Research in the HumanFIRST Lab seeks to propose, design, and evaluate innovative technologies to improve transportation safety based on a scientific understanding of driver performance and the psychological processes associated with traffic crashes. This research considers how drivers will accept and use new technologies while also considering the possibility of producing undesirable driver responses and adaptations (such as distraction or fatigue) that could undermine the goal of improved safety.
Integrated technologies designed to improve transportation systems with respect to safety and mobility.
Driver performance and attitudes, situation awareness, influence of impairment caused by distraction, age, alcohol, or fatigue, and driver responses to roadway and in-vehicle safety interventions.
Unique safety issues experienced by road-user populations such as teen and elderly drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Research and applications in transportation engineering, road user education, and enforcement.