Director, HumanFIRST Program
Office: L-105 Mechanical Engineering
Michael Manser's work explores the role of human perception, cognition, and behavior in typical driving environments. He has examined various topics including intersection approach behavior, distance perception, driver distraction, alcohol dosing, speed perception, driver training, and the influence of environmental objects on driver perception and behavior. His professional interests include advanced technology applications for the development of interactive driving simulation, distributed interactive driving simulation, and the creation of ecologically valid research scenarios within the context of transportation simulation.
Manser earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota with a cognate in Human Factors and Ergonomics. The over-riding goal of his work is to reduce the rate of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.