University at Buffalo Receives Grant to Build Research Facility for Driverless Vehicle Research

Published January 5, 2017

An article on, the website of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, reports on a $1.2 million grant that UB engineers received to develop a research platform, dubbed iCave2, for driverless and connected car research.

“This significant award is a statement of confidence in the innovative work happening right here at the University at Buffalo,” said Brian Higgins, U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district.

Liesl Folks, PhD, dean of the University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, added, “the grant builds upon the University at Buffalo’s robust and interdisciplinary research enterprise that works to make traffic systems smarter, safer and more sustainable.”

According to project lead Chunming Qiao, PhD, who is also a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the university, the marriage of driving simulators with road testing facilities is uncommon, but the results could be extremely beneficial.

“Traditionally, driving simulators and road testing facilities have operated independently of each other” Qiao said. “With iCAVE2, we are bridging that gap and creating a space where academia, information technology companies, automakers and other industries can evaluate and validate their products.”

Joining the University at Buffalo in this research initiative are Carnegie Mellon University, Cisco Systems and Southwest Research Institute.

Read the story here.