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Michael J. Flannagan

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Dr. Michael Flannagan is a research associate professor in UMTRI's Human Factors Group where he is involved in research on the human factors aspects of driving. His research expertise focuses primarily on human vision and psychophysics. His recent work has been on how driver vision can be improved by innovations in traditional vehicle systems, such as headlamps and mirrors, and by the introduction of new systems, such as infrared night vision systems and camera-based rear vision systems. His work has been supported by many vehicle manufacturers, their suppliers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dr. Flannagan has taught courses in human perception, general psychology, and experimental and statistical methods. He has also lectured and participated for many years in the summer short courses taught by the University of Michigan (U-M) College of Engineering in human factors and intelligent transportation systems.

Dr. Flannagan holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from U-M.