Human Factors of CAVs

This session will include a moderated panel discussion with experts from research and industry on the present and future human factors issues facing CAVs.


Donald Fisher

Principal Technical Advisor
USDOT Volpe Center

Donald Fisher, PhD, is the principal technical advisor in Surface Transportation Human Factors at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. Prior to becoming a principal technical advisor, he served as a faculty fellow at Volpe for two years. Dr. Fisher joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall of 1982. He became the head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2009 and served in that capacity until August of 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, master’s degree from Harvard, and PhD from the University of Michigan.


Kelly Funkhouser

Program Manager for Vehicle Usability and Automation
Consumer Reports Auto Test Center

Kelly Funkhouser has a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and spent her time during grad school studying human interaction with automated driver assist systems in vehicles. Kelly is now the Program Manager for vehicle usability and automation at Consumer Reports. She assesses infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems, and connected vehicle technologies in over 50 vehicles per year. Her role at CR gives her a unique perspective for direct comparison of vehicles technologies and implementations in the real world.

Bryan Reimer

Research Scientist
MIT AgeLab

Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center. His work aims to find solutions to challenges associated with driver attention management, distraction, automation and the use of advanced driver assistance systems to maximize mobility and safety. He collaborates with industries worldwide and founded and leads the Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Attentional Demand (AHEAD) consortium, aimed at developing the next generation of driver attention measurement tools and the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) consortium, focused on developing an understanding of driver use of emerging vehicle technologies including automated driving systems.

Dr. Reimer has been honored with an inaugural 2018 Autos2050 Impact Award for his innovative contributions to the automotive industry. He is an author on over 200 technical contributions, a Contributor to Forbes, and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Charles A. Green

Human Factors Consultant

Charles Green, PhD, CHFP, is a Human Factors Scientist and Engineer who has been studying driver performance with driving automation systems for 17 years, most recently leading the development of the human interface for GM’s Super Cruise feature. While Chuck was at General Motors, he served as a principal investigator in NHTSA’s L2L3 and FHWA’s HF4LAADS driving automation research projects, as well as the ACAT-Backing project; Chuck was also GM’s representative to the NHTSA/CAMP Automated Vehicle Research project. Chuck is a core member of SAE and ISO driving automation workgroups including J3016, J3114 and J3048. Chuck commissioned driver performance research for Super Cruise, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Reverse Automatic Braking, Unintended Deceleration, Rear Vision, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and related features. Prior to working in the Automotive industry, Chuck spent 5 years managing a usability laboratory at Southwestern Bell’s research arm as well as conducting research on speech recognition, interactive voice response, text messaging and mobile internet products. Chuck received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Champaign (1990), and M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1995) in Industrial and Systems Engineering – Human Factors from Virginia Tech.

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