• 962 Citations
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20052020
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Biography

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, UK 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 driver behaviour and distraction, multimodal warnings, driver state monitoring and information requirements – all underpinned by the design of in-vehicle information systems, and their evaluation using driving simulators and field operational trials. 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. Professor Birrell 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.

Research Interests

Key Research Areas

  • Driver state monitoring and biometrics for adaptive interfaces
  • Information requirements for drivers / users in autonomous vehicles
  • Design of internal and external HMI for user trust in AVs
  • Motion sickness and its impact on driving performance
  • Driver behaviour and effect on real-world range of electric vehicles and wireless charging
 

Methodologies

  • 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
  • Mixed modality virtual prototyping (physical buck enhanced with VR or AR)
  • 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

19 Citations (Scopus)
13 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
File
Electric vehicles
23 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

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
File
electric vehicle
Parking
Electric vehicles
driver
energy
14 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Fuel economy
expert
economy
driver
efficiency

Are You Sitting Comfortably? How Current Self-driving Car Concepts Overlook Motion Sickness, and the Impact It Has on Comfort and Productivity

Smyth, J., Jennings, P. & Birrell, S., 1 Jan 2020, Advances in Human Factors of Transportation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation. Stanton, N. (ed.). Springer-Verlag London Ltd, p. 387-399 13 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 964).

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

Railroad cars
Productivity
4 Downloads (Pure)

User expectations of partial driving automation capabilities and their effect on information design preferences in the vehicle

Ulahannan, A., Cain, R., Thompson, S., Skrypchuk, L., Mouzakitis, A., Jennings, P. & Birrell, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Applied Ergonomics. 82, 102969.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Automation
automation
driver
Interviews
Information Systems