Transforming Traffic Safety Through Autonomic Computing: A Feasibility Study

Principal Investigator:  Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


 Below is an executive summary of this project. Please note that this summary describes results and interpretation that may not be final. Final interpretation of results will be in the peer-reviewed literature.


The goal of this study was to develop an initial prototype for a cyberinfrastructure for scientists from a wide range of disciplines to efficiently and effectively collaborate with relevant experts from industry and government to: 1) identify traffic injury problems, 2) share resources, data, and expertise to facilitate an in-depth study of their causes, and 3) promote rapid translation of results into new vehicle and restraint system designs, evidence-based safety regulations, and targeted public health injury prevention programs. The project built on a novel, collaborative partnership between government (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Science Foundation), industry (insurers, automotive and restraint systems manufacturers), and academia (The Center for Autonomic Computing (CAC) at The University of Florida and CChIPS). Continued work on this project will promote a more thorough understanding of opportunities for further advanced vehicle safety technology development. The cyberinfrastructure itself has potential commercial value because it can be adapted to support a variety of collaborative research and product development applications beyond pediatric motor vehicle crash injury prevention.

About This Center

This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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