Tom Dingus, VTTI Director

VTTI Director

Dr. Thomas A. Dingus is director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), is an endowed professor of Virginia Tech, and is the president of VTT, LLC. Since 1996, Dr. Dingus has managed the operations and research at VTTI, which annually conducts more than $36 million in sponsored program research expenditures. He has performed transportation safety and human factors research since 1984, focusing on automated and connected vehicles, driver distraction and attention, the safety and usability of advanced in-vehicle devices, crash avoidance countermeasures, and fatigue. He has led substantial efforts in growing Virginia as a pioneer in automated-vehicle research, with VTTI recently being awarded a master IDIQ contract from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worth up to $25 million across five years to assess human factors and cybersecurity issues relative to vehicle automation. The institute also conducts proprietary research for such industry leaders as GM and Google as a key step in automated-vehicle development. Dr. Dingus pioneered the naturalistic driving study research method, which involves instrumenting vehicles with unobtrusive video cameras and sophisticated instrumentation that assess crash and near-crash causation and help determine crash countermeasures.

Dr. Dingus was named a White House Champion of Change and was selected for his exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), from which he has received several awards, including the A.R. Lauer Award for outstanding contributions to the field of safety. He has had the honor of testifying before U.S. Congressional subcommittees (four times), the National Transportation Safety Board, and the National Council of State Legislatures about issues of driver distraction and attention. Dr. Dingus is a member of the boards of directors of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. He has more than 220 technical publications and has managed more than $250 million in research funding to date.