Industrial Engineering

Human Factors and Transportation: Designing for all road users




Friday, September 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


SEC 105


Safe transport requires an understanding of the road user’s needs for various driving situations.
In this presentation, I will provide an overview of studies that have been done to account for the
human operator given existing transportation systems. This includes the data collection tools,
measures, and models used to capture safety. In addition, I will present the research currently
underway to account for the transportation network of the future, where humans will need to share
control of the road with automated systems.


Linda Ng Boyle is Professor and Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of
Washington (UW). She has a joint appointment in Civil & Environmental Engineering. She was
previously on the faculty at the University of Iowa, and a research scientist at the U.S. Dept. of
Transportation–Volpe Center. Dr. Boyle is the director of the Human Factors and Statistical
Modeling Lab at the UW, where she studies driver-related issues, human-machine interactions, and
behavioral adaptation. She has received funding from NSF, NIH, US DOT, state DOTs, Transportation
Research Board (TRB), and various automotive industries. She has authored over 150 scientific
articles, book chapters, and technical reports. She is a co-author of the textbook, Designing for
People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering.