• 891 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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Research Interests

Stewart A Birrell is a Professor of Human Factors for Future Transport within the National Transport Design Centre (ntdc) at Coventry University. He received his PhD in Ergonomics from Loughborough University in 2007, and first-class degree in Sport Science in 2002. Stewart has spent the previous 15 years working in the automotive sector within industry and academia, with expertise ranging from eco-driving, driver behaviour in conventional and electric vehicles, driver distraction, multimodal warnings, to the design and evaluation of in-vehicle information systems. Currently, he applies innovative Human Factors Engineering methodologies to enable real-world and virtual evaluation of user interaction with Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies and services. Stewart has over 100 journal and conference papers, book sections and articles published in his field to date, and is an Editor of the internationally renowned, Q1/4* journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Key research interests:

  • Driver-in-the-loop simulator evaluation of new in-vehicle information systems and technologies
  • Field Operational Trials (FOTs) for benchmark and evaluation of user interaction with technology and driver behaviour / performance
  • Information requirements for drivers/users in autonomous vehicles
  • Design of internal and external HMI for user trust in AVs
  • Motion sickness and it’s impact on driving performance
  • Driver state monitoring and adaptive interfaces
  • Driver behaviour and affect on real-world range of electric vehicles
  • Human Factors for Wireless EV charging
  • User requirement capture and generation of functional requirements

PhD Project

Current Supervision of Doctorate Projects:

  • Information requirements for automated vehicles
  • What information do people need and does this change over time and exposure to self-driving cars; multimodal warnings
  • Effects of motion sickness on task completion
  • Most people get motion sick, what is the impact on driving-related tasks, and can speed up habituation to motion sickness
  • Biometrics for Trust in autonomous vehicles
  • Trust is usually measured via subjectively, but are there physiological indicators which can use to infer trust in real-time
  • Driver State Monitoring using wearables
  • Embedded or medical sensors are expensive, can we measure the driver state using consumer grade electronic devices (CED)

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2005 2020

  • 891 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 34 Conference proceeding
  • 26 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Conference article
15 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Defining the accuracy of real-world range estimations of an electric vehicle

Birrell, S. A., McGordon, A. & Jennings, P. A., 20 Nov 2014, 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC). IEEE, p. 2590-2595

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
Electric vehicles
21 Citations (Scopus)

How driver behaviour and parking alignment affects inductive charging systems for electric vehicles

Birrell, S. A., Wilson, D., Yang, C. P., Dhadyalla, G. & Jennings, P., Sep 2015, In : Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 58, Part D, p. 721-731 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
electric vehicle
Electric vehicles
13 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Fuel economy

A Human Factors Approach to Defining Requirements for Low-speed Autonomous Vehicles to Enable Intelligent Platooning

Woodman, R., Lu, K., Higgins, M. D., Brewerton, S., Jennings, P. & Birrell, S., 29 Aug 2019, 2019 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV). IEEE, p. 2371-2376 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Human engineering
Requirements engineering
Systems engineering
1 Citation (Scopus)

Analysing passengers’ behaviours when boarding trains to improve rail infrastructure and technology

Oliveira, L. CR., Fox, C., Birrell, S. & Cain, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing. 57, p. 282-291 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human-centered Design
Design Process