Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Alexandros Kontotasios

PhD Researcher

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

Human Factors Researcher

(Institute for Transport Studies, Human Factors and Safety Group)


PhD Research Topic: 'Fatigue and performance in pilots who commute by driving'.

I am examining fatigue and performance in pilots who commute to the airport by either automated or manual driving. I am also exploring ways in which pilots' performance decrements can be best detected and managed. For the purposes of my research I am using flight and driving simulators, and a number of physiological and subjective measurements.

Supervisors: Dr Samantha Jamson - Institute for Transport Studies, Dr Stephen Wright - Faculty of Engineering, Dr Edward Killan - Faculty of Medicine and Health

Research Interests:

·         Detection and management of fatigue in pilots

·         Automated driving

·         Virtual reality

·         The interaction between driving and flying in future vehicles


·         MSc in Human Factors in Aviation, Coventry University, UK (distinction)

·         BSc in psychology, Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece

·         BSc in military psychology, Military School for Officers, Thessaloniki, Greece (distinction)

·         Certified accident investigator, Hellenic Air Force

·         Certified human factors instructor, Hellenic Air Force

Professional memberships:

·         European Association for Aviation Psychology

·         Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Europe Chapter


·        2017-2018: Research assistant, University of Leeds. The study aims to provide training in the anticipation of driving hazards and will focus on increasing learners’ understanding of where they should look within the driving scene.

·    2015: Research intern, Coventry University. Topic: “Human factors issues in collegiate aviation”.

·         2009 - 2016: Human factors expert, Hellenic Air Force.

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