Simulators Applied to Road Safety for Behavioural Analysis and Training

How to use and apply these simulation technologies to improve road safety

The SIMUSAFE session will take place on March 31st, from 3:00PM to 6:00PM

Simulators are widely applied in training environments, especially in where safety is a primary issue. Simulators for training have been used in the aviation sector for ages as a mandatory part of the education, not only for student pilots but also for professionally active ones.

The use and application of simulators in road transport is an important aspect to be applied to enhance the capabilities of drivers and reduce accidents. Simulators can also help the research community to analyse the behaviour of road users, useful for e.g. the design and testing of new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or Autonomous Vehicles, and new and more effective training programs.

Eventually this should also lead to the higher goal of positive changes in the behaviour of road users through promoting a more respectful and safe behaviour. Cars and motorcycles are important in this approach, but also vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians are an essential part of the traffic ecosystem that must addressed.

 The SIMUSAFE project is dealing with the use of interconnected simulators to analyse the interactions between road users in simulators, and the confidence in the data gathered in simulators in comparison with real-life road use and human factors.

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Workshop Program

15:00Welcome and SimuSafe Summary
Marteyn van Gasteren, ITCL Technology Centre, ES
15:15 The SimuSafe simulator system explained
Rodrigo Varga, ITCL Technology Centre, ES
15:30Preliminary SimuSafe results: Pedestrians
João Jacob, University of Porto, PT
15:45Global  Driver Training for large companies, simulator opportunities!
Patrick Hekkert, CEPA SafeDrive, NL
16:00EFA Training Matrix: a new and more effective training programs
Manuel Picardi, EFA European Driving Schools Association, UK
16:15Humans in the loop for capturing critical VRU behaviours in simulations
Ramakrishna Nanjundaiah, Phantasma Labs Limited, DE
16:30Simulators and Training aspects related to the PASCAL project
Luc Vandenabeele, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, LU; Nuccia Fedel, Automobile Club d’Italia & Maxime Larique, UBFC (University of Burgundy Franche-Comté)
16:45Use of simulators collected data for providing predictive road user models
Maria Nadia Postorino & Luca Mantecchini, University of Bologna, IT
17:05Data for road user behaviour models: Naturalistic or simulator studies?
Gustav Markkula, University of Leeds, UK
17:20Interconnected simulation for the study of interactions between drivers, pedestrians and cyclists
Chris W Schwarz & Omar Ahmad, University of Iowa / National Advanced Driving Simulator, US
17:35Q&A: round table
Stéphane ESPIÉ, Gustave EIFFEL University, FR
18:00End of workshop

Meet Our Speakers

Marteyn van Gasteren
SimuSafe Project Coordinator, ITCL Technology Centre, ES
Rodrigo Varga
Lead Unity Programmer, ITCL Technology Centre, ES
Luca Mantecchini
Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering, DICAM – Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, IT
Maria Nadia Postorino
Full Professor in Transportation Engineering, DICAM – Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, IT

João Jacob
Research, PhD, LIACC, University of Porto, PT
Patrick Hekkert
Director of Engineering and Modeling Research, CEPA SafeDrive, NL
Luc Vandenabeele
PAsCAL project coordinator, Luxembourg Institute of Technology and Science, LU
Stéphane Espié
Director of Research Gustave EIFFEL University TS2 / SATIE / MOSS head, FR
Manuel Picardi
General Secretary, EFA European Driving Schools Association, UK
Ramakrishna Nanjundaiah
CEO, Phantasma Labs Limited, DE
Gustav Markkula
Chair in Applied Behaviour Modelling, Human Factors & Safety Group, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK
Chris W Schwarz
Director of Engineering and Modeling Research, University of Iowa / National Advanced Driving Simulator, US
Omar Ahmad
University of Iowa / National Advanced Driving Simulator, US