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Release: March 9, 1999

Lundell is part of national panel looking at driving simulator research, bus safety

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Lundell, coordinator of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), has been appointed to serve on a simulator technology research review panel of the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council.

The panel, established by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, will provide overall council and technical guidance for a project entitled, "Simulators as an Effective Training Tool to Reduce Bus Accidents." The project will evaluate driving simulator technology as a tool to enhance bus operator training in an attempt to reduce crashes involving transit vehicles.

The IPRC is extensively involved in ongoing simulation research at the UI. Several IPRC research projects are utilizing the Iowa Driving Simulator. The center also is supporting the development of a bicycling simulator for use with injury prevention research projects. In addition, plans are under way for IPRC researchers to utilize the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) under construction at the UI's Oakdale Research Campus.

Lundell has served as coordinator at the IPRC for the past five years. Prior to that, he served as director of Iowa City Transit for eight years.

"I am proud to have been invited to serve on this important research initiative," Lundell said." I believe my current simulator research activities, combined with my transit management background, provide me unique qualifications to bring to this research panel."

Lundell has previously served on a National Research Council review panel that examined the ergonomic characteristics of a bus operator's workstation.