HFASt Lab won two best paper awards at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society that was hosted in Washington DC.
Dr. Dengbo He and Dr. Birsen Donmez received the Jerome H. Ely Best Paper Award. Dr. Dengbo He is currently a faculty member at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Chelsea DeGuzman and Dr. Birsen Donmez received, the Best Student Paper Award from Surface Transportation Technical Group with their paper titled “Factors Influencing Trust in Advanced Driver Assistant Systems for Current Users”. Dr. DeGuzman is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the HFASt Lab.
Our lab’s research on visual checks during right turns at red light got featured in a recent news article on the Guardian.
The article examines the increasing pedestrian deaths in the US and discussing whether allowing right turns during red light should be re-evaluated. Prof. Birsen Donmez gave an interview explaining how the drivers could fail looking at the correct spots for pedestrians when turning right at red light because the driver also has to attend to the incoming traffic to seize traffic gap for an opportunity to make the turn.
To read the full news article and Prof. Birsen Donmez’s interview and insights, please visit the Guardian page.
You can read more about our on-road studies investigating the visual attention allocation on turns and vulnerable road user safety by visiting our publications.
Undergraduate summer research students, Shabab Salam, Yichen Mao, and Yoonho Kim, presented their summer research projects at the annual Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD) on August 16, 2023 at the Myhall Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference booklet with abstracts can be found here.
Yoonho Kim (Eng Sci2T5) won the best poster award in the Human Health category.
1. Driver’s Visual Scanning Behaviours Towards Vulnerable Road Users
by Shabab Salam
2. Effects of Training on Driver Attention Allocation when Driving with ADAS
by Yichen Mao
3. Advancing Driver Safety: An Investigation into Innovations in Drowsiness Detection and Design of System-Initiated Interventions (Best Poster in Human Health)
by Yoonho Kim
UnERD 2023 Presentation Poster
Alia Galal wins an Excellence Award in the 2023 Canada Safest Employers Awards (CSEAs) Competition, organized by the Occupational Health and Safety Magazine.
For the 13th year, the annual CSEAs is the leading independent awards program in the profession of occupational health and safety. The awards recognize health and safety professionals and companies for their outstanding achievements, leadership and innovation over the past 12 months.
This award falls under the Minerva Rising Star of the Year Award Category of the CSEAs, which is specifically dedicated to full time post-secondary students from Canadian universities or colleges in undergraduate, graduate, or coop programs as well as employees with 2 or less years of work experience since graduation. The list of awards and awardees can be found here: https://safestemployers.com/winners-and-excellence-awardees/2023-excellence-awardees/?q=2023#theitem3933
More information about Canada’s Safest Employers Awards can be found here: https://safestemployers.com
Shekhar Kumar, who completed his undergraduate thesis at HFASt, is listed as the Global Engineering Ambassador as part of UofT Engineering Grads to Watch 2020. To read more about his experience and accomplishments, please visit UofT Engineering website.