Request for Proposals

SAFER-SIM University Transportation Center

Promoting Safety

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Center Objective:
SAFER-SIM is a multidisciplinary Center that focuses on innovative approaches using simulation to promote traffic safety, ranging from microsimulation to human-in-the-loop simulation. SAFER-SIM sponsors research using simulation to study traffic safety, promotes outreach activities in STEM areas, and aids workforce development efforts in transportation safety.

Center Themes:
SAFER-SIM promotes the study of how road users, roadway infrastructure, and new vehicle technologies interact and interface with each other using microsimulation and state-of-the-art driving, bicycling, pedestrian simulators. Our platforms can be used to not only understand present needs, but also to evaluate and develop futuristic technologies. SAFER-SIM projects will use simulation technology to address the following safety topics:

  • Automated vehicles technology
  • Connected vehicles technology
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Roadway infrastructure design
  • Distributed simulation technology
Project Requirements:
  • Transportation safety theme
  • Use of simulation technology (i.e. driving, pedestrian, or bicycling human-in-the-loop simulation, microscopic traffic simulation, advanced visualization techniques, cognitive modeling)
  • Student involvement
  • PI is a faculty member or full-time research staff
  • 50% matching funds from non-Federal sources

Proposals are due November 30, 2017

Award Decisions will be made by February 15, 2018

Project to begin Summer or Fall Term 2018

In addition to research projects, proposals are welcome for course development and STEM outreach activities involving simulation and a transportation safety theme. Please contact the SAFER-SIM representative from your University for more information. More details and proposal forms can be found at https://safersim.wufoo.com/forms/mukakdb1ci92zs/

Please register before September 30, 2017 by going to https://safersim.wufoo.com/forms/m16x7j6t1rqczt1/

Your confirmation letter contains instructions about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please call Jacob Heiden, 319-335-4786 or email jacob-heiden@uiowa.edu or safersim@uiowa.edu

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