Safe Transportation & Aging Symposium – Information & Registration

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Meeting the Challenges of Safe Transportation in an Aging Society

 September 14-15, 2016

The University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, Michigan
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18


 This symposium will address the latest research to improve the safe transportation of older adults from a broad array of disciplines including but not limited to engineering, public health, psychology and social sciences, medicine, public policy, economics, and urban planning.  Research should focus on older adults themselves, the modes of transportation they use, or the roadway environment within which they function.

Program Committee

David W. Eby, ATLAS Center, U-M
Lisa J. Molnar, ATLAS Center, U-M
Laura Higgins, ATLAS Center, Texas A&M
Jun-Seok Oh, TRCLC, Western Michigan University
Chris Pringle, Elsevier Ltd
Raymond Yung, Geriatrics Center, U-M
Lindsay H. Ryan, Institute for Social Research, U-M
John Sobanjo, ASAP, Florida State University
Sylvain Gagnon, Psychology, University of Ottawa

Conference Coordinator

Beth Jakubowski, ATLAS Center, U-M

Any Questions?
Email or call (734) 764-4778




We have two hotels with free shuttle near NCRC and UMTRI:

Holiday Inn North Campus
3600 Plymouth Rd
Reserve Room

Hampton Inn North Campus
2300 Green Rd.
Reserve Room


TPX Lung group photo on the courtyard steps of Mott Hospital, 9/23/08.

Raymond Yung, M.D., Ch.B.
Director, Geriatrics Center & Institute of Gerontology
University of Michigan;
Associate Director for Research
Geriatrics Research, Education & Clinical Care Center
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Presentation Title:Where will the Puck Be? The Future of Geriatric Medicine

 Like the rest of the world, the United States of America is an aging society. Between 2000 and 2050, the number of older Americans is projected to increase by 135%. The aging of the United States population in the next few decades will have a profound effect on the practice of medicine and our society. In this presentation, I will briefly summarize the history of geriatric medicine and a number of key national events in the past 40 years that shaped the field of geriatric medicine in the United States. There are both exciting opportunities and challenges facing US geriatricians in the fast evolving world of ‘population health’, and the presentation will discuss the direction geriatric medicine will needs to pivot in the age of hyper-efficiency, personalized medicine, and technology-driven patient care. Finally, I will address the potential role of academic geriatricians in advancing translational gerontological and ‘anti-aging’ research.


Raymond Yung, M.B., Ch.B., is the Director of the Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the Associate Director for Research for the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Care Center (GRECC) of the Ann Arbor VA Health System. As a specialist in the care of older adults with arthritis, Dr. Yung is a sought after clinician who has been consistently recognized in Best Doctors in America. Nationally recognized for his research on inflammation and aging, Dr. Yung has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between age-related changes in the immune system and the development of chronic inflammatory diseases in the elderly.


Bryan E. Porter, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Professor, Department of Psychology
Old Dominion University

Presentation Title: The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles to Assist an Aging Population: Opportunities, Challenges & a Reality Check

Fully autonomous vehicles have been touted as a panacea for improving traffic safety.  They have also, just as importantly, been touted as an intervention to address the decreasing mobility of populations who are unable to use our current transport system (i.e., older individuals).  This presentation provides an important background to such claims, examples of current research testing the reality of the promises, and challenges researchers and society face for incorporating autonomous vehicles into the transport system serving the aging society.


Dr. Porter is Professor of Psychology and the Associate Dean of The Graduate School at Old Dominion University (ODU).  He received his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech (1990), and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from The University of Memphis (1994 and 1996, respectively).  He has been at ODU since 1996. His has investigated red light running, safety-belt use, tailgating, and pedestrian safety.  Fatigued and distracted driving are recent interests. His has published in many outlets, from peer-reviewed scientific literature to technical reports.  As lead or co-investigator, he has been awarded approximately $4 million in grant funds for mostly traffic-safety projects.  Dr. Porter is regularly called upon by media to comment upon traffic safety – to date this includes more than 100 different pieces in which he was directly quoted. Dr. Porter was editor of the Handbook of Traffic Psychology published in 2011.  He is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.


Parking: For those of you who are driving to NCRC either day, we will have an attendant at the Building 18 parking structure from 7-11 a.m. who will let you in if you say you are with the aging symposium.

Symposium Hotel Shuttles:

Holiday Inn North Campus: Will leave for NCRC at 7:15 a.m. each morning

Hampton Inn North Campus: Please ask the desk for transport when you are ready to come over.

Dress Code for symposium and reception: Business Casual

Poster Competition: There will be a poster competition for viewing throughout both days of the symposium. Winners will be announced at the end of the symposium.


U-M Museum of Art Evening Reception (MUST be Age 21 or older – U-M Policy):

University of Michigan Museum of Art  Click here to view website

U-M Bus Service will transport from NCRC at 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. Buses will transport back to NCRC, UMTRI, and the symposium hotels at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres (plenty for dinner) will be served.

The Skyline High School Symphony Orchestra will perform until 7:00 p.m.

The art galleries and gift shop will be open for private viewing until 9:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 14 – NCRC Building 18 Dining Hall

7:15 – 8:15……Registration and Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30……Welcome and Opening Remarks
David W. Eby, Director, ATLAS Center
James Sayer, Director, UMTRI
S. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research, U-M Office of Research)
8:30 – 9:00……Keynote Speaker
Dr. Raymond Yung, University of Michigan
9:00-10:30……Enhancing Transportation Infrastructure for an Aging Society
(Moderator: Jun-Seok-Oh)
10:30-10:55…..Break (Poster Judging)
11:00 – 12:30….Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) Part I Symposia
(Moderator: Lisa J. Molnar)
12:30 – 1:30…..Lunch and Poster Judging
1:30 – 3:00……LongROAD Part II (Moderator: David Eby)
3:00- 3:30…….Break (Poster Judging)
3:30 – 5:00……Stakeholder Perspectives (Moderator: Laura Higgins)
5:00 – 5:10……Wrap Up

U-M Museum of Art Reception with Skyline Symphony Orchestra

5:15……U-M Bus Service will transport attendees to event
5:30……U-M Bus Service will transport attendees to event
5:30-6:00 to 8:30….Reception with food, drink, and music

Museum and gift shop open for private viewing until 9:00 p.m.

7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. U-M buses transportation back to NCRC, UMTRI, and symposium hotels

Thursday, September 15 – NCRC Building 18 Dining Hall

7:15 – 8:15……Registration and Breakfast
8:15 – 8:20……Sponsor Opening Remarks
Jun-Seok Oh and John Sobanjo
8:20 – 8:45……Keynote Speaker
Dr. Bryan Porter, Old Dominion University
8:45 – 10:15…..Technology (Moderator: John Sobanjo)
10:15-10:30…..Break (Poster Judging)
10:30-12:00…..Prospective Changes in the Candrive/Ozcandrive Older Driver Cohorts
(Moderator: Shawn C. Marshall)

12:00 – 12:15…Closing Remarks and Poster Competition Awards
12:15 – 1:15…..Box Lunch

Mcity Tour and Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE)

1:15 – 1:45……Begin transport to UMTRI for tour and drive
2:00 – 3:00……Mcity Tour (Led by: James Sayer, Director, UMTRI)
3:00 – 4:00……AACVTE Drive (Groups of 10) (Led by: Debby Bezzina)

Download Symposium Agenda and Presentations HERE

Download  MAPS for NCRC and UMTRI

Single Presentations

Session Theme: Stakeholder Perspectives

Ten Facts about Older Drivers You Can Bank On (Michel Bedard, Centre for Research on Safe Driving, Lakehead University)

Integrated Assessment of Safety, Accessibility and Reliability for Aging Roadway Users: Case Studies in Florida (Eren Erman Ozguven, Florida State University)

Interactive Driving Simulators: Implications for Clinical Use (Anne Dickerson, East Carolina University)

Training Law Enforcement in the Identification of Medical Impairment in Aging Drivers (Linda Hill, Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego)

An Investigation of the Low Mileage Bias using Naturalistic Driving Study Data (Jon Antin, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)


Session Theme: Technology

Vehicle Automation and the Driver Age: Human Factors Implications (Anuj Pradhan, UMTRI)

An approach to customize haptic guidance for the aged power-wheelchair riders (Han Yoon, Texas A&M University, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

The Older Driver and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: Insights from a Naturalistic Driving Field Operational Test (Shan Bao, UMTRI)

Improving Safe Transportation for Older Adults in a Socially-mobile Environment (Paul Fancher, UMTRI)


Symposia – (download PDF above for complete list of presenters)

Enhancing Transportation Infrastructure for an Aging Society (Moderator: Jun Seok-Oh)

LongROAD Session 1 (Moderator: Lisa J. Molnar)

LongROAD Session 2 (Moderator: David Eby)

Prospective Changes in the Candrive/Ozcandrive Older Driver Cohorts (Moderator: Shawn C. Marshall)

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center)
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Elsevier Ltd
Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP)
Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC)


The ATLAS Center is a collaboration between the University of Michigan (U-M) Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute