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Inventors of the Month - April 2016
Jared Bryson, Matthew Moeller, William Freeman, and Jean-Paul Talledo-Vilela
“DSRC Motorcycle Helmet”
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes recognizes Jared Bryson, Matthew Moeller, William Freeman, and Jean-Paul Talledo-Vilela as Inventors of the Month for April 2016 for their invention, “DSRC Motorcycle Helmet,” disclosed to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc.
These researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have developed a Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) motorcycle helmet system that allows motorcyclists to connect into a connected vehicle network. The transportation institute developed this helmet system so that motorcyclists can take advantage of the safety benefits that other vehicles gain when they are able communicate with each other and with the infrastructure. The DSRC motorcycle helmet is able to receive messages so that it can alert the rider to traffic and road conditions, general emergency alerts, and any other scenario for which the system is programmed. The motorcycle helmet is also able to transmit messages. Thus, the DSRC helmet is expected to enhance the safety of motorcyclists as well as other road users.
Jared Bryson is the director of Smart Road Operations and group leader of the Mechanical Systems Group at VTTI. In his mechanical systems role, he develops instrumentation systems for research projects and designs approaches to mechanical systems for these projects. In his Smart Road role, he oversees improvements to the research facility and facilitates VDOT 511 quality assurance..
Matthew Moeller is a research associate working as a design engineer for the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Moeller uses a mixture of mechanical engineering, human factors, and industrial design expertise to ensure that research equipment is functional, usable, and beautiful. His projects span from automated vehicles to user interface to infrastructure.
William Freeman holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and currently works as an embedded design engineer for VTTI. He specializes in unique hardware and software solutions for state of the art research in the transportation industry, and he also designs the control mechanisms for the institute’s automated vehicles.
Jean-Paul Talledo-Vilela holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and currently works as Embedded Hardware Team Leader in the Center for Technology Development at VTTI. His primary role is to supervise hardware and software engineers and also design embedded systems and data processing software for the automotive (transportation) industry. Talledo-Vilela has recently focused on automated vehicle development, connected vehicle technology, and algorithm/control design for testing and evaluating different vehicle safety technologies.
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