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Review of the Fifth International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training

The Fifth International Conference in Driver Behaviour and Training (ICDBT5) held in Paris on 29 – 30 November 2011 was the most successful conference in the series to date. The ICDBT aims to debate new initiatives in the scientific enquiry of road user behaviour, education and training. The conference was hailed as a success from the 150 plus delegates attending the event held at the highly prestigious venue, the Tapis Rouge. The conference, hosted by Cranfield University, was praised by delegates from over 20 different countries for its academic content and practitioner-oriented approach.

 The event has grown from strength to strength since the first conference held in Stratford upon Avon in 2003, followed by the ICDBT2 in Edinburgh in 2005, the ICDBT3 in Dublin in 2007 and the ICDBT4 Amsterdam in 2009. Year on year there has been an increase in attendance and the numbers of abstracts received as its reputation has grown amongst the academic and practitioner community. The conference programme contained an unprecedented number of good quality presentations and papers. The papers were organised into 20 parallel symposiums on topics such as young driver behaviour, eco-driving, mobile phones and driving, driver training, driving simulators, cyclists and rider training, at work driver risk and issues in the use of in-vehicle technology.

 A high calibre of contributors from over 60 academic institutions and road safety groups across the world delivered excellent cutting edge papers. Top researchers in the driver behaviour field delivered keynote addresses, including Professor Ian Glendon from the School of Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. His research interests are transportation psychology, driver stress/behaviour, safety/risk management, and safety culture/climate. His over 100 publications include five books. Professor Glendon delivered his paper on addressing potential risks facing young drivers. The second keynote speaker was Professor Michael Regan of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Professor Regan is an applied experimental psychologist with more than 20 years experience in transportation human factors research and gave his keynote address on the latest research in driver distraction, inattention, and human error.

The final keynote paper came from Dr Martin Langham talking about visual perception and crash investigation. Martin is Managing Director of User Perspective – a human factors research company based in the science park at the University of Sussex and has led over 200 research projects and over 30 forensic investigations on behalf of HM Government, police forces and the military working in the domains of counter terrorism, road, air, rail and marine transportation. Martin led the Human Factors investigation both on behalf of Lord Steven’s Operation Paget and on the later inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed.

Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings by Ashgate in 2012 in volume 5 of Driver behaviour and training.