2016-02-26

Håkan Frisinger Award 2015

The development of crash test dummies has played a vital role in terms of car safety. Two researchers into traffic safety are now being rewarded for their crucial work in the field of biomechanical research. The Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research has awarded its 2015 scholarship of SEK 250,000 to Associate Professor Astrid Linder and Professor Mats Svensson.

Astrid Linder is Associate Professor of Injury Prevention at Chalmers University of Technology and Research Director at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). She realized at an early stage of her research that women run a considerably higher risk than men of being affected by whiplash in the neck, and that there was no model for an average woman which could be used to test and develop car safety. Astrid Linder therefore developed a female crash dummy to improve the protection of all passengers in vehicles.

Mats Svensson is Professor of Injury Prevention at Chalmers and leader of SAFER’s (Vehicle and Traffic Safety Center at Chalmers) Competence Area for biomechanical and protection systems. His research into whiplash has led, for example, to the development of the BioRID whiplash crash test dummy, which has now become a global standard.

”Astrid Linder and Mats Svensson have contributed vital efforts to developing biomechanical research for the benefit of the Swedish automotive industry. Moreover, the implications of this research have led to a drastic reduction in human suffering”, the Scientific Council outlines in its motivation.

The scholarship will be awarded by the Håkan Frisinger Foundation at a seminar jointly organised by the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and the VREF held on:

  • Time: 6 april, 2016, from 13.15 to 16.00
  • Place: Virtual Development Laboratory, Tvärgata 4C, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 58 Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Language: Swedish
  1. Link to registration
    Please, note that the registration has to be done no later than Mars 30, 2016.

ProgrammePDF (pdf, 1.9 MB)

  • 13:15 – 13:30 VREF och Chalmers hälsar välkommen
  • 13:30 – 13:45 Stipendieceremoni
  • 13:45 – 14:30 Föreläsning av Adjungerad Professor Astrid Linder, VTI "Trafiksäkerhet och utvärdering av whiplashskydd för både män och kvinnor"
  • 14:30 – 15:15 Föreläsning av Professor Mats Svensson, Chalmers "Strävan att förstå uppkomsten av whiplash-skador"
  • 15:15 – 15:20 Avslutning
  • 15:20 – 16:00 Fika & mingel

Links to press release in SwedishPDF (pdf, 87.6 kB) and in EnglishPDF (pdf, 223.2 kB).

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Facts:

Håkan Frisinger was CEO of Volvo in 1983-1987 and Chairman of the Board in 1997-1999. Each year the Håkan Frisinger Foundation for Transportation Research awards a scholarship of SEK 250 000 to a prominent researcher at a Swedish University. The scholarship will encourage research and development in the field of transportation and is primarily awarding achievements already accomplished within this area. A total of 20 persons were included on the nomination list for the 2013 scholarship.

Nomination of recipients of the Frisinger scholarship is conducted by the Chalmers University of Technology and Volvo Research and educational Foundations (VREF). The decision about the scholarship is made by the Board of VREF.

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