Dr Yee Mun Lee

Dr Yee Mun Lee


Yee Mun Lee is currently a senior research fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. She is a cognitive/experimental psychologist. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and her PhD degree in driving cognition from The University of Nottingham Malaysia in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Her current research interests include investigating the interaction between automated vehicles and other road users, such as pedestrians and other drivers, by using various methods, especially experimental designs and using the Highly Immersive Kinematic Experimental Research (HIKER) pedestrian lab (https://uolds.leeds.ac.uk/facility/hiker-lab/).

Yee Mun was the leader of the 'Methodologies, Evaluation and Impact Assessment' Work Package of the EU-funded project, interACT (www.interact-roadautomation.eu). She was also involved in another EU-funded project, L3Pilot (www.l3pilot.eu), where she investigated the Users' Evaluation and Experience of a Level 3 system. She is now a Co-lead of the User Sub-project of another EU-funded project, Hi-Drive. Finally, Yee Mun is one of the SHAPE-IT project supervisors, where she continues her research on Human interaction with AVs in Urban Scenarios (www.shape-it.eu), and also actively involved in the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). She also regularly review for journals in her field (Transportation Research Part F, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Human Factors, Ergonomics).

Employment History

  • 2020-present: Senior Research Fellow -  Human Factors of Vehicle Automation, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2018-2020: Research Fellow – Human Factors of Vehicle Automation, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, Psychology Department, Wrexham University
  • 2012-2016: Teaching/Research Assistant, School of Psychology, The University of Nottingham Malaysia

Research interests

I am interested in understanding the cognitive and human factors aspects of driving. My main research focuses now is on understanding the interaction between Autonomous Vehicles, onboard and other road users in the mixed traffic situation. This includes HMI designs to improve the communication between AVs and others. I am also interested in the cross-cultural effects on drivers' judgment and perception, especially between developing and developed countries, as well as on vulnerable road users such as motorcycles. My previous work includes understanding the effect of speed limit credibility on drivers' speed choice and interventions which affect speed judgment.

Research interests (Please get in touch if you wish to discuss PhD opportunities):

  • Pedestrians interaction with Automated Vehicles
  • Designing AVs' kinematics for safe interactions
  • external Human-Machine Interfaces (eHMIs)
  • Cross-cultural differences on road users' behaviour
  • Inclusivity: Different age groups, road users with disabilities

Research Projects:

  • HiDrive (EC, SP6 co-lead, 2021-2025)
  • Shape-IT (EC, PhD Supervisor, 2019-2023)
  • L3Pilot (EC, PM, 2017-2021)
  • interACT (EC, WP6 leader, 2017-2020)

Plenary, Keynotes and Invited Presentation:

  • Education in Action: Psychology, at London Emmanuel Centre, invited plenary (Nov and Dec 2023). Number of attendees: 800
  • Global Young Scientist Forum – Trustworthy AI for Autonomous Driving, online, invited plenary, organised FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China and China SAE (2023). Number of attendees: 80000
  • Transportation Research Board 2023 workshop: invited presentation online. Number of attendees: 200
  • Education in Action: Computer Science, at London Emmanuel Centre, invited plenary (2022). Number of attendees: 800
  • Panel Discussion invited by Highways UK, The NEC National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (2022). Number of attendees: 100
  • The British Science Festival invited speaker, Leicester (2022). Number of attendees: 150.
  • Panel speaker and discussion at AV Test and Development Symposium, Novi, Michigan. (2018). Number of attendees: 1000
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  • PhD, Cognitive aspects of Driving, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Membership (CPsychol), The British Psychological Society
  • Member, Experimental Psychology Society
  • Member, ISO/TC22/SC39
  • Member, CAM Standards Coordination Group

Student education

Student education:

  • MECH5495M Engineering Psychology and Human Factors (Master Level, 2018 to current)
  • TRAN5199M Transport Dissertation (Master Level, 2018 to current)

Visiting postgraduate researchers (co-supervisor):

  • Alice Rollwagen (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 2023)
  • Yang Li (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 2022-2023)
  • Wilbert Tabone (TUDelft, 2022-2023)
  • Xian Liu (Southeastern University, 2022)
  • Stefanie Horn (TU Chemnitz, 2021)
  • Wei Lyu (Anhui Polytechnic University, 2021-2022)
  • Anees Ahamed Kaleefathullah (TUDelft, 2020)
  • Pablo Velasco (TUDelft, 2019)
  • Markus Rothmueller (Aalborg University, 2018)
  • Alexandra Vendelbo-Larsen (Aalborg University, 2018)
  • Pernille Rasmussen (Aalborg University, 2018)

Lecturer in Experimental Psychology (2016-2017). I was the module leader for:

  • Statistical Methods
  • Individual Differences
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Practical Methods
  • Undergraduate research projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety

Current postgraduate researchers

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