Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Safety
Azim Eskandarian, Ph.D., Department Head at Virginia Tech, will join the CCAT Distinguished Lecture Series to discuss CAV safety.
A significant, persisting challenge in transportation is traffic safety which, despite a decrease in vehicle miles traveled (VMT), led to 38,680 deaths and over 2.8 million injuries in the United States last year. Traffic crashes also result in an estimated economic loss of over $230 billion annually. Integrated vehicle passive and active safety systems and connectivity are required to mitigate crashes or avoid collisions.
For the final Distinguished Lecture Series of 2021, the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) is pleased to welcome Dr. Azim Eskandarian to review some timely research areas on vehicle control systems, signal processing, and communication-enabled connectivity to address the pervasive vehicle safety problem. Dr. Eskandarian will also discuss a holistic approach to vehicular safety and its advanced research challenges, including connectivity, ranging from partial to full autonomy and collision avoidance implications. Attendees will see a critical perspective on personal mobility and the future of driving that ensures safety and congestion mitigation while minimizing energy consumption.
About the speaker: Dr. Azim Eskandarian is the Department Head and Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Chair/Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He established the autonomous systems and intelligent machines laboratory at VT to research intelligent and autonomous vehicles and mobile robotics. Before that, he was a Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University, the founding Director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research, the Director of the “Transportation Safety and Security” University Area of Excellence, and the co-founder/Director of the National Crash Analysis Center. Earlier, he was an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, York, PA and worked as an engineer/project manager in the industry. He has over 36 years of academic and engineering experience and has conducted pioneering research in dynamics and control, intelligent systems, and applied mechanics, with applications in intelligent vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, automotive safety, neuroengineering, and robotics.