Attentive Driving - Countermeasures for Distraction Forum

Expert Panel Biographies

 

Linda Angell, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Dr. Linda Angell is a research scientist with 30 years of experience focused primarily on driver behavior, particularly driver attention and safety. Her experience spans both academic and industry settings, including 27 years at General Motors, where, as a Technical Fellow, she participated in industry-wide efforts to develop methods for assessing driver distraction and assisted in establishing industry guidelines on distraction. She has built and led several human factors groups, in both research and product application areas. Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the GM Chairman's Award, GM's highest honor-and the A. R. Lauer Safety Award from the Human Factors Society, its highest safety honor. Currently, Dr. Angell is a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and has also cofounded and leads a new company, Touchstone Evaluations, Inc. Dr. Angell continues to work in the areas of driver behavior, attention, perception, and safety. She has strong interests in child and teen safety, as well as in aging driver issues. User-centered design and user experience in the evolving and connected transportation system are also of particular interest.

Tim Barker, District Attorney's Office, York County, Pennsylvania

Tim Barker serves in the York County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. He began his career as a prosecutor in 1998 and has served on the amicus committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association since 2000. Mr. Barker specializes in prosecuting complex litigation cases from inception of charges through the trial and appellate process. As the chief deputy prosecutor for policy and research, he is active in establishing investigation and prosecution policies for York County, including all protocols concerning vehicular crimes. Mr. Barker was selected as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)/National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) Prosecutor Fellow for 2011-2012, serving as a national resource between NHTSA and prosecutors litigating motor vehicle and pedestrian offenses. He received the 2007 National Traffic Safety Award for Prosecutors from NAPC for his prosecution of the owner of a dump truck that killed two people and injured eight others. Mr. Barker received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Dickinson College in 1991. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1995.

Jeff Caird, University of Calgary

Dr. Jeff Caird is a professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Anesthesia and Community Health Sciences, at the University of Calgary. He is also director of the Cognitive Ergonomics Research Laboratory, the University of Calgary Driving Simulator center, and the Healthcare Human Factors and Simulation Laboratory. Dr. Caird is the coleader of the Teen and Novice Driver Network, which is part of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence-Canada's national research initiative for automotive research and development. He recently coedited the Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology. Dr. Caird received his Ph.D. in human factors from the University of Minnesota in 1994.

Mike Cammisa, Association of Global Automakers

Mike Cammisa is the Director of Safety for the Association of Global Automakers, where he provides information and analysis on legislative and regulatory activities affecting vehicle safety. Prior to joining Global Automakers in 2000, Mr. Cammisa worked for 5 years as a research analyst with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. He has authored papers on the performance of frontal air bags, seat belt use rates, and passive alcohol sensors. He also serves as a liaison member of the National Academy of Sciences Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Safety Technical Coordinating Committee. Mr. Cammisa earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, and a masters of public policy from Georgetown University.

Neil Chaudhary, Preusser Research Group

Dr. Neil Chaudhary, vice president, Preusser Research Group, holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY). While at CUNY, he taught experimental design, introductory psychology, and social psychology. He also conducted research in cognitive and social psychology. Dr. Chaudhary has been both a panelist and a moderator for expert panels on traffic safety. He is a member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee and the Occupant Protection Committee of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. He has published extensively in the areas of occupant protection, older drivers, alcohol and drugs, teen drivers, costs of crashes, and crash analysis. Recently, Dr. Chaudhary evaluated the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's distracted driving demonstration projects in Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York. He is currently the project director for the evaluation of similar programs to be implemented on a statewide level.

Donald L. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Donald L. Fisher is a professor and head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as director of the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory. Dr. Fisher has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of those factors that increase the crash risk of novice and older drivers. In addition, he has pioneered the development of both PC-based hazard anticipation training (RAPT) and PC-based attention maintenance training (FOCAL), showing that novice drivers so trained actually anticipate hazards more often and better maintain attention on the open road and in a driving simulator. Dr. Fisher edited the recently published Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology. During the past several years, Dr. Fisher has supervised driving simulator research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, among others. Dr. Fisher holds an A.B. degree in philosophy from Bowdoin College, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan.

John D. Lee, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. John D. Lee is the Emerson Electric professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Iowa and directed human factors research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator center. Dr. Lee is a coauthor of An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, coeditor of Driver Distraction: Theory, Effect, and Mitigation, and the author or coauthor of more than 170 articles. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Board of Human-System Integration and the Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration, among others. Dr. Lee's research focuses on the safety and acceptance of complex human-machine systems by considering how technology mediates attention. Specific research interests include trust in technology, advanced driver assistance systems, and human interaction with mixed-initiative systems.

Anne T. McCartt, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Dr. Anne T. McCartt is senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. McCartt has worked in the highway safety field for more than 25 years and has been with the Institute since 2002. She has authored more than 150 technical reports and scientific papers in such areas as distracted driving, alcohol-impaired driving, large truck safety, young drivers, side air bag effectiveness, and occupant restraints. Dr. McCartt is a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and has served on numerous expert committees. She received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a doctorate from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany.

Daniel V. McGehee, University of Iowa

Dr. Daniel V. McGehee is director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. He also holds adjunct appointments in the Colleges of Engineering and Public Health, the Injury Prevention Research Center, and the National Advanced Driving Simulator center. Dr. McGehee's interests are driver performance and behavior, distraction mitigation, interface design, young drivers, crash analysis, and safety policy. For the last 6 years, he has conducted naturalistic driving studies among young drivers with event-triggered video recorders-which provides a unique view into young driver behavior. Prior to moving to the University of Iowa, Dr. McGehee worked in flight crew systems analysis at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr. McGehee earned his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, where he studied the preimpact response of drivers.

John Maddox, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

John Maddox currently serves as the associate administrator for vehicle safety and research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), where he oversees all vehicle safety research programs and ensures that they achieve the goals of reducing fatalities and injuries. Mr. Maddox and his team are implementing programs in a variety of safety initiatives, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, distraction, crash avoidance technologies, crashworthiness, human injury, alternative fuel and battery safety, vehicle cybersecurity, and motorcoach safety. Prior to joining NHTSA, he worked for Volkswagen Group North America and for Ford Motor Company. Mr. Maddox holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Jeffrey P. Michael, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Dr. Jeffrey P. Michael is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and program development. As such, he is responsible for developing programs to increase seat belt use, to decrease impaired driving, and to improve the safety of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and older drivers. Mr. Michael oversees four offices that formulate, develop, and evaluate a range of traffic safety programs. The research office investigates traffic behaviors and tests behavior change strategies; the criminal justice office develops tools and programs to facilitate effective traffic law enforcement and adjudication; the impaired driving and occupant protection office focuses on programs that address these two critical safety behaviors; and the emergency medical services office works with first responders across the nation to ensure effective and consistent prehospital care for crash victims. Mr. Michael has a doctorate of education from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree in design and industry from San Francisco State University. He has served in the Federal government for 20 years.

Christopher Murphy, California Office of Traffic Safety

Christopher Murphy was appointed director of the California Office of Traffic Safety in 2005, where he administers the $70-million statewide traffic safety program. Mr. Murphy is also the immediate past chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). He currently chairs the GHSA Management Review Task Force, which interacts with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on behalf of all states to resolve outstanding management issues involving the interpretation of Federal rules and regulations. Mr. Murphy is colead for California's Strategic Highway Safety Plan and is active in the California Police Chiefs and California Peace Officers Associations-Joint Traffic Safety Committee, MADD Statewide Advisory Council, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators-License Suspension Committee, Governor's Prevention Advisory Council, California Older Driver Task Force, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-Highway Transportation Safety Committee on Safety Management, and Teachable Moment Foundation.

Jacob Nelson, American Automobile Association

Jacob Nelson is the director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for the American Automobile Association (AAA), where he directs the analysis and application of scientific research to AAA's traffic safety activities, including programmatic offerings and advocacy at the national and state levels. Additionally, he serves as the association's top safety expert in scientific and academic venues, with transportation stakeholder groups, and before Federal agencies and Congress. Mr. Nelson is a Mid-American Public Health Leadership Fellow alumnus and member of the National Public Health Leadership Society. He is a current member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. He was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and completed his graduate studies in public health at the George Washington University and in public policy at the University of Chicago, where he was named a McCormick Tribune Leadership Fellow.

Jerry L. Oberdorf, Pennsylvania State Police

Jerry L. Oberdorf has served for over 21 years with the Pennsylvania State Police and currently holds the rank of Sergeant within the Bureau of Patrol. The majority of his career has been in the field enforcing the laws of the commonwealth as a patrol trooper and a patrol unit supervisor. He has also served as an investigator in the Vehicle Fraud Division and the Internal Affairs Division. He has received training in traffic law, criminal law, investigation, and supervision, among other areas of practice. His current administrative duties directly correlate to his experiences in the field. Sergeant Oberdorf brings to the forum his considerable experience in enforcing distracted driving laws.

James R. Sayer, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Dr. James R. Sayer is an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and also serves as cochair of the University of Michigan's Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board. Dr. Sayer has conducted human factors- and transportation-related research at UMTRI since 1993. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Sayer has conducted research in driver assistance and advanced safety systems, naturalistic driving behavior, driver vision, and pedestrian conspicuity. He has contributed to the development, evaluation, and deployment of adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and collision avoidance systems in both passenger cars and commercial heavy trucks (including simulator, test-track, on-road, and field-operational testing). He has directed three large field operational tests involving more than 350 lay drivers accumulating over 375,000 miles of naturalistic driving data. Dr. Sayer currently serves as project director of the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems Field Operational Test program. He has authored many technical reports and journal articles, and regularly consults for automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and the Federal government.

Bruce Starr, Oregon State Senate

Senator Bruce Starr began serving in the Oregon legislature more than a decade ago, where he was chair of the House Transportation Committee. He currently represents western Washington County in the Oregon Senate. Senator Starr is vice-chair of the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Committee and chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Taskforce on Transportation Funding. He is also is a member of the Senate General Government Committee. Senator Starr works closely with the Portland Business Alliance and the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association. He has been a small business owner and is a graduate of Portland State University.

Robert Strassburger, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Robert Strassburger is vice president, Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Since joining the Alliance in 2000, he has directed the development of several voluntary industry standards to enhance motor vehicle safety. Mr. Strassburger also oversees the Alliance's safety research, which includes developing new crash test dummies and conducting crash investigations and fundamental injury causation studies. Mr. Strassburger was previously director of government affairs for Nissan North America. Prior to joining Nissan, he held several safety, engineering, and vehicle emissions positions at Mazda North American Operations. Mr. Strassburger earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan.

David D. Teater, National Safety Council

David D. Teater of Spring Lake, Michigan, leads the National Safety Council (NSC) advocacy initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries associated with teen driving and distracted driving. Mr. Teater's 30-year business career has included serving as chief executive officer of several private companies, including 20 years at an automotive supplier that provided research and strategy consulting services to automobile manufacturers. Mr. Teater helped launch a technology company developing solutions to distracted driving, where he served as a board member and investor. In 2009, he joined the NSC after its call for a nationwide ban on cell phone driving. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of distracted driving and has been featured in many national publications and news broadcasts. Mr. Teater has appeared before several state legislatures advocating for restrictions on cell phone use while driving and has testified before the U.S. Congress.