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Opening and Closing Plenaries

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Y. Ian Noy, Ph.D., CPE

Y. Ian Noy, Ph.D., CPEDr. Ian Noy is Vice President, Liberty Mutual Group and Director, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.  He holds a doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, specializing in human factors.  Prior to joining Liberty Mutual he was Director, Standards Research and Development with Transport Canada’s Road Safety Directorate.  He is a Board certified professional ergonomist (CPE) with 35 years of professional research and practice experience. 

His career began in 1973 as a behavioural scientist at the Canadian Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) working on a variety of military human-machine systems.  In 1982 he joined Transport Canada as Chief of the Ergonomics Division to undertake traffic safety research to support the development of vehicle safety standards and other interventions. 

Dr. Noy’s R&D experience covers a broad range of areas, including traffic safety, workplace ergonomics, human-machine interface design and evaluation, human performance and training, and behavioural research. He has published over one hundred scientific and technical reports, and conference and journal articles. He has prepared and presented lectures in human factors on a variety of topics, including motor vehicle safety, human capabilities and limitations, human information processing and attention, anthropometry and workstation design, design of controls and displays, human factors in intelligent transport systems, and human performance and training.  His applied research experience spans applications in the air, on the ground, and underwater, including military R&D. He has edited a book entitled, The Ergonomics and Safety of Intelligent Driver Interfaces (Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, 1997). He also co-edited the Handbook of Human Factors in Litigation (CPC Press, 2004).

Dr. Noy is a Past President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).  He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), a past president and Honorary Fellow of the Human Factors Association of Canada/Association canadienne d'ergonomie (HFAC/ACE).  Dr. Noy was the chairman of the 12th Congress of the IEA held in Toronto in 1994.

In 2001, Dr. Noy was awarded the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Award for Engineering Excellence.  He is also the recipient of the International Ergonomics Association Distinguished Service Award, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Distinguished International Colleague Award.

 
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