Welcome to the Transportation Research Group (TRG) website! Our research laboratory, located in the Psychology department at the University of Central Florida (UCF), focuses on enhancing surface, aviation, and aerospace transportation safety and efficiency through applied research, design validation, and training systems support.
As part of an R1 University, we are very active in our research. Over the years our research projects have been presented at numerous local, regional, and international conferences with presentations covering a range of topics. Within just our TRG laboratory, we have three subdivisions: surface transportation, aviation/aerospace, and neurolinguistics. Each of our subdivisions contributes to our overall knowledge of transportation systems and the role of the human operating within them.
UCF provides TRG with the multidisciplinary capabilities of a major university dedicated to impactful research, including academic strengths in applied psychology and engineering. TRG research is concerned with the behavioral, environmental, and engineering factors in transportation safety. It is our mission to examine transportation from a human factors perspective, identify risk factors or potential pitfalls in transportation systems, and systematically examine ways to improve these systems. Specific areas of research include driving simulation, high-risk/aggressive drivers, in-vehicle navigational systems, unmanned vehicle operation, operator workload and fatigue, and trust in highly automated systems.
Provided below is a link to our TRG Application for students interested in applying to become a research assistant and gain experience running participants, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting our findings at local and regional conferences.
Keep your hands on the wheel, keep your eyes on the road, and keep your mind focused on driving.
– Dr. Mark Lee Edwards (May 2001). Testimony before the U.S. Congress on the danger of using telematic devices while driving. Supported by empirical data from the TRG (Dr. Mouloua, Principal Investigator; AAA Technical Report, June 2001).