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Release: Nov. 2, 2001

UI hosts first Transportation Simulation Conference Nov. 4-7

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa will host the 1st Human-Centered Transportation Simulation Conference from Sunday through Wedenesday, Nov. 4-7.

The conference features the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the UI Oakdale Research Park, as well as transportation simulation sessions held in the Kinnick Ballroom of the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa. International experts in the fields of transportation simulation use, research, and the development of real-time, "human-in-the-loop" simulators will exchange ideas, research results, success stories, user expectations and recent technical developments in the field. Conference topics range from the validation of transportation simulators to the use of accident or other data in simulator research. Attendance is expected to exceed 100 persons from at least 10 countries.

Dr. Yiannis Papelis, chair of the conference steering committee and director of the NADS Driving Simulation Technology Laboratory, notes that the conference is designed to allow plenty of time between presentations for informal discussions and exchanges among participants. Papelis adds that a roundtable discussion forum is scheduled, as well as a panel session featuring internationally renowned experts in the simulation field.

Papers presented at the meeting have been peer-reviewed and will be published in CD-ROM proceedings. Plans call for subsequent simulation conferences to be held in alternate years at different locations featuring laboratories or institutions involved in driving simulator research.

Conference sponsors include the University of Iowa, Ford Motor Company, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), TACOM/TARDEC (U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command/Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center), and the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the UI. UI faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Information about registration, the registration fee, and the conference schedule, is available at the conference web site at: http://www.hctsc.org or by contacting Amy Parker at aparker@nads-sc.uiowa.edu or 319-335-4790.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this conference, please contact Amy Parker, in advance, at (319) 335-4790 or aparker@nads-sc.uiowa.edu