Birsen Donmez

Selected Professional Appointments

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation

Birsen Donmez

Donmez’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. In particular, her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with primary applications in surface transportation and healthcare. Donmez’s selected honors include her Canada Research Chair Award and renewal (2015-2025), an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2016), a senior fellowship from the Massey College, the inaugural Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award from the HFES Surface Transportation Technical Group (2014), and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation of Ontario (2015).

Donmez currently serves as the associate chair of research for her academic department. She is also the chair for the Vehicle User Characteristics Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, an editorial board member for Accident Analysis and Prevention, an evaluation group member for the NSERC Discovery Grant competition, and a steering committee member of the ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI).

Professor Donmez acted as Chair of the Automotive UI ’18 conference which took place in Canada for the first time September 23-25, 2018 in Toronto.

 Specialty Focus Areas

Human factors; human adaptation to technology; designing feedback for guiding operator behavior; driver distraction mitigation; statistical modelling of crash data; decision support for emergency medical transport; interruptions in intensive care settings; unmanned vehicle supervisory control.

Phone: (416) 978-7399

UTTRI Faculty Snapshot June 6, 2018