Highlights from the MEDIATOR Advisory Board meetings

On 16th of November 2021 the third Advisory Board meeting took place online. As our AB members come from all over the world, two meetings were held to accommodate for the timezone differences.

In the morning session the scientific experts Satoshi Kitazaki from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan), David Shinar from the Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and Ann Williamson from the University of Sidney (Australia) and the industry experts Jean-Marc Tissot from Valeo (France) and Franziska Schmalfuss from IAV Automotive Engineering (Germany) joined.
The afternoon session was attended by the scientific experts Linda Boyle from the University of Washington (USA), Carol Flannagan from the University of Michigan (USA) and John D. Lee from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and the industry experts Mikael Ljung-Aust from Volvo Cars (Sweden) and Yannick Forster from BMW group (Germany).

During the meeting, the MEDIATOR Executive Board first briefly presented the progress on MEDIATOR system development (WP2) and the upcoming evaluation trials (WP3). This offered a good basis for the main focus of this meeting: gathering AB member input on prioritization, pitfalls and recommendations regarding the evaluation trials. The AB members all provided very valuable advice that will be taken to heart in the following phases of the project. After these discussions, the WP4 leader presented challenges related to the work package on recommendations and guidelines. The AB members briefly shared their ideas on how to deal with these challenges.

We thank the Scientific and Industrial Advisory Board members for their contribution to two very successful meetings!

Some reactions from our Advisory Board members:

Carol Flannagan:
“I think you are making impressive progress, especially under current circumstances and no time extension.“

John Lee:
“As Linda said: very impressive project and amazing progress.“

David Shinar:
“I think you have done a great job in conceptualizing a study. Amplifying the different components and how they are addressed in the different studies. This project has done a magnificent job at that.“