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Recent News

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on August 2, 2019

Today, Aliecia Bottali presented her poster describing her summer REU project on "Does Cautious Driving help Prepare you for Cybersecurity Emergencies?".



Alex Partridge presented his poster for his REU project entitled "Do Drivers React Safely to Vehicle Cyberattacks?".




Both Alex and Aliecia has provided the foundation for great research for us to pursue in the future and we wish them the best of luck as they continue on the path towards their engineering degrees!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on July 30, 2019

Today, Fangda Zhang passed his qualifying exam. Congratulations Fangda!


Fangda will move on to the next stage of the PhD process and will begin to solidify his dissertation on automated driving systems.

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on July 29, 2019

Today, Shashank Mehrotra passed his qualifying exam. Congratulations Shashank!


Shashank will move on to the next stage of the PhD process and will begin to solidify his dissertation on young drivers.

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on July 20, 2019

Today, Fangda Zhang and Shashank Mehrotra's journal article entitled "Driving distracted with friends: Effect of passengers and driver distraction on young drivers’ behavior" was accepted for publication in Accident Analysis & Prevention!


Congratulations Fangda and Shashank!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on June 25, 2019

Today, Fangda Zhang presented his poster entitled "A Survey Study Measuring People's Preferences Towards Automated and Non-automated Ridesplitting" at the 10th International Driving Symposium (DA2019).


Congratulations Fangda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on June 10, 2019

Prof. Roberts and Yalda Ebadi were featured in a UMass Video about their collaborative work with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences that examines how young adults with ADHD interact with technology while driving!

You can find out more about the project here.

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on May 10, 2019

Today, Shashank Mehrotra graduated with his MS in Industrial Engineering. Congratulations Shashank!

Shashank has done great work in the lab thus far and we are excited to have him continue on for his PhD!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on May 10, 2019

Yalda Ebadi will receive honorable mention in the Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award during the Driving Assessment Conference for her paper entitled "Can Virtual Reality Headsets be Used to Measure Accurately Drivers’ Anticipatory Behaviors?". Congratulations Yalda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on May 6, 2019

Fangda Zhang's paper entitled "What Would You Do if Your Vehicle was Hacked?: Observation and Interview of Drivers Who Experience Vehicle Cyberattacks" was accepted for presentation at the 2019 Human Factors Annual Meeting. Congratulations Fangda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on March 7, 2019

Prof. Roberts research proposal entitled "Training to Improve Situational Awareness Regarding Operational Design Domain in Driving Automation Systems" that was submitted to the SaferSim University Transportation Center was selected for funding!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on February 25, 2019

Yalda Ebadi's paper entitled "Impact of Cognitive Distractions on Drivers’ Hazard Anticipation Behavior in Complex Scenarios" was accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record. Congratulations Yalda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on February 7, 2019

Fangda Zhang's paper entitled "A Survey Study Measuring People's Preferences Towards Automated and Non-automated Ridesplitting" was accepted for presentation at the 2019 Driving Assessment Conference. Congratulations Fangda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on January 18, 2019

Both Yalda Ebadi and Prof. Roberts presented their research at the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting in DC, which was held from January 13-17. Yalda's poster was entitled "Impact of Cognitive Distraction on Drivers' Hazard Anticipation Behavior in Complex Scenarios".


For her work on another paper entitled "Can Virtual Reality Headsets Be Used to Measure Accurately Drivers’ Hazard Anticipation Performance: The Promise of VR Headsets", Yalda, along with her 4 co-authors, won the award for best paper in the AND30 Committee Meeting! You can find out more about it here.


Prof. Roberts presented her work on two projects that addressed "Driver's Behavior in Unexpected Vehicle Situations". Prof. Roberts won the award for best poster presentation!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on November 26, 2018

Today, Federico Vaca, MD, MPH from Yale University visited campus to give a presentation entitled "The Complexity of Factors Influencing the Risk of Crash Injury in Adolescents and Young Adults" for the Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series.


His presentation highlighted the importance of research examining disparities in teenage driving behavior and gets us excited about future research opportunities!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on November 18, 2018

Today, Yalda Ebadi presented her poster entitled "Observing Transfer of Control Behavior in Driving Automation Systems for Different Road Geometries" at the SaferSim Posium.


For the second time in a row, Yalda won the award for best poster presentation!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on October 25, 2018

Prof. Roberts was featured in a UMass Video about her work on automated vehicles!

You can see it here.

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on October 7, 2018

Yalda Ebadi's paper entitled "Impact of Cognitive Distractions on Drivers’ Hazard Anticipation Behavior in Complex Scenarios" was accepted for presentation at the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Congratulations Yalda!

Posted by Shannon C. Roberts on October 1, 2018

Today, Fangda Zhang presented his poster entitled "Examining the Effect of Social Influence on Young Drivers’ Behavior" at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.


Yalda Ebadi and Shashank Mehrotra also gave podium presentations at the Annual Meeting.


Congratulations to all!

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