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Education

University education
Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 1988.

Doctors degree
Thesis for the degree of Doctor in Philosophy, faculty of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 1998.
Research area: Personal injuries in road traffic accidents.
Title: Validity and Reliability of Vehicle Collision Data: Crash Pulse recorders for Impact Severity and Injury Risk Assessments in Real-Life Frontal Collisions. 

Supervisors: Åke Nygren and Claes Tingvall.

Post doc
Post Doctoral Fellowship at Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 1999-10-15 – 2000-04-14.

Associate Professor
Associate Professor at the Crash Safety Division of the Institution for Applied Mechanics at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, 2002.

Professor
Professor in Traffic Safety at the Crash Safety Division of the Institution for Applied Mechanics at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, 2011.

 

Research description

The aim of the research is to map parameters influencing the risk to be injured in road traffic accidents. The different projects are to a large extent based on accident data from Folksam, where an important source of information comes from crash pulse recorders, so called black boxes. They give information of the forces acting on the human in a crash. Together with data on injury outcome, detailed information of the car, the use of restraint systems and of how the road environment was designed, factors influencing the injury outcome are analyzed. The research is also based on more comprehensive data but with lower degree of detail, such as all crashes reported in Sweden reported by the police and hospitals (STRADA). These studies are more of an epidemiological kind.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Awards

  • “Guldhunden” from the company Cerberus in 1995. Every year the Swiss company Cerberus distributes the safety award. Cerberus is one of the largest manufacturers of automatic fire alarm systems. Folksams research department got the award with the motivation: Safety improving research regarding injury risks in road traffic accidents.
  • The “Bertil Aldman Award” for outstanding contributions to the subject on impact biomechanics, from the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI), 2008.

Documents

Publications

Real-world adjustments of driver seat and head restraint in Saab 9-3 vehicles
Carlsson A, Pipkorn L, Kullgren A, Svensson M
TRAFFIC INJURY PREVENTION 2017;18(4):398-405

The combined benefits of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in preventing crashes and reducing crash severity
Rizzi M, Kullgren A, Tingvall C
Traffic injury prevention 2016;17(3):297-303

Differences in long-term medical consequences depending on impact direction involving passenger cars
Stigson H, Gustafsson M, Sunnevång C, Krafft M, Kullgren A
Traffic injury prevention 2015;16 Suppl 1():S133-9

Effectiveness of motorcycle antilock braking systems (ABS) in reducing crashes, the first cross-national study
Rizzi M, Strandroth J, Kullgren A, Tingvall C, Fildes B
Traffic injury prevention 2015;16(2):177-83

Risk of permanent medical impairment (RPMI) in car crashes correlated to age and gender
Gustafsson M, Stigson H, Krafft M, Kullgren A
Traffic injury prevention 2015;16(4):353-61

Anthropometric specifications, development, and evaluation of EvaRID--a 50th percentile female rear impact finite element dummy model
Carlsson A, Chang F, Lemmen P, Kullgren A, Schmitt Ku, Linder A, et al
Traffic injury prevention 2014;15(8):855-65

A one year pay-as-you-speed trial with economic incentives for not speeding
Stigson H, Hagberg J, Kullgren A, Krafft M
Traffic injury prevention 2014;15(6):612-8

Correlation Between Euro NCAP Pedestrian Test Results and Injury Severity in Injury Crashes with Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Sweden
Strandroth J, Sternlund S, Lie A, Tingvall C, Rizzi M, Kullgren A, et al
Stapp car crash journal 2014;58():213-31

A test-based method for the assessment of pre-crash warning and braking systems
Balint A, Fagerlind H, Kullgren A
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION 2013;:192-9

A new method to evaluate future impact of vehicle safety technology in Sweden
Strandroth J, Sternlund S, Tingvall C, Johansson R, Rizzi M, Kullgren A
Stapp car crash journal 2012;56():497-509

Injury risk functions in frontal impacts using data from crash pulse recorders
Stigson H, Kullgren A, Rosén E
Annals of advances in automotive medicine. Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. Annual Scientific Conference 2012;56():267-76

Comparison Between Euro NCAP Test Results and Real-World Crash Data
Kullgren A, Lie A, Tingvall C
TRAFFIC INJURY PREVENTION 2010;11(6):587-93

Priorities of pedestrian protection-A real-life study of severe injuries and car sources
Fredriksson R, Rosen E, Kullgren A
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION 2010;42(6):1672-81

Variation in crash severity depending on different vehicle types and objects as collision partner
Stigson H, Ydenius A, Kullgren A
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CRASHWORTHINESS 2009;14(6):613-622

Intelligent Seat Belt Reminders-Do They Change Driver Seat Belt Use in Europe?
Lie A, Krafft M, Kullgren A, Tingvall C
TRAFFIC INJURY PREVENTION 2008;9(5):446-9

Risk of permanent medical impairment (RPMI) in road traffic accidents
Malm S, Krafft M, Kullgren A, Ydenius A, Tingvall C
Annals of advances in automotive medicine. Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. Annual Scientific Conference 2008;52():93-100

First car-to-car crashes involving young adult drivers: main patterns and their relation to car and driver characteristics
Laflamme L, Hasselberg M, Kullgren A, Vaez M
International journal of injury control and safety promotion 2006;13(3):179-86

Influence of seat geometry and seating posture on NIC(max) long-term AIS 1 neck injury predictability
Eriksson L, Kullgren A
Traffic injury prevention 2006;7(1):61-9

The effectiveness of electronic stability control (ESC) in reducing real life crashes and injuries
Lie A, Tingvall C, Krafft M, Kullgren A
Traffic injury prevention 2006;7(1):38-43

The use of seat belts in cars with smart seat belt reminders--results of an observational study
Krafft M, Kullgren A, Lie A, Tingvall C
Traffic injury prevention 2006;7(2):125-9

Car safety and social differences in traffic injuries among young adult drivers: a study of two-car injury-generating crashes in Sweden
Laflamme L, Vaez M, Hasselberg M, Kullgren A
SAFETY SCIENCE 2005;43(1):1-10

The effectiveness of ESP (Electronic Stability Program) in reducing real life accidents
Lie A, Tingvall C, Krafft M, Kullgren A
Traffic injury prevention 2004;5(1):37-41

The risk of whiplash injury in the rear seat compared to the front seat in rear impacts
Krafft M, Kullgren A, Lie A, Tingvall C
Traffic injury prevention 2003;4(2):136-40

How crash severity in rear impacts influences short- and long-term consequences to the neck
Krafft M, Kullgren A, Tingvall C, Bostrom O, Fredriksson R
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION 2000;32(2):187-95

Neck injuries in frontal impacts: influence of crash pulse characteristics on injury risk
Kullgren A, Krafft M, Nygren A, Tingvall C
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION 2000;32(2):197-205

CRASH PULSE RECORDER - VALIDATION IN FULL-SCALE CRASH TESTS
Kullgren A, Lie A, Tingvall C
ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION 1995;27(5):717-27

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