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John M. Sullivan

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Dr. John M. Sullivan is an associate research scientist and head of UMTRI's Human Factors Group. He has about 20 years of experience studying human factors in transportation at UMTRI.
His past work examined the influence of visibility, particularly at night, on driving performance and subjective experience. This included studies on drivers' experience of glare, steering performance, headlamp beam use, and target detection under a variety of illumination conditions. He has also examined the link between ambient light level and crash risk using an analysis technique that exploits the changeover to and from daylight saving time, to eliminate confounds associated with fatigue and alcohol.
Most recently, Dr. Sullivan has investigated the consequences of automation technologies on driver performance, in projects studying lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. He has special interest in understanding how drivers come to understand the capabilities of their technologies, and what gaps develop in this knowledge.
Dr. Sullivan has led efforts on many projects sponsored by the US Department of Transportation (NHTSA, FHWA, and FMCSA) and automotive manufacturers. He has directed the experimental design of field tests of driver assistance technologies, conducted simulation studies of driving performance, performed crash analyses to investigate the impact of safety technologies, and analyzed driver behavior observed under naturalistic driving conditions.
He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES) and serves as a reviewer for several scientific publications.