University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Max Donath

Director - Roadway Safety Institute

Office: ME 3101B
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.

Presently focused on: Emerging technologies including sensors, communications, control systems and improved human-machine interfaces to reduce driver error, i.e. prevent crashes before they happen.

Research can be grouped into three areas: (a) collision avoidance and active safety, (b) novel human-machine interface design for providing improved situation awareness to the driver and pedestrian, and (c) reducing high-risk driving behavior. 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 GNSS, radar, LIDAR, and other sensors, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) wireless communications, high accuracy digital mapping, as well as visual, tactile, and haptic sensing and perception.


Roadway Safety Institute

HumanFIRST Laboratory

Robotics Laboratory