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Forum : Drowsy Driving Forum - Agenda and Presentations
Washington, DC
10/21/2014 8:30 AM
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The forum is scheduled from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Located at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, DC or viewable by webcast.




NTSB Staff:

Dr. Ensar Becic, Office of Highway Safety Dr. Rafael Marshall, Office of Highway Safety
Mr. Kenneth Bragg, Office of Highway Safety Dr. Mary Pat McKay, Office of Research and Engineering
Dr. Deborah Bruce, Office of Highway Safety Dr. Robert Molloy, Office of Highway Safety
Mr. Dennis Collins, Office of Highway Safety Dr. Jana Price, Office of Highway Safety

PANEL 1: Introduction and Scope of the Problem

This session will orient participants with definitions of drowsy driving, the varying etiologies of fatigue/drowsiness, and fatigue's known effects on performance. It will also present recent research on the prevalence and impact of drowsy driving on traffic crashes and fatalities.


David Dinges, PhD,
Chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Brian Tefft,
Senior Research Associate, AAA Foundation

PANEL 2: Workplace Issues

This session will look at how workplace policies and practices can affect the safety of employees who commute to work or for whom driving is a part of their work assignment.


Stephanie Pratt, PhD,
Coordinator, Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

David Flower, MD, FRCP, FFOM, FACOEM,
Senior Health Director, BP International

John Violanti, PhD,
Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY

PANEL 3: Concerns for Novice Drivers

This session will address risks associated with young drivers, a high-risk group for drowsy driving crashes. Topics will include educating youth about sleep needs, educating novice drivers, graduated licensing with nighttime restrictions, community-based programs, and drowsy driver awareness messages.


Mary Carskadon, PhD,
Director of Chronobiology and Sleep Research, Bradley Hospital

Nathaniel F. Watson, MD, MSc,
Co-Director, UW Medicine Sleep Center, University of Washington

Lunch Break


PANEL 4: Health Issues

This session will address some of the health-related risk factors associated with drowsy driving and countermeasures that could mitigate risk due to those factors. The primary focus of the session will be sleep disorders and use of medications associated with sleepiness.


Maurice Ohayon, MD, DSc, PhD
Chief, Division of Public Mental Health and Population Sciences, Stanford University

Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Division of Sleep Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Ronald Farkas, MD, PhD,
Lead Medical Officer, Division of Neurology Products, Food and Drug Administration


Panel 5: In-Vehicle and Roadway Factors

This session will provide an overview of in-vehicle technologies–currently available or under development–designed to mitigate drowsy driving and drowsy driving-related crashes. It will also consider the efficacy and user acceptance of in-vehicle systems, as well as roadway factors (e.g., rumble strips, rest areas) designed to address drowsy driving.


Frank Sgambati
Director, Bosch Chassis Systems Control, Bosch

Chris Monk, PhD,
Chief, Human Factors/Engineering Integration Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Peter Savolainen, PhD, PE,
Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University


Panel 6: Consideration of Countermeasures and Future Directions

The final session will be a facilitated panel discussion about various countermeasures that, if implemented, could lead to a reduction in drowsy driving crashes. Leaders from the fatigue and traffic safety community will present remarks during the final session about the needed next steps to reduce the incidence of noncommercial drowsy driving crashes.


Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP
Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and Director, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jacob Nelson, MPH, MPP,
Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research, AAA National Office

Allan I. Pack, M.B.Ch.B., PhD,
John Miclot Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania

Stephen M. Popkin, PhD,
Director, Safety Management and Human Factors, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
Closing Remarks: Member Mark R. Rosekind, PhD

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