SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers
OUR MISSION: TO ENHANCE TRAFFIC SAFETY
“Zero injuries in road traffic” – that’s our drive and overall goal. We are 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.
SAFER is a research and competence centre founded in 2006 and comprising about 30 partners from the industry, academia and society. Among these are e.g. Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, Autoliv, University of Gothenburg, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Transport Agency, and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). Chalmers University of Technology is the host for the centre and the vision is to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roads through multidisciplinary research and collaboration. SAFER’s network is broad and international.
SAFER’s office is a meeting place and a melting pot, located in Lindholmen Science Park. 300 researchers are working at SAFER at a regular basis and the global network is vast. Behavioural scientists, psychologists, engineers, medical doctors, researchers and policy makers collaborate to enhance safety on the roads. Our five research areas represent world-class, multi-disciplinary research – all with the single-minded vision to save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility. They are also the open innovation arena where our partners meet and identify key issues to initiate new research based on real-world needs. We carry out research within these five areas:
- Systems for accident prevention and automated driving
- Road user behavior
- Human body protection
- Care and rescue
- Safety performance evaluation
We research to save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility. Together.
Associate professor Henriette Wallén Warner, VTI and Uppsala University
Henriette Wallén Warner is a senior research fellow at the Swedish National Research Institute (VTI) and an associate professor at Uppsala University. She is also an active member in the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) Standing Committee in Traffic Psychology. With a PhD in Psychology her research focuses on road user behaviour with a special interest for vulnerable road users including their attitudes and acceptance towards self-driving vehicles. Dr Wallén Warner has also conducted several studies examining cross cultural differences. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles within the field of traffic safety, delivered conference presentations in a dozen countries and on a regular basis been involved at peer-reviewing for scientific journals and international conferences including ICTTP 2016 in Brisbane and RS5C.
Therese Jomander, Coordinator, VTI.
Therese Jomander works as a coordinator at the Director General’s office at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). She holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Working in European Commission funded research projects and in organizing the international Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C) conference, as well as the conference Transportforum, she has both international and extensive coordinating experience.
Professor Jan Andersson, VTI and Linköping University
Jan Andersson is professor in human machine interface (HMI) at the Swedish National Research Institute (VTI) and Linköping University. Professor Andersson has been working with human factors issues since 1997, always from the users’ perspective. His main areas of interest within human factors have been classical HMI issues in applied areas such as fitness to drive (traffic medicine related focus), self-explaining roads, and automated vehicles. Cycling related research has increased rapidly in recent years and professor Andersson has been deeply involved in the construction of a competence research centre related to cycling. Professor Andersson has a PhD in Cognitive psychology from Linköping University. For the last 7 years he was the research director for the Human Factors department at VTI before taking the professorship position in September of 2015. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, delivered conference presentations and is regularly involved in the peer-reviewing process at scientific journals.
Sonja Forward, VTI
Dr Sonja Forward is a psychologist and a senior researcher who started her work in 1992. Sonja Forward has a PhD in psychology from Uppsala University. For a period of five years she was the Research Director at VTI. Her main areas of research are traffic safety and sustainable transport. Sonja has been in charge of numerous projects both nationally and internationally. She has produced several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented more than 50 papers at different conferences, mostly as an invited speaker, and acts as a referee to five different international journals on a regular basis. She has been involved in the organising of several conferences. She is also a President of the Swedish Pedestrian Association (FOT) and a board member of the National Society for Road Safety (NTF).
Professor Emeritus Lars Åberg, Uppsala University
Lars Åberg has been professor in psychology at Uppsala University since 1996 but is now emiritus. He has worked with road traffic safety since 1973. During this time professor Åberg’s research interests were mainly focused on driver behaviour and information acquisition of drivers, effects of police enforcement, analyses of driver error, influences of attitudes and norms on behaviour, effects of technical innovations on driver behaviour. The methods used varied from laboratory experiments to field studies, from behaviour observations to driver interviews and questionnaires. His work has been based on theories of human behaviour, use of advanced statistical modelling (e.g. SEM). Between 2003 and 2009 professor Åberg was the convener of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) Standing Committee in Traffic Psychology. He has also co-authored a traffic psychology textbook (in Swedish).
Dr Magnus Granström; SAFER
Magnus Granström is the director of SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Research Centre. Dr Granström holds a PhD degree in applied physics and has extensive experience from collaborative projects and applied research, having worked for 15 years within the Volvo Group with a focus on projects involving industry, institutes and academy. He also has experience from academic work, having held a position as Associate Dean of Research at the School of Engineering, Jönköping University. In addition to this, he has been chairing several working groups and similar activities within organisations on the European level, for instance within EUCAR, the European Council for Automotive R&D.
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