SAFER child safety event

SAFER seminar: Child Occupant Protection - Latest knowledge and future opportunities

20 September 2017 09:00–17:00
Lindholmen Science Park, Conference centre first floor, room Tesla


SAFER invites to a whole day seminar on the latest research on child occupant protection.
About fifteen international researchers will share their state-of-art safety research, discussing future opportunities, with the target to set the future agenda for child occupant protection. A special focus is on how we align user expectation and the user experience with optimized safety in the context of changing mobility modes. We welcome everyone, and especially encourage all of you working with child occupant protection today, as well as those of you focusing on future transportations, to join the seminar. The focus is on children and teenagers aged 4 and above.

Hosts: Lotta Jakobsson, Volvo Cars, SAFER, Chalmers; Mats Svensson, Chalmers, SAFER.
Moderator: Kristy Arbogast, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Registration: 08:30-09:00
Introduction, overview – Kristy Arbogast, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
How do child occupants really behave during real-world, everyday driving trips? – Sjaanie Koppel, Monash Univ., Australia
Crash tests with child dummies using real-world, observed child passenger postures – Katarina Bohman, Autoliv, Sweden
A novel method for quantifying comfort for child passengers – Julie Brown, NEURA, Australia
Comfort and attitude evaluation of new vehicle restraints – Anna-Lisa Osvalder, Chalmers, SWE
Capabilities of current dummies to evaluate child restraints and booster designs in light of child behavior and product innovations  – Suzanne Tylko, Transport Canada, Canada
Lunch: approx. 12-13
CRS rating updates  – Jessica Jermakian, IIHS, USA
Quantifying CRS fit in the vehicle seat environment – John Bolte, Ohio State Univ., USA
Classifying, characterizing, and monitoring children in vehicles – Matthew Reed, UMTRI, USA
Children’s kinematics in evasive events and countermeasures – Isabelle Stockman, Volvo Cars, SWE
The balance of vehicle and booster protection. Why ban the booster cushion? – Lotta Jakobsson, Volvo Cars, Sweden
Active safety needs for teen drivers – Kristy Arbogast, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
Discussion on Child Safety Priorities
End 17:00


Last date to sign up is September 11!

Malin Persson
malin.u.persson [at]

Safer – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre

SAFER is the open innovation 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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