Christophe Bastien

Dr, MSc, BEng(Hons), DUT (Genie Mecanique)

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    Human Safety Modelling for transport applications
    Trauma Modelling
    Vehicle Safety

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    Dr Christophe Bastien is an Associate Professor in Transport Safety, leading the Transport Safety and Simulation research group. He has over 27 years of industrial and academic experience in the field of vehicle safety evidenced by 21 patents, 29 journal publications and 125 citations. Winner of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2021 on “Delivering Improved Pedestrian Post Crash Triage”, his research expertise relates to the field of human traumatology computation in transport settings. A recent research output is an innovative computer method, based on Peak Virtual Power (PVP), showing to predict accurately soft tissue injuries compared to post-mortem information. His group has created a trauma research method, which has been implemented worldwide as part of the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS), developed by JSOL. He leads the trauma simulation strategy of The Central Trauma Research and Innovation Platform (C-TRIP), fostering innovation collaborations between UHCW, the University of Warwick (UoW) and Coventry University (CU). Dr Christophe Bastien lectures crashworthiness modelling using explicit finite element, as well as vehicle safety, which he teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and industry level.

    Dr Bastien’s interests are also in the quantification of human injury risks, trauma characterisation and comfort in future Connected Autonomous Vehicles.

    Prior to joining Coventry University, Dr Bastien worked for Matra Datavision, MSX and Corus as a CAE technical specialist for 13 years. He has contributed to the development of the Jaguar X-Type for interior head impact protection (FMVSS201), as well as for the design and analysis of the Jaguar XK for pedestrian legislation. When he joined Corus, he continued to focus on pedestrian safety and developed new skills in highway engineering design and analysis.

    Research Interests

    Traumatology modelling; Transport safety Automotive Safety; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Optimisation

    Vision Statement

    I aspire to research and develop advanced computer tools and techniques in the field of transportation to prevent or mitigate traumatic injuries sustained by humans (occupants and pedestrians), with the purpose to save lives and improve rehabilitation. My ultimate goal is to supply paramedics with innovative real-time diagnosis tools, support the police force by providing avant-garde forensic methods, and create new numerical techniques to revolutionise the way vehicles are designed by considering age, gender and anthropometric variations. In the far future, I would like my research to revolutionise the coronial process by replacing intrusive post-mortem by VCT, so that ethnic minorities’ religious burial needs are met, as well reducing the pain from grieving families by avoiding unnecessary stress due to its non-intrusive nature.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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