Our project analyses the performance of autonomous systems on various ground conditions using physical tests and virtual prototyping.

Efficient numerical simulations of complex mechatronics and multibody systems, coupled with granular materials, allow for cost-effective design and optimisation and a better understanding of the interaction between machine and terrain.

Competitive advantage

  • Access to customised CV-based 3D 6DoF tracking software
  • Extensive experience in large- and full-scale physical testing
  • Versatile virtual prototyping based on visual and interactive physics-based simulations
  • Access to computational codes that efficiently couples mechatronics and multibody systems with terrain

Successful applications of research

  • Understanding the interaction between ultraclass haul trucks and waste rock barriers
  • Design and optimisation of safety berms


  • Algoryx Simulation AB, Sweden
  • Australian Coal Association Research Program


  • Reducing costs of autonomous systems with optimised design and virtual prototyping
  • Understanding the performance of autonomous systems on various ground conditions
  • Developing new, more efficient autonomous systems

Capabilities and facilities

  • Advanced in-situ testing facilities for various ground conditions
  • Full-scale and small-scale testing facilities
  • Advanced, synchronised high-speed multicamera system for 3D tracking
  • High-speed pressure measurement sensors
  • Computational codes for efficient simulation of complex mechatronics and multibody systems coupled with granular materials

Further reading on: Autonomous Systems

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