Mr Esfandiar Khaleghi

Research project: Developing Methods of Measuring and Parameterising Emotional and Physical States for use in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Abstract

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.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Developing Methods of Measuring and Parameterising Emotional and Physical States for use in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Research supervisor: Dr Olga Duran
  • Other research supervisors:

Biography

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.

Areas of research interest

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ergonomy and Human Factors
  • Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics)
  • Design Engineering (CAD, CAE, CAM)

Qualifications

  • MEng in Biomedical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • BEng* in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics), Amirkabir University of Technology

Funding or awards received

  • British Heart Foundation Travel Award, BioMedEng19 Conference, Imperial College London
  • Kingston University PhD Studentships
  • Winner of Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards, IMechE
  • Runner-up, 25th Annual Medical & Health Engineering Student Project Competition, IMechE
  • Winner (Master), 24th Annual Medical & Health Engineering Student Project Competition, IMechE
  • University of Birmingham Studentships

Publications

  • E. Khaleghi, O. Duran, Y.Zweiri and A.T.Augousti (2020, Pending). Automated detection of Cardiac Arrhythmia and Congestive Heart Failure using Two-Lead ECG Signals and CNN. IET Electronics Letters.
  • Khaleghi, E. (2019). A novel method of Measuring and Classifying Driver States for use in Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS). London: Kingston University London. Internal KU Report.
  • Khaleghi, E. (2011). Further Investigation of a Research Project "Innovative Seating Systems". M.Eng Dissertation, University of Birmingham.
  • Khaleghi, E., Ghandchi, G., Vahdani N. (2010). Design and Development of an Inventive Hygienic Toxic Removal System. Birmingham, UK: University of Birmingham. Unpublished.
  • Khaleghi, E. (2009). Designing a Modern Custom Ankle (Sub-talar joint fixator) Brace. Birmingham, UK: University of Birmingham. 

Conference papers

  • Khaleghi, E., Duran, O., Rayner, R., & Sahinkaya, N. (2019). Identifying Cardiac Arrhythmia and Congestive Heart Failure using Two-Lead ECG Signals and CNN, proceedings of the BioMedEng 2019 Conference, 5 - 6 September 2019, London: Imperial College London
  • Khaleghi, E. (2017). An Investigation of Car Seating Comfort, Emotional Experience and Seat Design Ergonomic Factors, proceedings of the Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards, 20 June 2017, London: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Hesselgren, L., Khaleghi, E. (2016). CarTube: The Future of Urban Mass Transportation, proceedings of the The Future of Urban Mass Transport Conference, 2 December 2016, London: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • - Khaleghi, E. (2017). Cardiac Arrest and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Virtual Reality (VR) Simulation, AR/VR Competition, 3 -4 October 2017, London: MedTech VR.
  • Khaleghi, E. (2016). Impact of Emotion & Fatigue on Driver Behaviour, proceedings of the Jaguar and Landrover Developers Conference, 22 - 24 July 2016, Coventry: Jaguar Land Rover
  • Khaleghi, E. (2013). The Effect of Active Systems on the Seating Comfort, proceedings of the 25th Annual Medical Engineering Student Project, 28 February 2013, London: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Khaleghi, E. (2013). Study on average Electro-Myographic (EMG) Muscle Activities on Active Seating Systems, proceedings of the BioEngoneering 2013 Conference, 16 -17 September 2013, Glasgow, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde
  • Khaleghi, E. (2012). Innovative Seating Systems, proceedings of the Advanced Auto Seating and Materials Conference, 24 - 16 September 2012, Cologne, Berlin: Marcus Evans (Germany)
  • Khaleghi, E. (2012). Development of an Adaptive Innovative Seating System, proceedings of the BioEngoneering 2012 Conference, 6 - 7 September 2012, Saïd Business School, Oxford. London: Kings College London
  • Khaleghi, E. (2012). Further Investigation of a Research Project "Innovative Seating Systems", proceedings of the 24th Annual Medical and Health Engineering Student Project Competition, 29 February 2012, London: Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • - Khaleghi, E. (2011). An investigation of a research project innovative seating systems. In: Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE). 18th Iranian Conference of Biomedical Engineering, 14-16 December 2011, Tehran, Iran. ICBME 2011, 226-231.