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Doctor Katie Parnell

Dr Katie Parnell

 BSc, EngD, C.ErgHF
Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Road safety 
  • Aviation decision making

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Dr Katie Parnell is a Senior Research Fellow in Human Factors Engineering within in the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton. Katie was awarded an Anniversary Fellowship by the University of Southampton in 2022 to conduct research into gender-equitable future road transport systems. This three-year research program will apply a sociotechnical system approach to model and evaluate future transportation systems with the aim to contribute to a gender-equitable society that enhances the accessibility and attractiveness of sustainable and autonomous travel to both males and females.

Katie’s research interests include ensuring that human-machine systems are designed to be safe, usable and effective. Specifically, this includes ensuring the user-led requirements are understood and established early on the design process of new technologies. She has experience in applying and developing human factors methods within a range of different domain applications including road safety, aviation, automation, and drone research. 

Katie is also currently working on the REsilient Autonomous SOcio-cyber-physical ageNts (REASON) project within the Trustworthy Autonomous System (TAS) programme. Her research involves understanding the ways that future road users will interact with each other in a world where automated vehicles will become increasingly prevalent. She is particularly interested in the societal impact of automated vehicles and how they will account for inclusivity issues that currently arise in our contemporary transportation networks.