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IE-OPIM Joint Graduate Seminar: Birsen Dözmez (University of Toronto)

 “Human factors and advanced vehicle technologies

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 13:40 – 14:30
Location: FENS G035

Abstract: The driving task, which remained relatively unchanged since the advent of motor vehicles, is now being transformed drastically. Within certain limits, today’s vehicles are capable of detecting and reacting to hazards as well as maintaining lateral and longitudinal control; they can act in partial, high, or full automation, assuming some or all aspects of vehicle control. In addition, the rapid development of sensor, wireless communication, and computing technology has given rise to a range of devices, such as smart phones, which are capable of entertaining and informing the driver. Although many of these devices raise concerns regarding driver distraction, they will continue to be a part of the vehicle cockpit. This talk will provide an overview of the state of the art knowledge on technology-based driver distractions as well as driver interactions with automated vehicle functions. It will also discuss potential human factors issues that should be considered in the design of higher levels of vehicle automation.


Bio: Birsen Dönmez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation. She received her MS (2004) and PhD (2007) in industrial engineering, and her MS in statistics (2007) from the University of Iowa. Before joining the University of Toronto, she spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dönmez’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. In particular, her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications in various domains including surface transportation, healthcare, mining, and unmanned vehicle operations. Dönmez’s selected honors include the inaugural Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award from the HFES Surface Transportation Technical Group (2014) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation of Ontario (2015). She serves on multiple Transportation Research Board committees and as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.