Professor Birsen Donmez, PhD

Prof Birsen DonmezDirector
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation
Phone: 416.978.7399
Office location: RS305A

Research Areas: Human factors; human adaptation to technology; designing feedback for guiding operator behavior; driver distraction mitigation; statistical modelling of crash data; decision support for emergency medical transport; interruptions in intensive care settings; unmanned vehicle supervisory control.


Professor Birsen Donmez joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in January 2010. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University in 2001, 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.

Professor Donmez’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. Professor Donmez received the 2011 Connaught New Researcher Award from the University of Toronto, the 2010 Dr. Charles H. Miller Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, and the 2006 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation.