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Inside the NICHD:
Find out how Dr. Albert’s Branch helps to predict teen driving accidents

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Dr. Paul Albert: Now that isn’t my work, but that’s the work of Bruce Simons, Dr. Bruce Simons Morton, but we are very involved in that. And we have collaborated and written papers in top statistical journals based on new methods related to teenage driving as well.

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Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Albert: Particularly our interest was on prediction. Can we predict a crash, a kid having a crash, based on their kinematic motions in the car. And Bruce can talk more about the actual study, but the idea was that a group of kids are followed in specially outfitted cars. Cameras are put in their car and they are measured on how fast they—how many accelerations they make, how many G-force events, do they step on the accelerator hard, do they make right turns hard—and can you use that information to predict whether a kid is going to have an accident? And you can do pretty well. So we’ve been working on that, and so that’s another example of sort of the synergy, the innovation. So our work isn’t innovative in terms of some of the machinery related to this study, like Bruce and his team has done a brilliant job putting together that. Our innovation is on new statistical models to be able to then take that data and to use it to most efficiently predict what’s going to happen, and do it in a valid and precise way. 

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Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Albert: And we are seeing in some of those that we can actually predict fairly well whether kids are going to have an accident. So we are really very excited about that. We’ve actually done better than what I thought was possible, given I thought it would be impossible to predict it. I have a teenager; I thought it was impossible to predict anything they would do.

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Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Albert: So I think it has very big practical implications. And I would say that most of our research in our Division that we’re heavily involved in, most of it has important practical implications for real people. It’s in public health, which is very exciting actually.

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