Carol Flannagan

Research Professor



2901 Baxter Rd. Rm 222

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 936-1091

fax: 734-647-3330

Primary Website

Dr. Flannagan’s website




Research Interests

Dr. Flannagan has over 25 years of experience conducting data analysis and addressing research questions related to transportation and mobility. She develops analytical methods for and analyzes a wide variety of transportation-related data, including travel, driving, crash, traffic, and injury outcome data. Her work includes development of algorithms to recognize high-level behaviors in videos, algorithms to detect when a crash is likely to cause injury (and alert EMS), and assessments of safety benefits of advanced vehicle technologies. Dr. Flannagan’s methods work includes, for example, efficient design of experiments, incorporation of machine-learning methods into transportation data analysis and survey sample design. She has recent and current NHTSA-funded projects estimating field safety benefits of a number of different ADAS systems and developing and piloting an on-road test procedure for Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs). Dr. Flannagan’s research has been sponsored by Federal agencies including FHWA, NHTSA and FMCSA, state agencies, including the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and the Michigan Department of Transportation, vehicle manufacturers including General Motors and Ford, the insurance industry, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others.



Key Projects

Co-Investigator: RAISE: C-Accel Pilot – Track A1 (Open Knowledge Network): Network for Equity in the Era of Driverless Vehicles. (9/1/2019-5/31-2020). Sponsor: NSF. Total Award: $948,182.

Principal Investigator: Secondary Task Prevalence, Odds Ratios vs. Relative Risk, Absolute Risk and Alternative Baselines in SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving, (10/06/2016-05/31/2018). Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Total Award: $595,333.

Principal Investigator: Rideshare OnStar Data Collection: Part 3. (8/1/2019-4/30/2020). Sponsor: General Motors Company (dba General Motors Holdings, LLC). Total Award: $310,000

Principal Investigator: On-Road Motor Vehicle Assessment Methods . (10/1/2019-1/31/2022). Sponsor: Transportation, Department of-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Total Award: $1,047,106

Principal Investigator: 2019 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts & Technical Assistance Projects . (10/1/2019-9/30/2020). Sponsor: Michigan, State of, State Police. Total Award: $549,997

Principal Investigator: Automated Video Processing Algorithms to Detect and Classify High-Level Behaviors with Speed and Accuracy. (09/20/19-03/19/22). Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration. Total Award: $1,073,921.00 

Student Engagement

Join our DEVIATE lab! I work with lots of students on computer vision, data science, and other related topics. Students participate in research through MDP, capstones, and volunteering, among other pathways. 


Natick, Massachusetts; went to high school in Menomonie, Wisconsin

Personal Interests/Hobbies

Kayaking, Hiking, Gardening, Math, Cool data visualization, Travel, Languages, Cooking, Bicycling

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