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The Simulation group is led by industry experts Aimsun and has a specific role in considering how simulation techniques will evolve in the world of connected and autonomous vehicles. The first session will consist of talks from thought leaders in this space as well as a session agreeing terms of reference for the group.

ICAV is also hosting the Automation Interest Group meeting in the morning  (9am – 1pm), led by ICAV founding members Conigital. Please see more details here.

This event will be free for ICAV founder/associate members. Non-members can attend one special interest group session for £175 or both at a discounted rate of £250.

To register your interest, please email

Time Topic
13:45 SIG Objectives
14:00 Using a micro-simulator as a traffic generation tool within a full motion driving simulation experiment

Speaker: Andrew Tomlinson from The University of Leeds

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Andrew is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the ITS simulation facilities, which comprise a full motion vehicle (car) simulator, a truck simulator and a large pedestrian simulator.

He also plays a small role in maintaining and developing the software for the University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS), to in implementing new simulator features.

Andrew had a teaching role within ITS for 1.5 days/week on average where he mainly focuses on Masters and Undergraduate teaching around Public Transport and in organising field trips and special one-off learning experiences.

As a late arriver in the field of transportation studies, his professional background is in software engineering and his role within the driving simulator allows him to combine both interests.

14:20 The Road to Virtual Verification & Validation of CAV: challenges &

Speaker: Siddartha Khastgir from Warwick
Siddartha has a diverse industrial experience in the automotive industry in different parts of the world: India, Germany and now in the UK, leading multi-cultural teams to deliver large commercial projects successfully. After his PhD at WMG, Siddartha now is a Principal Engineer and the research lead for Verification & Validation of CAVs at WMG, University of Warwick, leading various CR&D projects at WMG. His research areas include test scenarios, functional safety, use of simulation for testing among many others. He represents the UK on the ISO Technical Committee and is the lead author of a new international standard for Low-Speed Automated Driving (LSAD)
systems.He has received numerous awards for his research contributions which have delivered impact to the automotive industry both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30
Europe 2018.
Using AI as a decision support tool for simulation and real world
transport operations

Speaker: Keith McCabe from Simplifai Systems Limited
Keith is an entrepreneur working in the Smart Mobility Sector. He has over 40 years experience working in ICT and transport sectors. He is the immediate past chair of the IET Manchester Communities Network and he sits on the US Transportation Research Board Standing Committees on Artificial Intelligence and Advance Computing Systems and the Regional Transport Systems Management and Operations and chair the Operations Resilience Sub Committee.
15:00 S2S co-simulation harness lessons learnt
Speaker: Ecaterina McCormick from TSC

Ecaterina operates at the forefront of transport systems simulation, applying her expertise in software engineering and Machine Learning to deliver breakthroughs in how simulation technologies are used to solve the biggest challenges facing organisations in the aerospace, aviation and automotive sectors.

As a senior member of TSC’s Technology team, Ecaterina takes ownership of the end to end software development lifecycle, from requirements definition through development and integration testing, with specific attention to algorithmic efficiency.

Key to Ecaterina’s success is her ability to get buy in to her technical proposals from internal and external stakeholders through the communication of complex concepts in a clear and concise manner.


  • Winner of the Novell prize for the development of an innovative
    passenger tracking system, using GPS data processing to optimise
    the flow of passengers across public transport networks.

  • Supported the development of the high level architectural design
    of a transport simulator, enabling public and private sector
    bodies to study the behaviour of autonomous vehicles in
    different environments.

  • Delivered a “concept-to-completion” SpaceWire software
    architecture simulation system for spacecraft, satellite, rocket
    and aircraft systems, enabling vital insights to be gained on
    capacity utilisation, traffic loading and latency.

15:20 Speaker: Michael Talbot from Meridian

Michael is Head of Strategy at Meridian. He is on secondment from the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), of which he was a founding member in 2015.

Prior to CCAV, Michael was Head of Horizon Scanning in the Government’s Horizon Scanning Programme, establishing a cross-Government Emerging Technologies Community of Interest reporting to the Cabinet Secretary’s Advisory Group.

15:30 Coffee break
15:50 Two CAV micro-simulation case studies

1)       A59 GLOSA was an Innovate UK research project funded by the National Infrastructure Commission and Highways England (Roads for the Future competition).  Python event-based scripting was used to simulate communications between traffic signals and vehicles to model GLOSA (Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory), a system to advise a target speed for vehicles to reach upcoming traffic signals on green.  This incorporated simulation of both Connected and Autonomous vehicles, and the assessment of instantaneous emissions outputs.


2)       AECOM conducted a research project to study impacts of platooning on the UK road network. In this project, a micro-simulation model was developed to simulate platooning using vehicles equipped with cooperative adaptive cruise control systems. The micro-simulation software in combination with the Driver Model API were used to develop this model. By conducting extensive experimental testing, impacts of platooning on the traffic flow, network capacity and vehicle emissions were evaluated.

Speaker: Katy Thorpe and Shayan Kavakeb from Aecom


Katy Thorpe MSc(Eng), MMath(Maths), MCIHT, is an Associate Director with over 14 years’ experience in traffic engineering and transport planning.  Her particular interests are in traffic modelling, with a national role within AECOM as a micro-simulation and traffic signals specialist.

Shayan Kavakeb PhD, MSc, BSc, is a senior Software Development Consultant with over 8 years’ experience in software development, transport and traffic modelling. He is currently responsible for the development of bespoke software solutions and algorithms for traffic and pedestrian modelling / simulation. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Liverpool John Moores University, focussing on Intelligent Transport Systems.

16:10 Virtual Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Speaker: Mike Dempsey Managing Director of Claytex

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Mike is the Managing Director of Claytex and a technical expert in modelling and simulation.  Mike studied Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University and then worked at Ford and Rover on powertrain simulation. After starting Claytex as a consultancy, the company has grown and now also distributes and develops simulation solutions for the automotive market.  We develop models that predict the dynamic behaviour of the vehicle systems using Dymola and integrate these into Driver-in-the-Loop simulations using rFpro.  We are currently developing sensor models to enable the virtual development and testing of autonomous vehicles. Claytex works with Formula 1 and NASCAR teams as well as Automotive OEM’s to deliver models and tools covering many different applications helping to create next generation of products.

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