• Four IEEE Transactions in a Year by Pakistani Research Group

    The members of Controls and Signal Processing Research (CASPR) Group, led by Dr. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad are actively involved in the area of Automotive Fault Diagnostics and Controls Research for the last seven years. The successful experiments and ensuing four publications in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Sensors Journal [1-4] boosted the researchers’ confidence to a great deal. The research strategy essentially consists of multiple phases. In the first phase, Automotive Fault Diagnostics is focused upon. A handheld device is developed to access vital engine variables and detect existing engine faults. To monitor engine conditions and earlier fault prediction (like misfire detection), theoretically involved algorithms are proposed and successfully tested on a commercially available 1300 cc vehicle. With the advent of ruggedized computers and electronic components, the pre-dominantly mechanical industry of automotives has undergone a fundamental transformation. Many difficult problems in the automotive engine operations have been solved amicably through the use of electronics, among them the prominent ones being pollution, fuel efficiency and the engine reliability. Now the fuel is sprayed into cylinders through Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). The amount of fuel sprayed is carefully manipulated by the Engine Control Unit (ECU). Engine Control Unit is a computer mounted on the engine running complex mathematical algorithms in real time. This computer also ensures the reliability of the engine by intimating to the driver the faults arising in the engine (commonly called Fault Diagnostics). This not only ensures the reliability of the engine but also helps in reducing pollution. The next phase of Group’s work consists of executing an awareness campaign in the local mechanics regarding the use of the developed device. Also the development of state-of-the-art engine control strategies is very much on the cards. “CASPR is grateful to the Higher Education Commission and ICT R&D Fund for the sponsorship of this research,” says Dr. Bhatti.
  • MoU between MAJU, OHIO State and UET Lahore

     Everyone in Pakistan is well aware of the acute energy crisis being suffered by the masses. One of the primary cause is the dependence of the national energy mix on the imported crude oil. Transport sector, especially mass transit systems are also the major user of this precious energy resource. Controls and Signal Processing Research Group (CASPR) at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University took the initiative of taking R&D measures for making the medium duty vehicles hybrid resulting in significant fuel savings. Being strong in automotive research (produced four PhDs in automotive research so far), three PhD students are working on Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Prof. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti, at CASPR, MAJU is leading the CAPR team.For this purpose, CASPR contacted Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at Ohio State University, USA. CAR is a world leader in the research and development of  Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). The role of CAR was particularly highlighted by the visit of US President Barrack Obama of the CAR research labs and facilities. CAR is being led by a world renowned Professor in Automotive Research , Prof Giorgio Rizzoni.Center for Energy Research and Development (CERAD) at UET Lahore has also a very active group working on Hybrid Electric Vehicles, with the development of HEV laboratory in process. Prof Waqar Mehmood, Director CERAD and Prof Tahir Izhar are leading the initiative from the UET side. CERAD aims to develop strong R&D infrastructure in HEV’s at the KSK Campus of UET Lahore.Prof Rizzoni has very kindly agreed to work with CASPR and CERAD for the development of HEV’s in Pakistan. CAR will guide CASPR and CERAD in the development of the state of the art HEV Lab at UET KSK Campus. The three parties will collaborate in the Hybridization of a medium duty mass transit/utility vehicle. PhD students from MAJU and UET will be accommodated by CAR for in-house training and collaboration. Joint research proposals will be pursued by the three parties.

    To this end, a tri-partite MoU was signed between CAR, CASPR and CERAD. Prof Bhatti from CASPR visited CAR, Ohio State University, for the formal signing up ceremony on December 12th, 2014.

  • An MoU has been signed with University of Berkeley
  • One PhD Scholar has joined Leicester University for his research work.
  • CASPR has filed the petition in IEEE headquarters for IEEE Control System Society Local Chapter.