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Autonomous vehicles are rapidly becoming a reality. The expected reduction of accidents due to human errors, the potential to enable a wider access to mobility, and a strong interest in the automotive sector are factors influencing this societal and technological revolution. Ensuring the quality, e.g., safety and reliability, of these complex cyber-physical systems is paramount to our society.

The DriverLeics team at the Department of Informatics of the University of Leicester investigates challenging issues around autonomous vehicles. We are working on developing automated techniques for autonomous driving in complex urban scenarios. The challenges include accurate lane-keeping, self-localisation, detection and classification of pedestrians against cyclists/vehicles and the safe completion of driving tasks. The team is composed of undergraduate and postgraduate students supported by academics in the fields of safety analysis, model-based software engineering and automated software validation and verification.




ordered alphabetically by lastname
Hugo Leonardo da Silva Araujo
PhD Student
Carlos Diego Nascimento Damasceno
PhD Student
Abhishek Gahlawat
MSc Student
Natasa Ioannou
PhD Student
Vatsalya Maddi
MSc Student
Ghalib Masood
MSc Student
Mehdi Mehtarizadeh
MSc Student
Jemima Onime
Damola Oyetade-Salami
Zulkifal Raza
BSc Student
Fahad S. Sadah
BSc Student
Simran Singh
MSc Student
Raja Talha Tariq
MSc Student
Syed Wali
MSc Student
Paul Zugic
BSc Student

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is a national, high-profile science event running from July 1st to 7th. The event attracts more than 10,000 visitors from schools and the general public every year. What do we present at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition?

Our University and research team have earned a stand at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science exhibition this July and have been tasked with developing an exciting exhibit for the hot topic of trusted autonomous vehicles. We provide general information on autonomous vehicles’ technologies together with three interactive activities:

•     A demo of a 1:8 self-driving car (visitors can control a pedestrian crossing the road)

•     A test of visitor’s abilities compared to AI abilities in difficult driving situations

•     An evolving self-driving AI trained by visitors

Our exhibit will occupy a prime spot in the largest hall of the exhibit, the Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall. Due to the expected interest in our topic, the Royal Society has granted us the main stage in addition to our stand to build a scale 1:8 track with autonomous vehicles. Our activities will be featured in a film the Royal Society is producing for six selected exhibits. Additionally, we have also been selected as one of three exhibits to appear in the London Mathematical Society’s ‘Maths Inside Project’ leaflet:


Assessing Safety

Artificial intelligence provides an automated way of assessing and improving safety for trusted autonomous vehicles.

Basic, Explainable AI Components

The behaviour of autonomous vehicles follows basic, explainable principles.

Building Trust

Building trust is an important challenge in bringing autonomous vehicles to our roads.

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Other Projects

Formula Student Artificial Intelligence (FS-AI) in Siverstone

In 2018, July 11th to 15th were big days for student teams from all over the world: the Formula Student UK competition took place at the Silverstone race track. For the first time in history these dates were also big days for some artificial intelligence (AI) drivers. The organizers had announced that for the 20th anniversary of the Formula Student competition there would be a special track for AI drivers, the first FS-AI UK. A team of five students and academic advisers from the University of Leicester went to Silverstone to participate in the event. This year our FS-AI team would only in an observational capacity to talk to the thousands of students from more than a hundred UK and international teams. Teams brought their expertise and cars from the United States, Mexico, Egypt, and Australia to name a few.

The main focus of Formula Student is to provide an engineering competition for teams that are completely run by students. Students learn how to organize themselves and how to maintain effective teams over years. Most teams include students from as early as their first year of studies. It turns out that many of the successful teams have members from different departments and schools of their university. Business, finances, and management are some of the skills needed by larger teams that raise their own funds and cooperate with local industries.

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Audi Autonomous Driving Cup

The Audi Autonomous Cup is a contest aimed at students of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Similar STEM Disciplines. The contest involves the participating teams developing fully automatic driving functions and the necessary software architectures. The hardware platform used is a 1:8 model vehicle developed by Audi specifically for the contest. In 2018, the DriverLeics team representing university of Leicester had successfully tackled the first hurdle of the Audi autonomous driving cup having being selected as one of the 10 teams from applications made from universities all across Europe.

The picture on the left indicates our team of four PhD students and one MSc student together with their coaches Jose (left), Mohammad (behind the camera) and jan (right). The group picture was taken with a race car built by students of our Engineering department.

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