Michael Buchholz: Connected, Cooperative Automated Mobility Supported by Intelligent Infrastructure

MichaelMichael Buchholz earned his diploma degree in electrical engineering and information technology as well as his Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at today’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Since 2009, he is a research group leader and lecturer at the Institute of Measurement, Control, and Microtechnology, Ulm University, Germany, where he finished his “Habilitation” (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) in the field of automation engineering based on his research on cooperative, connected automated mobility in 2022. His further research interests include electric mobility, the modelling and control of mechatronic systems, and system identification.

Connected, Cooperative Automated Mobility Supported by Intelligent Infrastructure

Fully automated driving of vehicles in mixed traffic is a complex task with dynamically changing conditions, e.g., due to weather and other road users. Urban areas are especially challenging, showing a high traffic density and limited field of view (FOV) of the on-board sensors of an automated vehicle (AV). The latter is caused by occlusions, e.g., due to buildings, vegetation, or other traffic participants. To overcome the these FOV limitations, in the first part, this talk presents a supporting solution by intelligent infrastructure connected with the AVs via mobile communication realized as a test site in real traffic in Ulm, Germany. In the second part, a solution is proposed to enhance this system by an additional cooperative planner, which proposes manoeuvres to cooperative connected road users that ensure safety for vulnerable road users and can enhance traffic efficiency. Results from a proof of concept in mixed traffic at the test site in Ulm will be shown to demonstrate the possibilities of this approach.

His talk takes place on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 9:30 in G108.