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2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference

Download the Proceedings from the 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference

Held October 6—8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida USA

Co-hosted by University of Central Florida & The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Conference Chair: Essam Radwan (UCF)
Conference Co-Chair: Mohamed Abdel-Aty (UCF)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) hosted the 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference.

The RSS series showcases advancements in traffic simulation and driving simulator technologies, introducing new initiatives and concepts that have emerged since the first RSS conference in Rome, Italy in 2007. Under the auspices of the Southeastern Transportation Center, three world-class research centers supported the conference: Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, and the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF; and UTK’s Center for Transportation Research. These centers conduct sponsored research in driving simulators, traffic simulation, traffic safety, commercial vehicle operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems deployment, and congestion pricing; human factors; and comprehensive transportation safety, including surface modes, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian issues.

RSS2015 Keynote Speakers

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is also University Pegasus Professor and University Trustee Chair. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories.

Dr. C. Y. David Yang is the Human Factors Team Leader with Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Safety R&D. He leads a multi-disciplinary team at FHWA’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia to conduct transportation safety studies. Dr. Yang and his team are doing research to gain better understanding of the relationship between roadway and other transportation infrastructures on driver behavior and performance so improvements can be made to enhance travel safety. He currently chairs the Transportation Research Board’s User Information Systems Committee (AND20). He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Jeff Greenberg is currently a Senior Technical Leader at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Advanced Engineering group. Although trained in Physics, he has spent much of his career at Ford investigating the relationship between humans and automobiles. He created Ford’s first driving simulators and led the construction of the advanced VIRTTEX driving simulator that Ford uses to study human factors topics including the interface between human drivers and automated vehicles. He is a past chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Simulators and Operator Performance Measurement, a member of the SHRP2 Technical Coordinating Committee and a current member of the TRB Safety and Systems Group Executive Board. His research interests are in automotive Human Machine Interface design and evaluation, especially in the area of active safety system and automated driving.

RSS2015 Conference Committees

Conference Chair: Essam Radwan (UCF)
Conference Co-Chair: Mohamed Abdel-Aty (UCF)

Organizing Committee

DeAnna Flinchum (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Lissa Gay (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Jenny Jones (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Martin Malpica (University of Central Florida)
Essam Radwan (University of Central Florida)
Steve Richards (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Technical & Scientific Committee

Mohamed Abdel-Aty (University of Central Florida)
Andrea Benedetto (Roma Tre University)
Linda Boyle (University of Washington)
Susan Chrysler (NADS, University of Iowa)
Don Fisher (University of Massachusetts)
Michael Hunter (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Asad Khattak (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Mike Knodler (University of Massachusetts)
John Lee (University of Wisconsin Madison)
John Milton (Washington State DOT)
David Noyce (University of Wisconsin Madison)
Ron Tarr (University of Central Florida)
Andrew Tarko (Purdue University)
Didier Valdez Diaz (University of Puerto Rico)
David Yang (Federal Highway Administration)

RSS Conferences Permanent Steering Committee

Andrea Benedetto (Roma Tre University, Italy)
Elias Choueiri (LAPS, USA)
Stéphane Espié (IFSTTAR, France)
Essam Radwan (University of Central Florida, USA)
Åse Svensson (Lund University, Sweden)
Nikiforos Stamatiadis (University of Kentucky, USA)
Andrew Tarko (Purdue University, USA)

RSS Conference History

The Road Safety & Simulation Conferences were established in Rome in 2007, with the aim to create a meeting ground for scholars, scientists and road safety professionals with different backgrounds, and to encourage and facilitate the exchange of know-how. From inception, the conference series main goal has been to investigate and understand the issues related to road safety through novel perspectives.

Because of the specific skills and international reputation of its research team, Roma Tre University had to be the host and organizer of the event. These researchers are acknowledged as the first to approach geometric design of roads in combination with the study of human behavior within different traffic and environmental conditions.

Through all the past years, great research efforts have focused on this field. Furthermore, in the last decade a dedicated driving simulation laboratory has proved to be an advanced and valuable tool to generate improvements in the studies on transportation.

Starting from 2007, driving simulation studies have increased and many researchers have approached this novel tool for their specific scopes. In addition, researchers involved in other fields have focused their attention to driving simulation as a very promising and interesting tool for their investigations. Within this area, naturalistic driving concepts studying surrogate measures of safety or safety modeling are currently being developed as well as some very innovative topics regarding, for instance, highway design engineering or the assessment of new projects through public participation.

The first four editions of the International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation were organized by the Interuniversities Research Center for Road Safety (CRISS) at Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy (November 7-9, 2007); the INRETS in Paris, France (October 5-7, 2009); Purdue Center for Road Safety (CRS) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Indianapolis, USA (September 14-16, 2011); and, once again by Roma Tre University (October 23-25, 2013).

Conference organizers and the permanent steering committee are pleased to have RSS2015 hosted by the University of Central Florida and the University of Tennessee in Orlando, Florida, USA, October 6-8, 2015.