Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation
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.
Birsen Donmez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation. 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. Her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications in surface transportation, healthcare, and unmanned vehicle operations. Her selected honors include the inaugural Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award from the HFES Surface Transportation Technical Group and an Ontario Early Researcher Award. She serves on multiple Transportation Research Board committees and as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.
- Sokol, N., Chen, H. Y. W., & Donmez, B. (2017). Voice-controlled in-vehicle systems: Effects of voice-recognition accuracy in the presence of background noise. In Proceedings of the 9th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, Manchester Village, VT.
- Donmez, B., Mehler, A., Lee, J., Mehler, B., & Reimer, B. (2017). The relation between the Driver Behavior Questionnaire, demographics, and driving history. In Proceedings of the 9th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, Manchester Village, VT.
- Hoekstra-Atwood, L., Chen, H. Y. W., & Donmez, B. (2017). Simulator study of involuntary driver distraction under different perceptual loads. Transportation Research Record, 2663, 12-19.
- Merrikhpour, M. & Donmez, B. (2017). Designing feedback to mitigate teen distracted driving: A social norms approach. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 104, 185-194.
- Giang, W. C. W., Chen, H. Y. W., & Donmez, B. (2017). Smartwatches vs. smartphones: Notification engagement while driving. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 9(2), 40-58.