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Dr Graham Hancox

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Research Associate

Graham’s current post is working as a Research Associate on the TOXI-Triage project. This is a 4 year, pan-European, interdisciplinary project exploring ways to improve civil preparedness in the event of a catastrophic chemical, biological, radioactive, or nuclear (CBRN) incident in Europe. Graham’s responsibilities are focused around the Human Factors/ Ergonomics challenges, including: establishing current roles humans play in the system and the procedures they follow; assessing usability issues with current equipment and technology; advising on human factors issues prospective future technologies need to consider.

Graham has also previously worked as a Research Assistant on the VRUITS project, a 3 year, Europe wide project, concerned with establishing the main causes of road accidents for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and powered two wheel vehicles) and evaluating how future technologies could address these issues.

Other notable projects he has been involved in have included:

  • Reconstructing cycle to car accidents from an in-depth UK based accident database. This allowed for future car sensors to be better designed and calibrated, in terms of detecting imminent cycle accidents.  
  • Identifying countries with impressive road safety track records and establishing the most effective measures they have implemented to improve safety. This was then applied to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) giving suggestions on how this knowledge could be transferred to reduce road accident fatalities and injuries on their roads.
  • A large scale literature review on behalf of a major automotive manufacturer which illuminated, evaluated and criticised the current knowledge on automotive meter design (gauges, dials and screens etc.) and control inputs (rotary dials, touch sensitive screens, push buttons etc.) addressing the usability and Human Factors issues and presenting these in written and oral form to the clients.
  • A usability assessment of navigation and ‘green driving’ devices, evaluating their user interface design (HMI) and making recommendations for improvements. 
  • Investigating the feasibility of using smartphones as ‘Black Box’ style accident reconstruction devices in the event of a car accident.

These roles build upon his completed PhD in Ergonomics. His area of research concerned the effects of in-vehicle devices on driver behaviour with the title of: 'The Factors Affecting Drivers' Willingness to Engage with Mobile Phones while Driving'. 

  • Hancox, G; Morris, A; Silla, A; Scholliers, J; van Noort, M; Bell, D. Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe - why we need ITS solutions.  ITS World Congress 2015, Bordeaux, 5-9 Oct 2015.
  • Morris, A; Hancox, G; Martin, O; Bell, D; Johansson, C; Rosander, P; Scholliers, J; Silla, A. Critical accident scenarios for cyclists and how they can be addressed through ITS solutions. International Cycling Safety Conference. Page 11; 2013.
  • Hancox, G. Richardson, J. Morris, A. Drivers’ Willingness to Engage with their Mobile Phone: the Influence of Phone Function and Road Demand. IET Intelligent Transport Solutions 2013 7 (2): 215-222.
  • Hancox, G. Richardson, J. Morris, A. Factors Affecting Willingness to Engage with Mobile Phone Functions While Driving. 3rd European Conference on Human Centred Design for Intelligent Transport Systems, Valencia University, Valencia. June 2012.

Key areas of expertise: Human Factors/ Ergonomics; Health Care; CBRNe – (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear , Explosive); future technologies;  driver behaviour; driver distraction