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Helen Spradlin

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Research Technician Lead

Helen Spradlin is a Research Technician Lead in the Center for the Management of Information for Safe and Sustainable Transportation (CMISST). She collects police‑reported crash data for use in UMTRI research. She’s knowledgeable about data linkage and also collects driver history data. Helen initiates and updates data use agreements. Her focus is on data management and curation and she is a liaison for naturalistic driving data. She advocates methods to anonymize data elements to protect the privacy of human subjects to allow the data to be shared.

Helen supports work with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) to host Michigan crash data on a public web site with detailed publications. Helen’s 25 years of teamwork with UMTRI include extensive field work in motor vehicle occupant restraint data collection. She was part of an early in-vehicle navigation system study in the late 1990’s. Later she surveyed truck drivers about on-board active technology use such as lane departure warning, stability control and adaptive cruise control. She conducted a case study of Michigan drinking driver enforcement, and helped with studies of teens and older drivers, driver fatigue and distraction. She has conducted focus groups, expert panels and organized conferences including an international freight research conference. Helen has a B.S. from Michigan State University in Food Systems Economics and Management.