Dr Tyron Louw

Dr Tyron Louw


My primary research interest is in the field of Human Factors, where I work towards providing a better understanding of how humans interact with highly automated driving systems. For over 10 years, I have conducted research on driver behaviour, collaborating with researchers in both academia and the automotive industry. I have worked on various EU and UK projects, including AdaptIVe, CityMobil2, ecoDriver, X-Cycle, and HumanDrive. I currently lead the User & Acceptance Evaluation within the L3Pilot project, which is conducting the first large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 automated driving in Europe.

Employment History

  • 2019-present, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2017-2019, Research Fellow in Human Factors of Vehicle Automation, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2013-2017, Research Assistant, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2010-2013, Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Rhodes University, South Africa

Research interests

Project Involvement

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  • PhD, Insitute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • MSc (Research) (Distinction), Ergonomics, Rhodes University
  • BSc (Hons), Ergonomics (First Class), Rhodes University

Professional memberships

  • Reviewer: Human Factors, Applied Ergonomics, Transportation Research Part F, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Traffic Injury Prevention, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Member: British Standards Institute (BSI)
  • Visiting Researcher: Automotive Human Factors Research Center, National Advanced Institute for Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Student education

  • I currently lecture on MECH5495M Engineering Psychology and Human Factors, offered on various Master's programmes within the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Past teaching includes Human Information Processing and Usability to 3rd-year undergraduate students in the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics at Rhodes University, South Africa.
  • I have advised and supervised a number of ITS Master's students on a variety of topics involving driver behaviour. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety

Current postgraduate researchers

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