OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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Driving and Bicycling Simulator Faculty Researchers

Director

Professor David Hurwitz conducts research in the areas of transportation human factors, transportation safety, traffic control devices, and engineering education. In particular, Dr. Hurwitz is interested in the consideration of user behavior in the design, evaluation, and innovation of surface transportation systems. Dr. Hurwitz has conducted numerous driving and bicycling simulator studies including those concerned with Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYA), dilemma zones, right-hook crashes, traffic signal countdown timers, mobile work zone barriers, i-signs, texting while driving, and the incorporation of LIDAR into simulator scenarios.  Please direct questions about the facility to Dr. Hurwitz, the point-of-contact for the OSU Driving and Bicycling Simulator Laboratory. 

Collaborating Researchers

Professor Michael Olsen’s current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, and 3D visualization. He teaches geomatics and geotechnical engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new courses in 3D laser scanning, Digital Terrain Modeling, and Building Information Modeling. Dr. Olsen has contributed to driving simulator studies considering the incorporation of LIDAR point clouds into simulator scenarios and the evaluation of alternative i-signs. 

Professor John Gambatese’s technical and research interests include construction safety, work zone design, constructability, sustainability, design-construction interface, temporary construction structures, construction site operations, and systems engineering.  Current and recent research projects address issues related to construction worker health and safety, design of construction and maintenance work zones, Prevention through Design (PtD), formwork risk and reliability, and the impacts of lean design and construction on safety. Dr. Gambatese has contributed to the driving simulator study of mobile work zone barriers on vehicle traffic in work zones.