Active Safety for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

Active Safety for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Vehicles


To develop a system that will be able to drive like an expert human driver. In order to achieve this, we will initially monitor the driving styles of several drivers using a high-fidelity driving simulator. Based on the measurements, we will be able to classify drivers according to their skill using graphical inference models. We will then develop suitable models for drivers’ actions and incorporate these models for control design (e.g., change lane or adaptive cruise control). We will be able to test these algorithms on scaled autonomous automotive platforms equipped. We would also like to develop and test driving algorithms that are proactive and can be used to steer the vehicle out of harm’s way even if the driver takes the wrong action. The ultimate goal would be to use these ideas to build and operate autonomous vehicles that drive safely at high-speeds and even in competitive scenarios (i.e., car racing).

Issues Involved or Addressed

Develop autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles that drive in a “natural” and safe manner. Understanding human driver behavior in traffic. Monitoring of driver actions and responses in traffic. Prediction of driver’s and vehicle’s intent. Adaptation of active safety system to current traffic situation, weather conditions and state of driver.  Real-time perception and decision making at short time scales for robotic vehicles.

Methods and Technologies

  • Robotic ground vehicles
  • GPU Processing
  • Microcontrollers
  • Eye-Tracking Devices

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Industrial Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Meeting Schedule & Location






Montgomery Knight 317

Team Advisors

Panagiotis Tsiotras