University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Max Donath

Professor and Director, Roadway Safety Institute

Office: ME 211
Phone: 612-625-2304

Ph.D. 1978, S.M. 1974, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B. Eng. 1972, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University



Major interests are in the integration of sensors, intelligence, and motor control in order to both assist humans with the performance of complex tasks, and to provide machines and other systems with the flexibility and adaptability typically associated with human function.

Current research includes: (a) human centered control of vehicles, (b) driver assistive technologies, collision avoidance and other means for enhancing transportation safety, (c) human machine interfaces for the driver, and (d) emerging sensor technologies.

Presently working on systems focused on reducing lane departure and intersection crashes that result in road fatalities and serious injury.

Particularly interested in using smartphone technology to reduce risky behaviors associated with teenage and older drivers and to facilitate navigation by the visually impaired pedestrian.

Technologies that are being investigated include: high accuracy differential GPS, radar, LIDAR, RFID and other sensors, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) wireless communications, lane-accurate digital maps, augmented conformal heads-up displays, virtual mirrors, haptic feedback and other types of human interfaces for driving under difficult situations.


Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory

HumanFIRST Laboratory