During the trip, she met with fellow scientists from Autoliv, Volvo, and Saab at SAFER, the Vehicle Safety Research Center at Chalmers University. The team reviewed analytical methods for comparing data between anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) and real children in emergency braking and swerving maneuvers, initiated collaboration around pediatric head injury biomechanics involving helmets of youth hockey players equipped with sensors, and began planning for the next stage of research on rear seat occupant protection. "The similarities between SAFER's approach of linking industry with academia and government and CIRP's Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center, CChIPS, are striking," Dr. Arbogast says. "Working together allows both groups to expand the reach of our research. It’s truly an honor to work side by side with the Swedes, who have long been leaders in keeping children safe on the roads."

In keeping with CIRP’s emphasis on training and mentorship, Dr. Arbogast has served as an advisor to Marianne Andersson, a PhD student from Chalmers University: "Marianne's research on a computational approach to understanding rear seat occupant protection in side impact crashes has contributed to this collaborative research effort. I was happy to be present in Sweden as she successfully defended her dissertation on this research."