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Philips, Brian

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(202) 493-3468
Team: Human Factors Team
Office: Office of Safety and Operations Research and Development
Office Code: HRSO-30
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Area of Expertise:
  • Active Traffic Management and Traffic Management Centers
  • Connected Vehicles Research and Development
  • Driver Behavior and Decisionmaking
  • Driver Distraction and Attention
  • Human Factors Guidelines
  • Vehicle-Infrastructure Automation Systems
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate the Human Factors research program (safety and operations)
  • Provide human factors technical guidance
  • Provide guidance and support to address driver distraction and connected vehicles human factors issues
  • Manage the Highway Driving Simulator
  • Manage human factors research on connected-vehicle technology

Brian joined Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Safety Research and Development in 2011 and was promoted to the Human Factors Team Leader position in 2017. He was involved in human factors research for more than 20 years prior to his new appointment. Brian's work includes research on driving safety and performance, vehicle and roadway automation, evaluation and design of navigation systems, public safety in-vehicle radios and mobile data terminals, cellular phones, telephony products, medical products/procedures, and scientific instrumentation. He also serves on the cross-modal Department of Transportation Human Factor Coordinating Committee (HFCC) and is the FHWA US representative for the Trialateral Human Factors Working Group. He serves as a reviewer for the journal Human Factors. Brian is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Vehicle User Characteristics Committee. Brian has co-authored more than 30 journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports. Brian received his B.S. in human factors engineering/applied experimental psychology from Tufts University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in human factors engineering/applied experimental psychology from George Mason University.