Dr Sebastien Demmel

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Research Fellow (Advanced Technologies)

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MAEng(Electronics), BEng(Electronics)

Background Sébastien Demmel joined QUT and CARRS-Q in March 2008 for an internship while completing his Masters of Engineering at the University of Versailles (UVSQ), France. After graduating from UVSQ in October 2008, he came back to Australia to start his PhD research at CARRS-Q in March 2009. His thesis "Building an Augmented Map for Road Risk Assessment" was a joint project between QUT and UVSQ, funded by the AutoCRC. The project involved field work in France within the facilities of IFSTTAR in Versailles. He graduated from his PhD at QUT in early 2013, following a double thesis defence in Brisbane (September 2012) and Paris (December 2012). Ever since, he has been employed at CARRS-Q working on a variety of projects with Prof. Rakotonirainy. In 2016 he became the manager of CARRS-Q's Advanced Driving Simulator, for which he also serves as the main engineer. After a training at Vedecom Tech in Versailles in early 2019, he became one of the few expert drivers for QUT/TMR/MAIC/iMove Zoé2, the only L4-capable self-driving standard passenger car in Australia. Research interests Sébastien Demmel has been involved in Road Safety since 2007, initially in the field of assistance systems for disabled people, and automotive engineering in general since 2006. His current main interests are:
  • ITS (intelligent transportation systems)
  • Highly Automated Driving (CHAD project)
  • Wireless vehicle-to-vehicle/infrastructure communications (CAVI FOT)
  • Driving simulation
  • Naturalistic data collection
  • Vulnerable road users safety
  • Microscopic traffic simulation
  • Sensor systems
  • Data fusion
International cooperation Include both project-wide or individual cooperation, ongoing or past.


Additional information

Featured on Network Ten's show Scope (season 2, episode 148) titled "Science of C", episode can be viewed here.