Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is helping develop the engineering software used in the U.S. Marine Corps' competition to design a new amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. The open source software and the design competition are both part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Adaptive Vehicle Make program. Vanderbilt researchers have contributed to the program by developing VehicleFORGE, a cloud-based collaboration hub where designers can organize project teams. ISIS also is the lead integrator and developer for the META-X project, which provides the open source tools used in creating, testing, and validating the designs.
The DARPA challenge consists of three competitions of increasing complexity. The first challenge is to design a suitable power train, including engine, drive train, suspension, and wheels. The second challenge is to design the chassis, armored hull, personnel space, and related systems. The final challenge is for the best design of the entire vehicle. "The idea is to de-tangle design from production and make the entire process more open, innovative, and competitive," says Vanderbilt professor Sandeep Neema.
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