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Automotive safety conference set for February 16

January 31, 2011

UMTRI will host a one-day conference on automotive safety at the U-M Michigan League on Wednesday, February 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, "Automotive Safety: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?," builds on over forty years of automotive safety research at UMTRI.

Featured speakers include the following:

  • Bruce Belzowski, UMTRI assistant research scientist in Automotive Analysis, will moderate the conference and discuss some of UMTRI's recent safety research efforts.
  • John Maddox, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will discuss the government's view of automotive safety.
  • Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will discuss the recall process and the recent history of recalls.
  • Paul Green, research professor in UMTRI's Driver Interface Group, will talk about his human factors research, in particular his work on distracted driving.
  • Alan Korn, Meritor WABCO, will discuss safety issues related to the heavy truck industry.
  • Jonathan Rupp, assistant research scientist in UMTRI's Biosciences Group, will provide insight into research on the effects of seatbelts and air bags on drivers and passengers involved in vehicle accidents.

Manufacturers, suppliers, and consumer representatives have also been invited to provide their views on automotive safety.

For registration information, see UMTRI Automotive Safety Conference.