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Dr Nicole van NesOn 29 July, Dr Nicole van Nes was a special guest presenter for the MUARC Annual lecture series.  Dr van Nes discussed the interplay between technology and behaviour - and importantly, how to achieve desired behaviour through design.

Dr van Nes is Senior Researcher with the Dutch National Road Safety Research Institute SWOV, in the Netherlands.  With a MSc degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a PhD in Social Sciences, she has an academic background in technology and behavioural sciences. 

In 2008/2009, Dr van Nes held a 12 month position as Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre.  She has also been a key player in the first European Naturalistic Driving initiatives and she participated in the European Naturalistic Driving projects:  INTERACTION, DaCoTA and PROLOGUE.  Currently, she is the coordinator of the 10 million euro EU funded large-scale European Naturalistic Driving study, UDRIVE.

Professor Mark Stevenson welcomed Dr van Nes back to MUARC and said it was pleasing to see large numbers attending the lecture, which is an indication of the enormous interest in naturalistic driving studies as a way to better understand the key factors associated with driving performance.

Professor Neville StantonOn 4 March, Professor Neville Stanton presented the 2014 MUARC Annual Lecture in Melbourne.

Professor Stanton has been instrumental in designing new human interfaces such as Adaptive Cruise Control for Jaguar and has a wealth of experience in relation to human factors issues associated with design of vehicle technology. He is currently funded by both Jaguar and the European Union to conduct research into highly automated vehicles.

Given the rapid adoption of autonomous vehicles globally, Professor Stanton provided insights into human factor issues associated with the design and use of automated vehicles. This includes the use of technologies such as radar, GPS and computer vision, where vehicles sense their surroundings, using the information to navigate obstacles and paths.

He currently holds the Chair of Human Factors Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. His interests include distributed cognition, automation, and Human Factor methods.  He has been awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineering Informatics Divisional Premium Award for his work on system safety and The Royal Aeronautical Society Hodgson Medal and Bronze Award for his work on flight deck safety.  He is a Fellow and Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Ergonomics Society and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Dr Maria Segui-GomezOn 15 November, Dr Maria Segui-Gomez presented the 2013 MUARC Annual Lecture in Melbourne.  Dr Segui-Gomez discussed the unique perspectives of transport sector leadership responsibilities and injury prevention expertise and she provided a rich insight into European road safety priorities and performance, which exemplify world best practice.

Dr Maria Segui-Gomez is the current Director-General overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Directorate-General of Traffic in Spain, which is the government department responsible for the Spanish transport network.  Dr Segui-Gomez holds an MD and MPH from the University of Barcelona and MSc and ScD degrees from Harvard University.  Prior to her current role, she founded the European Center for Injury Prevention at the University of Navarra in Spain, worked previously at the Harvard Center for Injury Control and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis as well as the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Prevention - where she currently holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment. 

Over her twenty years of professional work, Dr Segui-Gomez has actively participated on numerous professional associations such as the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the American Public Health Association (Injury Control and Prevention section) and the European Public Health Association.  She has served on the Editorial Board of scientific journals such as Injury Prevention and Accident Analysis & Prevention as well as several others and has partiipated and chaired numerous scientific committees and review panels.

A copy of her presentation is available for download in PDF format (11Mb).


Dr Anne McCarttOn 14 August, Dr Anne McCartt presented the 2012 MUARC Annual Lecture in Melbourne. This presentation provided a US perspective on vehicle safety and crash avoidance, focusing on some of the latest research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  Topics discussed included vehicle design, driver distraction, safer systems for roadways and crash avoidance technology including the challenges of determining the effectiveness of these systems.

Dr McCartt is Senior Vice President, Research, at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Virginia.  Funded by US automobile insurance companies, the Institute is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organisation dedicated to reducing the losses, deaths, injuries and property damage from highway crashes.

At the Institute, Dr McCartt oversees a multidisciplinary research staff whose work centers on finding ways to change driver behaviour, improve roadway design, and make vehicles safer.  She has authored more than 150 technical reports and scientific papers on such topics as alcohol-impaired driving, automated enforcement, distracted driving, young drivers, roundabouts and occupant protection.  She was president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and serves on expert committees and advisory boards of the Transportation Research Board and other safety organisations.  Dr McCartt received a BA from Duke University and a doctorate in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany.