David J. LeBlanc | Faculty

Associate Research Scientist, Group Head, Engineering Systems Group

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Room 210 2901 Baxter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 936-1063

Dr. David J. LeBlanc, associate research scientist, has been at UMTRI since 1999. Dr. LeBlanc's work focuses on the automatic and human control of motor vehicles, particularly the design and evaluation of connected and automated vehicle systems.  He has led dozens of research projects, including ones sponsored by NHTSA, GM, CAMP, Toyota, and Honda.  He is the author or coauthor of several publications in the area of connected vehicle systems, driver assistance systems, driver behavior modeling and analysis, vehicle dynamics and more.  Dr. LeBlanc holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

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  • PhD,  Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Research Interests

Dr. LeBlanc's research focuses on the automatic and human control of motor vehicles, particularly requirements for, and assessments of, advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), connected vehicle systems,  and automated driving systems (ADS). He has led dozens of projects with government and industry sponsorship, and has publications in national and international journals addressing topics featuring both light and heavy vehicles, as well as vulnerable road users. He is a frequent collaborator in interdisciplinary research with experts in statistics, data science, human factors, and behavioral sciences.  

Additional Information

Website: https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/david-j-leblanc-umtri-webpage/home

ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0280-5203