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How we travel and transport our goods is changing dramatically.


How we travel and transport our goods is changing dramatically.

Autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles, sensors, embedded software and hybrid technology are changing the face of transportation.

Challenges: Reduction in emissions, improving safety of self-driving vehicles, sensor-based solutions to improve safety.

Team Transport

Saiedeh Razavi, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Using Locational Awareness for Safety

Although construction areas are easy to spot, sometimes the dangers they pose are not.

Civil Engineering Associate Professor Saiedeh Razavi is paving the way for safer construction zones using innovative technology that will shape the way humans interact with heavy machinery. By using smartphones and sensors, Razavi’s work is providing reliable and accurate situational information, warnings and emergency responses that can be used by construction workers, equipment operators and motorist to avoid hazards and congestion. This is one of many projects for Razavi, whose research focuses on connectivity, productivity, and environmental sustainability in construction and transportation.

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Ali Emadi, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain

Building cars for the future

Hybrid electric cars have been on the market for years and are steadily becoming a sought after high-tech commodity in showrooms.

But the vehicle in your driveway is not the only environmental offender. Public transit, military vehicles, and private transportation providers account for a sizeable portion of the world’s fossil fuel use and pollution. By conducting research including retrofitting sport utility vehicles with electric hybrid systems and hybridizing transit and school buses, Ali Emadi’s team is transforming some less glamorous “working” vehicles that are in desperate need of change. Emadi’s proposed long-term sustainable solutions include integrating the transportation industry with the electric power industry, using electricity as the carrier, and generating electricity from renewable energy sources: such as solar, wind, hydro.

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Saied Habibi, Ford/NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Fault Diagnosis

Improving reliability of vehicles

Sitting in a car stuck in traffic in Beijing, idling vehicles billowing out fuel emissions all around him, Saeid Reza Habibi couldn’t help but think about his research.

Habibi and his McMaster University team have devoted much of their time in recent years to looking at ways to improve the lifespan, reliability and development cost of electric cars and hybrids.

Throughout his 28 year career, Habibi has strove to make machines work better by diagnosing problems whether it’s a plane, water distribution system or automobile. He’s a leader in the area of control-failure-prediction systems for the automotive and aerospace industries. Recently, his efforts earned him the distinction of being named an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow, a recognition of service to the organization and research accomplishments.

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