30 Forensic Engineering’s Dr. Adam Campbell Presented at the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Meeting

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce that Senior Associate, Dr. Adam Campbell Ph. D. (Human Factors) presented a research paper at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The HFES is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals. With 4,500 members across 58 countries, it serves the needs of its membership and the public by promoting and advancing the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems, products, tools, and environments of all kinds.

Titled “Naturalistic Driver Behaviour in Response to the Multi-Sensory Experience of Rear-End Collisions” the paper was co-authored with Yasmine Belkadi and the research indicates that real-world drivers reserve the shortest perception and response intervals and the greatest braking intensities for the most immediate collision hazards. This research has applications to forensic investigations of multi-vehicle collisions and others in which driver behaviour is at the core of assessing cause and opportunities for collision avoidance.

Liability is often decided upon based on whether the individuals involved behaved as expected. Dr. Campbell brings to bear his extensive scholarly and professional experiences in educating clients and courts on the limits of human capacity and the behaviours expected of those involved in personal injury matters. Was the hazard detectable in time to avoid a collision? What would have been expected of a typical person in this situation? These questions – and more – can only be answered with a proper human factors assessment.

About the Authors

Dr. Campbell has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of human behaviour, neurophysiology and the neural control of movement, for which he has authored multiple high-impact, peer-reviewed publications. His research program aims to understand the capacities and limitations of the human nervous system in perceiving and responding to cues in the environment. He regularly performs peer reviews for scholarly societies, including the American Physiological Society and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Campbell has participated in over 350 technical investigations and has considerable experience examining human behaviour during collision and personal injury events, including slips, trips and falls. He has been qualified as an expert in Human Factors, Driver Behaviour and the Analysis of Driver Behaviour in the Superior Court of Justice and has testified in multiple litigation proceedings involving collisions and personal injury matters.

Yasmine Belkadi is an undergraduate student in the University of Toronto’s Kinesiology department on a joined research internship with 30 Forensic Engineering and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, an affiliate of the University Health Network.


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