Evita Papazikou is a Research Associate in the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University, School of Design and Creative Arts. She specialises in road safety and driver behaviour, with particular expertise in driver assistance systems and active safety.
She holds a Diploma of Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she also accomplished her master’s degree in Planning, Organisation and Management of Transportation Systems. Evita was awarded her PHD from Loughborough University in 2019 for her thesis entitled Investigating the Transition from normal driving to Safety critical scenarios. This research entailed the investigation of the crash sequence and the detection of driver deviations from normal driving at the first stages of crash development through Naturalistic Driving Studies (data-driven methods, multilevel mixed effect modelling, data extraction algorithms) to inform the development of more robust ADAS. After a successful research proposal, she was awarded with a $25.000 grant from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, USA(IIHS) to access the SHRP2 NDS, the largest study of its kind, and further support her doctoral research.
Since 2017, she has been actively involved in numerous national and European projects, including collaborations with industry partners such as Ford. The areas of her work include accident causation and statistical modelling, driver assessment, monitoring and behaviour analysis, application of methods to future mobility and automation, the fusion of mobility data (vehicle, sensors) and machine vision towards the development of new services for connected vehicles and smart cities.