Alexandros Kontotasios

Alexandros Kontotasios


My PhD research focuses on fatigue and performance in pilots who commute to and from the airport by either highly automated or manual driving. For the purposes of my research I am using flight simulation, driving simulation and physiological measures.

Work experience:

  • 2018 - present: Research assistant on User Experience, Department of Psychology, University of Leeds
  • 2017 - 2018: Research assistant in a study aiming at improving driver training with virtual reality, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2016: Research intern in human factors in aviation, Coventry University
  • 2009 - 2016: Human factors expert, Hellenic Air Force

Professional memberships:

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Europe Chapter
  • European Association for Aviation Psychology
  • British Psychological Society


  • Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2016
  • Scholarship for the highest grades in the department of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2008
  • Scholarship for the highest grades in high school, EFG Eurobank, 2004

Selected presentations at international conferences:

  • 'Pilots as multi-modal operators: does commuting by driving relate to fatigue and impaired performance?', Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Orlando, USA, 2018
  • 'Improving airline passengers' comprehension of the Type-III exit operation procedures with an interactive safety card', IATA cabin safety conference, Doha, Qatar, 2017

Research interests

  • Fatigue in pilots and drivers
  • Highly automated driving
  • Human factors in future vehicles that will combine driving and flying
  • Virtual reality for training purposes
  • Interactions between road users


  • MSc, Human Factors in Aviation, Coventry University
  • BSc, Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • BSc, Military Psychology, Military School for Officers
  • Human factors instructor, Hellenic Air Force

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety