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The 2nd International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention, Gothenburg, Sweden



When: 5 - 7 September 2011

Where: Lindholmen Conference Centre at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, Sweden

It has been estimated that up to 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve inattention as a contributing factor, and that distraction is a factor in about a quarter of these. Distraction and inattention are therefore significant road safety problems, around the world.

The contribution of distraction as a factor in road trauma is likely to increase as more distractions, inside and outside the vehicle, compete for driver attention. As the role of distraction and inattention in crashes and near-misses has become clearer, countermeasure development has been intensified. Simultaneously, there has been an increased focus on the fundamental science of attention in modern neuroscience research.

This conference, which follows from the highly successful First International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention (held in Gothenburg in 2009;; the papers from the first conference are available at this website), aims again to bring together stakeholders from these different fields. All papers submitted for this conference are peer-reviewed by two experts in the field.

Driver distraction and inattention are complex, multi-dimensional, problems. Consequently, management of them requires concerted action by multiple stakeholders - vehicle designers, traffic engineers, road and transport safety authorities, the police, the media, motoring clubs, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, standards organizations, road safety bodies, driver trainers, academics and others.

The 2nd International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention aims to bring participants up-to date on recent developments in the field, to bring into the spotlight developments in research from neighbouring disciplines that have an important bearing on the problem, and to showcase new and emerging technologies, products and other countermeasures which have significant potential to prevent or mitigate distraction and inattention. It will be a key event for anyone working on these topics.

The conference is also linked to a special workshop titled "Investigating Driver Distraction and Inattention Using Naturalistic Driving Data", run by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) on 8 September 2011.

The conference will run over three days:

  • Day 1 - Keynote and presentations (AM/PM)
  • Day 2 -  Keynote, presentations and conference dinner (AM/PM/evening)
  • Day 3 -  Keynote and presentations (AM); Special Symposium - "Priorities for research and countermeasure development" (PM)

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. John D Lee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Dr Rich Hanowski, VTTI, USA
  • Prof. David Strayer, University of Utah, USA

Opening speaches by:

  • Carl von der Esch, State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure 
  • Karin Markides, President and CEO, Chalmers University of Technology


  • Day 1: Monday, September 5th, 2011

          9:00 am - 6:00 pm Keynote Speakers, Plenary sessions & Parallel Sessions
          7:30 pm Conference Dinner at Göteborg Opera

  • Day 2: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011.

          9:00 am - 7:00 pm Keynote Speakers, Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions & VTI SIM IV Visit.

  • Day 3: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

          9:00 am - 4:00 pm Keynote Speakers, Plenary Sessions & Parallel Sessions.

Workshop: Investigating Driver Distraction on and Inattention Using Naturalistic Driving Data, September 8th, few seats available!

Full registration, September 5-7, 2011:

On or before July 31, 2011: SEK 4000 (incl VAT: SEK 5000, currently approx. EUR 540 or USD 770)
After July 31, 2011:               SEK 4500 (incl VAT: SEK 5600)
After August 29, 2011:         SEK 5000 (incl VAT: SEK 6250)
Including 3 day conference, lunches, coffee, documentation and conference dinner on the 5th of September. Rates excluding VAT.

One Day Ticket:

On or before July 31, 2011:  SEK 2000 (incl VAT: SEK 2500, currently approx. EUR 270 or USD 385)
After July 31, 2011:                SEK 2240 (incl VAT: SEK 2800)
After August 29, 2011:          SEK 2480 (incl VAT: SEK 3100)
Including 1 day conference, lunch, coffee and documentation. No conference dinner. Rates excluding VAT.

The Second International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention will be held at Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg, Sweden, on September 5-7, 2011. SAFER is co-hosting the conference, together with IFSTTAR.

To download the brochure for this conference, click here.

To download the 'Call for Registrations' for this conference, click here.

Contact: Lisa Knutsson
SAFER - Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers
Gothenburg, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)31 772 21 11


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