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Andrew moved to Coventry University in September 2015 to lead the new Research Centre in Mobility and Transport. He was Chief Scientist (Life Sciences) at UK Transport Research Laboratory following research appointments at Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Universities. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors and he is active in areas of virtual reality and simulation, autonomous and connected mobility, transport design and safety.

He was Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and is Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems.

He has published over 200 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction. iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour, v) use of simulation for training and research.


Vision Statement


As Executive Director of our new Centre for Mobility and Transport, I want to help bring together the expertise of our design, engineering, computing and life science experts in exciting research programmes that will have a real world impact. There are important new areas of investigation of direct importance to our daily lives - we all want safe,efficient and accessible mobility and the new Centre will provide a focus for the incredible talent and facilities that the University has developed. 

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Research Output 2007 2018

The role of the media in the public perception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Richards, D., Stedmon, A., Parkes, A. & Kaliardos, B. Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

air traffic
law enforcement
public opinion
Open Access
Virtual reality
Display devices
Motion Sickness

Tactile detection task as a workload measure in simulated driving

Diels, C., Helman, S. & Parkes, A. M. 2010 Wokingham, Berkshire: Transport Research Laboratory.

Research output: ResearchOther report


Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Participation in conference

International Forum of Automotive Traffic Safety

Parkes, A. (Keynote Speaker)
4 Dec 20155 Dec 2015

Activity: Participation in conference