Thursday, October 15, 2015

Job Posting: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Driving Safety Research

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Position: Postdoctoral. Research Associate in Driving Safety Research
Thank you for considering University of Massachusetts Amherst in your search.

Category: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Department: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Location: Amherst, MA
Posted: September 17, 2015
Type: Full-time
Reference No.: R50029

About the University of Massachusetts Amherst:

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) seeks a postdoctoral 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 may be extended twice up to a total of three years. The primary goal of the program is to develop the research careers of recent doctoral graduates with a primary focus on driving safety research and/or interventions-based training research targeted at reducing crash risk, through a program that encourages creativity and independent discovery at a premier research institution with an extensive record of accomplishment in these fields.

The postdoctoral research associate will conduct driving safety research with human factors faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with transportation safety faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering and potentially with cognitive psychology faculty in the Department of Psychology and human-computer interaction faculty in the College of Information and Computer Science at UMass Amherst. The scope of the research can often cross multiple disciplines and  postdoctoral research associates are encouraged to reach out broadly. Duties will include all aspects  of conducting original research, publishing in the top tier peer-reviewed scientific literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant applications.


psychology, and/or a related field. Ideal candidates will have a strong history of publishing in relevant and appropriate peer-reviewed venues, a demonstrated record of individual initiative and originality in research, strong analytical skills, and the potential to become an independent academic researcher within two to three years. Experience with the use of driving simulators, instrumented vehicles, augmented reality and eye trackers to study human behavior are desirable. Access to such equipment is available at UMass Amherst. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interests match the research interests of mentors at UMass Amherst. For more information, go to

Additional Information:

The annual salary range is $42,000 - $45,520, including full benefits. This position is contingent upon funding.

Application Instructions: 

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, contact information for three references and a brief description (1000 to 1500 words) of research that might be undertaken during the first year. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Applications are accepted only online at: 

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The Department, College, and University have a strong commitment to diversity.

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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

STTG Reception and Business Meeting at 2015 HFES in Los Angeles

As part of the HFES Conference, the STTG business meeting will take place at 5:30 PM on Wednesday October 28th. 

This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with researchers and students. This meeting has been a held offsite for the past few years with great success. To carry on with that tradition, we are organizing it offsite this year as well, and we look forward to meeting many of you. 

Please see details below:

What: STTG Business Meeting
Where: Rosa Mexicano (800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA)
When: Wednesday Oct 28th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Cost: $10 cash (Free for first 20 students to RSVP)

  • The meeting will take place at Rosa Mexicano, just down the street from the conference hotel. 
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink will be provided during the cocktail hour at a cost of $10 cash.
    • (This is a $38 value ticket subsidized for STTG members via support from STTG, UMTRI, and Realtime Technologies Incorporated. We would greatly appreciate it if you could bring exact change)
    • 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
    • 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.
  • Here’s the agenda for the evening:
    • 5:30 - 7:00  Reception and cash bar
    • 7:00 - 7:15  Student introductions
    • 7:15 - 8:00  Presentations
      • Featured Talk
      • STTG Update
      • Program Chair Update
      • Student Award Announcement
      • Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award Announcement 
Hope to see you there. Please RSVP. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nominations Extended for the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award, 2015

Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award, 2015

Sponsored by: HFES-STTG (Human Factors & Ergonomics Society - Surface Transportation Technical Group)

Stephanie Binder was 35 years old when she tragically passed away in 2011. 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 USDOT’s Distracted Driving Summits.

To honor Stephanie’s memory and her impact on the field, the Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) confers an annual Young Professional Award to a young human factors professional who demonstrates outstanding contribution to transportation human factors.


Nominations are now open for the 2015 award.

  • 35 years old or younger (as of date of nomination).
  • Employed full time (in academia, industry, or government) in a surface transportation related field for at least two years.

Consideration criteria:
  • Research: Advancing transportation human factors as demonstrated by journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, or 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.
  • Other significant contributions to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or other professional/technical societies.

Nominees can directly apply or be nominated by a colleague. To submit a nomination, please include:
  • A brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications, including three reasons for consideration.
  • A curriculum vitae, resume, or comprehensive bio-sketch of the nominee, including names of at least two references.

Awards will be conferred at the Annual Business Meeting of the HFES-STTG on Oct 28, 2015, at the HFES Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Nominations accepted until Wednesday, 

October 21st, 2015

Please email nominations or questions to: Linda Ng Boyle (, Chris Monk (, Anuj K Pradhan (

Friday, September 18, 2015

Job Posting: Human Factors Scientist - Transportation Operations at Battelle

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Our Transportation Operations Human Factors business is currently seeking a Human Factors Research Scientist. This position is located in Seattle, Washington.

Position Description:

Battelle’s human factors staff in Seattle, WA provide a human-centered approach to the development and evaluation of programs, systems, and products. The human factors researchers at Battelle combine human factors tools and techniques with behavioral science, computer science, and engineering expertise to address the needs and requirements of users, operators, and maintainers. Clients include both government and industry organizations in the transportation, energy, and national security domains.

Human Factors Research Scientists work with our technical staff to conduct human factors research with general direction, but limited supervision. Primary activities include literature searches and reviews, field data collection and analysis, laboratory data collection and analysis, and execution of human factors analyses based upon available data. Principal responsibilities are to:
  • Perform assigned technical tasks and activities, in a timely manner as requested
  • Prepare and present oral briefings to colleagues and other professionals
  • Contribute to project development and client relationship activities as directed
  • Improve performance in technical activities through job training and outside study

This position reports to the Critical Infrastructure Transportation Operations (CITO) Manager and is provided day-to-day work direction by various technical staff and project managers.

The following requirements must be met to be considered for the position:
  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, Psychology or Human Factors or related technical degree and a minimum of 2-5 years of experience conducting human factors research with safety-critical systems.
  • Proven ability to perform statistical analysis using standard social sciences statistical packages (SAS, etc.)
  • Demonstrated writing communication skills and capable of writing technical reports and publications.

The following is desired, but not required to be considered for this position:
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Psychology, or Human Factors or related technical degree
  • US citizen with a current or prior Department of Defense security clearance approval

To apply for this position, please go to:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Job Posting: Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Engineering and the National Advanced Driving Simulator invite applications for a faculty Director at the associate or full professor level. Applicants should have distinguished scholarly credentials.  We seek a dynamic and highly collaborative leader who will catalyze enthusiasm and collaboration across disciplines.
The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is a self-sustained transportation safety research center at the University of Iowa.   NADS utilizes its suite of world-class driving simulators and instrumented vehicles to conduct research studies for the private and public sectors. NADS is staffed by 18 full-time employees who specialize in studying the connection between humans and vehicles.  Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from various departments across campus are involved in conducting research at NADS on topics that include human factors, vehicle safety systems, driver impairment, driver distraction, connected vehicle technologies, drug and clinical driving-related research, automated vehicles, and simulation and on-road data collection technologies.  Development and research conducted at the NADS – sponsored by government, military, and industry partners – saves lives, improves quality of life for motorists, advances the state of the art in driving simulation, and improves the efficiency and productivity of the automotive and supporting industries.
As Director of NADS, the candidate is expected to provide leadership in planning, operating, and administering the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS).  The Director is responsible for all aspects of NADS research programs and operations, including maintaining its capabilities at the cutting edge of driving simulation technology.  The candidate will have a faculty appointment within the College of Engineering, and will be expected to carry out research, teach, and contribute to the academic mission of the college and the university.
Academic interests may address any aspect of transportation, driving research, or related fields.  We seek a broad and engaging thinker who transcends disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of driving or transportation related issues with a wide ranging impact within and beyond the academy.  An earned doctorate in any relevant Engineering discipline and a strong portfolio of impactful scholarship and teaching are required.  The faculty appointment will be made in one of the College of Engineering academic departments or it could be a joint appointment among multiple departments.  The salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To apply for this appointment, please go to and see Requisition # 67407 listed under the College of Engineering.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Job Posting: Staff Engineer, User Interface (Human Factors) -- CLOSED


For: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Position Title: Staff Engineer, User Interface (Human Factors); Job Code: 10

This position is responsible for participating in development activities for future-vehicle HMI systems through the implementation of a rigorous, iterative, human-centered development process comprised of repeated observation, innovation and test cycles.

  • Support team in concept development from a Human Factors and ergonomics perspective.
  • Interact with internal and external customers, vendors, and external research organizations to identify and refine innovation opportunities related to HMI multi-modal experiences.
  • Participate in customer innovation events to both capture needs identified by customers and to facilitate new opportunity identification by demonstration of innovative concepts.
  • Lead knowledge transfer of research findings to internal teams in laymen’s terms.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and work directly with technical experts on advanced development initiatives and represent Panasonic in related academic conferences.

  • Responsible for evaluating merit and applicability of technical reports and prior research.
  • Analyze simulator and naturalistic driving data (visual, manipulative, auditory, physiological, and cognitive data).
  • Design and set up efficient test scenarios using simulator software.
  • R&D to improve HMI product and metrology.
  • Evaluate human performance using a variety of test environments incorporating, human factors, statistics, cognitive psychology.
  • Develop and run tests and protocols for HMI product evaluation in simulators and in vehicle.
  • Determine effective usage of human performance measurements (eye tracking, driving simulators, heart, cognitive, etc.)
  • Development of walk-throughs, prototypes, and reconfigurable simulators.

  • Apply the HFES Standards and academic know how to HMI Product Validation.
  • Support early concept development evaluations and simulator to filter out best areas to focus resources.
  • Evaluate and lead early in process system and product designs for HMI advanced development.

  • Manage and communicate with team and management regarding development activities, project schedule, cost, issues, and risks.
  • Tracks and reports teams’ status on meeting objectives via EARS (Engineering Activity Records Systems).

  • Active participant in SAE / ISO / HFES societies on HMI related standards/guidelines.
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends and regulatory compliance related to human factors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

  • Masters in Psychology, Human Factors, Engineering or Physical Science. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (5) years automotive related experience in Human-Machine Interface product design.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ leading a team.
  • Subject Matter Expert in human factors, cognitive psychology, statistics tools and methods, user-centered Human Machine Interface evaluation, interaction research, driver distraction research, and attention management research.
  • Experience in developing project plans and plans.
  • Experience in the usability testing and usability engineering, with an emphasis on the automotive industry.
  • Demonstrated mastery of statistical tools and methods.
  • Experience in leading human factors testing of mocked-up versions HMI system level prototypes in simulated and real driving conditions.
  • Experience in the design and development utilizing rich web-based user interfaces.
  • Demonstrated domain knowledge in automotive HMI subsystems.
  • Understanding of HMI, HFES standards and government guidelines.
  • Strong technical knowledge of either software or hardware design.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook as appropriate to the position.

COMPETENCIES (Level Specific):
Leader of Others: Individual achieves results through others by leading projects and/or teams taking into consideration budget, workforce and delegation of tasks and responsibilities; builds effective professional relationships throughout the organization and in the market space.

Functional/Technical Knowledge 
Understands and appropriately applies functional/technical knowledge. Demonstrates active interest and ability to develop and apply new functional/technical knowledge.
Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others develop and strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
Allocating decision-making authority and/or task responsibility to others in order to maximize the organization's and individuals' effectiveness.
Driving Results
Setting stretch goals for personal and team accomplishments; using clear metrics to monitor progress; tenaciously working to meet or exceed expectations while deriving satisfaction from achievements and continuous improvement.
Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance/support of ideas or plans; modifies one's own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.


Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes; adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits, trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.
Developing and leveraging relationships within and across work groups (internal teams; customers; vendors etc.) to effectively accomplish organizational goals; gaining consensus/support by taking actions that reflect the needs and contributions of others.
Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
Customer Focus
Ensuring that the (internal or external) customer’s perspective is a driving force behind priorities, decisions, processes, and activities; promoting and living customer service as a value.
Securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.


Ability to travel as required of the position, including domestic and international travel 5% – 10% of the year.

  • Review procedures, materials, or processes to assure compliance to all specifications and standards.
  • Comply with and enforce all procedures and work instructions.
  • Respond to quality and work issues and take corrective action as appropriate.
  • Has the organizational authority to identify and segregate, as necessary, suspect or non-conforming material (for example components, saleable product, specifications, controlled documents, etc.) and to notify the appropriate authority (manager, etc.) for instructions.

  • Maintains tools, equipment, and work areas in a neat and orderly manner and observes all work related safety practices and procedures.
  • Will comply with all applicable Company safety policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Must comply with all Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations and relevant company procedures and instructions related to the environmental management system and contribute to the achievement of the relevant environmental objectives and targets established by the Company. 
  • In addition, provides the leadership and resources for such activities as applicable.

  • Required to sit, stand, or walk for prolonged periods of time.
  • Use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects or use controls, tools, or equipment.
  • May require the ability to use a keyboard and other office equipment.
  • May require specific vision abilities that include close vision.
  • May be required to perform concentrated work for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to lift, carry, or exert items or objects of reasonable weight.
  • May be required to perform duties beyond standard business hours.

CONTACT (Interested and qualified professionals may apply):

Don Turner
Group Manager - eCockpit
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Call for Participation:

Workshop on "In-vehicle Auditory Interactions" 

at ICAD (International Conference on Auditory Display) 2015

Graz, Austria, July 6, 2015

The scope and prevalence of in-vehicle technologies has dramatically expanded, which increases drivers' visual, physical, and mental workload. In an attempt to reduce this workload, but allow for necessary interactions, auditory displays have been used in vehicles over the years, but only for basic information transmission. The goal of our joint workshop is to discuss the use of auditory displays for interaction in the vehicle at a more advanced level in order to offer better driver experience in rapidly changing vehicle environments. This full day workshop will secure sufficient time for intermingling participants, presenting conceptual sounds, discussing issues, and integrating ideas.

Objectives and Description
  1. Provide an organized discussion about the topic of how auditory interactions can be efficiently and effectively applied to in-vehicle contexts;
  2. Build and nurture a new community that bridges the auditory display community with the automotive user interface community;
  3. Discuss and exchange ideas interactively within and across sub-communities;
  4. Suggest promising directions for future trans-disciplinary work; and
  5. Yield both immediate and long-term community-, research-, and design-guidance products.

To this end, we will invite researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds, who are interested in auditory display and automotive user interface fields. In this discussion and the formation of future directions, we will particularly focus on "unobtrusive interfaces" and aspects of "gamification". Unobtrusiveness will allow auditory displays to be informative, but stay at the periphery of the driver's attention and be easily accepted by end users. To accomplish this, we will discuss several design guidelines based on blended sonification. Gamification can promote users to keep their motivation for behavioral change for a longer period of time (e.g., in the context of eco-driving applications). Through achieving the goals of this workshop, we will provide an opportunity to move this integrated field  forward and build a solid community that includes ICAD.

Topics of Interests
  • Sonification for eco-driving (fuel efficiency, etc.)
  • Collision warning sound design
  • In-vehicle speech-recognition; driver & vehicle agent dialogue
  • Auditory displays for secondary and tertiary tasks (e.g.,infotainment)
  • Blended sonification and unobtrusive/inattentive/subliminal auditory notifications
  • Sound design for Personal Navigation Design (PND)
  • In-vehicle application of spatial (or 3D) sounds
  • Electric vehicle sound design
  • Auditory interactions and gamification
  • Auditory interactions between electric/autonomous vehicles and road  users (in the exterior)
  • Auditory interactions in the autonomous vehicles
  • Auditory interactions between connected vehicle
  • Driving performance data; traffic data sonification
  • Novel in-vehicle sonic interaction design
Participants are encouraged to submit their 1-page abstract, 2-4 page paper, sound/movie file, or auditory concepts (details on the website) by June 12th using the WS submission system at: .

This workshop is a joint effort of two groups of organizers. The original workshop titles were "In-vehicle auditory interactions" (1) and "Auditory displays in the car for supporting fuel-efficient driving: About unobtrusiveness and gamification" (2)

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (, Michigan Tech (1),
Ignacio Alvarez, Intel Corporation (1)
Thomas M. Gable, Georgia Tech (1),
Steven Landry, Michigan Tech (1),
Michael A. Nees, Lafayette College (1),
Andreas Riener, Johannes Kepler University Linz (1),
and Bruce N. Walker, Georgia Tech (1),
Jan Hammerschmidt (, Bielefeld University (2),
Ren√© T√ľnnermann, Bielefeld University (2), and
Thomas Hermann, Bielefeld University (2).

Looking forward to seeing you in Graz in July.
If you have  any questions, just  email  Philart ( or
Jan (


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Submissions Welcome for the 2015 Human Factors Prize

Papers on this year's topic may be uploaded between June 1 and July 1. Please see below for more details.

About the 2015 Prize Topic:  
The topic for the 2015 Human Factors Prize is HF/E Research in Sustainability/Resilience. We seek articles that describe research pertaining to sustainable development that goes beyond a single human lifespan and instead focuses on future generations. Consideration should be given to the interaction between humans and systems over the course of the next few decades and beyond.

Sustainability/resilience is broadly defined as a branch of study that focuses on long-term preservation of vital global resources with the goal of reducing consumption to protect the needs of future generations. It is the ability for a complex system to adapt and thrive in the face of constant change and uncertainty. Current research in this area includes energy, transportation, agriculture, and climate change.

Papers are invited that, among other things,
  • identify the impact of HF/E in sustainable systems and processes;
  • develop and test strategies, models, and design protocols that combine HF/E with sustainability/resilience;
  • take a global resilience perspective;
  • describe innovative and proactive safety in resilience; and/or
  • demonstrate HF/E influence on organizational or community resilience.
Suitable sample HF/E research topics may include, but are not limited to
  • Automation and robotics
  • Biomechanical systems/tools
  • Building/facility design
  • Climate change
  • Consumer product design
  • Emergency response
  • Energy generation/distribution
  • Environmental design
  • Food production
  • Health care/medicine
  • Information architecture/dissemination
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Macroergonomics and the environment
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Simulation
  • Surface, sea, and space systems/transportation
  • Software systems/services (e.g., finance, security)
  • Water distribution/use
  • Waste reduction/management
Exemplar articles from previous issues of Human Factors include the following:
We are not seeking examples that describe how HF/E or usability research has been applied to the design of sustainable or resilient systems or processes, which may be more suitable for a venue such as Ergonomics in Design. If you are not certain your topic relates to the theme of the 2015 Human Factors Prize, please contact Lois Smith (

Submissions (research articles or extended multi-phase studies are welcome) must adhere to the policies of general submissions of Human Factors. This includes length restrictions, originality, and formatting.

Submissions must cover original (unpublished) research in the topical area and comply with the requirements in the Human Factors Instructions for Authors. Review articles are not eligible for the Prize. 
Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors.

Where to Submit:
All submissions must be uploaded to the Human Factors Manuscripts site.

Deadline for Submissions:
Submissions must be received beginning on Monday, June 1, and no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Friday, April 3, 2015


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research; Morgantown, WV

NIOSH Division of Safety Research:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for occupational safety and health research, Our mission is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Division of Safety Research, located in Morgantown, WV, serves as the focal point for NIOSH’s traumatic occupational injury research program, The Division follows the public health model, melding in safety and engineering sciences. We use epidemiologic methods to define injury problems and to focus intervention efforts, and safety and engineering sciences to address human factors issues and to develop and test control technology.

Purpose of Position:

The purpose of this fellowship position is to conduct research associated with occupational driver safety. The fellow will be placed in the Protective Technology Branch (PTB). The fellow will also participate in meetings and forums with staff from the Branch and NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. PTB currently has nine state-of-the-art research laboratories, including the Virtual Reality Laboratory and Vehicle Safety Laboratory which serve as the NIOSH focal point for engineering and technology-based safety intervention research for reducing the incidence and severity of work-related motor vehicle crashes.

The fellow will conduct research that will lead to more focused recommendations to prevent occupational vehicle-related crashes and injuries. The nature of work includes: conducting literature reviews of vehicle safety practices and standards, developing occupational driver safety research protocols, conducting experiments, participating in discussion on occupational motor vehicle-related injury prevention techniques and strategies, and preparing documents and publications to present findings from these activities.

Required Skills and Abilities:

The individual must have a masters or doctoral degree in human factors engineering, safety engineering, industrial engineering, transportation safety, or similar engineering program. Knowledge and experience with transportation safety research is preferred. The individual must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The individual must also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment and independently. NIOSH is an equal opportunity employer. Non-U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply. Salary will be based on education and experience, and will likely range from $45,057 - $67,833.

Contact Information:
For more information or to provide a CV or resume, please contact Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D., 304-285-5910.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Participation: "Workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research" [in-vehicle user interfaces and applications]

Call for Participation 
Workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research"

Michigan Tech, USA, May 28, 2015

For further information, visit:

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) hosts the first workshop on "Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research". We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to (1) identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, (2) introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and (3) plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission. 

After the keynote speech, each participant will briefly introduce his or her research areas and specialties. All participants will also have a chance to discuss collaborations and ideas with every other participant in short conversations. Then, we will have subgroups and discuss plausible research topics and ideas. After the workshop, we will follow up each special interest group with competitive proposals to secure external funding. This workshop will also be a good learning and networking opportunity for graduate students or researchers who have recently started their journey in the driving research domain.   

Guest Speakers
- Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
- Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
- Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
- Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

Topics of Research projects include, but are not limited to: 
- Connected vehicle research synchronizing multiple simulators
- Design of multimodal in-vehicle technologies (auditory, tactile/haptic, etc.)  
- Countermeasures against aggressive driving
- Eco-driving applications
- Driver affect detection and mitigation
- Wearable computers (glass, watch, etc.) and driving
- Simulation research of grade crossings
- Collective transportation information planning and simulation
- Developing a driving education program for youth or older drivers
- Building virtual worlds in the simulator 
- Developing in-vehicle companions (speech-based systems, agents, or robots)
- In-vehicle interaction based on BCI (brain-computer interfaces)
- Effects of sleep deprivation on driving
- Driver comfort measure and improvements (seat, noise, heat, etc.) 
- Assistive ITS for older drivers
- Vehicle hacking and cybersecurity
- Driver state and workload measures with new devices (fNIRS, EEG, etc.) 

There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred to prepare for food and others. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by April 30th (Thursday).    
Catered lunch and wine & cheese reception will be provided. the day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots, and virtual environment.

Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets, can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by May 14th (Thursday). 
However, this is not mandatory. You can also attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, and Department of Computer Science. 

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI, rated as one of the Top 10 summer travel destinations, as well as one of the Top 10 outdoor adventure sports in the country for our bike trails, Olympic-caliber cross country ski trails, Lake Superior shoreline, and numerous inland lakes.

Looking forward to seeing you in Houghton in May,
Workshop Organizers: Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon, Steven Landry, and Jayde Croschere

If you have any questions, just email me, 

Job Posting: Ford Vehicle User Interface Implementation Engineer

 Ford Vehicle User Interface Implementation Engineer

Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ year history, one in which openness is at the heart of its future.  The automobile is being redefined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications is being designed, allowing us to create exciting new consumer experiences. We are exploring the role of advanced technologies which will redefine the meaning of mobility in the 21st century.  This includes developing automated vehicle systems, advanced display systems and future smart mobility solutions.

The ideal candidate will have outstanding vehicle architecture knowledge and software engineering skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.  We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented software engineers to join our team to develop application prototypes, toolkits and related architectures with emerging embedded platforms.

Responsibilities Include:
·         Integrating a QT designed user interface into test vehicles
·         Develop and maintain data capture model
·         Decoding CAN signal specifications
·         Maintain code repository
·         Rapid prototyping hardware development
·         QT model modifications

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum BS in Computer Science or Electrical / Computer Engineering
  • Familiar with vehicle CAN data structure
  • Proficient in Matlab and Matlab Simulink environment
  •  Familiarity with using Open source Software Developer Kits (SDK’s)
  • Proficient with utilizing API’s for rapid prototyping
  • Familiarity with GIT and GIT Hub Repository
  • C++, C#, Java Script, Java, programming experience
  • dSpace proficiency
  • Ability to think creatively and to champion innovative design solutions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player with record of collaboration
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Preferred Qualifications:
·         Experience with Driver Assistance features
·         Familiar with CAN analysis tools (Vector, InterpidCS, PCAN, etc.)
·         Familiar with OpenXC Development Environment
·         Familiarity with QT Creator
·         dSpace proficiency

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Interested candidates may also contact John Shutko ( with any questions.