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Dr Karthik Ekambaram is a Research Fellow at Institute for Future Transport and Cities within Coventry University. Karthik is currently working on research projects, funded by the UK government, concerning evaluation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in real-world (public roads and controlled environment) and virtual settings.

Karthik graduated from Anna University, India with a honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds post-graduate qualifications from Loughborough University including a Master’s degree in Automotive Systems Engineering and PhD degree in Automotive Crashworthiness. His PhD research investigated the potential benefit of adaptive restraint systems on improving occupant safety in real world European frontal car crashes.

Following the completion of his PhD, Karthik was working as a Researcher in Smart and Safe Mobility at the Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) in Loughborough University. Whist at TSRC, Karthik worked on road safety research projects funded by the European Commission and UK Department for Transport.

Prior to this position at Coventry University, he was working as a Lecturer in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University, Newcastle where he designed and developed Automotive Crashworthiness and Vehicle Dynamics modules for the Undergraduate Mechanical and Automotive programmes.

Research Interests

 Evaluation of CAVs in Real world and Virtual environment, Scenario Generation to test CAVs, Car Occupant Protection (Restraints), Vulnerable Road User Safety

Education/Academic qualification

Automotive Crashworthiness, Doctorate, Loughborough University

Automotive Systems Engineering, MSc, Loughborough University

Mechanical Engineering (BEng Hons), Degree, Anna University

External positions

PhD Research Supervisor, Northumbria University

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2015 2020

Review of Existing CAV Testing Facilities

Ekambaram, K. & Parkes, A., 28 Sep 2018, 31 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Effect of age on injury outcome in passenger car frontal crashes

Ekambaram, K. & Frampton, R., Jun 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Wounds and Injuries
Rib Fractures
Thoracic Injuries
Seat Belts
Body Regions

Adapting Load Limiter Deployment for Frontal Crash Diversity

Ekambaram, K., Frampton, R. & Bartlett, L., 6 Jan 2020, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. (In-press), p. (In-press) 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Thoracic Injuries
Load limits
Wounds and Injuries

Assessing accessibility and safety conditions in an urban environment: what do pedestrians perceive?

Aceves-González, C., Rizo-Corona, L., Rosales-Cinco, R., Rey-Galindo, J., Ekambaram, K. & Ramos-Tachiquín, M., 1 Jan 2020, Advances in Design for Inclusion - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Design for Inclusion and the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering. Di Bucchianico, G. (ed.). Springer, p. 215-225 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 954).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Factors associated with chest injuries to front seat occupants in frontal impacts

Ekambaram, K., Frampton, R. & Lenard, J., 2 Oct 2019, In : Traffic Injury Prevention. (In-Press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thoracic Injuries
Abbreviated Injury Scale
Railroad cars

Activities 2015 2017

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity

Road Transportation Safety

Karthik Ekambaram (Speaker)
21 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

SaferWheels- European Powered Two Wheeler Accident Study

Karthik Ekambaram (Speaker)
Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Traffic Injury Prevention (Journal)

Karthikeyan Ekambaram (Associate Editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


AAAM Conference Travel Award

Karthikeyan Ekambaram (Recipient), 18 Oct 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)