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I just celebrated (kind of) my 32nd birthday, so I thought of writing something that is very personal and close to my heart. Science and engineering have always fascinated me — being born in a family of medical doctors and being married to one, obviously played a role! Fundamentally what attracted me to science and engineering is their impact on people’s lives — one can see it now more than ever in our fight against COVID-19. But this attraction to science meant I also loved movies about science and/or engineering.

Back in 2004, I was scrolling through channels on a…


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I am no fan of Lewis Hamilton (due to my Ferrari allegiances), but developed immense respect for him on a personal level when I read about a conversation between Lewis and Toto Wolff (Mercedes Formula 1 boss):

“He (Lewis) once asked (Toto) me: ‘Have you had the active thought that you are white?’ I said: ‘No, I have never thought about it,’ and he said: ‘I need to think about it [my colour] every day because I am being made aware of it.’

As a six-time world champion, Lewis has achieved almost everything there is in the sport. If he…


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Aurrigo Driverless Technology’s Low-Speed Automated Driving (LSAD) System a.k.a pod or shuttle operating in an urban area.

In a recent blog for Zenzic UK, I talked about why absolute safety is a myth and that there is a need to create Informed Safety to ensure safe deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs). The concept of Informed Safety is very apt in the current COVID-19 situation. The easing of lockdown rules doesn’t mean that it is absolutely safe to be going around mingling with people. However, it does mean that given we follow a set of rules (and we know why these rules exist), we may be safe. …


The world is in an unprecedented situation amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, with uncertainty associated with every aspect of our lives. In the research community, researchers are anxious about their funding and contracts, PhD students are worried about finishing their PhD on time, and the industry is cutting back their research plans. At the bottom of the pyramid, Ph.D. students might well be the worst hit. While it is great to see UKRI rising to the occasion and extending support to Ph.D. students with up to six months extension, the PhD journey just got harder in these uncertain times. …

Siddartha Khastgir

On a mission to create safe autonomous vehicles. UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. WMG, Uni of Warwick, UK. TEDx Speaker. Forbes Under 30 alum | bit.ly/SKUKRIFLFWeb

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