Professor of Transport Safety

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 35348
Room: 1.12
Research Group: Human Factors and Safety

Key Research Interests

  • New technology and safety; driver assistance systems; speed management; driver distraction; the design and use of driving simulators for safety research; road traffic accident causation.

Employment History

  • 2003–present: Professor of Transport Safety, ITS
  • 1993–2002: Principal Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1989–1993: Senior Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1987–1989: Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1985–1987: Assistant Research Scientist, Statistical Research Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
  • 1977–1985: Research Assistant/Associate, Senior Research Associate UMTRI


  • , Modern History, Oxford University, 1969
  • , History, The University of Michigan, 1973
  • , History, The University of Michigan, 1981

Professional Engagements

  • Chair of Road User Behaviour Working Party of Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. PACTS provides advice to Parliament and the Government on safety policy.
  • Expert advisor to the European Transport Safety Council. ETSC provides advice to the European Commission and the European Parliament on safety policy.
  • Member of Programme Management Panel of UK Foresight Vehicle Research Programme
  • Chair of International Working Group on Speed Control (IWGOSC is the collaboration of the various national research projects in Intelligent Speed Adaptation)

Research Projects and Experience

  • An Intelligent Traffic System for Vulnerable Road Users (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE  I, 1989-91)
  • VRU-TOO: Vulnerable Road User Traffic Observation and Optimization (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE II, 1991-94)
  • HOPES: Horizontal Project for the Evaluation of Safety (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE II, 1991-95)
  • Speed on Rural Arterial Roads (SERC, 1993-94)
  • Response to Automatic Speed Control in Urban Areas (EPSRC, 1994-96)
  • HINT: Human Implications of New Technologies (European Union DG VII, Transport Research Programme, 1997-98)
  • New Technologies for Preventing Accidents at Junctions (EPSRC, 1997-99).
  • External Vehicle Speed Control (Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1997-99)
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (Department for Transport, 2000–2006)
  • HASTE: HMI And the Safety of Traffic in Europe (EC Fifth Framework Growth Programme, 2002–2004)
  • EASY: Effects of Automated Systems on Safety (EPSRC, 2007–2009)
  • Speed Limit Adherence and its Effect on Road Safety and Climate Change (Commission for Integrated Transport, 2007–2008)