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Sean Brennan

Professor

Department(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

157E Hammond Building

sbrennan@psu.edu

814-863-2430

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Mechanical Sciences, Sensors & Controls, Transportation Systems

Interest Areas:

Ground vehicle dynamics and automation, mechatronics and embedded systems, data representations for map-based localization and robot guidance.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1997
  • BS, Physics, New Mexico State University, 1997
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

Publications

Conference Proceeding

  • H. Yang, Derek McBlane, Christina Boyd, C. Beal and Sean N Brennan, 2016, "Vehicle road departure detection using anomalies in dynamics", American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 6314-6319
  • H. Yang, C. Beal and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Vehicle road departure detection using anomalies in dynamics", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE)
  • P. Stankiewicz, N. Ochoa-Lleras and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Vehicle rollover prevention using the zero-moment point in an LQR output regulator", Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 10
  • A. Trezza, N. Virani, K. Wolkowicz, J. Moore and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Indoor mapping and localization for a smart wheelchair using measurements of ambient magnetic fields", ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 10
  • M. Wahba and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "MPC-based energy management of a parallel hybrid electric vehicle using terrain information", Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 8
  • A. Whalen, Sean N Brennan, T. Sauer and S. Schiff, 2015, "Structural controllability with symmetry", 7th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, pp. 6
  • N. Ochoa-Lleras, Murphy Dennis and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Experimental determination of operator perception of tractor instability", 3rd International Conference on Safety, Health and Welfare in Agriculture, Agro-food and Forestry Systems (Ragusa), pp. 294-301
  • K. Jerath and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Identification of locally influential agents in self-organizing multi-agent systems", Proceedings of the 2015 American Control Conference, pp. 335-340
  • J. Safi, J. Anstrom, Sean N Brennan and H. Fathy, 2014, "Differential diagnostics for lithium ion battery cells connected in series", ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • K. Jerath, V. Gayah and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Influential subspaces of connected vehicles in highway traffic", TRB Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Symposium, pp. 9
  • N. Ochoa-Lleras, A. A. Brown, Sean N Brennan, P. M. Garvey, H. J. Sommer and D. J. Murphy, 2014, "Development of an open-source immersive tractor driving simulator", American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, pp. 4
  • K. Jerath, A. Ray, Sean N Brennan and V. Gayah, 2014, "Statistical mechanics-inspired framework for studying the effects of mixed traffic flows on highway congestion", American Control Conference, pp. 5402-5407
  • D. Torbic, E. Donnell, Sean N Brennan, A. Brown, M. O'Laughlin and K. Bauer, 2014, "Superelevation design for sharp horizontal curves on steep grades", Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, pp. 20
  • J. Safi, M. Beeney, M. Kehs, J, Anstrom, Sean N Brennan and H. Fathy, 2014, "Improving SOC accuracy using collective estimation for lithium ion battery cells in series", American Control Conference, pp. 254-259
  • E. Laftchiev, C. Lagoa and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Multi-attribute data dynamics discontinuity identification: A probabilistic approach using linear modeling", 53rd Annual IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 5666-5673
  • J. Pentzer, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2014, "On-line estimation of vehicle motion and power model parameters for skid-steer robot energy use prediction", American Control Conference, pp. 2786-2791
  • P. Stankiewicz, A Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Open-loop vehicle collision avoidance and rollover prevention using previewed zero-moment point", American Control Conference, pp. 3207-3212
  • E. Laftchiev, C. Lagoa and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Robust data map design using chance constraint optimization", American Control Conference, pp. 4573-4580
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Temporal preview estimation for design of a low cost lane-following system using a forward-facing monocular camera", IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, pp. 1457-1462
  • J. Pentzer, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2014, "The use of unicycle robot control strategies for skid-steer robots through the ICR kinematic mapping", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 3201-3206
  • E. Laftchiev, C. Lagoa and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Robust map design by outlier point selection for terrain-based vehicle localization", IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 3366-3371
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Comparison of field measurements of vehicle dynamics to simulations using both design plans and LIDAR-scanned road geometry", Road Safety and Simulation International Conference
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Analysis of simulation model complexity for predicting vehicle skidding for 3D geometric design of roadways", Road Safety and Simulation International Conference
  • P. Stankiewicz, A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Determination of minimum state preview time to prevent vehicle rollover", ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Global and local frameworks for vehicle state estimation using temporally previewed mapped lane features", IEEE IV Workshop on Environment Perception and Navigation for Intelligent Vehicles, pp. 127-133
  • K. Swanson, A. Brown, Sean N Brennan and C. LaJambe, 2013, "Extending driving simulator capabilities toward hardware-in-the-loop testbeds and remote vehicle interfaces", IEEE IV Workshop on Environment Perception and Navigation for Intelligent Vehicles, pp. 115-120
  • H. Pangborn, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2013, "Development and applications of a robot tracking system for NIST test methods", IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS), pp. 70-75
  • E. Laftchiev, C. Lagoa and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Terrain-based vehicle localization from real-time data using dynamical models", IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 3366-3371
  • E. O'Hare, D. Linzell, Z. Rado and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Development of shallow foundation streetscape vehicular anti-ram (SVAR) systems through modeling and testing", 83rd Shock and Vibration Symposium, pp. 11
  • L. Reese, T. Qiu, D. Linzell, Z. Rado and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Development of landscape vehicular anti-ram systems through computational and experimental methods", 83rd Shock and Vibration Symposium, pp. 18
  • P. Vemulapalli, G. Ledva, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2012, "Pattern matching of in-vehicle acceleration time-series data", Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 761-770
  • M. Barnes and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Simulation, design, and verification of an electrified bicycle energy model", Proceedings of the 2012 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 875-880
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Model-based vehicle state estimation using previewed road geometry and noisy sensors", Proceedings of the 2012 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 591-600
  • Sean N Brennan, 2012, "GPS-free terrain-based vehicle tracking on road networks", American Control Conference, pp. 307-311
  • M. Montenbruck and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Monitoring delayed systems using the Smith Predictor", Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pp. 6235 - 6239
  • J. Pentzer and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Investigation of the effect of continuously variable transmissions on ground robot powertrain efficiency", American Control Conference, pp. 4245 - 4250
  • P. Vemulapalli, V. Monga and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Optimally robust extrema filters for time series data", American Control Conference, pp. 2189 - 2195
  • A. Whalen, Sean N Brennan, T. Sauerx and S. Schiff, 2012, "Observability of neuronal network motifs", 46th Annual Conference Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), pp. 1-5
  • T. Varunjikar, P. Vemulapalli and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "Multi-body vehicle dynamics simulation based on measured 3D terrain data", Road Safety and Simulation Conference, pp. 10
  • S. Lapapong, A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "Frequency characteristics and explanation of notches seen in frequency responses of vehicles", 2nd TSME International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, pp. 6
  • S. Kadetotad, P. Vemulapalli, Sean N Brennan and C. Lagoa, 2011, "Terrain-aided localization using feature-based particle filtering", Proceedings of the 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), pp. 725-731
  • K. Jerath and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "GPS-free terrain-based vehicle tracking performance as a function of inertial sensor characteristics", Proceedings of the 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), pp. 367-374
  • S. Lapapong and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "A novel comparative approach to evaluate vehicle rollover propensity", 22nd International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2011), pp. 6
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "Measuring vehicle roll, tire camber, and camber coefficient using LIDAR", 22nd International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2011), pp. 6
  • A. Brown, S. Lapapong, K. Swanson and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "Modeling of planar vehicle dynamics during gradual tire deflation", 22nd International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks (IAVSD 2011)
  • P. Vemulapalli, A. Dean and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "Pitch-based vehicle localization using time series subsequence matching with multi-scale extrema features", American Control Conference, pp. 2405-2410
  • T. Simpson, K. Reichard and Sean N Brennan, 2011, "An integrated approach to platform-based engineering with application to a family of unmanned ground vehicles", Systems 2020 Conference
  • T. W. Simpson, Sean N Brennan, L. A. Slingerland, A. Bobuk, D. Logan and K. Reichard, 2010, "From user requirements to commonality specifications: An integrated approach to product family design", 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis & Optimization Conference, pp. 14
  • K. Jerath and Sean N Brennan, 2010, "Adaptive cruise control: Towards higher traffic flows, at the cost of increased susceptibility to congestion", 10th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control, pp. 6
  • S. Lapapong, A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2010, "Experimental validation of terrain-aware rollover prediction for ground vehicles using the zero-moment point method", 10th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control. (2010 AVEC), pp. 6
  • A. Dean, J. Langelaan and Sean N Brennan, 2010, "Improvements in terrain-based road vehicle localization by initializing an unscented Kalman filter using particle filters", American Control Conference, pp. 700-707
  • S. Lapapong and Sean N Brennan, 2010, "Terrain-aware rollover prediction for ground vehicles using the zero-moment point method", American Control Conference, pp. 1501-1507
  • A. Dean and Sean N Brennan, 2009, "Terrain-based road vehicle localization on multi-lane highways", American Control Conference, pp. 707-712
  • C. Rogan, J. Anstrom and Sean N Brennan, 2009, "Power and energy management for heavy tactical vehicles", Joint Service Power Expo
  • P. Vemulapalli and Sean N Brennan, 2009, "Design and testing of a terrain mapping system for median slope measurement", Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Science, pp. 20
  • K. Reichard, T. Simpson, C. Rogan, J. Merenich, Sean N Brennan and E. Crow, 2008, "Design and development of a family of explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robots", SPIE European Defense and Security Conference
  • A. Dean, P. Vemulapalli and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Highway evaluation of terrain-aided localization using particle filters", Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, pp. 1139-1145
  • M. Petersheim and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Scaling of hybrid electric vehicle powertrain components for hardware-in-the-loop simulation", Multi-Systems Conference
  • M. Petersheim, Sean N Brennan, C. LaJambe and F. Brown, 2008, "Important visual cues for driver speed perception in virtual driving environments", 4th International Conference on Traffic & Transport Psychology (ICTTP)
  • A. Dean and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Terrain-based road vehicle localization using particle filters", American Control Conference, pp. 236-241
  • V. Gupta and Sean N Brennan, 2007, "Vehicle state estimation using vision and inertial measurements", Fifth IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, pp. 65-70
  • Sean N Brennan, 2007, "Mechatronics and systems instruction across graduate, undergraduate, and research applications using rapidly reconfigurable hardware", Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • B. Hamblin and Sean N Brennan, 2007, "Lessons learned from matching experimental data to low-order models of vehicle behavior", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME IMECE
  • B. Hamblin and Sean N Brennan, 2007, "Utilization of vehicle dynamic simulations as predictors of highway safety", Proceedings of the 2007 ASME IMECE
  • M. D. Petersheim, S. P. Clewell, Sean N Brennan, C. M. LaJambe, M. El-Gindy and F. M. Brown, 2006, "Development of a driving simulator for human-vehicle interaction studies", 9th Int Symp on Heavy Vehicles, Weights, & Dimensions, pp. 121-130
  • B. Hamblin, R. Martini, J. Cameron and Sean N Brennan, 2006, "Low-order modeling of vehicle roll dynamics", Proceedings of the 2006 American Control Conference
  • H. Hailu and Sean N Brennan, 2006, "The vehicle autopilot: Simultaneous robust control through parametric adaptation", Proceedings of the 2006 ASME IMECE, pp. 137-144
  • J. Cameron and Sean N Brennan, 2005, "A comparative, experimental study of model suitability to describe vehicle rollover dynamics for control design", Proceedings of the 2005 ASME IMECE, pp. 405-414
  • H. Hailu and Sean N Brennan, 2005, "Simplifying robust control designs of parametric uncertain systems using dimensional transforms", Proceedings of the 2005 ASME IMECE, pp. 77-83
  • H. Hailu and Sean N Brennan, 2005, "Use of dimensional analysis to reduce the parametric space for gain-scheduling", American Control Conference, pp. 598-603
  • A. Nirakh, Sean N Brennan and F. Gandhi, 2005, "An implicit model for snake robot locomotion and gait optimization", Proceedings of the 2005 ASME IMECE, pp. 1733-1742
  • J. Cameron and Sean N Brennan, 2004, "Low cost vehicle guidance and automation strategies for crash testing: A vehicle dynamics analysis", 7th Annual PTI Transportation Conference
  • E. Ozatay, B. Zile, J. Anstrom and Sean N Brennan, 2004, "Power distribution control coordinating ultracapacitors and batteries for electric vehicles", American Control Conference, 5, pp. 4716-4721
  • C. Robinson, D. Block, Sean N Brennan, F. Bullo and J. Cortes, 2004, "Nonsmooth analysis and sonar-based implementation of distributed coordination algorithms", IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, 3, pp. 3000-3005
  • Sean N Brennan, 2004, "Similarity conditions for comparing closed-loop vehicle roll and pitch dynamics", American Control Conference, pp. 3393-3398
  • Sean N Brennan, 2003, "Dimensionless sensitivity methods for the identification of vehicle chassis dynamics", ASME IMECE
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2003, "Generalized H-infinity vehicle control utilizing dimensional analysis", American Control Conference, pp. 3774-3780
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2002, "H-infinity vehicle control using non dimensional perturbation measures", American Control Conference, pp. 2534-2539
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2001, "Integrated vehicle control via coordinated steering and wheel torque inputs", American Control Conference, Arlington, VA, pp. 7-12
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2000, "Robust stabilization of a generalized vehicle, a nondimensional approach", Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC), Ann Arbor, MI
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 1999, "A scaled testbed for vehicle control: The IRS", IEEE International Conference on Control Applications, Kohala Coast, HI, pp. 327-332
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 1999, "Driver assisted yaw rate control", American Controls Conference, San Diego, CA, pp. 1679-1704
  • Sean N Brennan, M. DePoorter and A. Alleyne, 1998, "The Illinois Roadway Simulator—A hardware-in-the-loop testbed for vehicle dynamics and control", American Control Conference, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 493-497
  • M. DePoorter, Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 1998, "Driver assisted control strategies: Theory and experiment", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, pp. 721-728
  • N. Aukland, H. Hardee, A. Wehr, Sean N Brennan and P. Lees, 1997, "An examination of the metallic bonding of a clad material and two gold plating systems under constant force fretting conditions", Proceedings of the Forty-Third IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts, Seattle, WA, pp. 7-19
  • A. Whalen, Sean N Brennan, T. Sauer and S. Schiff, , "Effects of symmetry on the structural controllability of neural networks", American Control Conference, pp. 6
  • J. Safi, M. Wahba, R. Leary and Sean N Brennan, , "A ROS-Simulink real-time communication bridge using UDP", American Control Conference, pp. 4

Journal Article

  • P. Stankiewicz, A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Preview horizon analysis for vehicle rollover prevention using the zero-moment point", ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 137, (9), pp. 091002
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Lateral vehicle state and environment estimation using temporally previewed mapped lane features", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 16, (3), pp. 1601-1608
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Simulating vehicle dynamics on both design plans and LIDAR-scanned road geometry to guide highway design policy", Journal of Transportation Research, Part C: Emerging Technologies., 50, pp. 28-36
  • D. Torbic, E. Donnell, Sean N Brennan, A. Brown, M. O'Laughlin and K. Bauer, 2015, "Superelevation design for sharp horizontal curves on steep grades", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2436, pp. 81-91
  • A. Whalen, Sean N Brennan, T. Sauer and S. Schiff, 2015, "Observability and controllability of neuronal network motifs", Physical Review X, 5, (1), pp. 011005-01 to 011005-18
  • K. Jerath, A. Ray, Sean N Brennan and V. V. Gayah, 2015, "Dynamic prediction of vehicle cluster distribution in mixed traffic: A statistical mechanics-inspired method", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 16, (5), pp. 2424-2434
  • M. Keske, A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2015, "Low-order modeling of vehicle impacts upon boulders embedded in cohesionless soil", International Journal of Impact Engineering, 75, pp. 88-99
  • J. Pentzer, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2014, "Model-based prediction of skid-steer robot kinematics using on-line estimation of track instantaneous centers of rotation", Journal of Field Robotics, 31, (3), pp. 455-476
  • E. Laftchiev, C. Lagoa and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "Vehicle localization using in-vehicle pitch data and dynamical models", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 16, (1), pp. 206-220
  • A. Brown and Sean N Brennan, 2014, "On the required complexity of vehicle dynamic models for use in simulation-based highway design", International Journal of Safety Research, 49, (1), pp. 105-115
  • P. Vemulapalli, V. Monga and Sean N Brennan, 2013, "Robust extrema filters for time-series data analysis", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 35, (6), pp. 1464-79
  • K. Jerath and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Analytical prediction of self-organized traffic jams as a function of increasing ACC penetration", IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 13, (4), pp. 1782-1791
  • D. Logan, J. Pentzer, Sean N Brennan and K. Reichard, 2012, "Comparing batteries to generators as power sources for use with mobile robotics", International Journal of Power Sources, 212, pp. 130-138
  • T. Simpson, A. Bobuk, L. Slingerland, Sean N Brennan, D. Logan and K. Reichard, 2012, "From user requirements to commonality specifications: An integrated approach to product family design", Res. Eng. Design, 23, pp. 141-153
  • S. Lapapong, A. Brown, K. Swanson and Sean N Brennan, 2012, "Zero-moment point determination of worst case maneuvers leading to vehicle wheel lift", International Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, 50, pp. 191-214
  • J. Stine, B. Hamblin, Sean N Brennan and E. Donnell, 2010, "Analyzing the influence of median cross-section design on highway safety using vehicle dynamics simulations", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42, (5), pp. 1769-1777
  • J. Yutko, K. Jerath and Sean N Brennan, 2010, "A failure rate analysis of complex vehicles", International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Dynamics, 17, (1), pp. 76-98
  • S. Lapapong, V. Gupta, E. Callejas and Sean N Brennan, 2009, "Fidelity of using scaled vehicles for chassis dynamic studies", Vehicle System Dynamics: International Journal of Vehicle Mechanics and Mobility, 47, (11), pp. 1401-1437
  • M. Petersheim and Sean N Brennan, 2009, "Scaling of hybrid-electric vehicle powertrain components for hardware-in-the-loop simulation", Mechatronics, 8, (1), pp. 1-13
  • Sean N Brennan and B. McGinnis, 2008, "Highway medians", Vehicle Dynamics International, 4, pp. 52-53
  • H. Hailu and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Reduction in the number of gain-scheduling parameters using dimensional transformation", ASME Transactions on Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 130, (3), pp. 6
  • V. Mehta, F. Gandhi and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Experimentally verified optimal serpentine gait and hyper-redundancy of a rigid-link snake robot", IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 24, (2), pp. 348-360
  • V. Gupta and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "Vehicle state estimation using vision and inertial measurements", Journal of Field Robotics, 25, (3), pp. 181-202
  • A. Dean and Sean N Brennan, 2008, "A low-order dynamic model of a tracked robot inclusive of nonlinear slip", International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 15, (2), pp. 327-355
  • Sean N Brennan, J. Buckland, U. Christen, K. Fischbach, I. Haskara and I. Kolmanovsky, 2007, "Editorial to special issue on control applications in automotive engineering", IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 13, (3), pp. 403-405
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2005, "Dimensionless robust control with application to vehicles", IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 13, (4), pp. 624-630
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2004, "Real-time identification of vehicle chassis dynamics using a novel reparameterization based on sensitivity invariance", International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing: Special Issue on Automotive Applications, 18, (2), pp. 103-123
  • A. Alleyne, Sean N Brennan, B. Rasmussen, R. Zhang and Y. Zhang, 2003, "Controls and experiments: Lessons learned", IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 23, (5), pp. 20-34
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2001, "Robust scalable vehicle control via non-dimensional vehicle dynamics", Vehicle System Dynamics, 36, (4-5), pp. 255-277
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2001, "Using a scale testbed: Controller design and evaluation", IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 21, (3), pp. 15-26
  • Sean N Brennan and A. Alleyne, 2000, "The Illinois Roadway Simulator: A mechatronic testbed for vehicle dynamics and control", IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronic Systems, 5, (4), pp. 349-359
  • M. Lieberman, C. Bragg and Sean N Brennan, 1998, "Determining gravimetric bark content in cotton with machine vision", Textile Research Journal, 68, (2), pp. 94-104
  • A. Dean, R. Martini and Sean N Brennan, , "Terrain-based road vehicle localization using particle filters", International Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, 48, (8), pp. 1209-1223

Journal Article, In-House

  • Sean N Brennan and M. Beattie-Moss, 2014, "Will Americans accept self-driving cars?"

Research Projects

  • April 2014 - June 2018, "EcoCAR 3: A Collegiate Advance Vehicle Technology Competition," (Sponsor: Argonne National Laboratory).
  • October 2014 - September 2017, "Multi-Sensor Inspection and Robotic Systems for Dry Storage Casks," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • July 2011 - November 2017, "Development of a Crash Modification Factor (CMF) for the Application of Safety EdgeSM on Two-Lane Rural Roads," (Sponsor: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc).
  • October 2011 - September 2016, "Penn State GATE Center of Excellence: In-Vehicle, High-Power Energy Storage Technologies," (Sponsor: National Energy Technology Laboratory, DOE).
  • May 2013 - May 2014, "Vehicle Map Project," (Sponsor: Volvo Commercial Trucking).
  • October 2009 - October 2011, "Next Generation Vehicle Positioning Techniques in GPS-Degraded Environments for Vehicle Safety and Automation Systems," (Sponsor: The Federal Highway Administration).
  • October 2008 - March 2010, "Driver Assist Technologies for Platooning Heavy Vehicles / Convoy Collision Avoidance," (Sponsor: Department of Defense, ARMY TACOM).
  • January 2009 - December 2009, "Attribute-Based Analysis of Stop Stick, Spike Strip, and other Tire Deflation Devices," (Sponsor: NIJ-K005-2 Department of Justice).
  • December 2006 - October 2009, "Study of the Relationship between Results of the Bus Testing Program and In-Service Performance of Buses," (Sponsor: Federal Transit Agency).
  • January 2005 - December 2009, "Project 22-21 - Median Cross-section Design for Rural Divided Highways," (Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies).
  • May 2008 - September 2008, "Analysis of Pursuit Database and Compilation of Pursuit Management Technologies," (Sponsor: Project NIJ-K005-1, Department of Justice).
  • July 2007 - July 2008, "Production Testing Techniques for Performance Assessment of the Primary Power Management System for Heavy Tactical Vehicles," (Sponsor: Department of Defense, Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM)).
  • August 2004 - June 2006, "Ion-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Gel Based Muscular Hydrostat Structures for Flexible-Robots and -Robotic Manipulators," (Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Award No. NBCHC040066, with Dr. John Main as technical monitor).

Honors and Awards

  • 3rd place, best poster award at 2015 CERS conference, Penn State University, April 2015
  • 2014 American Control Conference best presentation in session award, IEEE/ASME, June 2014
  • 2014 American Control Conference best presentation in session award, IEEE/ASME, June 2014
  • 2014 American Control Conference best presentation in session award, IEEE/ASME, June 2014
  • 2014 CERS Conference, best student paper presentation award, Penn State University, April 2014
  • 2014 CERS Conference, best student paper presentation award, Penn State University, April 2014
  • 2014 CERS Conference, best student paper presentation award, Penn State University, April 2014
  • Honors undergrad student working in research group won PA Space Grant Research and Travel Award, Penn State University, July 2014
  • Honors undergrad student working in research group wins Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA - JPL, May 2014 - August 2014
  • PhD student, Jesse Pentzer, awarded Gabron Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University, January 2014
  • PhD student, Jesse Pentzer, awarded ARL Walker Fellowship, Penn State University, May 2011 - May 2014
  • Recognition as Favorite Engineering Instructor, Penn State University, March 2014
  • Best poster award at 2013 CERS conference, Penn State University, April 2013
  • Best presentation award at 2013 CERS conference, Penn State University, April 2013
  • Honors undergrad student working in research group won NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, July 2013
  • Honors undergrad student working in research group won runner-up for NSF Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University, July 2013
  • IEEE best student paper award at 2013 CERS conference, Penn State University, April 2013
  • Former honors undergrad student working in research group won NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, July 2013
  • Former honors undergrad student working in research group won NSF Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, July 2013
  • Runner-up (second place), best student paper award at 2013 CERS conference, Penn State University, April 2012
  • 2012 American Control Conference best paper in session award, IEEE/ASME, June 2012
  • 2012 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, best paper in session award, ASME, November 2012
  • 2011 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Premiere Teaching Award, Penn State University, August 2011
  • Paper selected as top 20 in conference (participant vote), 2011 International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics, Manchester England, IAVSD, August 2011
  • 2010 American Control Conference best paper in session award, IEEE/ASME, June 2010
  • 2007 Top papers within the conference, IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control, IFAC Symposium and Advanced Vehicle Control, November 2008
  • 2008 Spira Outstanding Educator Award, Penn State University, October 2008
  • SAE Ralph E. Teetor Award for the national outstanding educator in vehicles, Society of Automotive Engineers, April 2008
  • 2007 Best paper in session award, ASME IMECE Conference, ASME, November 2007
  • Penn State Engineering Society (PSES) 2007 Outstanding Teaching Award, Penn State University, March 2007
  • Elected to Society Honor Roll, International Forum for Road Transport Technology, July 2006
  • 2005 PSU Quality Improvement Award, Penn State University, April 2005
  • Mechanical Engineering Nominee for the Ross J. Martin Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 2002
  • Cover story for the June 2001 Control Systems Magazine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2001
  • 2001 Student Representative for College of Engineering Advisory Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2001
  • Best paper in Session, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2001
  • Best paper award in 2000 Advanced Vehicle Control Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2000
  • Best paper in Session, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 1998
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 1998
  • Hertz Fellowship - Runner up, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 1997
  • Student keynote speaker to the 1997 engineering scholarship banquet, New Mexico State University, May 1997
  • Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Contribution to local chapter award, New Mexico State University, May 1997
  • 1997 National Outstanding Chapter Award, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, New Mexico State University, April 1997
  • 1997 Top graduate of College of Engineering, New Mexico State University, May 1997
  • 1997 Top graduate of Physics Department, New Mexico State University, May 1997
  • 1997 WERC Design Contest winner, New Mexico State University, April 1997
  • PhD student, Kshitij Jerath, hired as faculty at Washington State University at Pullman, WA, July 2015
  • PhD student, Mike Robinson, hired as faculty at Messiah College at Mechanicsburg, PA, July 2015
  • PhD student, Jesse Pentzer, selected as MNE graduate seminar speaker, November 2014
  • Best Paper award from Transportation Design Committee, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, July 2015
  • PhD student, Alex Brown, hired as faculty at Lafayette College at Easton, PA, July 2014
  • PhD student, Adam Dean, hired as faculty at Brigham Young University - Idaho at Rexburg, ID, July 2009
  • MS student, Chris Monaco, awarded ARL Walker Fellowship, Penn State University, May 2014

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • External MemberP&T Committee, Acoustics, January 2013 - June 2015
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, CE Transportation and Geotech Hires, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Chairperson, Environment Committee, June 2010 - June 2012
  • Member, Laboratory Usage Ad-hoc Committee, August 2010 - June 2012
  • Member, Laboratories Committee, June 2003 - June 2012
  • Member, Recruiting Committee, June 2004 - June 2011
  • Member, ME Seminar Series Committee, June 2008 - June 2011
  • Faculty Advisor, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Ground Competition, January 2006 - June 2011
  • Volunteer and ExhibitorExploration Day, January 2010 - April 2010
  • Member, Environment Committee, June 2009 - July 2010
  • HostWomen in Engineering Program (WEP) Summer Tours, June 2004 - June 2009
  • Representative, Intelligent Transportation Systems state representative for Penn State, June 2006 - September 2009
  • Member, Search Committee for Elon Terrell (Special Opportunity Hire), February 2008 - August 2008
  • Member, PSES Award Selection Committee, June 2007 - June 2008
  • Judge, College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), February 2007 - February 2007
  • Judge, Graduate Research Exhibition, March 2005 - March 2007
  • Judge, Graduate Research Symposium, March 2007 - March 2007
  • Tour GuideMechanical Engineering Open House, February 2007 - February 2007
  • Other, Space Day Volunteer, April 2006 - April 2006
  • Founding MemberIntelligent Autonomy Laboratory, June 2006 - July 2006
  • Faculty Advisor, Engineering Robotics Club, September 2004 - June 2006
  • Chairperson, Recruiting Committee, June 2004 - June 2006
  • Faculty Advisor, Basic Utility Vehicle Club, January 2006 - June 2006
  • Member, HUB Advisory Committee, June 2005 - June 2006
  • Member, PTI Director Search Committee, June 2004 - June 2005
  • Representative, College of Engineering Advisory Board, June 2001 - June 2002
  • Faculty, Center for Neural Engineering, July 2010
  • Member, Neural Engineering caucus group, June 2009
  • Member, Structural Health Monitoring caucus, June 2009
  • Member, Geospatial Revolution Project caucus, June 2010
  • Member, PSES Award Selection Committee, June 2011
  • Member, P&T Committee, Larson Transportation Institute, May 2010
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Joint Hire, August 2013
  • Chairperson, Schreyer Scholars Advising Committee, June 2010
  • Faculty-in-charge and lead developerRobots, Rockets, and Racecars summer camp, January 2010
  • Committee Member, ME P&T Committee, July 2010
  • , Executive Advisory Board, Endowment for ARG, March 2008
  • Member, Executive Advisory Board, Alleyne Research Group Endowment at UIUC, March 2008
  • External MemberP&T Committee, SEDTAPP, June 2011
  • Member, MNE caucus groups, June 2009
  • Member, Schreyer Scholars Advising Committee, June 2009
  • Member, ME Open Search Hiring Committee (Faculty Search), June 2010
  • Member, Graduate Policy Committee, June 2013
  • Member, Dynamics and Control Candidacy Exam Writer, June 2003

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chairperson, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, June 2014 - June 2014
  • Chairperson, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, June 2014 - June 2014
  • OtherASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, June 2014 - June 2014
  • Participant, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, North-Eastern Conference Annual Workshop, September 2014 - September 2014
  • Participant, IEEE/SAE/ASME, June 2011
  • Co-Organizer, SAE Autonomous Vehicle Symposium, Society of Automotive Engineers, August 2011 - August 2011
  • Member, Transportation Research Board Visualization Committee, and Chair of the Visualization Education Subcommittee, August 2007 - July 2011
  • Chairperson, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, November 2008 - November 2010
  • Participant, Dept. of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Programs Office Academic Partnership Meeting, April 2010 - April 2010
  • Secretary, International Forum for Road Transport Technology, June 2006 - June 2010
  • Member, ASME Early Career Professionals Task Force, January 2009 - December 2009
  • Secretary, International Forum for Road Transport Technology, June 2006 - June 2009
  • Vice ChairpersonASME DSCD Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, November 2006 - November 2008
  • Chairperson, ITS America, May 2006 - May 2006
  • Member, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Nanoscale Control Technical Panel, June 2005 - June 2006
  • Lecturer, Texas Instruments Developer's Conference, February 2004
  • Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Westtown High School Robotics Team, September 2003 - May 2004
  • Board Member, MathWorks Automotive Advisory Board, August 2006
  • Member, ASME Design Engineering Division, Vehicle Design Committee, June 2003
  • Member, Transportation Research Board Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction (AFB80) Committee, National Academies of Science, January 2009
  • Member, Transportation Research Board Roadside Safety (AFB20) Committee, National Academies of Science, May 2010
  • Member, Transportation Research Board Visualization Committee, and Chair of the Visualization Education Subcommittee, July 2011
  • Committee Member, ASME DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee, June 2005
  • Member, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, Intelligent Systems Panel, June 2005
  • Member, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, Modeling and Identification Panel, June 2006
  • Member, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, Technical Committee on Modeling and Intelligent Systems, June 2006
  • Member, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, December 2003
  • Member, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, December 2003
  • Member, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, December 2003
  • Member, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, December 2005
  • Member, IEEE Technical Committee on Automotive Control, December 2005
  • Member, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, December 2005
 


 

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519