Engineering Seminar Series 8/1_2010: Vehicle Safety and the Safe System

Dr. David Logan, Senior Research fellow (Monash University Accident Research Centre)

Date: 2010-05-11
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Venue: Classroom 9-3-03


Covers background to the Safe System, a brief history of vehicle safety and then a summary of the problem areas of frontal and side impacts with some of the current vehicle safety technologies for each. Finishes with crash avoidance issues.

About the Speaker

Dr Logan is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the Vehicle Safety Test, Evaluation and Crash Research (VSTECR) Team at MUARC. After obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, he spent several years in engineering consulting, working in a variety of areas including vibration analysis, low volume vehicle compliance, heavy vehicle brake system testing, and acoustics and noise control.

Joining MUARC in 2001, David manages the multidisciplinary real-world crash investigation team, coordinating data collection Australia-wide, as well as presenting invited lectures to both school and professional groups. He is also involved in road safety strategy modelling and coordination of the innovative ambulance safety and performance test program. Dr Logan is also project leader for the AutoCRC ORTeV (On-Road Test Vehicle), working with the School of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering at Swinburne University to develop a state-of-the-art passenger car for real-time acquisition of physiological, eye tracking, video and vehicle data for use in naturalistic driving, driver distraction and other research relating to the Human-Machine Interface.