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Zhonghai Li, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Human Factors Engineering

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
1005 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22201

+1-703-247-1580; Email me

Curriculum Vitae - Zhonghai Li (PDF)
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Dynamic Brake Lights Concept is featured in the news!

July/August 2007
YES Magazine
: Stop, Stop, Stop, and Read this! (a scanned copy)

Summer 2007
University of Toronto Magazine
: Braking News! (or saved copy)

April 1, 2007
Chinese Daily Newspaper of Science and Technology: Dynamic Brake Lights (or saved copy)

March 27, 2007
The Bulletin, University of Toronto: New brake light system could mean fewer collisions

March 26, 2007
The Varsity
, University of Toronto: When disaster looms (or saved copy)

March 23, 2007
University of Toronto Homepage News
: New brake light system could mean fewer collisions
Digg.com: Take a look at what people are saying about the dynamic brake lights concept on digg.com

This article is also cited in What's next in Science and Technology: Dynamic brake light system may help decrease rear-end collisions on Mar 25, 2007

March 8, 2007
New Scientist
: Tail lights grow in the dark (or saved copy)
Discovery Channel: Bigger taillights improves road safety at night: study
The Daily Telegraph: Sensitive tail lights could put brake on rear-end collisions


- Zhonghai Li currently is working at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a Research Scientist in Human Factors Engineering. His major role is to conduct original research on interaction of people with technology in complex driving environment and safety implication of the interaction.

- Zhonghai Li was a Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2007) at Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) and worked on a project which investigates product design and usability for older adults, especially those with a cognitive impairment.

- Zhonghai Li
was a Ph.D. student (2001-2006) at the Ergonomics in Teleoperation and Control (ETC) Lab in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research area is Human Factors Engineering, in which he does research on humans and designs systems for humans. Specifically, his thesis is about perception of collision in automobile driving and its application in brake lights improvements for reduction of rear-end collisions.

- Zhonghai Li received his master's degree in Management Science & Human Factors Engineering and he has two undergraduate degrees, one in Electronic & Information Engineering; another is in Finance, which he received from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China.

- Zhonghai Li was a "Precarn Scholar" (2002-2005) which means he has been identified as one of the best and brightest students in his field by The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems of Canada.

- Zhonghai Li has been awarded:

the "Student Research Award" by the Perception & Performance Technical Group of the HFES for the paper titled "An investigation of the potential to influence braking behavior through manipulation of optical looming cues in a simulated driving task". (PDF see page 4 & 5)

the "Best Student Paper Award" by the Surface Transportation Technical Group of the HFES for the paper titled "An empirical investigation of a dynamic brake light concept for reduction of rear-end collision accidents during emergency braking". (PDF see page 9)

both at the 49th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting (Orlando, 2005).
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Today's Smile :-)

"I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone."

- Bjarne Stroustrup (inventor of C++)


PhD Thesis

Li, Z (2006) An Empirical Investigation of the Effect of Manipulating Optical Looming Cues on Braking Behavior in a Simulated Automobile Driving Task, University of Toronto.(PDF)

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(1) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (in-preparation). An empirical investigation of the effect of display gain manipulation on braking behavior in a simulated driving task, to be submitted to Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

(2) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (in-preparation). An empirical investigation of the effect of looming cues manipulation on braking behavior in a simulated driving task, to be submitted to Human Factors.

(3) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (in press). An empirical investigation of a dynamic brake light concept for reduction of rear-end collision through manipulation of optical looming, The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.(PDF)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings Articles

(4) Li, Z., Mihailidis, A. and Boger, J. (2007). The usability of water faucets for older adults with and without dementia: how important is familiarity? The 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.(PDF1 - Paper, PDF2 - Poster )

(5) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (2005). An investigation of the potential to influence braking behaviour through manipulation of optical looming cues in a simulated driving task. In Proc of 49th Ann Mtg of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Orlando, Florida. pp. 1540-1544.(PDF)

(6) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (2005). An empirical investigation of a dynamic brake light concept for reduction of rear-ends collision accidents during emergency braking. In Proc of 49th Ann Mtg of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Orlando, Florida. pp. 1940-1944.(PDF)

(7) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (2004). An empirical investigation of the influence of perception of time-to-collision on gap control in automobile driving. In Proc. of 48th Ann Mtg of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New Orleans, Louisiana. pp. 2271-2275.(PDF)

(8) Li, Z. & Milgram, P. (2004). Manipulating optical looming to influence perception of time-to-collision and its application in automobile driving. In Proc. of 48th Ann Mtg of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New Orleans, Louisiana. pp. 1900-1904.(PDF)

Invited Newsletter Article

(9) Li, Z., (2005) Human Factors: Just Common Sense? Insight, the Perception and Performance Technical Group Newsletter, Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 27(2) pp.6. (PDF See Page 6)

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