Crash test dummy developers gain scholarships

Volvo has recognised the work of two researchers in traffic safety technology by awarding them with scholarships to continue further in their field.

Astrid Linder with her female crash dummyBiomechanical researchers who have contributed to the development of crash test dummies have been awarded the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research scholarship from Volvo worth SEK 250,000 (£21,750). The recipients of the scholarship have been named as Astrid Linder and Mats Svensson.

Astrid Linder is Associate Professor of Injury Prevention at Chalmers University of Technology and Research Director at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). Her research showed that there is a higher risk of whiplash injuries for women than there is for men. Despite this, at that time there was no crash test dummy which represented the average woman that could be used for the development of car safety features. In order to ensure all vehicle occupants were adequately represented in vehicle crash research, Astrid Linder developed a female crash test dummy.

Mats Svensson is Professor of Injury Prevention at Chalmers and leader of SAFER’s (Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers) Competence Area for biomechanical and protection systems. One example of the research he has done into whiplash has led to the development of the BioRID whiplash crash test dummy, which has now become a global standard.

The Scientific Council described the contributions of Astrid Linder and Mats Svensson as being vital to the development of biomedical research for the Swedish automotive industry and that it has led to a large reduction in human suffering.

The scholarship will be awarded by the Håkan Frisinger Foundation at a seminar held in April in the Virtual Development Laboratory at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Research & Educational Foundations (VREF), the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers will organise a seminar in connection with the scholarship award ceremony.

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