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Road-user behaviour: human factors theory, performance metrics and model

  • Course code: FMMS040
  • Course higher education credits: 3.0
  • Graduate school: Machine and Vehicle Systems
  • Course is normally given: Annually or biennal
  • Language: The course will be given in English
  • Nordic Five Tech (N5T): This course is free for PhD students from N5T universities

The course was planned to run during September 2020, but it has been postponed, due to the current economic situation at Chalmers. For more information, please contact the examiner.

The content of the course includes the following topics:

* Part 1. Introduction to driver behavior and relevance for road safety
* Definition of driver (and road-user) behaviour
* Individual, societal and technological factors influencing driver (and road-user) behaviour
* Driver behaviour and road safety
* Human factors issues, following the introduction of driving automation systems

* Part 2. Theoretical framework for modelling driver behaviour
* Fundamental theoretical concepts for driver behavioural models
* Categories of driver behavioural models
* Applications of driver behavioural models

* Part 3. Foundations for qualitative and quantitative analysis of road-user behaviour
* Experimental design for assessing road-user behaviour
* Quantitative metrics for the analysis of road-user behaviour
* Qualitative metrics for the analysis of road-user behaviour

The literature for the course includes journal and conference papers, and standards issued by the International Organization for Standardization and the Society of Automotive Engineers. The relevant material will be provided at the start of the course.

Giulio Bianchi Piccinini Jonas Bärgman Pinar Boyraz Baykas
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Published: Tue 22 Aug 2017.