I am a Principal Research Engineer at CSIR Smart Mobility and a Visiting Lecturer at Wits University. I received my PhD from Cambridge University, and am a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). I am also a Board Member of the International Forum for Heavy Vehicle Transport & Technology (HVTT Forum).

My research is primarily on road freight transport, working towards making heavy goods vehicles safer and more efficient. Particular interests include performance-based standards (PBS), heavy vehicle dynamics, and vision-based sensing for vehicle dynamics and monitoring applications. I was the first accredited PBS assessor in South Africa, performing many of the early assessments of PBS vehicles now operating on South African roads.

Have a look at my publications and bio for more details, or follow one of the links in the sidebar.

Christopher de Saxe

Updates

2020-04-24 More coverage of the green tyre trials by the CSIR. [video]
2020-03-09 More coverage of the green tyre trials by Focus on Transport. [article]
2020-01 More coverage of the green tyre trials by Wits. [article] [Curiosity magazine]
2019-11 More coverage of the green tyre trials by the Wits School of Mechanical Engineering. [article]
2019-12-20 Michelin have launched the official marketing video for the collaborative research effort between Wits, CSIR and Michelin to quantify the fuel saving and carbon emission benefits of low-rolling resistance tyres. [article] [video]
2019-11-08 The final report of the 2015-17 FALCON study has been published by CEDR. An overview of the full project and deliverables can be found here
2019-07-10 I presented a paper at SATC 2019, and co-authored a few other papers.
2018-10-04 I have been appointed to the Board of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology (IFRTT)
2018-08-01 I have been appointed a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering at Wits University. I will be lecturing Applied Mechanics A (statics) to second year engineering students.
2018-07-09 I presented a paper at the 37th Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, outlining our lightweight GeoTrack simulation tool.
2018-06-12 I am now a registered Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.) (Mechanical) in South Africa.
2018-01-29 I've published an article in Global Trailer Magazine, on the current state of the "Smart Truck" PBS project in South Africa.
2017-08-17 I passed my PhD viva with minor corrections!
2017-07-14 My PhD thesis has been submitted! The title is "Vision-based trailer pose estimation for articulated vehicles".
2017-03-21 I gave a talk on "Visual odometry for trailer off-tracking estimation" at the Vehicle Dynamics and Control Seminar at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
2016-11-15 I presented a paper on "Visual odometry for trailer off-tracking estimation" at HVTT14 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
2016-08-23 David Cebon, John Woodrooffe and I were part of a successful bid for a CEDR-funded project on "Freight And Logistics in a Multimodal Context" (FALCON). This work will be done as part of a consortium of partner organisations from Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Belgium.
2016-05-13 I gave a talk on "Trailer off-tracking estimation with stereo vision" at the Dynamics and Vibrations Tea-Time Talks in Cambridge.
2016-03-16 I gave a talk on "Trailer off-tracking estimation with wide-baseline stereo vision" at the Jesus College Graduate Conference at Jesus College, Cambridge.
2015-09-18 I presented a paper on "A visual template-matching method for articulation angle measurement" at ITSC 2015 in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
2015-07-06 I gave a talk on "Camera-based articulation angle sensing for heavy goods vehicles" at the CUED Division C Graduate Conference at TWI, Cambridge.
2015-03-14 I gave a talk on "Vision-based articulation angle sensing" at the Jesus College Graduate Conference at Jesus College, Cambridge. (2nd prize, Science and Technology)
2015-03-06 I gave a talk on "Visual sensing and awareness for heavy goods vehicles" at the Dynamics and Vibrations Tea-Time Talks in Cambridge.
2014-10-30 A co-authored paper on "Vehicle safety performance improvements using a performance-based standards approach: four case studies" was presented at HVTT13 in San Luis, Argentina. (SAICE Best Paper Award, Transportation Engineering)
2014-07-18 I presented a poster on "Applications of computer vision systems to heavy goods vehicles" at the CUED Division C Graduate Conference at the Cambridge University Engineering Department.
2014-05-23 I gave a talk on "Visual sensing of articulation angle" at the Dynamics and Vibrations Tea-Time Talks in Cambridge.
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