UC Berkeley SafeTREC is excited to be a part of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded National University Transportation Center led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Highway Safety Research Center.
CSCRS is one of five national University Transportation Centers announced in November 2016. The Center unites leading university transportation research, planning, public health, data science and engineering programs with the mission to create and exchange knowledge to advance transportation safety through a multidisciplinary, Safe Systems approach.
The UC Berkeley team, led by SafeTREC Co-Director Offer Grembek, is one of four university consortium members, along with Duke University, Florida Atlantic University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
UC Berkeley is involved in several current CSCRS research projects:
- R1: Structures of Stakeholder Relationships in Making Road Safety Decisions
- R2: An Enhanced Systemic Approach to Safety
- R4: Completing the Picture of Traffic Injuries: Understanding Data Needs and Opportunities for Road Safety
- R12: Linking Crash and Post-Crash Data
- R14: Creating a CSCRS Clearinghouse for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety-Related Data, Phase I: Inventory & Framework
Education and Professional Development
In addition to the research efforts, SafeTREC conducts educational and professional development activities to support CSCRS goals and provide opportunities to engage staff and professionals working in several disciplines including public health, engineering, planning, data science and robotics. These activities also include student fellowship, research grant, and travel opportunities. The following are now open for application:
- CSCRS Road Safety Graduate Student Fellows: please apply by August 3, 2018.
- CSCRS Student Road Safety Travel Grants: ongoing/please submit application 45 days prior to expected travel
Get to know our 2018 CSCRS Summer Fellows and their research projects:
Cynthia Armour, Master of City and Regional Planning:
Policy-making at the intersection of Autonomous Vehicles and Public Health
As a CSCRS Fellow I'll be working on a literature review centered on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and public health. I'm interested in seeing to what extent safety and health considerations regarding the arrival of AVs are translating to concrete policy and legislation.
I'm honored and excited to be taking on this work with SafeTREC and CSCRS! I'm looking forward to diving into the substantial and ever-growing body of literature on this topic and I look forward to contributing a multi-disciplinary effort which engages emerging perspectives on the topic of AVs and transportation revolutions.
Elizabeth Resor, PhD, School of Information:
Road Safety in Africa: Challenges and Interventions
I will research road safety efforts and research in Africa, the world region with the highest rate of road safety fatalities despite having the lowest rate of motorization, to gain insights that may inform implementation of the Safe Systems approach to road safety in the United States. In particular, I will bring together current academic research and research conducted by local and international NGOs to form a more complete picture of what is known about road safety conditions and interventions in Africa.
I am excited to be joining the CSCRS as a Fellow. I look forward to sharing my research with this multi-disciplinary community and learning about the leading approaches to improving road safety worldwide.
2017-2018 CSCRS Fellows:
Ibrahim Itani, Master of Transportation Engineering:
Applied Approaches in Establishing a Safe System in Transportation
My research involves producing a paper regarding “Safe Systems,” which are transportation systems which no one can get fatally or seriously injured on. The current area of focus is examining how safe systems are being implemented in other fields (e.g., construction, health care) and what we can learn from their approach.
Being selected as a CSCRS Fellow has allowed me to contribute to the transportation safety body of research by delving into the topic of Safe Systems. It has enriched my educational experience and helped me sharpen my research skills.
Lin Yang, Master of Transportation Engineering:
Methods for Maximizing Pre-crash Kinetic Energy Dissipation from a Safe Systems Approach
This research focuses on the methods that can be applied to maximize the pre-crash kinetic energy dissipation so that the energy imposed on the road users can be minimized. The safe system approach is applied so these methods can contribute to building a transportation network on which people cannot be severely or fatally injured.
As a masters student in transportation engineering, it is a great honor to be selected as a CSCRS fellow. This fellowship provides a valuable opportunity for me to conduct research on important road safety issues. I look forward to contributing more to this field.
Learn more about the CSCRS and current research, education, and professional development activities at the CSCRS website.