I am a Senior 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 Road Transport Technology (IFRTT).

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

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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