Located in Graz/Austria the VIRTUAL VEHICLE Competence Center (ViF) has positioned itself as an independent, international platform for research and development in the automotive industry. It addresses the gap between academic research and the needs of industrial research and development departments.
The ViF strives for full vehicle analysis using a multi-disciplinary approach and offers services and conducts research in the following areas: Active & Passive Safety, Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Virtual Engineering, Virtual Manufacturing as well as Electrics/Electronics, Vehicle Software, Battery Modelling and Rail Systems. Its cooperation network comprises over 40 international industry partners including leading OEM's, tier 1+2 suppliers, and software vendors. As the main shareholder the Graz University of Technology (TUG) connects ViF to more than 20 institutes enabling technical innovations in virtual vehicle creation as well as offering access to funded projects.
ViF is continuously carrying out research in various different fields including the development of methods, tools and processes for multi-domain capable model-based design, evaluation, and optimization of automotive systems (mechanics, electrics, electronics, software). The ViF expertise covers vehicle dynamics simulations (multi-body dynamics, full vehicle simulation, road-tire interaction, rough road simulation, load assumptions), coupled simulation technologies, methods of intelligent vehicle control (robust control, adaptive strategies), Bayesian modeling, system identification methods, virtual driver modeling (technical driver, race line optimization and maneuver planning, tracking & control modules) and adaptive safety strategies (advanced driver assistance systems, adaptive restraint systems