Dr Oscar Oviedo Trespalacios

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Strategic Senior Research Fellow

PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios is a Strategic Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with expertise in human factors engineering, injury prevention, intelligent transport systems, and transportation safety and security. He specialises in the safety and security of all road users (drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians) and the human factors of technological change in the transport system. Dr Oviedo-Trespalacios has extensive experience researching driver behaviour safety issues such as risky driving behaviour in international research projects in more than 25 countries. His clients and partnerships include all levels of government (federal, state, and local), as well as private industry.

Dr Oviedo-Trespalacios regularly publishes in major international journals like Accident Analysis and Prevention and Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology, and his research is widely reported in Australian and international media, including the ABC, the New York Times, the Independent, the Men’s Health Magazine, and the Washington Post. In 2019, Dr Oviedo-Trespalacios received the Australasian College of Road Safety’s Inaugural Young Leaders Oration Award in recognition of his inspiring work and growing reputation in distracted driving research. He has served as an expert witness in road safety cases in Australia courts.


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Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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I was awarded the 2019 Young Leaders Oration Award by the Australian College of Road Safety. This is the peak membership association for road safety professionals, advocates, and members of the public who are focused on improving road safety and achieving a vision of zero road fatalities.
Safe Distractions? Taking the Danger out of Competing Activities
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • Identifying mobile phone use while driving hotspots based on roadway and contextual characteristics
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King
  • What are the mechanisms by which roadside advertising impacts on driver inattention and distraction?
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Barry Watson
  • Using smartphone apps to reduce mobile phone use while walking
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King
  • A Human Factors Approach to Modelling Group Cycling Safety
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King
  • The Effect of Interrelationship among Built Environment, Safety and Security on Pedestrian Route Choice Behaviour
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Shimul (Md. Mazharul) Haque, Dr Md Kamruzzaman, Dr Mark King
  • Improving deterrence strategies for drug driving
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Barry Watson, Professor Narelle Haworth
  • The Impact of the Road Environment and Mobile Phone Distraction on Driving Behaviour
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King
  • The epidemiological and psychological risk of older pedestrian trauma and its association with elderly travel patterns and walking intentions
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark King