The theme of the Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center) is Integrated Solutions for Transportation Safety. The University of Michigan (U-M) Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in collaboration with Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is pleased to establish a University Transportation Center (UTC) focused on transportation safety. The UTC is called The Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership And Safety (ATLAS Center) and its theme is “Integrated Solutions for Transportation Safety.” The ATLAS Center plans to become an internationally recognized leader in research, education/workforce development, and technology transfer dedicated to finding and promoting integrated solutions for transportation safety.
A multidisciplinary, systems approach is being used to advance knowledge in critical areas of transportation safety. This approach includes faculty and researchers with backgrounds including, but not limited to, engineering, behavioral science, logistics, urban planning, economics, public health, and medicine. Figure 1 shows the broad transportation safety areas within the scope of research, education/workforce development, and technology transfer activities for the ATLAS Center. The matrix conceptualizes safety as divided into three broad components that are further divided into the phases of a crash: pre-drive/pre-crash (including both normal driving and crash-imminent), crash, and post-crash. Each box in the matrix defines a topical area in which research and other activities can positively impact safety.