JP Research India is a research company dedicated to road and automotive safety for India. Our parent company in the USA, JP Research, Inc., is a leading statistical, engineering research, and data analysis firm specializing in automotive safety. Both JP Research India and JP Research, Inc.-USA focus on field data collection, analysis, and engineering services. Established in 2006, JP Research India has worked to initiate awareness of road safety issues among government bodies, auto manufacturers, and other agencies, organizations, and entities having a stake in the shaping of safer, modern Indian roads. The company has accomplished this through accident investigation and data collection activities, by bringing diverse industries together through our annual road safety seminars, and by disseminating knowledge and encouraging public participation in groundbreaking research programs presented in our quarterly newsletters.
JP Research India’s goal is to establish a world-renowned traffic safety research and training centre in India to improve traffic safety on Indian roads and highways. This centre will focus on conducting accident investigations, providing research support and training, and disseminating competent and scientifically analyzed accident data for organizations and agencies directly/indirectly influencing the Indian road traffic scenario.
To mitigate accidents and injuries to road users in India by helping local automotive safety organizations, government agencies, and manufacturers through accident and safety research and training, and by creating public awareness of automotive safety issues.
Ms. Jeya Padmanaban
President and Founder, JP Research India
An internationally known statistician with a BS degree in mathematics (India) and an MS in Operations Research/Statistics (George Washington University, USA), Ms. Jeya Padmanaban has been performing statistical analyses of motor vehicle accident data to address vehicle safety and occupant injury experience for over 20 years.
Ms. Padmanaban has a long history of interacting closely with local, state, and federal personnel particularly those at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) responsible for collecting, coding, and analyzing automobile accident data. Her in-depth knowledge of not only the information contained in these databases but of how that data is collected and coded is the foundation for the performance of careful, competent auto safety research at every level. Currently she is applying this knowledge to directing the development of new, detailed, and consistent data collection and analysis efforts for various localities in India.
Often recognized for excellence in her field, Ms. Padmanaban was honored with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2001 WEC/BREED Award for Women's Leadership. An elected Board Member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), she has also served on the Crashworthiness Subcommittee of NHTSA's Event Data Recorder working group (1998), the AAAM Scientific Program Committee (1995-1998), and the Safety Advisory Panel for SAE/TOPTEC. For more details, click here.
Mr. Balraj Bhanot
JPResearch India Technical Advisory Board Member
Mr. Bhanot has a double Engineering degree, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi. He is Chairman of the Transport Engineering Divisional Council of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the national body that frames Indian Standards. He is also a consultant to the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) and Lead Specialist (Automobile) to IL&FS Skill Development Corporation Ltd. (ISDC). In addition to being an adviser to different corporate organizations, he is an active member of numerous GOI committees.
Formerly, Mr. Bhanot was the Director of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) Pune, which is the primary homologation body with respect to vehicles for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He is also the former Chairman of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules Technical Standing Committee (CMVR-TSC), has headed the Automotive Standards Committee (AIS) and was the Chairman of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Western India. He took voluntary retirement from the Government of India (GOI) in 1999, where he was working as Deputy Director General in the Department of Heavy Industry as head of the technical wing. In these roles, and as the Chairman of Technical Committee for formulating an inspection and certification regime in the country, Mr Bhanot has played a crucial role in building India’s technical future, including his part in India’s participation in WP.29 Genève, a UN organisation that prescribes global regulations for automobiles with the goal of making them “safer and more environmentally sound”.
Mr. Bhanot has had a significant influence on the formulation and implementation of automotive safety and emission regulations in the country, right from the inception of the first Indian agencies and organisations created for this purpose. He was also the chairman of the committee for finalizing the Bus and Truck Body code for the country, and his efforts have contributed largely to drawing up a safety and homologation roadmap for the nation. He has presented number of technical papers in national and international forums and has produced numerous reports in automotive field. Mr. Bhanot has also been honored with the IRTE & Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, the SAE International Award (for pioneering work on safety regulations on CNG buses in Delhi), and the Golden Peacock Award for Quality management.
JP Research India Staff
Manager, Safety Group, JP Research India
Mr. Ravishankar Rajaraman is the Safety Group Manager (CV) for the JP Research India office (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) and Chairman of the Steering Committee for RASSI (Road Accident Sampling System – India), a consortium of some of the major figures in the auto industry, including Robert Bosch GmbH, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota TCRDL. Trained in Michigan as an automotive engineer (MS, Automotive Engineering, from Lawrence Technological University), Mr. Rajaraman’s professional experience includes two years in the insurance industry as a motor vehicle loss assessor and automotive trainer for Tata AIG General Insurance Company. For the last five years, he has provided safety engineering expertise to JP Research’s efforts to collect and create a “real world” accident database for various regions in India.
For the India accident database projects, Mr. Rajaraman has led teams of engineers and researchers in gathering and analyzing crash-scene data, often with the close cooperation and assistance of the local police, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and insurance companies. From his earliest JP Research India projects (for the city of Chennai and an area of NH-45 between Otteri and Acharapakam), he has worked on perfecting methods for collecting and recording crash data in a standardized format and inputting it into a database. The resulting approach is modeled on the methods used by the national Co-operative Crash Injury Study (CCIS) database in the UK and NHTSA’s FARS and NASS databases in the US, but adapted for application to India’s roads and traffic issues. The groundbreaking data and analysis projects he has contributed to have been funded under various contracts, including several undertaken for the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) with World Bank funding. Mr. Rajaraman is also instrumental in writing JP Research India’s quarterly newsletter, SafetySpeak!, which focuses on India-specific traffic safety research.
Dr. Ahmedali (Ali) M. Hassan
Senior Technical Consultant
Dr. Hassan is a former Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Head of the Birmingham Automotive Safety Centre (BASC). He was also responsible for leading the Birmingham arm of The Co-operative Crash Injury Study (CCIS), one of the largest and unique studies in the field of injury causation in road traffic collisions involving passenger cars in the United Kingdom. He has a rich experience of more than 20 years in the field of occupant biomechanics and injury mitigation. He has also collaborated on international studies in Europe and Asia and USA. His work has contributed to many aspects of secondary safety in vehicle design. He has authored more than 90 technical literatures and has also acted as reviewer for International Conferences and Journals. His career at Birmingham University also included supervising undergraduate and post graduate projects in automotive safety and has acted as an examiner several PhD and Master’s Thesis.
He currently holds the title of honorary lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. In addition to this he has taken on the role of Advisor to the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr Hassan has been involved in traffic safety work for several years. He was one of the first recipients of the UKIERI awards to conduct collaborative studies for a period of 5 years with a leading IIT in India. His involvement with JPR has been for many years and has been involved with JPR India at every stage since it’s inception in 2008. His main role is in the development of crash investigation methodology, and providing training and technical assistance to researchers. He has also co-authored many technical papers presented at various conferences as a part of JPRI .