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Design


Focus of our Research

Coventry University can trace a direct line of design heritage from the formation of a Design Institute in the city in 1843. Strong links to the automotive industry led to the development over 40 years ago of automotive specific design courses and we now deliver the largest undergraduate transport design course in the world, with alumni in every major manufacturer and design house. The Institute builds on that background to bring together experts in design, biomechanics, human system integration, ergonomics, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to research and develop future systems.

National Transport Design Centre

Our vision is to be recognised as a world leader in understanding the factors which influence transport design and how that understanding is articulated in physical and virtual form.

Future Cities

We research systems, vehicles and services with the aim of creating future cities in a rapidly changing global context (for example, increasing urbanisation and ageing societies with soaring levels of obesity). Mobility and transport in future cities is not just about new or better vehicles; it is about concepts such as ‘mobility as a service’ and above all, about sensors, information and data. 

We have brought together social scientists and human factors specialists alongside experts in artificial intelligence, sensor development and machine learning in multidisciplinary projects.

We provide new knowledge around the user experience and mobility service design.

This group champions design and service concepts which are based on user requirements – derived through co- and participatory – design, real world trials and simulation studies.

We concentrate on improving accessibility and mobility particularly for traditionally hard to reach groups as new technologies such as electric, connected, highly automated and unmanned vehicles are introduced.

Current Projects include:

  • Intelligent Variable Message Systems (iVMS) - Jun 2016-March 2018, CW LEP, £2mCoventry University £480k (O Haas PI, S Karanachos co-I, driver modelling and traffic simulation)
  • IMPART - Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) - 2015 – 2018: The Intelligent Mobility Partnership – Midlands Competence Centre of Excellence (A Woodcock, O Haas ITS).

The team


 Professor Andree Woodcock Thumbnail

Professor Andree Woodcock

User-centred design, transport and mobility, human factors, health design, human technology

 Professor John Jostins Thumbnail

Professor John Jostins

Automotive design, hydrogen fuel cell, microcab, low carbon vehicles, automotive manufacturing

 Professor Michael Tovey

Professor Michael Tovey

Design pedagogy, socially aware design and CAD in transport design

 Olivier Haas Thumbnail

Dr. Olivier Haas

Control theory and control engineering

Dr. Louise Moody

Dr. Louise Moody

Health design, human factors, ergonomics in healthcare, patient safety, virtual reality and user centred design

 Jane Osmond

Dr. Jane Osmond

Threshold concepts in transport and product design, transport and product design

 Dr. Rahat Iqbal

Dr. Rahat Iqbal

Human centred technology

 Dr Vasile Palede

Dr Vasile Palede

Future Cities

 Dr. James Shippen

Dr. James Shippen

Human movement and mobility, muscles and biomechanics

 Dr. Barbara May

Dr. Barbara May

Biomechanics, rehabilitation, whole-body muscle modelling, injury prevention within sport/p>

Dr. Bo Tan

Dr. Bo Tan

Signal processing for radars and communications and wireless based localisation

 Dr. Nazmul Huda

Dr. Nazmul Huda

Robotics for medical applications, capsule robots and control systems

 Dr. Jianbing Ma

Dr. Jianbing Ma

Knowledge, data representation, reasoning and analytics

 Dr. Huma Shah

Dr. Huma Shah

Artificial intelligence and trust, social robotics, digital trust, digital identity, Turing test and deception-detection.

 Dr. Sujan Rajbhandari

Dr. Sujan Rajbhandari

Photonics, embedded system, signal processing, communication systems

 Dr. Cyriel Diels

Dr. Cyriel Diels

Motion sickness, human-machine interaction and usability and user experience

Human Systems Integration

Human Systems Integration (HSI) aims to embed Human Factors into all aspects of teaching and research in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing. The members of HSI have all been recruited on the basis of their international reputation in Human Factors, endowing Coventry University and the Centre for Mobility & Transport with a world-class capability in this area.

The activities of HSI do not just address the human aspects of the design of engineering solutions but provide a system-wide capability emcompassing:

  • Requirements Analysis
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Training and Simulation
  • Accident and Incident Investigation

By taking a system-wide approach to Human Factors, the early incorporation of Human System Integration principles can not only enhance safety and performance, but also significantly reduce through life costs. HSI services all areas of the Faculty’s activities including Aerospace, Automotive, Computing and Production Engineering sectors.

In addition to its research expertise, HSI provides Human Factors courses for several undergraduate degrees and Continuing Professional Development courses to industry along with bespoke consultancy activities for a range of clients. They also offer a dedicated Master’s degree in Human Factors in Aviation (by distance learning) specifically developed with industry practitioners in mind, further supporting Coventry University’s mission to engage in applied teaching and research. Details can be found here.

The team


 Professor Don Harris Thumbnail

Professor Don Harris

Human factors, user interface design, user centred design, accident investigation, helicopter safety

 Dr. John Huddlestone Thumbnail

Dr. John Huddlestone

Human factors

 Dr. Cyriel Diels

Dr. Cyriel Diels

Automotive and transport human factors

 Dr. Alex Stedmon Thumbnail

Dr. Alex Stedmon

Human factors, transport and security, applied psychology and human-machine interaction

 Dr. Dale Richards

Dr. Dale Richards

Human factors, cognitive psychology, autonomous systems, unmanned systems

Dr. Steve Scott

Dr. Steve Scott

Aviation psychology, human factor concepts, safety management systems

 Dr. Rebecca Grant

Dr. Rebecca Grant

Human factors, human systems integration, aviation psychology, passenger and cabin safety

 Dr. James Shippen

Dr. James Shippen

Biomechanics, design analysis and structual dynamics for engineering designs