Paul Green, PhD

  • Program Lead, Human Factors Engineering
  • Research Professor, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
  • Research Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Dr. Paul A. Green is a research professor in UMTRI’s Driver Interface Group and an adjunct professor in the University of Michigan (U-M) Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE). He is also a past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Green teaches automotive human factors and human-computer interaction classes. He is the leader of Nexus’ Human Factors Engineering Short Course, the flagship continuing education course in the profession, now in its 55th year.

Dr. Green leads a research team that focuses on driver distraction, driver workload, and workload managers, navigation system design, and motor-vehicle controls and displays. That research makes extensive use of instrumented cars and driving simulators.

Dr. Green’s research has been published in close to 300 journal articles, proceedings papers, and technical reports. He was the lead author of several landmark publications: the first set of U.S. DOT telematics guidelines and SAE recommended practices concerning navigation system design (SAE J2364, the 15-second rule) and design compliance calculations (SAE J2365). He is the lead author of SAE J2944, Operational Definitions of Driving Performance Measures and Statistics.

Before joining UMTRI, Dr. Green was an engineering staff member at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a safety and health engineer for Scovill. At U-M, he has held appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Mechanical Engineering, the School of Art (Industrial Design), and the School of Information. He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and three degrees from U-M: an M.S.E. in IOE, an M.A. in psychology, and a joint Ph.D. in IOE and psychology.

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