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Jingwen Hu

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Jingwen Hu is a Research Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Biosciences Group. He earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from Wayne State University and an MS and a BS in automotive engineering from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Hu's research interests primarily focus on impact/injury biomechanics in motor-vehicle crashes by a multidisciplinary approach using a combination of experimental, computational, and epidemiological procedures. He is also interested in human modeling for other applications, including pediatric head injuries in falls and child abuse cases, computer-aided surgery, and seating comfort.  One of the highlights of his 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 design optimizations for various vulnerable populations, such as children, elderly, obese occupants, pedestrians, pregnant women, and wheelchair users. Dr. Hu is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. As the lead author, he has received three "Best Paper Awards" (2013, 2015, and 2015), UMTRI Research Excellence Award (2016), and University of Michigan Research Faculty Achievement Award (2017). His 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, ZF TRW, Britax, JCI, etc.).

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Featured Publications

Optimizing Seat Belt and Airbag Designs for Rear Seat Occupant Protection in Frontal Crashes
Hu J, Reed MP, Rupp JD, Fischer K, Lange P, Adler A

journal article Stapp Car Crash Journal, Vol. 61 (November 2017), pp. 67 100


An automated method to morph finite element whole-body human models with a wide range of stature and body shape for both men and women
Zhang K, Cao L, Fanta A, Reed MP, Neal M, Wang JT, Lin CH, Hu J (2017)

journal article Journal of Biomechanics

Abstract: Field data analyses have shown that small female, obese, and/or older occupants are at...