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Human Factors

Student Evan Lowe in the drive simulator
Human Factors/HMI incorporates psychology, engineering, computer science, medicine, and other disciplines to create tools and systems that maximize usability and satisfaction.

Clemson's automotive engineering program is unique because it houses a psychologist, computer scientist, and business expert integrated with the engineering program. By integrating human factors, HMI, and business principles into the curriculum, students gain an appreciation for the importance of these needs to vehicle design and development.


Dr. Johnell Brooks
Interdisciplinary research that strives to enable drivers to maintain their independence for as long as safely possible. Use of driving simulators and instrumented vehicles to develop rehabilitation tools for clinical settings.


drive simulator at ClemsonThe human factors/HMI research team strives to understand human capacities and limitations better. The team uses this information to create and improve tools and systems that maximize usability and user experience.

Here is a sampling of our current research.
• Development of DriveSafety CDS-250 clinical driving simulator
• Current use of driving simulators for rehabilitation purposes
• Voice interfaces for infotainment and multimedia components
• Human-machine interface (HMI)
• Multimodal human-machine interfaces
• Vehicle experience in prototyping and development
• Instrumented vehicles to assess drivers in  collaboration with a driving rehabilitation program
• Heuristic evaluations and usability testing
• User testing, including NASCAR pit crew performance, Vision Coach interactive light boards, center stack displays, adaptive devices including hand controls, motorcycle controls and seats, medical devices, and more
• Vehicle integration with consumer electronics

This research is made possible thanks to the generosity of the companies and organizations listed below.
DriveSafety, Inc.
Greenville Hospital System
Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Big O Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
National Science Foundation
General Motors
Fullerton Foundation
Fairway Ford
Harris Corporation