Michael J. Flannagan | Faculty

Research Associate Professor, Human Factors

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Room 304, 2901 Baxter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 936-1091


  • PhD, Psychology, The University of Michigan
  • AB, Psychology, Princeton University

Research Interests

Dr. Flannagan’s research combines vision science and transportation data analysis to address issues in automotive safety, especially in driver visual performance. Much of his work has been on how driver vision can be improved by innovations in traditional vehicle systems, such as adaptive headlamps, and by the introduction of new systems, such as camera-based vision and driver assistance systems.


From 1990 to the present, Dr. Flannagan has served on several committees of the SAE Lighting Systems Group. He recently contributed to the development of SAE J3069 Adaptive Driving Beam. He currently serves on the UMTRI committees for budget, faculty development, and safety, as well as the College of Engineering Safety Committee.


  • Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, SAE, 2005.
  • Forest R. McFarland Engineering Meetings Board Award, SAE, 2013.

Key Projects

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Industry Affiliation Program for Human Factors in Transportation Safety, numerous industrial sponsors and numerous projects in driver vision and lighting, 1988 - present.

Engineering Assessment of Current and Future Vehicle Technologies, NHTSA, numerous reviews of technologies relevant to FMVSS No. 108 (Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment) and FVMSS No. 111 (Rear Visibility), 2003 – 2019.


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