Anuj K. Pradhan, MS, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

About Myself

I'm a researcher at the Human Factors Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). I joined UMTRI in 2013 after a postdoctoral fellowship as a visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health. I have an MS and a PhD in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

I am interested in the etiology of injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes from a human factors and behavioral standpoint. My research goal is 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.

My research covers driver behavior and traffic safety with a focus on: the human factors of advanced vehicle technologies and automation; young and novice drivers; and, training and intervention. I have worked on a number of research projects in these areas using experimental and observational approaches using driving simulation, test tracks, and naturalistic methods.

I have authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, and book chapters, and over 25 conference papers. I have 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.

I currently serve on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Technical Activities Standing 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, and previously served on the TRB Committee for Operator Education and Regulation. I am also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and was past-chair of the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the HFES. I have conducted research funded by external sponsors such as the US Department of Transportation, the National Institute of Health, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the auto industry (Toyota Research Institute, Honda, Volvo, Denso, etc.), as well as research funded by USDOT University Transportation Centers, CDC Injury Centers, and MCity.

Research Areas

  • Human Factors of Automated and Connected Vehicles
  • Novice Drivers
  • Driver Training and Education
  • Driving Simulation