Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Fueled by the inevitable changes in our transportation system, the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) University Transportation Center (UTC) endeavors to maximize the potential safety benefits of disruptive technologies through targeted research that addresses the most pressing transportation safety questions.

News


Featured Safe-D Student Interview: Alex Noble (VT/VTTI)


Alex Noble is a Safe-D student currently pursuing her Ph.D in Industrial and Systems Engineering at VT. She was the lead researcher working on Safe-D Project 01-004: Driver Training for Automated Vehicle Technology. Read her Safe-D Student interview, conducted by Abhishek Nayak (TAMU), below! Continue reading

Featured Safe-D Faculty Interview: Dr. Jeffrey Hickman (VTTI)


Dr. Jeffrey Hickman is a Safe-D faculty researcher at VTTU working on Safe-D Project 02-014: Formalizing Human-Machine Communication in the Context of Autonomous Vehicles. and Safe-D Project 03-036: Modeling Driver Responses During Automated Vehicle Failures. Safe-D Student Pasakorn Choterungruengkorn (TAMU) interviewed Dr. Hickman about Safe-D Project 02-014 and 03-036 as part of the Safe-D Student and Faculty Interview Chain. Read on to learn more about Dr. Hickman and his research! Continue reading

Alex Noble (VT) Recognized as the 2020 ISE Department Outstanding Doctoral Student


Alex Noble (VT) was recently recognized by the Virginia Tech Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year! Continue reading

About


Fueled by the inevitable changes in our transportation system, the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) University Transportation Center (UTC) endeavors to maximize the potential safety benefits of disruptive technologies through targeted research that addresses the most pressing transportation safety questions. With the outstanding leadership of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in a mentoring collaboration with the new transportation research group at San Diego State University, a Hispanic-serving institute known for educating the transportation workforce, our geographically balanced consortium encompasses the largest collection of transportation safety researchers in the nation and provides unparalleled expertise, facilities, and resources to conduct impactful research towards our long-term vision. The Safe-D Center will focus its efforts in three key areas: (1) cutting-edge research by leading transportation safety experts and their students; (2) education and workforce development with programs for all levels from grade school through college to continuing education for professionals; and (3) fully supported technology transfer including practitioner training partnerships, social networking, commercialization, and intellectual property management.

Mission

The mission of Safe-D is to proactively promote safety through a data-driven collaboration among the nation’s brightest researchers.

Vision

The vision of Safe-D is a nation with a systemically safe transportation system.

Theme Areas

  • Connected Vehicles
  • Automated Vehicles
  • Transportation as a Service
  • Big Data Analytics

Director

The Safe-D consortium was assembled by the Director, Dr. Zachary Doerzaph, with the expressed intent to make significant progress toward a nation with systemically safe travel through research, education and workforce development, and technology transfer efforts.

Partner with Us

To effectively usher in the next generation of transformative technologies in transportation, the Safe-D UTC believes that it is critical to partner with industry representatives, university faculty, and young students in all Center activities. Accordingly, the Safe-D UTC is seeking partners for targeted research and development activities, educational and workforce development programs, and technology transfer efforts aimed at commercialization and deployment.