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Past Research

Dr. Eskandarian has conducted similar research in previous academic positions, with emphasis on active and passive vehicle safety. At GWU, he founded the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (1996-2015), which primarily focused on intelligent vehicles and transportation systems using dynamics, control systems, and signal processing for collision avoidance, vehicle dynamics, suspension design, driver assistance, trajectory planning and control, communications security, and semi-autonomous driving. Four laboratories including two driving simulators (car and truck), and a mobile robotics laboratory were established. Several sponsored projects were successfully completed in drowsy driver detection, advanced speed adaptation, communications integrated with traffic simulation, and vehicle dynamics simulation, among many others. At GWU, Dr. Eskandarian founded and directed a University Area of Excellence (Signature Program) in “Transportation Safety and Security” (2003-2015), involving multiple departments and investigators. This program enjoyed substantial internal investment which supported and complemented externally sponsored research projects. Dr. Eskandarian has also worked on vehicle crash analysis and simulations using computational mechanics and finite element modeling for crash analysis, accident reconstruction, and injury biomechanics. Dr. Eskandarian helped other colleagues establish the National Crash Analysis Center at GWU in 1992 with federal and industry funding and served as its director during different periods (1998-2002 and 2013-15.)