Friday, December 19, 2014

Human Factors Post-Doc Position at UMTRI

Human Factors Post-Doc Position at UMTRI

Dear STTG Members, 

Please see the job posting for a post-doc research fellow at UMTRI. 
You can also send your application information to Dr. Shan Bao
Please contact Dr. Shan Bao with any further questions regarding this position.

Notice of Open Position

Title:  Research Fellow
Posting Number: 
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Job Summary

The Human Factors group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is seeking an outstanding Post Doctoral Research Fellow for a one-year, renewable appointment.  The Human Factors Group studies the interactions of the driver, the vehicle, and the environment. The underlying rationale for research in this division is that well-designed vehicles and driving environments make the driving task safer, easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. Research conducted by the Human Factors group ranges from basic to translational in purpose, individual to policy in focus, experimental to simulation in design, utilizing a breadth of research methods, including surveys, qualitative and quantitative data collection, driving simulation and instrumented vehicles using state-of-the-art technologies.
The successful candidate will: 1) author and co-author peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings; 2) collaborate in ongoing research and new research proposals with faculty; and, 3) help supervise and train undergraduate and graduate students.  Other desirable characteristics include: team player, statistical and data mining skills in data analyzing, writing skills, and experience using traffic, crash, and other sources of public data to address compelling and relevant research questions.
Required Qualifications
Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in human factors or related area, expertise in driver behavior modeling, knowledge and/or experience relating to different study designs (e.g., mixed models and multivariate regression models), familiar with database SQL ,statistical analysis software such as SAS or R and data mining techniques such as Support Vector Machine or Neural Network, and a history of accomplishments demonstrating the ability to make strong contributions to the scholarly literature.
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three people who would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation.  Please submit all materials as a single document in response to this posting ( ) through the University of Michigan jobs portal (
Additional Information

This position offers the opportunity to develop a research program and enhance skills necessary for a successful academic/research career. Extensions are available dependent upon performance and funding.

The quality of life in Ann Arbor is outstanding. The combination of a large, major research university and a small, safe, family-oriented community make Ann Arbor an ideal environment to develop an academic and research career. Ann Arbor also offers an outstanding combination of sports, recreation, and cultural events.

U-M EOE/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Texas Tech University Neuroscience Faculty Position

Texas Tech University Neuroscience Faculty Position

Dear STTG Members,
Please see this Human Factors related job opening in Texas Tech.

Notice of Open Position

Texas Tech University
Department of Psychological Sciences
Open Rank Position in Neuroscience

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University anticipates hiring a neuroscientist to collaborate with a multidisciplinary,  computational neuroimaging group. The successful candidate will employ human neuroimaging as a core methodology but can have a research focus that fits within any subarea of the department including clinical, cognitive, counseling human factors, or social. The appointment will be rank-appropriate to credentials and experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a closely related field. Applicants must have a strong, programmatic research focus and are expected to attract extramural research funding. Applicants should have the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels and be willing to contribute service to the department, college, university, community, and
profession. The anticipated start date is August 19, 2015.

The Department ( has doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, cognitive, human factors, and social psychology. We have 31 faculty, approximately 110 doctoral students, and nearly 1,000 undergraduate majors. The appointment will be associated with the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI), a state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility housing a 3T Siemens Skyra and a high-density MR-compatible EEG system. TTNI ( has strong collaboration with the MIND Research Network ( Department faculty have effective working relationships with the TTU Health Sciences Center, several large area hospitals, numerous clinics and psychological-service agencies. Texas Tech University is classified as a doctoral “research-extensive university” by the Carnegie Foundation and as a “national research university” by the State of Texas.

To apply for a faculty position, candidates must submit a cover letter, vita, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, sample reprints, 3 or more letters of recommendation, and any other materials that candidates think will be helpful, to our online application web site, at:, under the requisition number of 2207BR. We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2014, and will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Amelia Talley, Search Committee Chair at Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Kay Hill via email or post: Texas Tech University; 2810 18th Street; Box 42051; Lubbock, TX 79409.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally-diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. We welcome applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, other under-represented groups, and dual-career couples.

Post-Doc Position at UMass Amherst & Liberty Mutual for Driving Safety Research

Dear STTG members,

Please find attached a post-doc position posting at UMass Amherst & Liberty Mutual for Driving Safety Research. 

This is a great opportunity to conduct research with some of the sharpest minds in driving safety research. Both UMass and Liberty Mutual are well known, have great resources, and are at the forefront of this research field. Plus Western Massachusetts is wonderful. 

Please contact faculty and researchers at UMass and LM for any questions.

Notice of Position
Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Driving Safety Research

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) seeks a post-doctoral research associate in driving safety research. This is a full-time, benefited position with funding for an initial period of one year. Pending satisfactory performance, the position is typically extended to two years. The primary goal of the program is to develop the research careers of recent doctoral graduates with a focus on driving safety research, through a program that encourages creativity and independent discovery in collaboration between two research institutions with extensive records of accomplishment in these fields.

The post-doctoral research associate will conduct driving safety research in close collaboration with research scientists at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS) in Hopkinton, MA as well as with faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). Duties will include conducting original research, publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant applications. The post-doctoral research associate will spend roughly equal amounts of time in residence at each institution.

The successful applicant will have a doctoral degree in industrial engineering, human factors, psychology, or a related field. The candidate will have less than five years’ post-doctorate experience, a demonstrated record of individual initiative and originality in research, strong analytic skills, and the potential to become an independent academic researcher within two to three years. Experience with the use of driving simulators, instrumented vehicles, and eye trackers to study human behavior are desirable. Access to such equipment is available at both institutions. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interests match the research interests of mentors at LMRIS and UMass. For more information, go to and (LMRIS).

The annual salary range is $38,500 - $45,250, including full benefits. This position is contingent upon funding. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, three letters of reference sent directly by the referees to and a brief description (1000 to 1500 words) of research that might be undertaken during the first year. Applicants should contact faculty/researchers at LMRIS and UMass Amherst to identify and develop their proposed research. It is expected that the proposed research will reflect the results of communications with potential mentors at both institutions. Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. 

Candidates must apply through Interview Exchange.

The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Department, College, and University have a strong commitment to diversity. Women and Members of Minority Groups are encouraged to Apply.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.

Congratulations to the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award Winner

Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award

The memory of NHTSA’s Stephanie Binder was honored at the annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in Chicago. The Surface Transportation Technical Group awarded the first annual “Stephanie Binder Young Professionals Award” in her memory to Birsen Donmez of the University of Toronto.

Stephanie, a human factors engineer in Vehicle Safety Research who played an instrumental role in NHTSA’s driver distraction research program, motorcycle conspicuity studies, and connected vehicles research among many other programs, died unexpectedly at age 35 in 2011.

The award is intended to recognize a human factors professional, aged 35 or younger, who demonstrates outstanding contribution to transportation human factors. NHTSA’s Chris Monk was on hand with committee members Linda Boyle of the University of Washington and Bryan Reimer of MIT to help present the inaugural award to Birsen Donmez of the University of Toronto.  What a great way to honor Stephanie’s memory!

Monday, October 20, 2014

STTG Election Results

TG Chair: Anuj Pradhan (UMTRI)
Program Chair Elect - to support the next Program Chair Stas Krupenia (Scania): Shan Bao (UMTRI)
Webmaster: Andrew Krum (VTTI)
Newsletter Editor: Robert (Mac) McCall (VTTI)

The new officers will officially take their positions at the end of the HFES annual meeting on October 30th, 2014.

To represent the sentiments of the current officers, it’s been an honor serving the STTG. We’ve had a great time and look forward to seeing you all next week in Chicago. Sincerely,

STTG Business Meeting and Dinner | Wednesday Oct 29th, 2014 | Rock Bottom Brewery

What: STTG Business Meeting and Dinner
Where: Rock Bottom Brewery (1 West Grand Ave., Chicago, Il, 60654)
When: Wednesday Oct 29th, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Cost: $10 cash ($31 Value) | Free for first 20 students

Dear STTG Members,

The STTG business meeting will take place at 5:30 PM on Wednesday October 29th during the 2014 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Based on feedback from members and students, as well as the success of last year’s offsite meeting, we’ve organized the following event.

         The meeting will take place at Rock Bottom Brewery, down the street from the conference hotel and across the street from Grand Station. Map It

         Heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink will be provided during the cocktail hour at a cost of $10 cash
o    This is a $31 value made possible by support from the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center. We would greatly appreciate it if you could bring an exact bill
o    Please RSVP here:
Attendance is FREE for the first 20 students to RSVP!
         A cash bar will remain open
         We will hold an open mic for students to introduce themselves to the STTG
o    Using the RSVP form, students can sign up to give a ~30-s talk on who they are, where they study, and what their research interests are. This is a great way to accelerate visibility in the research community.
         We will transition into dinner at 7:15 PM.
o    The cost of dinner is NOT included with the attendance fee
o    Guests are free to only attend the dinner (and not pay a cover charge), or only attend the business meeting and leave at 7:00 PM. Either way, we ask that you RSVP to indicate your preference.
         Here’s the agenda for the evening:
o    5:30 - 6:00  Reception and cash bar
o    6:00 - 6:15  Student introductions
o    6:15 - 7:00  Presentations
§  Featured Talk
§  STTG Update
§  Program Chair Update
§  Student Award Announcement
§  Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award Announcement
o    7:15  Dinner

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Human Factors Engineer / Research Psychologist

The Transportation Research Center Inc. is seeking a Human Factors Engineer or Research Psychologist to support projects conducted for the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Research to be supported may involve experiments in areas such as Collision Avoidance Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Driver Distraction.

Qualified applicants should possess a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a Human Factors engineering or applied Psychology program.  Strong technical skills are preferred, including experience in statistical analysis and experimental design. Participation in research involving human participants would be beneficial.  Good PC, writing, and communication skills are necessary.

To apply, reference job #2014-017 and send resume to:

Transportation Research Center Inc.
Attn:  Human Resources
PO Box B-67
East Liberty, OH 43319
FAX:  (937) 666-2203


For additional information about TRC Inc., visit our web site:

The work for this job is under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For information on NHTSA, visit their web site:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Summer student research experience in Germany

UNH professors Andrew Kun and Tom Miller were recently awarded an NSF grant to fund students conducting research at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Each summer between 2014 and 2017, 3 undergraduate and 3 graduate students  will conduct research for just under 9 weeks at the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab of Professor Albrecht Schmidt at the University of Stuttgart. Professor Schmidt and his lab are among world leaders in the field of HCI. See

Student research will focus on two areas: in-vehicle speech interaction and speech interaction with public displays. For in-vehicle speech, students will relate the benefits and limitations of speech interaction with in-vehicle devices with real-world parameters, such as how well speech recognition works at any given moment. They will also work to identify why it is that talking to a passenger appears to reduce the probability of a crash, and how we might be able to use this new information to create safer in-vehicle speech interactions. Similarly, students will explore how speech interaction can allow smooth interaction with electronic public displays.

Successful applicants will receive full financial support for participation, covering items such as airfare, room and board, health insurance, as well as a $500/week stipend. The total value of the financial package is approximately $8,500 for 9 weeks.

Details about the program, including applications instructions, are available at Please note that this program is only available to US citizens and permanent residents. If you have questions please contact Andrew Kun ( or Tom Miller (

Thursday, February 27, 2014

4th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research Call for Abstracts

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is hosting the Fourth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia on August 25-28, 2014.

The two-day international symposium (preceded and followed by full-day workshops on Monday, 8/25 and Thursday, 8/28) will gather experts in the field of naturalistic driving research to discuss a wide range of topics.

The symposium will provide researchers and practitioners with an overview of international naturalistic driving studies (NDS) and insight into the next generation of NDS in addition to the opportunity to interact with panelists to discuss naturalistic driving in their respective countries. Workshop participants will receive hands-on experience with NDS data. Registration for the symposium is a prerequisite for attending the workshops.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for presentations and posters. Students are also encouraged to submit abstracts for the special student session sponsored by SHRP 2.

Please refer to this document for additional information.

Inquiries regarding the submission process can be directed to

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Automotive UI 2014, Seattle, WA

AutomotiveUI‘14: The 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications

September 17-19, 2014, Seattle, Washington, USA

For further Information visit:

AutomotiveUI, the International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, is the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain. AutomotiveUI brings researchers and practitioners interested in both the technical and the human aspects of in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. AutomotiveUI'14 will address novel in-vehicle services, models of and concepts for enhancing the driver experience, driver performance and behavior, development of (semi-) autonomous driving, and the needs of different user groups.


AutomotiveUI‚ 2014 invites you to submit original work in one or more of the following formats: full and short papers, workshops, posters, interactive demonstrations, tutorials and industrial showcases. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Devices & Interfaces
-Multi modal, speech, audio, gestural, natural I/O
-In-car gaming, entertainment and social experiences
-Interfaces for navigation
-Text input and output while driving
-Applications and user interfaces for inter-vehicle communication
-Sensors and context for interactive experiences in the car
-Biometrics and physiological sensors as a user interface component

Automation & Instrumentation
-Automated Driving and Interfaces for (semi-) autonomous driving
-Head-Up Displays (HUDs) and Augmented Reality (AR) concepts
-Co-operative Driving/Connected Vehicles
-Assistive technology in the vehicular context
-Information access (search, browsing, etc.)
-Vehicle-based apps, web/cloud enabled connectivity

Evaluation & Benchmarking
-Methods and tools for automotive user interface research, including simulation
-Automotive user interface frameworks and toolkits
-Naturalistic/field studies of automotive user interfaces
-Automotive user interface standards
-Modeling techniques for cognitive workload and visual demand estimation

Driver Performance & Behavior
-Different user groups and user group characteristics
-Subliminal cues and feedback to augment driving behavior
-Emotional state recognition while driving
-Detecting/measuring driver distraction
-Detecting and estimating user intentions

AutomotiveUI’14 invites submissions in the following categories.  Details for submission requirements can be found at

1) Full and short papers (submission deadline: Fri, April 25 2014)
2) Workshops (submission deadline: Fri, June 6th, 2014)
3) Work-in-progress & Interactive Demos (submission deadline: Fri, August 8th, 2014)
4) Industrial Showcase (submission deadline: Fri, August 8th, 2014)


General chair (
-Linda Ng Boyle, University of Washington, US

Paper co-chairs (
-Gary Burnett, University of Nottingham, UK
-Peter Froehlich, FTW-Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Austria
-Shamsi Iqbal, Microsoft Research, US

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Nominations: Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award (Sponsored by HFES-STTG)

Stephanie Binder
Young Professional Award
Sponsored by: HFES-STTG (Surface Transportation Technical Group)

Stephanie Binder was 35 years old when she tragically passed away.  She was a human factors engineer at NHTSA and played a vital role in the Department’s efforts to combat distracted driving. She was the primary author of NHTSA’s overall driver distraction plan, and played a leading role in both of the US DOT’s Distracted Driving Summits.

In honor of this amazing person, the HFES, Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) is providing an annual Young Professional Award to a young human factors professional who demonstrates outstanding contribution to transportation human factors.  Applications will be due July 1 each year.

Qualification for award:
  • Employed full time (in academia, industry, or government) in a surface transportation related field for at least two years.
  • Be 35 years old or younger.
Consideration criteria:
  • Research: Advancing transportation human factors as demonstrated by journal articles, conference proceedings, books, technical reports, digests of papers, and product releases
  • Outreach/Education: Demonstration of service to the human factors community. Examples include outreach to K-12, college students, or human factors professionals; workshops/seminars to the human factors community at large.
  • Other significant contributions to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or other professional/technical societies.
Nominees can directly apply or be nominated by a friend/colleague. To submit a nomination, please include:
  • A one page summary of the nominee’s qualifications
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae (CV), resume, or comprehensive biography of the nominee.
Please direct questions to:
Linda Ng Boyle ( and Chris Monk (

Dissertation Funding Opportunity - Link Foundation Fellowship in Advanced Simulation & Training

The Link Foundation Fellowship in Advanced Simulation and Training is a $27,000 fellowship opportunity for students at the dissertation phase of their doctoral studies who are conducting research in the area of advanced simulation and training.  Applications are due on January 15, 2014.  A complete description of the fellowship and application process can be found at the following URL: .  Qualified students are encouraged to apply.