Yulan Liang


M.S., Precision Instruments and Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2002
B.E., Precision Instruments and Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2000

Research Interests

Cognitive assessment and driver distraction; data mining and knowledge discovery; cognitive modeling and performance prediction.

Using Data Mining Techniques to Assess Driver Cognitive Distraction (SAVE-IT):

The goal of this project was creating assessment models of driver cognitive distraction to help mitigate disruption to driver attention from in-vehicle systems and to support adaptive in-vehicle interfaces. Two data-mining techniques, Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Bayesian Network (BN), were used to identify driver distraction, with encouraging results obtained for both techniques. Future research will apply the current models to various driving environments, including on-road evaluation of the approaches.


Liang, Y., Reyes, M. L. and Lee, J. D., (accepted) Real-time detection of driver distraction using Support Vector Machines. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Liang, Y., Tang, D., et al. (2002) Web-based consignment service platform for mechanical manufacturing simulation. Computer Integrated Manufacturing System (CIMS), 8(12), 997-1001. (in Chinese).
Tang, D., Zheng, L., Li, Z., Liang, Y., et al. (2002) E-DREAM: A web-based platform for virtual agile manufacturing. International Journal of Concurrent Engineering: Research & Applications, 10(2):165-183.
Liang, Y., Lee, J. D., and Reyes, M. L. (in revision) Non-intrusive detection of driver cognitive distraction in real-time using bayesian networks. 2007 TRB 86 th Annual Meeting.
Liang, Y., Tang, D., et al. (2002) A web-based collaborative information model for the share of manufacturing simulation. Joint International Conference of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IE&EM 2002) and International Conference on Electronic Commerce Engineering (IceCE 2002) (IE&EC 2002), Sep. 2002, Beijing, China.

Honors and Awards

Dong's Eastern Graduate Scholarship Award August 2001- May 2002
Tsinghua 2nd Undergraduate Scholarship Award August 1996 - May 1997, August 1997 - May 1998

Memberships and Activities

Member of the Society of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFES) 2003 - Present
Poster Presentations, Engineering Open House April 2005, 2006
Volunteer, International-student-tax-return workshop March 2005, 2006
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