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University of Virginia Indian American Researcher Honored with NSF CAREER Award

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Researcher Madhur Behl (virginia.edu photo)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia Nov. 4 announced that Madhur Behl was among 12 university science and engineering faculty to be honored with a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Behl is from the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, departments of Computer Science and Engineering Systems and Environment.

The poll outlines the deep skepticism surrounding self-driving vehicles. Methods to improve – and prove – safety will be needed for broad-based acceptance.

Behl’s pioneering research at UVA is accelerating safety for autonomous vehicles.

Using auto racing as a platform, Behl has invented artificial intelligence methods to agilely maneuver an autonomous vehicle while pushing the limits of its steering, throttle, and braking capabilities, according to the release.

His novel racing research is creating advanced algorithms that hold the key to safer autonomous vehicles, enabling them to avoid collisions even when they encounter unexpected challenges at high speeds while close to obstacles or other vehicles, it said.

Demonstrating their skills in programming a full-sized, fully autonomous race car, Behl and his student Cavalier Autonomous Racing team clocked the fastest laps from a U.S. university team in the historic Indy Autonomous Challenge, held Oct. 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the university said.

Among the university NSF awardees included faculty working on stopping deadly diseases to developing futuristic materials, from making self-driving vehicles smarter to studying global inequalities in pollution exposure, it said.

In 2021 so far, 12 UVA assistant professors have earned National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awards, among the most competitive and prestigious grants for science and engineering faculty in the first stages of their careers.

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