ADAS&ME project governance and management structure

  • Project Coordinator: Dr. Anna Anund (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute – VTI)
  • Technical Manager: Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (Center of Research &
    Technology Hellas – CERTH)
  • Innovation Manager: Mrs. Stella Nikolaou (Center of Research &
    Technology Hellas: CERTH)
  • Quality Manager: Dr Anders Jansson (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • WP Leaders
    • WP1 Critical scenarios identification and Use Cases – Tania Dukic Willstrand (VTI)
    • WP2 System Architecture and specification – Robin Streiter (TUC)
    • WP3 Environmental Sensing – Karel Kreuter (DENSO)
    • WP4 Driver State Monitoring – Marcel Mathissen (FORD)
    • WP5 HMI actions and transitions – Camilla Apoy (AUTOLIV)
    • WP6 System integration and demonstrators development – Stella Nikolaou  (CERTH)
    • WP7 Evaluation – Alex Vallejo (IDIADA)
    • WP8 Impact – Raffaele Alfonsi (CTL)
    • WP9 Dissemination and Exploitation – Josep Laborda (ACASA)
    • WP10 Management – Anna Anund (VTI)
  • Project Management Team
Representatives from all Partners
The ADAS&ME Ethics Board (EB) is led by the Coordinator and Technical Manager and is in charge of preparing the Ethics Manual. The purpose of the Ethics Board is to ensure that the planned evaluations and tests are following respective national regulations. Evaluations will take place in five different countries, all with different regulations for ethical approval.

All evaluations taking part in a country have one person nominated as responsible for following the project’s Ethics Board recommendation, keeping the names of participants hidden and that identities of test subjects are kept properly confidential and anonymised before use.

The ADAS&ME Ethics Board will be comprised of three key experts, which have been appointed jointly by the Coordinator and the Technical Manager. The three experts are Professors in research about Humans; they have long life experience and are trained in ethical concerns:

  • Dr Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Professor in Psychology, Karolinska Institutet, and Director of the Stockholm Stress Center. Former President of the European Sleep Research Society and General Secretary of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies.
  • Dr Anders Jansson, Uppsala University, a Professor in Human-Computer Interaction, Associate Professor in Psychology, Researcher specializing in Human Factors, Human-Machine Interaction, Cognitive Ergonomics and Sociotechnical Systems Design.
  • Prof. Michael Regan, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB Group), Chief Scientist in Human Factors & Safe Systems Department, Adjunct Professor University of NSW in Sydney, Australia.
The ADAS&ME Advisory Board consists of high level experts in the area of driver state monitoring and automation stemming from US, Australia and Europe. The preliminary synthesis of the Advisory Group is presented below, whereas the project coordination team may expand the members by closely following the European and International Road Vehicle Automation committees:

  • Dr. Jim Sayer, UMTRI, US. Research scientist in the Human Factors Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Dr. Sayer currently serves as the project manager of the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a U.S. Department of Transportation-sponsored program to demonstrate connected-vehicle technologies in a real world, multimodal environment.
  • Dr. Ashleigh Filtness, Carrs-Q, Australia.  Works at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland (CARRS-Q) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. Dr Filtness is an expert in the area of driver impairment. She completed her PhD Loughborough University, UK working with some of the foremost experts in driver sleepiness research, under the supervision of Prof. Jim Horne and Dr Louise Reyner.
  • Olivier Lenz, FIA Europe. Responsible for the consumer protection activities of the
    International Automobile Federation (FIA) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In
    cooperation with the member organisations he coordinates the advocacy on commonly agreed policies towards external stakeholders, in particular European institutions and private stakeholder interests.
  • Dr. Masao Nagai, Japan Automobile Research Institute. Professor of mechanical systems engineering, TUAT since 1989, vice-president of JSAE in 2008, associate member of Science Council of Japan in 2006, etc. Since 10.2013, he has been President of Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). His research interests
    are Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Active Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance System,
    Automated Driving Systems, and so on.

The Advisory Board ensures that ADAS&ME is aligned and up-to-date with the other related activities and projects internationally. The Advisory Board has scheduled to convene three times during the project duration, at key project milestones; 1) to select and define the use cases at the first year (Month 9), 2) to review and provide expert feedback on the project mid-term results and development of the systems (Month 24) and 3) validate the final project results against the original targets at the final demonstration event of the project (Month 48).

The Quality Control Board (QCB) is responsible for compiling, co-ordinating and supervising the implementation of the ADAS&ME workplan.

The QCB consists of the following members: The Quality Managers, The Coordinator (VTI), The Technical Manager (CERTH), one internal expert assigned by each Partner and one expert external to the project.

The ADAS&ME Quality Manager will be Dr Anders Jansson (Uppsala University, Sweden), who has significant experience in European project’ coordination and quality assessment. The internal expert assigned by each partner should be at least a Senior Researcher or Project Manager, not directly involved in the project, with extensive expertise in the topic of the specific deliverable, excluding of course its authors. In addition, the external evaluator will be appointed by the Quality Manager and may change according to the nature
and contents of each deliverable. Members of the different forums of the project will be considered as potential reviewers especially for the public deliverables. The external reviewers will be bound by a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

The QCB will ensure the conformity of all project Deliverables with their respective requirements (against the ADAS&ME Description of Work, the program objectives and against the ADAS&ME Quality Plan). The Quality Manager will assist the Project Coordinator and the Technical and Innovation manager in the overall monitoring and control of the project. Together with the rest members of the QCB, they will identify important deviations from the work plan in terms of quality, timing and resources consumed. An internal assessment of the project will be performed for each official project period, using a concise assessment methodology and based upon selected criteria and experts (QCB members) input. This internal assessment will identify project risks and mitigation strategies at management level. The project progress assessment methodology
will be based on a multi criteria approach, in the context of which, 6 main criteria will be defined and analyzed: REL (Relevance criterion), IMP (Potential Impact criterion), S&T (Scientific and Technological Excellence criterion), CONS (Quality of the Consortium criterion), MAN (Quality of Management criterion) and MOB (Mobilisation of resources criterion).

Dissemination Team consists of the Coordinator, Technical Manager, and the leader of the Dissemination WP. The project Dissemination Leader is Josep Laborda from ACASA, with the active support of its umbrella association, FIA.

Josep Laborda is a Telecommunication engineer by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is currently Member of the Strategy Committee and Traffic Management 2.0 working group at ERTICO ITS Europe, as well as Member of FIA task force on connectivity. He is also a channel manager and business development of RACC traffic and travel information services.

The dissemination team will meet regularly in teleconferences to review and plan the dissemination activities. The role of the Dissemination Team is to review the updates of the dissemination plan, to identify new dissemination opportunities, and to evaluate the outcomes and the quality of the dissemination activities.