Jingwen Hu, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

About Myself

I'm a researcher at the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). I also hold a joint appointment at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. My research interests primarily focus on impact/injury biomechanics in motor-vehicle crashes by a multidisciplinary approach using combination of experimental, computational, and epidemiological procedures. One of the highlights of my recent research is the development of parametric computational human models representing a diverse population. Such models have been used to study the injury mechanism and safety designs for various vulnerable populations, such as children, elderly, pedestrians, pregnant women, and obese occupants. I am an author of 120+ peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. As the lead author, I have received three "Best Paper Awards" (2013, 2015, and 2015), UMTRI Research Excellence Award (2016), and Research Faculty Achievement Award (2017), in human/dummy modeling in various impact scenarios. My research has been funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Auto Industry (Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, ZF TRW, Britax, JCI, etc.).

Research Areas

    • Impact/Injury Biomechanics: Parametric Human Modeling, Statistical Injury Data Analysis, Cadaver/Volunteer/Dummy Testing, Vulnerable Populations (e.g. elderly, obese occupants, children, pregnant female, wheelchair users, etc.)

    • Occupant Protection: Restraint Design Optimization, Rear Seat Occupants, Oblique Impacts, Adaptive Restraint Design, Active and Passive Safety Integration, Tactical Vehicle Safety, Automated Vehicles, Child Seat Design, Rollover Crashes

    • Others: Pediatric Fall and Child Abuse, Seat Comfort, Computer Aided Surgery

Research Profiles