Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Helen Loeb, PhD

Helen Loeb
Senior Scientist and Biomedical Research Engineer

Helen Loeb, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Biomedical Research Engineer at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Founder and Director of The MetaCHOP Research Affinity Group at the CHOP Research Institute.This resource links over 200 professionals from CHOP, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and other nearby universities and research centers to create a hub for medical engineering brainstorming and innovation. METACHOP facilitates communication and collaboration between clinicians and quantitative scientists so as to quickly validate innovative ideas and develop a proof of concept prototypes.

Dr. Loeb is also the Founder and Director of the CHOP Laboratory for Virtual and Augmented Reality where she researches visualization techniques for medical data. 

An Avionics Engineer by training, she holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Bordeaux, France. Dr. Loeb has held various positions in research and development, both in the manufacturing and software industry, and has considerable experience in the design and implementation of complex systems.

Dr. Loeb has been a Principal Investigator on multiple projects at CIRP. Her research on human factors and autonomous driving has received funding from federal, state, corporate and non-profit foundation sources, and her research on human factors in self driving automobiles using a driving simulator has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

She is also the Principal Investigator for a CHOP/Drexel University study, also funded by NSF, that involves analyzing the SHRP2 naturalistic driving database using Big Data Machine Learning: Predictive Analytics of Driver’s Engagement for Injury Prevention.

Dr. Loeb’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been presented internationally at several conferences, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB); SAE International; the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS); Automated Vehicle Symposium (AVS); Naturalistic Driving Research Symposium (NDRS), and Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA).

She can be reached at

Read about her research on self-driving car safety.

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

Learn about a Machine Learning Workshop she recently hosted .

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)