Matt Sassman

Early Stage Researcher 10, IFSTTAR

Matt began working at l’Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l’aménagement et des réseaux (IFSTTAR) in March 2014 as an Early Stage Researcher in the HF Auto ITN project. Matt’s role in this project will be to explore driver and operator awareness at points of transition between highly automated driving and driver assumption of manual control. As part of this research, he will be modelling drivers’ behaviour and awareness with cognitive simulation software.

Matt holds an MSc in Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics from University College London (2011). In 2006, he graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Education.


  • Human Factors
  • Human-Computer and Human-Machine Interaction
  • Automotive Interface Design
  • The balance between Intelligent Drive Systems and Manual Human Control
  • The cognitive and performance impact of increasingly complicated interactions facilitated by In-car Interfaces
  • Finding ways to strengthen the interaction between drivers and their vehicles
  • Transportation and Road Safety