Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Ruth Madigan

Research Fellow - Human Factors of Vehicle Automation

Phone: +44 (0) 113 34 32071
Room: 2.11
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

Key  Research Interests

  • Human factors of highly automated driving
  • Driver's Hazard Perception skill - particularly the investigation of potential training techniques to improve novice drivers' performance
  • Skill acquisition and training techniques
  • Driver situation awareness - investigating how increased automation impacts on drivers' ability to maintain situation awareness and re-engage with the driving task when necessary
  • Workload management - particularly in train and car drivers

Employment  History

  • 2015-present, Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2013-2015, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham 


  • PhD, Learning to drive: From hazard detection to hazard handling, University College Cork, 2014
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology, University of Sheffield, 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, University College Cork, 2005

Research  Projects and Experience

  • AdaptIVe (Jan. 2014- Jun. 2017; started July 2015). This European research project aims to achieve major breakthroughs leading to more efficient and safer automated driving (Co-funded by the European Commission as part of the Seventh Framework Programme). Involved in  human-vehicle integration workpackage which investigates how driver's intentions and actions should be taken into account in the design of partly, highly and fully automated vehicles
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Sept. 2013 - July2015) focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of a methodology for incorporating a non-technical skills programme into competency management systems across the rail industry (funded by InnovateUK)


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