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The Center for Advanced Training Research, and Naturalistic Studies (ATRANS), is a new collaborative research center developed to promote cross-disciplinary research collaboration among faculty at the University.

The Center, established with funds from the State Farm Insurance company, provides faculty researchers with access to a wide variety of technologies to investigate areas such as human performance and decision making, physical and cognitive ergonomics, advanced training and assessment, assistive technologies, naturalistic field studies, and translational research (R&D with industry partners). The primary mission of ATRANS is to facilitate collaboration across disciplines and provide a mechanism for researchers at Western New England University to work together to develop innovative training and assessment systems for use in industry. 

Participants have access to advanced mobile driving and flight simulator systems, a brand new mobile eye tracking system and analysis software, equipment for field video-based data collection, and motion-capture equipment for human motion studies.

Current and Ongoing Research

A flight training program has been developed for novice pilots. VFR student pilots are needed in this research, and participation will help to assess the training program. Compensation is available for participation. Interested? please fill out our form. 

Please contact Nima at nima.ahmadi@wne.edu, if you have any question.

ATRANS, Room 212
Sleith Hall Building
Western New England University 

Driving Simulator Technology

The purpose of this study is to observe the behaviors of drivers of all ages. With the use of STISIM, researchers are able to stimulate the hazards and analyze the behavior of the driver in different situations. Such situations tested are in neighborhoods, highways, suburbs, and driveways.

Research in our lab focuses in the following areas:

  • At-risk population evaluation and training (younger & elderly drivers)
  • Driver decision making and attention
  • Driver characteristics
  • Road safety features, geometry and signage
  • Crash prevention, awareness and training
  • Peripheral devices and driving
  • Aviation human factors
  • Medical training systems and diagnosis
  • Advanced police training systems