Human Factors

Human Factors research group

The Human Factors (HF) research group comprises competences within Engineering Psychology and Traffic Psychology. The HF group seeks to apply behavioural and engineering sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of products, services and systems and, more generally, working and living environments. Its research domains extend from healthcare to production, service and transport. Traffic psychology provides explanations for human behaviour in transport. It combines knowledge on the effects of individual characteristics with a mapping of the travel behaviour of individuals and groups.


Key scientific areas

Key scientific areas include human perception and performance, information processing, attention, emotional and affective processes, stress and safety in combination with engineering principles. The HF group focuses on novel technologies to sense and facilitate human behaviour in working or living environments and to explain and model attitudes and behaviour and behavioural changes in these environments. The HF group publishes in journals such as Applied Ergonomics, Behaviour and Information Technology, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Accident Analysis & Prevention, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.  


Main research question

The main research question is to explain and model how human perception and performance, information processing, attention, emotional and affective processes, beliefs and attitudes, stress and safety affect behaviour and behavioural changes in working or living environments, especially with regard to novel technologies.


Methods and techniques

The primary methods and techniques include interviews, ethnographic observations, questionnaires, eye-tracking, sensor-based monitoring of behaviour (tracking), simulation, as well as rapid prototyping in hard- and software. Traffic psychology in particular performs experimental and intervention studies, case-studies, surveys, and in-depth interviews and accident analysis.


Car-simulation lab and GazeIt-lab

The HF group operates two experimental facilities: a car-simulation lab and the GazeIt-lab. The car-simulation lab is based on a medium-fidelity fixed-based car driving simulator. The GazeIt Lab applies commodity Virtual Reality equipment to explore how gaze can be involved in the control of future smart environments for people with motor disabilities.


Cooperation partners

The HF group benefits from two large funding sources: First, the Bevica foundation has endowed a full professorship over 5 years focusing research and development of eye-controlled devices within both communication and movement for improving the quality of life for people with severe motion disabilities. Second, under a permanent contract with the Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing the group carries out public sector consultancy and basic research on safety and behaviour in traffic. Other main cooperation partners are the Technical University of Munich, Force Maritime, Copenhagen Center For Health Technology, Lego A/S, TrygFonden, Danish Road Safety Council, Capital Region of Denmark, The Danish Cancer Society and University of Tromsø.


John Paulin Hansen
Professor, Group Leader
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 48 52