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According to recent studies, driving while sad or angry is a more likely cause of crash than using a mobile phone. Developing a driver monitoring system (DMS) to identify the driver state is one of the leading challenges in the automotive industry. The European Commission is currently evaluating the effectiveness of driver-assistance systems with the aim of tightening the regulation regarding safety systems in the upcoming years. However, a method of autonomous identifying, determining and enhancing these driver states is not established which is why this research project has been proposed.
In order to address the gap in the state of art, this project aims to develop methods of determining driver emotional states in the vehicle and collect biometrics such as heart rate, oxygen-saturation level and facial expressions via sensors to differentiate between driver mental states.
Developing a driver monitoring system (DMS) to identify the driver state, which is one of the leading challenges in the automotive industry. This learning algorithm can also be used in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to compensate for non-optimal driver states to ensure safe driving. The combination of these parameters can then be used by ADAS to help enhance driver mood by putting them in a better state of mind for safe driving.
I qualified with an M.Eng. (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) from the Mechanical School of the University of Birmingham. Prior to that, I studied Mechanical Engineering for three years at Amirkabir University of Technology. I am currently doing my PhD Research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Automotive at Kingston University London, which I hope to complete by 2021.
Kingston University offered exceptional opportunities to demonstrate my abilities and enthusiasm in research and teaching and, of course, increased my depth of knowledge and understanding in each different field through ‘on the job' experience to contribute to the University's objective and the provision of high-quality teaching, research, enterprise and professional activity in collaboration with others, to the benefit of a diverse range of students and colleagues.
I'm currently holding a Chartered Engineer (CEng) status at Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). I'm also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and working towards the Fellowship status.
I have extensive University level teaching experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in various institutions including Kingston University. I have particular experience of teaching Automotive, Motorsport, Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Product Design Engineering & Manufacturing courses.
I have significant industrial experience and I had the privilege to be repeatedly invited to work for well-known research companies in Automotive industry, where I completed different kinds of internships, summer placements, final degree project (Graduate Scheme) and official placement. Working in industry for a considerable amount of time unveiled to me the importance of academia and industry collaboration.
In addition, I have a rising stature in the broader engineering community with a well-developed network of contacts, spanning a wide variety of industrial areas including the education and STEM sectors. I'm also working along with STEM Outreach Team and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in development and delivery of their STEM focused activities such as club sessions, workshops and events to encourage and inspire young people to progress further in STEM subjects.