Professor Oliver Carsten


Employment History

  • 2003–present: Professor of Transport Safety, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)
  • 1993–2002: Principal Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1989–1993: Senior Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1987–1989: Research Fellow, ITS
  • 1985–1987: Assistant Research Scientist, Statistical Research Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
  • 1977–1985: Research Assistant/Associate, Senior Research Associate UMTRI

Management Experience

  • 2004–2007        Director of ITS
  • 2000–2004        Director of Research at ITS

Professional Engagements

  • Editor in Chief, Cognition, Technology and Work
  • Member of European Commission GEAR 2030 High Level Group on the future of the vehicle industry with a special focus on automation
  • Member of the European Commission C-ITS Platform
  • Chair of Road User Behaviour Working Party of Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. PACTS provides advice to Parliament and the Government on safety policy.
  • Expert advisor to the European Transport Safety Council. ETSC provides advice to the European Commission and the European Parliament on safety policy.
  • Trustee of the Road Safety Trust

Research interests

New technology and safety; driver assistance systems; speed management; driver distraction; the design and use of driving simulators for safety research; road traffic accident causation

Major research projects:

  • An Intelligent Traffic System for Vulnerable Road Users (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE  I, 1989–1991)
  • VRU-TOO: Vulnerable Road User Traffic Observation and Optimization (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE II, 1991–1994)
  • HOPES: Horizontal Project for the Evaluation of Safety (Commission of the European Communities, DRIVE II, 1991–1995)
  • Speed on Rural Arterial Roads (SERC, 1993–1994)
  • Response to Automatic Speed Control in Urban Areas (EPSRC, 1994–1996)
  • HINT: Human Implications of New Technologies (European Union DG VII, Transport Research Programme, 1997–1998)
  • New Technologies for Preventing Accidents at Junctions (EPSRC, 1997–1999)
  • External Vehicle Speed Control (Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1997–1999)
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (Department for Transport, 2000–2006)
  • HASTE: HMI And the Safety of Traffic in Europe (EC Fifth Framework Growth Programme, 2002–2004)
  • EASY: Effects of Automated Systems on Safety (EPSRC, 2007–2009)
  • Speed Limit Adherence and its Effect on Road Safety and Climate Change (Commission for Integrated Transport, 2007–2008)
  • ITERATE: IT for Error Remediation And Trapping Emergencies (EC 7th Framework Programme, 2009–2011)
  • ecoDriver: Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions (EC 7th Framework Programme, 2011–2017)
  • UDRIVE: Large-scale European naturalistic driving studies (EC 7th Framework Programme, 2012–2017)
  • XCYCLE: Advanced measures to reduce cyclists’ fatalities and increase comfort in the interaction with motorised vehicles (EC Horizon 2020, 2014–2018) 
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  • PhD, History, University of Michigan
  • MA, History, University of Michigan
  • BA, Modern History, Oxford University

Student education

Teaching on future emerging technologies in transport and on traffic management.

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety

Current postgraduate researchers

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