Child occupant protection - Latest knowledge and future opportunities

9 September 2013 11:00–19:00
Lindholmen Conference Centre, Lindholmen Science Park, Lindholmspiren 3, Gothenburg. Conference room "Pascal".

SAFER invites to a one-day seminar on the latest research on child occupant protection.

Fifteen international researchers share their state-of-art child safety research, discussing future opportunities, with the target to set the future agenda for child occupant protection. The focus is on children aged 4-12.
The seminar will take place September 9, 2013, 09:00-17:00
@ SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers,
Lindholmen Conference Centre, Lindholmen Science park,
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Final Program:

9:00-9:05  Welcome
9:05-9:45  Injury risk priorities of the rear seat
Kristy Arbogast PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
9:45-10:30  Injuries to children, with a focus on long term consequences
Katarina Bohman PhD, Autoliv Research and SAFER, Sweden
    Mark Zonfrillo MD, MSCE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
10:45-11:20  How children sit and behave in cars during driving and critical events
    Isabelle Stockman, Chalmers University of Technology and SAFER, Sweden
11:20-12:00  Naturalistic driving studies for child occupants incl a focus on driver distraction
Sjaan Koppel PhD, Monash University, Australia
12:00-1:00  Lunch
1:00-1:35  Pediatric ATD developments
Paul Lemmen, Humanetics, The Netherlands
1:35-2:10  Recent developments in regulation and rating systems relevant to child safety
Costandinos Visvikis, TRL, UK
2:10-2:45  Pediatric restraint optimization
  Matthew Reed PhD, University of Michigan, USA
3:00-3:35  Differences between regulation and in vehicle testing for child restraints
Matthew Maltese PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
3:35- 4:10  How to protect children from a real world perspective – balance of child restraints and car protection
Lotta Jakobsson PhD, Volvo Cars, Chalmers and SAFER, Sweden
4:10- 5:00 Panel Discussion on Child Safety Priorities
Moderator: Richard Kent PhD, University of Virginia, USA

Presentations from the seminar can be downloaded here (zip-file, 32,6 MB) >>


Mats Svensson

Safer – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre

SAFER is the open research arena where researchers and expertise work together to create safe mobility. Our traffic safety approach covers people, vehicles and the infrastructure – and together we contribute to safer road transports and smarter, more sustainable cities.

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