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Dr Katie J. Parnell BSc, EngD, C.ErgHF

Research Fellow in Human Factors Engineering

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Katie is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF) working as a Research Fellow within the Transportation Research Group.

She graduated with a First Class Psychology BSc degree from the University of Reading in 2012. In 2013, she started my Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at the University of Southampton in the area of Human Factors. This was an industry sponsored doctorate with Jaguar Land Rover. Since then, she has worked in both academic and industrial settings to apply Human Factors to the design of effective human-machine interfaces across multiple domains. 

Her research interests focus on ensuring human-machine systems are usable, efficient and safe. This includes a focus on user-centered design. Her doctorate work focused on the topic of driver distraction. It took a novel approach to the road safety issue by applying a sociotechnical systems view of how to study, analyse and remedy the behaviour. This work was published in a book with CRC press titled “A sociotechnical systems approach to Driver Distraction”.

She has experience working within industry as a HMI design engineer for Dyson Automotive on their electric car project. She worked within the evaluation team, assessing and developing all interfaces within the vehicle.

In her current role as a Research Fellow in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Southampton, she is working on the Open Flight Deck project which is a collaborative project with industrial partners; GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce plc. and BAE systems. This project aims to future proof the flight deck by creating an open architecture platform to continuously deliver the latest advances in computing, networking, cloud-based services, AI and automation – enabling aircraft manufacturers to build and customise their own flight deck. She brings Human Factors expertise to ensure advances to the flight deck represent the user population. This is achieved by applying user-led design process across the design of new flight-deck technologies.

In 2021 she will begin working on the REASON: REsilient Autonomous SOcio-cyber-physical ageNts within the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, focusing on resilience in future autonomous transport systems.

Research group

Transportation Group

Research project(s)

Open Flight Deck

Applying Human Factors principals and methodologies to design, model and evaluate new flight deck applications for integration into future commercial aircraft.

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Dr Katie J. Parnell
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 176/4037/B1

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