Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
Research Director of Traffic Safety
Title : " The development of an open source human body model of an average female, ViVA, for low severity vehicle safety assessment.
Prof Astrid Linder received her PhD in traffic safety from Chalmers University of Technology in 2002 from where she also has a MSc in Engineering Physics. She is an Adjunct Professor in Injury Prevention at Chalmers University. Since 2005 she has been Research Director of Traffic Safety at Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), responsible for the development of the research area crash safety and biomechanics. Traffic safety, models of the human in crash testing, injury prevention and crash related countermeasures are main fields of her research activity in which she has extensively published and presented around the world during the last two decades.
She has, among others, been appointed expert of the Transport Advisory Group (TAG) and Advisory Group on Gender for the coming research programme Horizon 2020 initiated by the European Commission. She has been presented with the EU Champions of Transport Research Road (2014), EU Champions of Transport Research Overall Winner Transport (2014), the US Government Safety Engineering Excellence (2015) and Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, the Håkan Frisinger (2015) awards. She has coordinated the EU funded project ADSEAT where the world first virtual dummy model of an average female for rear impact, EvaRID, was developed and is the project leader of the ViVA projects in which an Open Source Human Body Model of an average female is developed.
Director, TRL Academy – Transport Research Laboratory
Richard is responsible for TRL’s strategic research plan and the associated thought leadership investments and activities, ensuring technical quality of research outputs, supporting the academic development of staff and managing engagement with stakeholders on programmes of collaborative research.
Richard has worked in the field of road safety and vehicle engineering research for over 25 years. He currently leads a diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects, as well as championing the use of the Smart Mobility Living Lab in London to trial new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions in complex real world urban environments. Richard is the Technical Director for the European Commission’s Framework Contract for the provision of consultancy services in the field of automotive safety and is leading the review of the EU’s General and Pedestrian Safety Regulations. He is Project Director for a number of CAV projects, including MOVE_UK and the UK’s HGV Platooning Trials. Richard is the technical lead for the UK’s Road Accident In-Depth Studies (RAIDS) programme and has previously successfully managed similar projects.
Richard has a strong track record of identifying safety design priorities based on real world evidence and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with respect to vehicle technologies and accident and injury prevention. He currently chairs the Vehicle Design Working Party for the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).