Friday Seminar - Understanding and Optimization of Drivers’ Behaviors


Prof. Dengbo HE from GZ - Understanding and Optimization of Drivers’ Behaviors


Understanding and Optimization of Drivers’ Behaviors

Date:         21 April 2023 (Friday)

Time:         01:30pm – 02:20pm

Speaker:    Prof Dengbo HE (Guangzhou Campus)

Venue:       Rm3574 (lift 27 & 28), Civil Engineering Departmental Conference Room



With the development of driving automation and entertainment technologies, more and more functions have been embedded into the vehicle cabin. These new functions have brought both opportunities and challenges. As the intelligent cabin can convey both safety-related information and entertainment information to drivers, it is important to consider how drivers’ behaviors may change in the face of these new sources of information. On the other hand, the vehicles become more than a transportation tool, but also a living space. Therefore, cockpit design needs to take both driving safety and ride comfort into consideration. On the other hand, although autonomous driving and driving automation technologies have developed rapidly in past years, it is inevitable that there will be a period when the autonomous vehicles and human-driven vehicles share the road, forming a mixed traffic flow. Therefore, the safety and efficiency of mixed traffic are not only closely related to driving automation technology, but also human-related factors. To address these issues, we have to understand and model the changes of driver behaviors in mixed traffic flow. Therefore, this seminar will review the relevant research conducted by our research group on human-automation interaction both inside vehicle but also in mixed traffic.



Dr. Dengbo HE is an Assistant Professor and Ph.D. advisor in Intelligent Transportation Thrust and Robotics and Autonomous Systems Thrust, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (Guangzhou). Before joining HKUST(GZ), he worked as a post-doc fellow at the University of Toronto. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 2020 and MASc Degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2016. His research focuses on human factors, driver behavior and the interactions between driving automation and human drivers. He has published over 20 high-quality journal and conference papers. He also serves as the reviewers of top journals in human factors and traffic safety domains, including the Transportation Research Part D, Part F, IEEE T-ITS, IEEE T-HMS, and Applied Ergonomics. In the past 5 years, Dr. He has authored or co-authored 9 journal articles, 11 conference proceedings and 1 book Chapter.

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