Dr. Kirsten Revell, is a Human Factors Engineering research fellow in the Transportation Research Group (TRG) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Kirsten graduated from Exeter University with a BSc (Hons) in psychology, before spending six years managing the Microsoft EMEA Services Academy at Microsoft Ltd. Kirsten undertook a second degree in industrial design at Brunel University London, where she became a passionate advocate for user-centred design. It was during a design internship at the Ergonomics Research Group with Prof. Neville Stanton, that Kirsten gained an understanding of the importance of a ‘systems’ perspective to design and the benefits of a mixed method approach to research. Bringing together her design and psychology disciplines, Kirsten embarked on a PhD in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Southampton, exploring a ‘mental models’ approach to sustainable behaviour with domestic energy systems (an area in which she has published widely).
Kirsten is interested in applying human factors insights to design across domains, at a range of levels and from a variety of perspectives. She engages in both qualitative and quantitative research and has worked in Domestic, Military, Aviation Automobile and Rail domains. Kirsten is currently focussed primarily on a project for Jaguar Land Rover TASCC: Human Interaction: Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAVe) part funded by EPSRC and in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. She is also looking at how design can help provide better information to rail passengers to encourage more even passenger loading (TOC’15) in collaboration with colleagues in TRG and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). Previous work includes the Innovate UK Future Flight Deck project, collaborating with BAE systems, General Electric and Coventry University, to evaluate how technology could enable changes to the design of the flight deck and crewing configurations. For this work she was jointly awarded the Annual Aviation Safety Prize by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the Air Pilots Trust. Kirsten was part of a major field trial with the British Army for the Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFI DTC) focused on the usability and of digital mission planning and battle-space management systems and worked on metaphorical designs for military systems. A human factors and ergonomics evangelist, Kirsten was proud to work on an exhibit for the Design Museum, London, promoting the human factors principles embraced in the iconic Sky remote control.