"Don't wait for accidents to happen"

SAUNIER, Nicolas


Born 1979 in Paris, France


  • Telecommunications Engineer, ENST Paris, 2001
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, ENST Paris 2005
    Title of the thesis: “Influence of traffic control in a signalized intersection on the risk of road users; Stream-based learning of safety indicators through data selection”

Professional activities

  • 1 month internship at the Physics research center “Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire”, Orsay, France.
  • 6 months internship in ATR International, Japanese research center. Research on Reinforcement Learning and the automatic tuning of meta-parameters, supervised by Kenji Doya, in Mitsuo Kawato’s research group.
  • Ph.D. at INRETS and ENST Paris from 2001 to 2005
  • Since 2005, postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of British Columbia, with Dr Tarek Sayed, focussing on the development of automatic devices to monitor safety through the detection of relevant events (traffic conflicts, interactions…).

Main areas of interest

  • Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, applied to Road Safety.

Recent publications

  • SAUNIER N., MIDENET S., GRUMBACH A., Stream-Based Learning through Data Selection in a Road Safety Application, In E. Onaindia and S. Staab, editors, STAIRS 2004, Proceedings of the Second Starting AI Researchers’ Symposium, Volume 109 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, pages 107-117, Valencia, Spain, 2004, IOS Press. link
  • SAUNIER N., MIDENET S., GRUMBACH A., Automatic detection of vehicle interactions in a signalized intersection, Conference of the International Co-operation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic safety (ICTCT), october 2003. link

Publications at ICTCT workshops

2003. Amersfoort/Soesterberg
Automatic detection of vehicle interactions in a signalised intersection Click to download file! GRUMBACH, Alain; MIDENET, Sophie; SAUNIER, Nicolas


Department of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia
2324 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, Canada; V6T 1Z4
E-mail: saunier@civil.ubc.ca