Experts gather for the 8th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research hosted by MUARC

NDRS 2019 symposium The 8th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research was held in Australia for the first time last week, with the Monash University Accident Research Centre hosting the event in partnership with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Delegates gathered at Melbourne Museum for the presentation of some of the latest studies in naturalistic driving, with topics ranging from driver distraction, driver fatigue and the protection of vulnerable road users.

A highlight of the Symposium was an expert panel discussing the value of naturalistic driving research for informing road safety policy and practice.

Dr Ian Johnston AM chaired the panel and stimulated a productive discussion alongside experts Ms Samantha Cockfield, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane, Professor Jake Olivier, Ms Liz Waller and Mr John Wall.

Given the location of the Symposium, the event was also an ideal opportunity for attendees to tour the TAC’s ‘Road to Zero: Road Safety Experience' at the Museum. The interactive complex was praised as a unique and important road safety initiative.

The Symposium concluded with the announcement of the ‘Best Student Paper Award’. There were some excellent student presentations across the two days, with MUARC’s Renée St Louis emerging as recipient of the award.

The 9th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia in 2020.

For more photos from the conference, please visit our NDRS 2019 photo gallery.