Michael Clamann

Senior Human Factors Engineer




Michael Clamann joined HSRC as a senior human factors engineer in 2018. He researches how technology can help reduce human error on our roadways, and his areas of expertise include human-automation interaction and autonomous vehicle technology.

For more than 17 years Michael has worked in industry and academia studying how people can effectively team with highly automated and autonomous systems in a variety of domains including transportation, aerospace, defense and telecommunications. His previous project work in transportation includes identifying methods for autonomous vehicles to communicate with vulnerable road users, investigating the implications of deploying automated vehicles around schools, and identifying ways automation can inform crash investigations. Before coming to HSRC, he supported the Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL) at Duke University as a senior research scientist.

Michael is a Science Policy Fellow with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He represents HSRC as a member of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Fully Autonomous Vehicle Committee, where he leads the Autonomous Vehicle Research Group. He previously provided testimony to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy and launched the robotics and artificial intelligence portal for the Duke’s Science Policy Tracking Program, SciPol.org, where he managed a team of student writers responsible for tracking and reporting on policy developments related to robotics and AI.

Michael received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a Psychology minor at North Carolina State University in 2014. He received a M.I.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a M.S. in Experimental Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2011 and 2002, respectively. He is a Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP) and a member of HFES.