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Carnegie Mellon's "crash test anti-dummy" named to Brilliant 10

Carnegie Mellon's Andre Platzer, the "crash test anti-dummy," was recently named to the annual Brilliant 10 by the editors of Popular Science.

The assistant professor of computer science, 30, was selected for his work that verifies the success or failure of collision avoidance systems in flight control and railway systems.

With human reliance on a wide range of systems--things like seatbelts and firehoses and medications such as antibiotics--Platzer's work to ensure safety is an innovation so vital "that it's hard to imagine how we got along without it," the magazine says.

"If you design a system, how do you ensure that it achieves its performance goal and doesn't mess up?" Platzer asks. "I take a system, analyze and really prove that nothing can go wrong."

Platzer is among the researchers in the new Institute for Computational Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems, which is developing new tools for analyzing embedded computer and biological systems. The institute was established this year as part of a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Source: Andre Platzer, Carnegie Mellon University

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