University of Iowa News Release
July 1, 2003
July 21-24 Symposium Focuses On Human Factors In Driving
Driver distraction and cell phone usage will be one of several key topics discussed during the 2nd International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design July 21-24 in Park City, Utah.
The symposium is an interdisciplinary forum where some 130 experts from
12 countries will exchange scientific research findings on recent advances
in driver and vehicle safety. The conference draws on the multidisciplinary
strengths of University of Iowa driving safety and human factors researchers
in the fields of engineering, medicine, public health, computer science,
psychology, public policy and driving simulation. Organizers say the symposium
will also inspire new international research on cognition, driving behavior
and safety interventions in healthy and medically impaired drivers. These
topics are highly relevant to entities such as the U.S. Department of Transportation,
the automotive industry and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Scott Geisler, General Motors (GM) human factors engineer and presenter at the symposium, said his company is pleased to support the event.
"As the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, GM is dedicated to improving vehicle safety and driver performance," said Geisler. "For this reason, we are happy to be a sponsor of this year's symposium and hope that it will serve as a catalyst to spark new ideas and understanding surrounding the issues of driver distraction and performance."
A new principal sponsor, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., will fund three Honda Outstanding Student Paper Awards.
"Safety issues have always remained essential to Honda's vehicle development, and human factors has played a significant role in those activities," said Charles Allen, senior vice president and general manager, Honda R & D Americas. "It is a privilege and honor for us to partner with the University of Iowa in recognizing outstanding student researchers at this year's Driving Assessment Symposium. Their ideas and innovative approaches will help to improve the driving experience for all of us, and through their work, we can truly make our lives better."
The forthcoming meeting and the highly successful inaugural session, held in 2001 in Aspen, Colorado, were organized in the UI College of Engineering, department of mechanical and industrial engineering by Associate Professor John D. Lee, director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory; at the UI Public Policy Center by Daniel V. McGehee, director, Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research; and in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, department of neurology by Professor Matthew Rizzo, director, Division of Neuroergonomics.
Further information on the symposium may be found at: http://www.driving-assessment.org.
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