Electric, Connected and Autonomous Technologies for Mobility

Our Vision

To build a world-class industry-university research center for sustainable mobility technologies.

Our Mission

The eCAT IUCRC center intends to develop and deploy next-generation electrification, resilient sensing/perception, real-time edge computing, and smart infrastructure techniques to achieve higher safety and efficiency, aiming to initiate and accelerate the transformation of mobility methods from conventional vehicles to electric, connected and autonomous vehicles by creating essential and innovative technologies.

Strategic Directions

1. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles/Robots (CAV)  

2. Infrastructure

3. Mobility solutions

What is NSF IUCRC?

The NSF Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program accelerates the impact of basic research through close relationships between industry innovators, world-class academic teams, and government leaders. IUCRCs are designed to help corporate partners and government agencies connect directly and efficiently with university researchers to achieve three primary objectives.

The IUCRC program provides a structure for academic researchers to conduct fundamental, pre-competitive research of shared interest to industry and government organizations. These organizations pay membership fees to a consortium so that they can collectively envision and fund research, with at least 90% of member funds allocated to the direct costs of these shared research projects.

Universities, academic researchers, and students benefit from IUCRC participation through the research funding, the establishment and growth of industrial partnerships, and educational and career placement opportunities for students. Industry members benefit by accessing knowledge, facilities, equipment, and intellectual property in a highly cost-efficient model; leveraging Center research outcomes in their future proprietary projects; interacting in an informal, collaborative way with other private sector and government entities with shared interests; and identifying and recruiting talent.

For more information, please visit https://iucrc.nsf.gov/about/

Why join eCAT?

In light of a partnership between Wayne State University (WSU), the University of North Texas (UNT), and Clarkson University (Clarkson), the center not only serves as an apparatus of academic researchers collaborating with industry on problems of high national and international importance but also provides industry partners the opportunities to access the most advanced synergic research produced from a diverse group of researchers.  The center's mission will be achieved through the following complementary research thrusts:

Research Thrust #1: Vehicle-Edge-Cloud platform and prototype development.  

Research Thrust #2: Electric vehicle modeling, simulation, controls, testing, and optimization.

Research Thrust #3: Autonomous system design, implementation, integration and testing.

Research Thrust #4: Infrastructure for connectivity and safety.

Wayne State University

Clarkson University

University of North Texas

University of Delaware