Miguel Perez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Perez Miguel
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Room 139, Building 2
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24060


Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support

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.


  • 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

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. https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsy023

Liu, S., Perez, M.A., & Lau, N. (2018). Sleep and driving habits associated with sleep disorders – findings from SHRP 2 naturalistic diving study (Paper No. 18-00985). Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting.

Owens, J. M., Dingus, T. A., Guo, F., Fang, Y., Perez, M., McClafferty, J., & Tefft, B. (2018). Estimating the prevalence and crash risk of drowsy driving using data from a large-scale naturalistic driving study (Paper No. 18-04410) [Extended Abstract]. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Board.

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.

Fitch, G. M., Grove, K., Hanowski, R. J., & Perez, M. A. (2014). Compensatory behavior of drivers when conversing on a cell phone investigation with naturalistic driving data. Transportation Research Record (2434), 1-8.