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Public Meetings - Research

Public Meetings


NHTSA partners with outside organizations to sponsor workshops and conferences on vehicle safety. In addition, NHTSA staff members attend and present information at workshops, conferences, and meetings. The Public Meetings page contains links to papers and presentations NHTSA staff members have delivered.

HYUNDAI / NHTSA Research Sharing Meeting April 19, 2010 - Washington, DC

Stapp Conference November 2011 - Dearborn, Michigan

Harmonization Activities - Preliminary Implications for NHTSA

Harmonization Task Group Meeting, November 2011

THOR Meeting October 30, 2012 - Savannah, Georgia


Dan Parent, USDOT NHTSA 

Human Injury Research Division


SAE Government / Industry Meeting January 2010

SAE Government / Industry Meeting January 2011 Washington, DC

Highway Vehicle Event Data Recorder Symposium June 6-8, 2011 Institute Conference Center Danville, VA


SAE Government / Industry Meeting January 2012 Washington, DC, USA

SAE World Congress April 2012 Detroit Michigan, USA

SAE Government / Industry Meeting January 2014 Washington, DC, USA

  • NHTSA's 2013 Light Vehicle Cib/Dbs Performance Evaluation. Garrick J. Forkenbrock, NHTSA
  • Applications of The THOR ATD in NHTSA Research. Dan Parent, Human Injury Research Division.
  • Update on NHTSA's Oblique Research Program. James Saunders, Dan Parent.
  • Ames Active Hoods - FINAL. Eva Ames, Peter Martin, PhD, NHTSA.
  • NHTSA’s PCAM Testing and Dummy Development. Frank S. Barickman NHTSA, Heath Albrecht NHTSA, Devin Elsasser NHTSA.
  • Barickman - PCAM Validation Testing. Frank S. Barickman, NHTSA, Heath Albrecht, NHTSA
  • USDOT-Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership Automation Research Project Overview. Frank S. Barickman, NHTSA.
  • Data Modernization Technologies Being Researched for the Data Modernization Project. John Brophy USDOT NHTSA.
  • Integration of Rearview Video Systems Into the U.S. New Car Assessment Program. Clarke Harper Crash Avoidance Programs Coordinator. New Car Assessment Program, NHTSA
  • Update on Rollover Crash Research: Dummy Biofidelity Analysis. Jason R. Kerrigan
  • University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics
  • NHTSA Heavy Vehicle Crash Avoidance Research Overview. Robert Kreeb, NHTSA         
  • Worldsid Status 50th Male and 5th Female. Allison E Louden, NHTSA, Doug Weston, TRC Inc.
  • Effects of Pre-impact Braking on Rear Seat Occupant Kinematics. Aloke K. Prasad, NHTSA, Douglas Weston, TRC, Inc.
  • Evaluation Window Retention of Motorcoach side Windows. Aloke K. Prasad, NHTSA, J. Stephen Duffy, TRC, Inc.
  • Effectiveness of Certifiedadvanced Air Bags in Real World Crashes. Nathan Greenwell, NHTSA. 
  • Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emission Phase 2 Rulemaking. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency.
  • NHTSA's Approach to Adaptive Headlighting Systems. Markus Price, NHTSA.
  • Impairment Detection - NADS Drive Driver Impairment Detection Research. Timothy Brown University of Iowa, Chris Schwarz University of Iowa, John Lee University of Wisconsin, Tony McDonald University of Wisconsin.
  • Real World Older Occupant Injury. Mark Scarboro, NHTSA.
  • Rear Seat Occupant Protection: Addressing the Different Needs of A Diverse Population. Jingwen Hu, Jonathan D. Rupp, Matthew P. Reed UMTRI, Thomas J. Klena, Paul Lange, Kurt Fischer TRW
  • Performance of Bumper Systems With Respect to Pedestrian Protection and Bumper Damageability Requirements. Jason Stammen NHTSA, Brian Suntay Transportation Research Center Inc.
  • Variation in Anthropometry of the Head and Chest with Age for Application to Human Injury Prediction. Jillian Urban, Ashley Weaver, Samantha Schoell, Elizabeth Lillie, Sarah Lynch, Joel Stitzel Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
  • 4-Point Thoracic Injury Criteria Development for THOR. Gerald Poplin, Jason Forman, Timothy McMurry, Joseph Ash, Greg Shaw, Jeff Crandall UVA.
  • WorldSID Status 50th Male and 5th Female. NHTSA.

SAE Government / Industry Meeting January 2015 Washington, DC, USA

Vehicle Crashworthiness

Collection of Real-World Data

Occupant Restraints

Automated Vehicles: Design for Functional Safety


Consumer Outreach

Child Safety

Commercial Vehicle Safety

Cyber Security

Pedestrian Safety

Research and Regulation Updates for Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Light Duty Powertrain Technologies and Market Trends

Heavy and Medium Duty Fuel Efficiency and GHG Standards: Technologies and Policies

Advanced Materials for Boosting Fuel Economy

SAE Active Safety Symposium November 5, 2015 Plymouth, MI


Meeting held January 25-27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Talks covered the following:

  • Cyber Security and Privacy
  • Light Duty GHG/CAFE
  • Advanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Crashworthiness
  • Beyond TSCA & Next Steps, Part 2
  • Vehicle Technologies to Increase Seat Belt Usage 
  • Crash Avoidance Technology
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Biomechanics
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety
  • Pedestrian


Meeting held January 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Talks covered the following:

  • Automated Driving Systems, Levels 4 and 5, Deploying Safe Automated Vehicles
  • Automated Vehicle Safety, Levels 1, 2, and 3
  • Biomechanics
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Crash Avoidance Technology
  • Crashworthiness
  • Data Collection - Meeting Future Safety Needs
  • Integration of Active and Passive Safety
  • Vulnerable Occupants
  • Vulnerable Road Users


Data Collection 

Vehicle Communications

Commercial Vehicles

Road Users

Automated Driving Systems

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems




Connected Vehicles - Communicating with Vehicles

Crashworthiness Safety

Deployment of Automated Driving Systems

Driver Assistance Technologies

Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Motorcyclists, and Other Vulnerable Road Users

Real-World Data Collection

Rear Seat Safety

Restraint Considerations for Non-Conventional Interiors in Automated Vehicles


Biomechanics and Human Injury 


Crash Avoidance and Human Factors



Advanced Crash Test Dummies

Crashworthiness: Structures and Restraints

The Future of Vehicle Technology and Design - Safety Assurance Approaches and Safety Measurement

ADAS Encompassing SAE Levels 0-2

Pedestrian Safety

Equity in Crashworthiness Safety

2023 SAE Government Industry Meeting January 17-19, 2023, Washington DC.

Advanced Crash Test Dummies

Automated Driving Systems

Biomechanics and Human Injury


Crash Avoidance and Human Factors

Data Collection

Electric Vehicle Safety

2024 SAE Government Industry Meeting January 16-18, 2024, Washington DC.

Advanced Crash Test Dummies

Automated Driving Systems

Crash Avoidance and Human Factors


Data Collection

Electric Vehicle Safety

2024 SAE World Conference April 16-18, 2024, Detroit, MI