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Chris Schwarz


From 1997 to present day, Chris Schwarz has been a research engineer at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Schwarz has been conducting vehicle safety and automation research that has included all types of advanced driver assistance systems, connected vehicles, warning systems, automated vehicles, and driver impairment modeling. During this time, Dr. Schwarz has served as a principal investigator on more than a dozen research projects, and has extensive experience managing large, multi-year research programs that involve collaborating with researchers from multiple universities including an ongoing multi-year, multi-million-dollar research program with Toyota on Driver Response Modeling.

Dr. Schwarz’ current research interests include automated driving systems, transfer-of-control, and driver perception of system safety. He has led or co-led automation projects for the Mid-American Transportation Center, the SAFER-SIM University Transportation Consortium, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center. He is also interested in developing models to classify driver state and attention.

Dr. Schwarz is a member of SAE and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves on the automated vehicles committee in the transportation research board (TRB).

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Ahmad, O., Heitbrink, D., Schwarz, C., Wagner, G. (2016, June). Measuring the Latency of the NADS-1 Simulator. Paper presented at IMAGE 2016 Conference.
Chrysler, S., Ahmad, O., Schwarz, C. (2015). Creating Pedestrian Crash Scenarios in a Driving Simulator Environment. Traffic Injury Prevention, Jun 2015.
Schwarz, C. (2014). On Computing TTC for Automation Scenarios. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Nov 2014, 283-294.
McDonald, A., Lee, J., Schwarz, C., Brown, T. (2014). Steering in a Random Forest Ensemble Learning for Detecting Drowsiness-Related Lane Departures. Human Factors, Aug 2014, 986-998.
Lee, J., Moeckli, J., Brown, T., Roberts, S., Victor, T., Marshall, D., Schwarz, C., Nadler, E. (2013, July). Detection of driver distraction using vision-based algorithms. Paper presented at 23rd International Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference.
Brown, T., Lee, J., Schwarz, C., Fiorentino, D., McDonald, A., Traube, E., Nadler, E. (2013, May). Detection of driver Impairment from drowsiness. Paper presented at 23rd International Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference.
McDonald, A., Schwarz, C., Lee, J., Brown, T. L. (2012, October). Real-Time Detection of Drowsiness Related Lane Departures Using Steering Wheel Angle. Paper presented at Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.
Schwarz, C., He, Y., Veit, A. (2011, June). Eye Tracking in a COTS PC-based Driving Simulator: Implementation and Applications. Paper presented at IMAGE.
Schwarz, C. (2007, September). ADAS-enhanced electronic stability control.
Dow, B., Brown, T., Roe, C., Schwarz, C., Bonefas, Z., Duncan, J., Sanchez, J. (2007, September). Investigating the immediate effects of periodic alerts to assist in maintenance of vigilance during automated vehicle operation. Paper presented at Driving Simulation Conference-North America 2007.
Schwarz, C. (2006, August). NADS Vehicle Dynamics Typical Modeling Data.
Schwarz, C. (2005, November). Two Mitigation Strategies for Motion System Limits. Paper presented at DSCNA 2005.
Schwarz, C., Hench, S., Gilmore, B., Romig, B., Watson, G., Dolan, J., Allen, S., Cable, S. (2003, October). Development of an Off-Road Agricultural Virtual Proving Ground. Paper presented at DSC-NA 2003.

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