Sophomore Jaydeep Radadiya of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was the recipient of the 2019 Undergraduate Excellence Award presented by the Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM) Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The award was based "upon accomplishments in three areas: technical merit and research capability, academic performance, and leadership."
As its website explains, SAFER-SIM “is comprised of a multidisciplinary, synergistic team of researchers in human factors, engineering, computer science, and psychology who will use innovative simulation approaches ranging from microsimulation to human-in-the-loop simulation to promote safety. SAFER-SIM will sponsor research, outreach activities in STEM areas, and aid workforce development efforts in transportation safety.”
According to Radadiya’s faculty advisor, Anuj K. Pradhan of the MIE department, he “is a hardworking and dedicated student researcher with a natural intuition for research. Mr. Radadiya has been an invaluable asset for my projects, especially the Safer-SIM project we are conducting jointly with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. His contributions have been of the highest caliber and have helped move the project forward significantly.”
As Pradhan says, the project that Radadiya was involved in focused on the human factors of vehicle automation.
Specifically,” says Pradhan, “the project involves examining questions about operators’ mental models about advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Towards that end Mr. Radadiya undertook significant efforts, and personal initiative, in identifying and examining ADAS components with the goal of characterizing their functionality, capabilities, and their limitations.”
Pradhan adds that this research involved: conducting significant background literature reviews; undertaking an analytical approach towards collating information provided by manufacturers; using a complex visualization approach to characterize the use of these systems; and collating and categorizing reported limitations for these systems.
“To disseminate and report the outcomes of his efforts,” explains Pradhan, “Radadiya presented a poster at the UMass Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates poster session based on his own work with the research – the categorization of vehicle limitations. Additionally, he contributed significantly to the conceptualization and writing of a paper that has recently been accepted for presentation at the Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington D.C. in January of 2020.”
In addition to his integrity and efforts with his research, as Pradhan observes, Radadiya is also a high-achieving student with excellent academic achievements and was on the Dean’s list for two consecutive terms (his first two terms at UMass).
He is also a recipient of the UMass Chancellor’s Award and a member of the UMass SAE Formula Team and the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering Student Chapter, and he has taken on leadership roles in other student initiatives such as TEDx. (November 2019)