and control, A mechatronic approach, Wiley-Blackwell, 432 pages, ISBN-10: 1118341511, April 2014.

Journals

  • A. Tota, B. Lenzo, Q. Lu, A. Sorniotti, P. Gruber, S. Fallah, M. Velardocchia, E. Galvagno, J. De Smet, “ On the experimental analysis of integral sliding modes for yaw rate and sideslip control of an electric vehicle with multiple motors”, Journal of Automotive engineering, 19(5), 2018
  • U. Montanaro, S. Dixit, S. Fallah, M. Dianati, A. Stevens, D. Oxtoby, A. Mouzakitis, “Towards connected autonomous driving: review of use-cases” Vehicle System Dynamics, 2018 
  • Z. Wang, U. Montanaro, S. Fallah, A. Sorniotti, B. Lenzo, “A Gain Scheduled Robust Linear Quadratic Regulator for Direct Yaw Moment Control”, Mechatronics, 51, 2018
  • S. Kuutti, S. Fallah, K. Katsaros, M. Dianati, F. Mccullough, A. Mouzakitis, A Survey of the State-of-the-Art Localisation Techniques and Their Potentials for Autonomous Vehicle Applications, IEEE Transactions on Internet of Things, 5(2), 2018.
  • S. Dixit, S. Fallah, U. Montanaro, M. Dianati, A. Stevens, F. Mccullough, A. Mouzakitis, Trajectory Planning and Tracking for Autonomous Overtaking: State-of-the-Art and Future Prospects, Journal of Annual Reviews in Control,  45. 2018
  • K. Katsaros, M. Dianati, C. Han, U. Montanaro, S. Fallah, L. Gillam, A. Stevens, F. Mccullough, A. Mouzakitis, “A Review on Communication and Computing Platforms for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)”, Elsevier Vehicular Communications, under review.
  • B. Lenzo, G. De Filippis, A.M. Dizqah, A. Sorniotti, P. Gruber, S. Fallah, W. De Nijs, Torque Distribution Strategies for Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles with Multiple Drivetrains, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 139(2), 2017.
  • A Moradinegade Dizqah, B Lenzo, A Sorniotti, P Gruber, S Fallah, J De Smet, “A Fast and Parametric Torque Distribution Strategy for Four-Wheel-Drive Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles”, IEEE transactions on Industrial electronics, 63(7), 2016
  • A. Rezaeian, R. Zarringhalam, S. Fallah, A. Khajepour, W. Melek, S. K. Chen, and B. Litkouhi, “Novel Tire Force Estimation Strategy for Real-Time Implementation on Vehicle Applications”, IEEE transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(6), 2015.
  • J. McDonald, S. Fallah, “A Novel Equivalent Consumption Minimisation Strategy for a Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle”, Journal of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering Research, 2015.
  • A. Athari, S. Fallah, B. Lee, A. Khajepour, S. K. Chen, B. Litkouhi, "Optimal Torque Control for an Electric-Drive Vehicle with In-Wheel Motors: Implementation and Experiments", SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, vol. 6, no. 1, 2013.
  • R. Zarringhalam, A. Rezaeian, S. Fallah, A. Khajepour, W. Melek, S. K. Chen and B. Litkouhi, "Optimal Sensor Configuration and Fault-Tolerant Estimation of Vehicle States", SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Electronic and Electrical Systems, vol. 6, no. 1, 2013
  • S. Fallah, A. Khajepour, B. Fidan, S. K. Chen, and B. Litkouhi, “Vehicle Optimal Torque Vectoring using State-Derivative Feedback and Linear Matrix Inequality”, IEEE transactions on Vehicular Technologies, vol. 62. no.4, 2013.
  • S. Fallah, B. Yue, O. Vahid-araghi, and A. Khajepour, 2012, “Energy Management of Planetary Rovers Using A Fast Feature-based Path Planning and Hardware-in-the-Loop Experiments”, IEEE transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 62. no.6, 2013.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. F. Xie, 2012, "Optimized Control of Semi-Active Suspension Systems Using H∞ Robust Control Theory and Current Signal Estimation”, IEEE/ASME transactions on Mechatronics, vol.17 no.4.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. F. Xie, 2009, "H∞ Robust Control of semi-active Macpherson Suspension: New Applied Design", Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 339-360.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. F. Xie, 2009, "Modeling and Simulation of Macpherson Suspension System for ride Control Applications", Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 195-220.
  • S. Fallah, S. H. Long, W. F. Xie, R. Bhat, 2008, "Robust Model Predictive Control of Shimmy Vibration in Aircraft Landing Gears", Journal of Aircraft (AIAA), vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 1872-1880.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. F. Xie, 2008 "Influence of different semi active control strategies on the performance of Macpherson suspension kinematic parameter", SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 222-229.
  • S. Fallah, M. Mahzoon, M. Eghtesad, 2008, "Kinematical and Dynamical Analysis of Macpherson Suspension Using Displacement Matrix Method", Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transaction B: Engineering, vol. 32, no. B4, pp. 325-339.   

 

Conferences

  • J. Theunissen, A. Sorniotti, P. Gruber, S. Fallah, M. Dhaens, K. Reybrouck, C. Lauwerys, B. Vandersmissen, M. Al Sakka, K. Motte, “Explicit model predictive control of an active suspension system”, 9th International Munich Chassis Symposium 2018
  • U. Montanaro, S. Fallah, M. Dianati, D. Oxtoby, T. Mizutani, A. Mouzakitis, “On a fully self-organising vehicle platooning supported by cloud computing", Proceedings of the The 21st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2018)
  • U. Montanaro, S. Fallah, M. Dianati, D. Oxtoby, T. Mizutani, A. Mouzakitis, “Cloud-Assisted Distributed Control System Architecture for Platooning”, Proceedings of the The 21st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2018)
  • S. Dixit, S. Fallah, U. Montanaro, M. Dianati, D. Oxtoby, A. Mouzakitis, “Trajectory Planning for Autonomous High-Speed Overtaking using MPC with Terminal Set Constraints”, Proceedings of The Fifth International Conference on Internet of Things: Systems, Management and Security (IoTSMS 2018),
  • A. Stevens, M. Dianati, K. Katsaros, C. Han, S. Fallah, C. Maple, “Cooperative Automation Through the Cloud: The CARMA Project”, Proceedings of 12th ITS European Congress, Strasbourg, France, 2017
  • A Sorniotti, P Gruber, B Lenzo, G De Filippis, S Fallah, “Energy efficient torque vectoring for electric vehicles with multiple drivetrains”, Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Cambridge 2017.
  • P Gruber, A Sorniotti, B Lenzo, G De Filippis, S Fallah, “Energy Efficient Torque Vectoring Control”, AVEC’16, Munich, Germany.
  • S. Fallah, A. Sorniotti, P. Gruber, "A Novel Robust Optimal Active Control of Vehicle Suspension Systems", IFAC’14, 19th World Congress, Cape Town, August 2014.
  • A. Rezaeian, R. Zarringhalam, S. Fallah, W. Melek, A. Khajepour, S. K. Chen, B. Litkouhi, "Cascaded Dual Extended Kalman Filter for Combined Vehicle State Estimation and Parameter Identification", SAE 2013 World Congress & Exhibition, April 16-18, 2013, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
  • A. Rezaeian, R. Zarringhalam, S. Fallah, W. Melek, A. Khajepour, S. K. Chen, B. Litkouhi, "Joint Unscented Kalman Filter for Combined Estimation of Vehicle States and Parameters", International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC '12), 9 -12 September 2012, Seoul, Korea.
  • S. Fallah, A. khajepour, B. Fidan, S. K. Chen, and B. Litkouhi, “Controller Development Using Optimal Torque Distribution for Driver Handling Assistance”, American Control Conference, June 27-29, 2012, Montreal, Canada.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, and W. F. Xie, “Practical Inverse Model of a Magnetorheological Damper for Vehicle Suspension Applications” Proceedings of the CIVS 2010 International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Vehicular System, Cheju, South Korea, November 22-23, 2010.
  • S. Fallah, Wen-Fang Xie, Rama Bhat, “A Computationally Efficient Robust Model Predictive Control of Linear Parameter Varying Systems”, IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications, July 2010, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • K. Saeedi, S. Fallah, R. Bhat, “Semi-Active Ride Comfort Evaluation of Heavy Vehicles Using a Hybrid Dynamic Model”, SAE 2010 World Congress, April 2010, Detroit, USA, Selected as special paper.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. Xie, “Modified Sky-hook Control of a Semi-active Suspension System Using H Robust Control Theory”, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Aug. 30- Sept. 2, San Diego, California, USA.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. Xie, "H∞ Robust Control of Active Suspensions: A Practical Point of View", American Control Conference, June 10-12, 2009, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. Xie, "Influence of different semi active control strategies on the performance of Macpherson suspension kinematic parameter ", SAE 2008 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition, October 7-9, 2008, Rosemont, Illinois, USA, Selected as special paper.S. Fallah, R. Bhat, W. Xie, "Modelling and Simulation of Macpherson Suspension for Control Applications", Proceedings of American Control Conference, June 11-13, 2008, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • S. Fallah, S. Fardisi, M. Mahzoon, "Optimal Control of a New Model for McPherson Suspension and Observation of Ride Characteristics", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and exposition, Orlando, Florida, 2005.
  • S. Fallah, M. Eghtesad, "Analysis of Self-aligning Torques, Acting on the Vehicle and their Effects on Handling of Vehicle during Cornering", 12th Annual International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, Tehran, Iran, 2004
  • S. Fallah, M. Eghtesad, "Geometrical Analysis of Camber Angle Alteration for McPherson Suspension", 12th Annual International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, Tehran, Iran, 2004
  • S. Fallah, "Steam Recovery for a Tile Company", 12th Annual International Conference of Mechanical Engineering, Tehran, Iran, 2004