keynote speaker

Joseph M. Kolly, PhD


Bio: In 2016, Dr. Joseph M. Kolly became the first Chief Safety Scientist at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In this role, he advises the Administrator on technical and safety related matters and applies his many years of experience in transportation safety, investigation, and scientific research across NHTSA’s traffic safety portfolio.

Before joining NHTSA, Dr. Kolly worked at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for 18 years as an investigator and manager. In 2009, he became the Director of the Office of Research and Engineering. As Director, he oversaw the agency’s Materials Laboratory, Recorders Laboratory, Vehicle Performance, and Safety Research Divisions and was responsible for hundreds of investigations annually.

Before joining the NTSB, Dr. Kolly was a Senior Research Scientist at Calspan/University at Buffalo Research Center, where he managed research programs in the fields of hypersonic flow, thermodynamics, and aero-optics.

Dr. Kolly holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Abstract: Technology and Safety Trends in Automated Driving Systems

Automated Driving Systems offer great promise to provide improved mobility, efficiency, and safety on our nation’s roadways.  While fully autonomous vehicles have yet to enter the consumer market, glimpses of their technologies and safety benefits can be gleaned today.  Many vehicles currently offer a wide variety of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which provide the initial building blocks of fully automated vehicles.  This presentation will introduce these technologies, both current and future, by highlighting key characteristics of their design, functionality, and potential safety benefits.  The talk will also address the market, industry, and regulatory trends associated with this evolutionary change in vehicle transportation.