Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Helen Loeb, PhD

Helen Loeb
Senior Scientist and Biomedical Research Engineer

Helen Loeb is a Senior Scientist and Biomedical Research Engineer at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). An Avionics Engineer by training, she holds a PhD in Robotics and has considerable experience in the design and instrumentation of complex systems. Dr. Loeb developed the Dynamic Systems Laboratory at Villanova University, where she was the Project Manager for the development of autonomous vehicles. With her strong interest in collision avoidance technology, she led a team at Villanova to study the potential of lidar technology for autonomous vehicles.

Along with her industrial and academic experience, Dr. Loeb brings a strong instrumentation background to CHOP and was a key player in synchronizing CIRP's driving simulator with an eye-tracker. Her current interests in teen driving have led her to design methods and metrics to validate the Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA), a package of software products that run on a simulator for the purpose of functional driving assessment, She is thrilled to collaborate with CIRP investigators, CChIPS partners and external consultants to better understand teen driving and develop technology that can promote safety. She can be reached at

Read about her research on self-driving car safety.

Read about her work with the Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA).


Research Interests

teen driver safety, driving simulation, optimizing rear seat design for children, motion sensors and biokinematics


Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Quantifying Children’s Posture in the Rear Seat: A Naturalistic Study, Validation of a Multidimensional Driving Simulator Assessment (WinS)