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Michael J. Flannagan

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Dr. Michael Flannagan is a research associate professor in UMTRI’s Human Factors Group, where he does research on the human factors of driving. His research expertise is mainly in human vision and psychophysics. Much of Dr. Flannagan’s recent work has concentrated on the analysis of crash data to assess the likely safety effects of advanced adaptive headlighting and night vision systems, and on field methods for testing and evaluating these systems. The systems he has worked on include adaptive driving beams (ADB), which replace traditional high-beam and low-beam headlights with fully adaptive multiple-LED systems, and innovative signal lamps for automated vehicles. His work has been supported by many vehicle manufacturers, their suppliers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dr. Flannagan has taught courses in human perception, general psychology, and experimental and statistical methods. He has also lectured and participated in the summer short courses taught by the University of Michigan (U-M) College of Engineering in human factors and intelligent transportation systems.

Dr. Flannagan holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from U-M.