Dr. Miltos Kyriakidis

Experienced Researcher, Delft University of Technology

Miltos joined the Biomechanical Engineering Department in January 2014 as a Marie Curie Fellow in the HF Auto ITN project. He is currently investigating the legal and market perspectives of highly automated driving aiming to support responsible utilization of future automation technology.

Miltos completed his PhD research in Human Factors and Railway Safety at Imperial College London in 2013. He concluded his MSc studies in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2009, specialising in Safety Analysis. In 2005, he graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in Energy Production and Use.

Miltos is an Associate Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Miltos has been appointed by the European Railway Agency as a Human Factors expert to assist National Investigation Bodies in the EU in the investigation of railway accidents.


  • Human Factors
  • Human Performance – Human Reliability Analysis
  • Automated Driving – Autonomous Vehicles – Intelligent Drive Systems
  • Legal Aspects of Automated Driving
  • Market Perspectives of Automated Driving
  • Transportation Safety
  • Railway & Aviation Safety

Project interests  

The success of highly automated driving depends to a large extent on legal acceptance. In fact, fully automated vehicles are currently illegal on most public roads and extensive lobbying and legal reform is needed to make it ubiquitously accepted. Thus this work package will review the legal perspectives and liability dilemmas involved in highly automated driving.  In addition, it will explore the market perspectives of highly automated driving, including consumers’ acceptance and willingness to purchase.  Subsequently it will deliver a framework for market introduction, including legal admission, type approval, (product) liability, maintenance, new insurance concepts, harmonisation, and best practices in product design.

Research activities for legal aspects of automated driving  

  • Review of the latest but also the future automation developments in the field of automated driving; Drafting a proposal of the technology roadmap;
  • Analysis of the impact of the advanced levels of automation on human performance;
  • Development of functional, technological and operational requirements for design of the future HMI in automated vehicles;
  • Addressing the certification and type approval requirements;
  • Addressing the issue of liability perception, for all the relevant stakeholders (e.g. manufacturers, governmental bodies, insurance companies, and consumers) under the concept of automated driving, including transitions between manual to automated mode;

Research activities for market perspective of automated driving 

  • Study of acceptance and willingness of consumers to purchase automated vehicles. A two phase questionnaire survey will be conducted to gather the necessary data. The first phase will focus on the Dutch market, while the second will capture the EU 27 market. The collected responses will be analysed against safety, travel and environmental impact, mobility allowance, cost and subsidisation policies of automated vehicles.
  • Development of market strategies to advertise future cars (i.e. safer, less consumption, more environmentally friendly);
  • Consumer’s elasticity to marketing;
  • Explore how new technologies may change marketing OR how marketing may change new technologies;
  • Comparative safety analysis on manual vs automated driving;
  • Analysis of the side effects of automated driving: user benefits (mobility for disabled, elderly), travel impact, infrastructure impact