Miguel Perez is an Associate Professor and leads the Data Applications Group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).
He has recently been in charge of efforts related to naturalistic driving study design and analysis, data standardization, data preparation, and data mining. His research interests and experience also include driver distraction, human modeling, collision avoidance systems, infotainment systems, and driver performance in test track and naturalistic environments. He has most recently been involved in projects related to the improvement and use of the SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study. Prior to that, he has supported NHTSA in the development of research plans for portable devices and voice interfaces, performed research used in supporting the draft NHTSA Visual Manual device guidelines, explored how different cell phone use modes affect driver performance, and examined the effects of interface modality in destination entry and navigation tasks, among others.
Perez has also been involved in research for the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) and numerous proprietary research efforts. Perez holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, human factors option, from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.