The HumanFIRST (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation) Laboratory employs the tools and methods of psychology and human factors engineering to improve scientific understanding of driver performance and cognitive functions.
The HumanFIRST Laboratory is a facility of the University of Minnesota's Department of Mechanical Engineering. It is also affiliated with the Roadway Safety Institute, the Region 5 University Transportation Center.
Integrated technologies designed to improve transportation systems with respect to safety and mobility.
General driver performance and attitudes, influence of impairment caused by distraction, age, alcohol, or fatigue, and driver response to roadway and in-vehicle safety interventions.
Unique safety issues experienced by certain road-user populations such as teen and elderly drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Research and applications in transportation engineering, road user education, and law enforcement.