Professor Jodie Plumert to Serve as Associate Director of New SAFER-SIM University Transportation Center

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 7:15am

The University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator has been awarded a $1.4 million University Transportation Center grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Research and Innovation Technology Administration.

The UI, which is the lead institution, will share the grant with four other consortium institutions: the University of Central Florida, University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and the University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez. Each consortium member is home to one or more interactive driving simulators used by faculty, staff, and students from human factors, engineering, computer science, and psychology.

The grant provides $1.4 million to the SAFER-SIM center in the first year, with up to $7 million in funding over five years. This is the second time NADS has been selected to receive a University Transportation Center grant.

Jodie Plumert, professor and chair of the UI Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and associate director of the SAFER-SIM center, says the grant already has proven to be an important mechanism for getting faculty across campus involved with research at NADS.

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