Birsen Donmez

Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation

Tier 2 - 2015-04-01
Renewed: 2020-04-01
University of Toronto
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Comparing traditional in-vehicle technologies with emerging ones to find ways to improve driver performance and behaviour.

Research relevance

This research has the potential to improve road safety and reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

Research summary

Vehicle automation promises substantial benefits for safety, mobility, the economy and the environment. To fully realize these benefits, a better understanding is needed of how best to support the new driver roles that come with higher levels of vehicle automation. The objectives of Dr. Birsen Donmez’s research program are to:

  • support driver-automation coordination as vehicle technology rapidly changes; and
  • advance the theory of driver feedback as it relates to individual differences, driver attention, and vehicle automation.

The results will inform three sets of stakeholders, within Canada and internationally: vehicle manufacturers, policy-makers and the public.