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Anuj Kumar Pradhan

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Dr. Anuj K. Pradhan is an assistant research scientist in UMTRI’s Human Factors Group. He joined UMTRI in 2013 after a postdoctoral fellowship as a visiting fellow in the Intramural Research Training Award program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pradhan has an MS and a PhD in industrial engineering (human factors) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Pradhan is interested in the etiology of injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes from a human factors and behavioral standpoint. He is interested in conducting relevant studies using a variety of methodologies in order to uncover and disseminate evidence that can contribute to the safe mobility of road users, that can inform policy, and that can lead to technological and educational innovations for improving the road safety record and for reducing injury. His research covers driver behavior and traffic safety with a focus on young and novice drivers, particularly for risky behaviors and other risk factors for injuries; training and intervention, including parental management and feedback methodology; and, distraction detection and mitigation. He has worked on a number of research projects in these areas using various approaches and methodologies including driving simulation, test tracks, naturalistic methods, and observational methods.

Dr. Pradhan’s current research focus is on a structured, multidimensional approach to attain a deeper understanding of various novice-driver behaviors and risk factors, using experimentation techniques with driving simulation, eye tracking and naturalistic datasets. He is also interested in studying and understanding driving behavior, particularly for novice drivers, by studying particular and unique subgroups of the driving population such as high-risk drivers, nonneurotypical drivers, and drivers with medical conditions or under the influence of prescription medication. He is also focused on the human factors issues associated with automated vehicles and is currently leading an initiative to develop in-house automated-vehicle simulation capabilities that can help answer fundamental questions about automation and the human driver.

Dr. Pradhan has a substantial publication record in the field and has served as peer reviewer for journals such as Accident Analysis and Prevention, Ergonomics, Human Factors, Social Development, Traffic Injury Prevention, and, Transportation Research Part F, and as reviewer for conferences such as Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Transportation Research Board, and Driving Assessment. He is also an invited reviewer for the Road Safety Manual.

Dr. Pradhan currently serves on the Transportation Research Board Technical Activities Standing Committee for Operator Education and Regulation, the Committee for Simulation and Vehicle and Operator Performance Measurement, the Subcommittee on Young Drivers, and the Joint Subcommittee on Human Factors in Road Vehicle Automation. He is also the Program-Chair for the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 


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