Siddartha Khastgir

Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Evangelist

Research

Siddartha, in his current research, is developing new methods and knowledge necessary to test driverless cars to ensure their dependability and to make them commercially viable and is consequently accelerating their introduction. He has presented his work at major conferences in Japan, South Korea, USA and Germany, and has forged new international research collaborations for Warwick and the UK.

One of the key features of Siddartha’s research over the past year has been his novel proposal to create test scenarios to identify and test the corner cases or the “unknown unknowns”. He has already applied his approach to one of the UK’s Innovate UK funded projects for testing of automated driving pods. His proposed method has received interest not only from the UK but also internationally, and is also influencing international (ISO) standards. For his research contributions, he was selected for the STEM for Britain 2017 event, for being among UK’s top 30 young researchers in engineering to present at the UK Parliament. He has received numerous other awards.

Along with his focus on testing of driverless cars, he has also focussed his research on trust in driverless cars and conducted many user-trial studies using the WMG’s 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles. Results for the studies have provided a unique insight for WMG’s industrial partners in their design of HMI for driverless cars. His unique insight into user acceptance of driverless cars has led him to be adjudged among the Top 3 Innovators by Goodyear in their pan-European ThinkGoodMobility competition.

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