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Knoxville News Sentinel for his work on connective vehicle technology.

Chakraborty received funding in 2016 from the Science Alliance, via the Joint Directed Research Development (JDRD) program, to develop the virtual platform referenced in the article. His work centers on connective and autonomous vehicle technology with respect to addressing the human element and potential problems of integrating these vehicles with traditional automobiles. He believes that all vehicles on the road will eventually be autonomous, but what of safety concerns until that occurs?

“What happens if you inject more of these connected vehicles alongside our normal cars,” Chakraborty asks. “Do we have to go through a period where we are less safe because we are interacting badly with these vehicles?”

Chakraborty’s JDRD project was conducted in conjunction with an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) project helmed by Andreas Malikopoulos, deputy director of the Urban Dynamics Institute.