Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Human Factors and Safety

What brings us together?

Investigating road users’ interactions with new and current transport systems and technologies in a bid to advance transport safety


  • Software development (driving simulator and related equipment)
  • Design of Human-in-the-loop-simulation experiments
  • Design of methodologies for studying user behaviour (Field Operational Tests, Naturalistic Driving Studies, Questionnaires, focus groups, laboratory studies)

Priority research topics

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (Including Intelligent Speed Assistance)
  • Driver attitudes and behaviours
  • Eco driving
  • Electric vehicles
  • Engineering and Road/Sign Design
  • Human Factors of Highly Automated Driving
  • ‘Humans in the loop’ simulation
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation
  • Large scale Field Operational Tests
  • Naturalistic Driving Studies
  • Use of Machine learning and Bayesian Statistics to understand road user behaviour
  • Virtual prototyping/testing
  • VRUs and Automation
  • Young older and impaired drivers
  • Vulnerable Road Users




Masters modules

  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis
  • Traffic Management
  • Safety of Road Transport
  • Transport and Public Health

Some examples of PhD Topics (past and recent)

  • Speed management strategies in Nigerian drivers
  • Mental models of ecoDriving
  • Emotion and driving
  • Fatigue in police officers
  • Measuring fatigue in automation
  • Simulator motion cueing algorithms
  • Transitions in automation
  • Driving and hearing impairment
  • Driver modelling for simulation
  • Virtual prototyping
  • Fitness to drive
  • Driver workload management

Read more on PhD topics

Other Student Members

Based in other departments but co-supervised by ITS: Andrew Dixon, Pablo Puente Guillen, Kate Palmer, Richard Riley


For further information about the work of the Human Factors and Safety research group, please contact Professor Natasha Merat or Dr Gustav Markkula.

Safety group members