Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Alexandros Kontotasios

PhD Researcher

Room: 2.10 / LG.12
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

PhD student in human factors, Institute for Transport Studies, Human Factors and Safety Group



My PhD research focuses on fatigue and performance in pilots who commute to and from the airport by either automated or manual driving. For the purposes of my research I am using flight simulation, driving simulation and physiological measures.


Research interests:

- Fatigue in pilots and drivers

- Highly automated driving

- Human factors in future vehicles that will combine driving and flying

- Virtual reality for training purposes in drivers and pilots



- PhD in human factors in transport, expected, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2016-present

- MSc in Human Factors in Aviation, Distinction, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom, 2016

- BSc in Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009

- BSc in Military Psychology, Distinction, Military School for Officers, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009

- Certification in providing human factors training to aviation personell, Hellenic Air Force, Athens, Greece, 2015

- Certification in safety and health at work, National Centre for Public Administration, Hellenic Government, Athens, Greece, 2015

- Certification in airplane accident investigation, Hellenic Air Force, Athens, Greece, 2014

- Summer School in Aviation Psychology, European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), Graz, Austria, 2013


Work experience:

- 2018 - present: Research assistant on User Experience, Department of Psychology, University of Leeds

- 2017 - 2018: Research assistant in a study aiming at improving driver training with virtual reality, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

- 2016: Research intern in human factors in aviation, Coventry University

- 2009 - 2016: Human factors expert, accident investigator, and instructor, Hellenic Air Force


 Professional memberships:

- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Europe Chapter

- European Association for Aviation Psychology



- Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2016

- Scholarship for achieving the highest grades in the academic year, University of Thessaloniki, 2008

- Scholarship for graduating high school with the highest grades, EFG Eurobank, 2004


Selected presentations at international conferences:

- 'Pilots as multi-modal operators: does commuting by driving relate to fatigue and impaired performance?', Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Orlando, USA, 2018

- 'Improving airline passengers' comprehension of the Type-III exit operation procedures with an interactive safety card', IATA cabin safety conference, Doha, Qatar, 2017


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