Max Donath

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Max Donath

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 3101B
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Former Director, Roadway Safety Institute

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

Research Interests
  • Collision avoidance and active safety.
  • Novel human-machine interface design for providing improved situation awareness for the driver and pedestrian.
  • Driver assist systems for snowplows operating in white-out conditions
  • Systems for supporting wayfinding and navigation for people with vision impairment
  • Autonomous navigation and wayfinding under winter conditions, focused on snow-covered sidewalks
  • Developing experiential approaches to educating engineers about the design, control, and programming of robots
Selected Publications

• B. Davis and M. Donath, “Development of a Sensor Platform for High Accuracy Mapping of Roadway Lane Markings,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2551, pp. 45-51, 2016.

• J. I. Creaser, C. J. Edwards, N. L. Morris and M. Donath, “Are cellular phone blocking applications effective for novice teen drivers?” Journal of Safety Research, Volume 54, September 2015.

• L. Phillips, P. Hooge, T. Meier, R. Manning, J. Hallo, R. Mace, T. Morris, J. Hourdos and M. Donath, “An integrated study of road capacity in Denali National Park,”(pp.205-223) in R. Manning, S. Lawson, P. Newman, J. Hallo and C. Monz (ed.), Sustainable Transportation in National Parks, University Press of New England, 2014.

• E. Becic, M.P. Manser, C. Drucker, and M. Donath, “Aging and the Impact of Distraction on an Intersection Crossing Assist System,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, 968-974, 2013.

• E. Becic, M. Manser, J. Creaser, and M. Donath, “Intersection crossing assist system: Transition from a road-side to an in-vehicle system,” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 15(5), 544-555, 2012.