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John M. Sullivan

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Dr. John M. Sullivan is an associate research scientist and head of UMTRI's Human Factors Group. He has conducted several research projects focused on the influence of visibility, particularly at night, on driving performance and subjective experience. These have included studies on drivers' experience of glare, their steering performance, headlamp beam use, and target detection under a variety of illumination conditions. Dr. Sullivan has also examined the link between ambient light level and various kinds of fatal crashes using an analysis technique that exploits the changeover to and from daylight saving time. He has also directed the experimental design and the analysis of driver performance in field studies of new driver-assistance technologies including adaptive cruise control, rollover advisory systems, and night vision systems. He has served as a reviewer for Human Factors and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Sullivan earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from U-M and a B.A. in psychology from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.