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Our Truck Driving Simulator Is Here!

Our newest driving simulator is here! The truck driving simulator has three 50-inch wide monitors to display a wide field of view. It includes a real truck driver seat, steering wheel, gear shifter (with options of manual or automatic gear shift), gas and brake pedals and dashboard. All these set on a motion base that can … Read More

Two best paper awards go to HFASt Lab at the 67th HFES Annual Meeting

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 … Read More

HFASt research on vulnerable road user safety gets featured in The Guardian

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 … Read More

Alia Galal wins CSEAs Excellence Award

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 … Read More

HFASt research was recognized as a best paper finalist for the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics

HFASt research was recognized as a best paper finalist for the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics for the paper titled “Classification of Driver Cognitive Load Based on Physiological Data: Exploring Recurrent Neural Networks.”

Alia Galal receives Best Poster Award from Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals

Congratulations to Alia Galal who received the Best Poster Award at the 2022 Conference of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) for: Galal, A., Donmez, B., Roorda, M. (2022).  Improving truck driver and vulnerable road user interactions through driver training: A subject matter expert interview study. Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Conference 2022.  Sudbury. June 19-22. … Read More

Overreliance on Automated Vehicle Impedes Driver Performance. What To Do About It?

An article by the Science Times used research by the HFASt lab to highlight the overreliance on AV technology. Lead author, Dengbo He, noted that future automated vehicles should be designed with the driver’s attention in mind.   Link to article Link to study

‘A false sense of security’: Automated vehicle tech can impede driver performance, U of T study finds

A study by researchers Dengbo He, Dina Kanaan, and Professor Birsen Donmez at U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering reveals some in-vehicle displays can lead to drivers being over-reliant on automated systems. The lead author of the study, Dengbo He, notes that AV technology gives drivers a false sense of security, which … Read More

U of T driver attention study could help cities turn the corner on road safety

To better understand vehicle accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians, researchers at U of T are working with the City of Guelph to study how drivers’ attention and gaze are affected at intersections. Link to article