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Page updated October 28, 2013


 People

Full Time Staff

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Past Team Members


Full Time Staff

Paul Green - Research Professor

Phone: (734) 763-3795
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: PAGreen@umich.edu
Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
RM 309
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pagreen

Dr. Paul Green is a Research Professor in the Driver Interface Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Drexel University, 1972, Philadelphia, PA-where he grew up), and three degrees from The University of Michigan (M.S.E. - Industrial and Operations Engineering - 1974; M.A. - Psychology - 1979; joint Ph.D. - Industrial & Operations Engineering and Psychology - 1979).

Paul has been an engineering staff member at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a safety and health engineer for Scovill. In addition to his current positions at Michigan, he has also held appointments in the Psychology and Mechanical Engineering Departments, as well as the School of Art (Industrial Design) and Shool of Information.

His research has concerned motor vehicle controls and displays, and person-computer interaction. Much of his current work relates to automotive navigation systems for cars of the future, research that makes extensive use of instrumented cars and a driving simulator. He is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (and past President) and the institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.


Dr. Brian Tsang-Wei Lin

Phone: (734) 763-2485
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: btwlin@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
RM 308
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Dr. Brian Tsang-Wei Lin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Driver Interface Group (DI) at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). He has a B.S. (2002), M.S. (2004), and Ph. D. (2009), in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (in Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Safety Management program).

Brian has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Minhsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, teaching Human Factors in 2009 and Production Management in 2008. He also has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

In DI, Brian used to work on the projects for Chrysler, GM, Hyundai-Kia, M-CASTL, and Nissan. Currently, he is working on the projects on driver's distraction and warnings, and on cyber-physical transportation systems. He has published more than twenty journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports. His current research is in the area of automotive human factors and man-machine interactions with in-vehicle devices. In particular, he is interested in modeling driver's behavior.


Dr. Victor Ei-Wen Lo - Temp Research Associate

Phone: (734) 763-2485
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: loe@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
RM 308
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Ei-Wen earned the Ph.D.degree in the Department of Environment Health Sciences (EHS) at the University of Michigan and is a temporary research associate in the Driver Interface Group at UMTRI. He has a B.S and M.S in Public Health (Industrial Health and Safety major) in Taiwan and a M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, with Human Factors and Ergonomics major.

Ei-Wen joined UMTRI in September 2006 and has completed an experiment to support the development of simulation models to predict task completion times for intelligent speech interface, and several analyses and reports related to projects with several auto companies. His dissertation, co-chaired by Dr. Paul Green, was to develop simulation models to predict driving task performance using in-vehicle speech-controlled interfaces. His research interests include both physical and cognitive ergonomics, including: driver distractions, driver interface design, and human-machine interaction. He is interested in applying his research in a wide variety of domains, such as health care systems, vehicle infotainment systems, and driver safety. Ei-Wen is responsible for keeping the Driver Interface Group computer network functioning (Mac-based Server) and also maintaining group’s website. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the University of Michigan student chapter member of the HFES, the Society of Automotive Engineering, Usability of Professionals' Association, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Ei-Wen loves to play softball, volleyball, and badminton. He was captain of Taiwanese Student Softball Team at the University of Michigan. Ei-Wen also loves to travel, especially visiting National Parks in the US.


Te-Ping Kang - Research Area Specialist Associate

Phone: (734) 764-8219
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email:tpkang@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Te-Ping Kang is a Research Associate in the Driver Interface Group at University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). He received his B.B.A (2006) in Transportation and Communication Management Science with a minor in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He acquired M.S. (2011) in Urban Planning from University of Michigan.

Te-Ping enjoys multidisciplinary research and participated in numbers of different field of studies. His student project, "From Revenue to Reuse: Managing Tax-Reverted Properties in Detroit" won 2013 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Student Project Award for Applied Research. He has the experience working as Database Administrator, Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst, Java/C# Programmer, Web-platform Programmer and Demographical Researcher. Te-Ping further extends his knowledge on Human Factors and Interface Design in the past one year. He now coauthors multiple journals and technical documents. His statistical and programming expertise will be an invaluable addition to the Driver Interface team.

Te-Ping spent his leisure time dedicate to song writing, composing, audio engineering, and most important, guitaring. Progressive/power metal, experimental music and all kinds of pop, rock music that you can think of, are all his favorite. He also enjoys playing softball and baseball. Some details about his GIS and music works can be found in his personal website.


   

Student Staff

Heejin Jeong - Graduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: heejinj@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Heejin will be a graduate student research assistant in Driver Interface Group at UMTRI in Fall, 2013. Heejin involved in research on forward collision warning system and automotive interface. His research interests include human factors, ergonomics, and user interface. Prior to joining DI group, he worked in Information Systems Division at IHI (Ishikawajima-harima Heavy Industry) Corporation in Tokyo as a research engineer. He also worked as an intern in Quality Evaluation Team at Hyundai Motor Company in 2009.

He holds his B.S. degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) in South Korea in February 2010. During his college years, he had fulfilled his military service as an Administrative Specialist (42L) in Combined Forces Command at Eighth United States Army for two years. He enjoys horseback riding, baseball, golf, and cooking.


Kelly Comastro - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: comastrk@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Kelly Comastro will graduate from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Interdisciplinary Astronomy. After graduating she will pursue a Masters degree in Human Factors Engineering. As a Driver Interface Group Intern at the UM Transportation Research Institute, she has conducted research on distraction and adaptive interface control. Specifically, the group focuses on testing a new in-car warning system that encourages the driver to keep attention focused to mitigate incidents caused by new automotive technologies. In May 2013 she collaborated with university students in Beijing, China on field-based research investigating educational psychology comparisons. She is a current member of Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapters. She recently attended the AIAA 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and became well informed on innovative research through panel discussions. As a volunteer, she has traveled to the Philippines to work with CNN hero 2009 Efren Penaflorida promoting literacy in the slums of Cavite City and educating children.


Tessa Elwart - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: telwart@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Tessa is a transfer student from Washtenaw Community College and this is her first year in Engineering at the University of Michigan. She will graduate with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering December 2015, and then will go on to pursue a Master Degree. Tessa is a member of the flag line in the Michigan Marching Band and coaches volleyball for Huron Valley Volleyball Club. In her free time, she loves playing volleyball, walking in the woods, and spending time with her friends and family.


Daniel Engwis - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: dangwis@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Daniel is a freshman in the University of Michigan College of Engineering, intending to major in Computer Science. Other than schoolwork and UROP, Daniel is involved with CSE scholars and WolverineSoft. In his minimally available free time, he enjoys listening to music and playing the drums.


Jung Hyuk (Jay) Kim - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: cargen@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Jay is a sophomore engineering student pursuing a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Besides his involvement at the UMTRI, Jay is also part of the MRacing Formula SAE team. With his primary field of interest being cars, Jay hopes to work in the automotive industry after graduation.


Yusun Kim - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: kimyusun@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Yusun is a first year engineering student at the University of Michigan, with an interest in majoring in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering. She is a member of the M-STEM Academies, which is a selective program designed to maximize the academic, personal, and professional success of students, with the goal of preparing students for the engineering global workforce. She held leadership positions in four student activities in high school and is excited to bring her leadership skills to the engineering community for the next four years at Michigan. In her free time, Yusun enjoys running, reading, singing, and taking pictures.


Sarah Miller - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: smmill@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Sarah is a second year engineering student at the University of Michigan, intending to major in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering. She is a member of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and the Adelia Cheever Program at the University of Michigan. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing soccer and basketball, reading, and traveling around with friends and family.


Brock Wyman - Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Phone: (734) 763-6081
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: bpwym@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Brock is a first year engineering student at the University of Michigan and he is intending to major in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Brock is a member of the Michigan Research Community (MRC). During his free time, Brock enjoys biking and running, and in the winter months he enjoys skiing and snowboarding.


Shaobin Wu - Visiting Scholar

Phone: (734) 764-8219
Fax: (734) 764-1221
Email: wushaob@umich.edu

Driver Interface Group
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150 USA

Shaobin is an associate professor at the department of transportation engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology. Shaobin earned the Ph.D. degree in Vehicle Engineering at Beijing Institute of Technology in 2003 and then worked at the department of transportation engineering. Shaobin has participated several projects about traffic safety, driver behavior etc. in China, and his research interests include transportation safety, driving safety, vehicle information.

Shaobin joined UMTRI in June 2013 and is a visiting scholar in the Driver Interface Group at UMTRI. He is now working on data analysis at intersections project at UMTRI. Shaobin loves to play basketball, table tennis, and badminton.


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