Miguel Perez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Perez Miguel
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Room 139, Building 2
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Secondary location: Suite 304, Collegiate Square, 460 Turner St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Lab

Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support

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Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Dynamics and control

Research Interests

Dr. Miguel Perez is the director of the Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Dr. Perez is interested in a variety of efforts that help to improve the safety and convenience our transportation systems. Some of his previous projects have touched on areas including driver distraction, human modeling, collision avoidance systems, infotainment systems, and driver performance in test track and naturalistic environments. In the safety area, he currently leads a number of efforts related to naturalistic driving study design and analysis, data standardization, data preparation, data mining, and data analysis. In addition, Dr. Perez is involved in efforts to increase the usability of ride-sharing and automated vehicle technologies for individuals with disabilities.

His background is in human factors and biomechanics, and he particularly enjoys applying statistics and novel models and approaches to find solutions and information within data.

Education

  • Virginia Tech: Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2005
  • Virginia Tech: M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, 1999
  • University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez: B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1997

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Scholar of the Week – Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech: 2013 
  • National Research Council – Ford Foundation Fellow: 1999-2002 
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: 1999 
  • Frederick W. Taylor Award for Best Graduating IE Student: 1997 
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar: 1996-1999 
  • IIE, A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship: 1996 
  • Distinguished Student, PR Society of Professional Engineers: 1996

Recent Publications

Dingus, T.A., Owens, J.M., Guo, F., Fang, Y., Perez, M.A., McClafferty, J., Buchanan-King, M., & Fitch, G.M. (in press).  The prevalence of and crash risk associated with primarily cognitive secondary tasks, Safety Science.

Antin, J.F., Lee, S., Perez, M.A., Dingus, T.A., Hankey, J.M., & Brach, A. (in press).  Second strategic highway research program naturalistic driving study methods, Safety Science.

Liu. S., Perez, M.A., Lau, N. (2018). The Impact of Sleep Disorders on Driving Safety – Findings from the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study, Sleep 41, 4:11. https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsy023

Antin, J.F., Guo, F., Fang, Y., Dingus, T.A., & Perez, M.A. (2017).  A validation of the low mileage bias using naturalistic driving data.  Journal of Safety Research 63, 115-120

Antin, J.F., Guo, F., Fang, Y., Dingus, T.A., Hankey, J.M., & Perez, M.A. (2017). The influence of functional health on seniors’ driving risk. Journal of Transport & Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.07.003.

Guo, F., Klauer, S. G., Fang, Y., Hankey, J. M., Antin, J. F., Perez, M. A., Lee, S.E., & Dingus, T. A. (2017). The effects of age on crash risk associated with driver distraction. International Journal of Epidemiology, 46(1): 258-265. doi:10.1093/ije/dyw234

Perez, M. A., Sudweeks, J. D., Sears, E., Antin, J., Lee, S., Hankey, J. M., & Dingus, T. A. (2017). Performance of basic kinematic thresholds in the identification of crash and near-crash events within naturalistic driving data. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 103, 10-19. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2017.03.005

Dingus, T. A., Guo, F., Lee, S., Antin, J. F., Perez, M. A., Buchanan-King, M., & Hankey, J. (2016). Driver crash risk factors and prevalence evaluation using naturalistic driving data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(10): 2636-2641. doi:10.1073/pnas.1513271113

Fitch, G. M., Hanowski, R. J., & Perez, M. A. (2015). Driver's visual behavior when using handheld and hands-free cell phones. Journal of Safety Research 54(29), 105-108. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2015.06.008

Perez, M. A., Angell, L. S., & Hankey, J. M. (2015). Assessment of naturalistic use patterns of advanced infotainment systems. Human Factors 57(4), 674-688.