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Learn More About Driving Safety Research From the National Advanced Driving Simulator's Chris Schwartz

Learn more about the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) from one of the researchers behind it, University of Iowa's Chris W. Schwartz. The NADS is a system for use in driving-based research, both public and private. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Dec. 7, 1 p.m.

Room 153, TLPDC

About the National Advanced Driving Simulator:

The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is a self-sustained transportation safety research center at the University of Iowa's Research Park. NADS utilizes its suite of world-class driving simulators and instrumented vehicles to conduct research studies for the private and public sectors. NADS is staffed by 18 full-time employees who specialize in studying the connection between humans and vehicles.

The NADS is open for use by anyone interested in conducting driving-based development and research. This is a national, shared-use facility that has collaborated with industry, military and federal and state governments.

NADS offers driving simulators with a range of fidelities in order to best address the requirements for each project: NADS-1, the world's highest-fidelity driving research simulator; NADS-2, a fixed-base simulator; and the NADS MiniSim™, a low-cost PC-based portable simulator. There are nearly 50 miniSims installed at locations across North America.

Schwarz received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1998, both in electrical and computer engineering. 

From 1998 to present day, he has been a research engineer at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa. His research has involved all types of advanced driver assistance systems, connected vehicles, warning systems, automated vehicles and driver impairment modeling.

Schwarz is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He serves on the SAE on-road autonomous vehicles committee as well as the committee on automated vehicles in the transportation research board.