Volvo Scholarship for the People behind the Crash Test Dummy

GÖTEBORG, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 held in the afternoon on April 6, 2016 in the Virtual
Development Laboratory at Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo
Research & Educational Foundations (VREF), the University of Gothenburg
and Chalmers will organize a seminar in connection with the scholarship
award ceremony.

For more information and to register for the seminar, contact Moa
tel: +46 (0) 729 81 25 84

Link to registration (

Volvo Research & Educational Foundations (VREF)

Image of Astrid Linder

Image of Mats Svensson

February 26, 2016

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Håkan Frisinger was CEO of Volvo between 1983 and 1987 and Chairman of
the Board between 1997 and 1999. Nomination of recipients of the
Frisinger scholarship is conducted by the Chalmers University of
Technology based on an agreement between Chalmers and Volvo Research &
Educational Foundations (VREF)

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