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Philippe Nitsche MSc.

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PhD Student

Philippe is a researcher and project manager at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), with more than 8 years of work experience in the fields of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and road safety.

Philippe holds a MSc. in Transport Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna. For his Master’s thesis, he developed a method to evaluate road pavement condition using in-vehicle sensors and artificial neural networks, for which a patent was granted.

His former work at the Austrian Road Safety Board helped him to gain expertise as a researcher in the fields of traffic safety and road accidents analyses. Since 2008, Philippe has been working at the AIT, where he is responsible for numerous national and international research projects. In the AIT Mobility Department, he helped to establish “Mobile Sensing” as a key competence for a broad spectrum of topics in mobility research. His further expertise comprises vehicle dynamics and vehicle-road interaction as basis for investigating driver assistance and future cooperative traffic services.

Philippe can also be found on LinkedIn.

Besides his research activities, he is passionate about photography. See

Primarily based in Austria, Philippe is currently undertaking a full-time PhD, as part of a collaboration between his sponsoring company AIT and Loughborough University.

His research aims to identify safety-critical driving scenarios and possible testing procedures for automated cars, with a special focus on road junctions. This involves analysing in-depth crash data as well as conducting sub-microscopic traffic simulations in virtual road environments.

Safety-critical scenarios and testing procedures for highly automated driving at road intersections

Key areas of expertise: Road safety, Road infrastructure design, Intelligent Transport Systems, Vehicle sensor technologies, Machine Learning