Research

OPERATIONAL RESEARCH

IBR offers a broad range of research expertise, both in-lab and through field studies, among a diverse range of operational environments including: aviation, trucking, rail, military, and energy, among others. IBR works with clients to establish objectives, generate hypotheses, conduct protocol overview, and design interventions, all within a behavioral safety approach that takes existing organizational policies and procedures into consideration.

In addition, IBR uses state-of the-art equipment for objective data collection, including:

  • wrist actigraphy to measure sleep quality and quantity
  • Psychomotor Vigilance Testing (PVT) to assess performance
  • PDA-based sleep/activity logger
  • high-tech simulators and modeling tools (FAST™) to predict performance and recommend optimal schedules

The following are a few of the high-level research projects conducted by IBR:

  • Flight Attendant Work/Rest Patterns, Alertness, and Performance Assessment: Field Validation of Biomathematical Fatigue Modeling

    • Congressionally mandated study of aviation cabin crew sponsored by the Civil Aviation Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration

  • Investigation of Effective Recovery and Napping Strategies for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

    • Field and simulator study of U.S. and Canadian commercial drivers jointly sponsored by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration and Transport Canada

  • Analysis of the Relationship between Economic Impacts of Rail Accidents and Operator Effectiveness Measures

  • Validation and Calibration of a Fatigue Assessment Tool for Railroad Work Schedules

    • Seminal railroad studies on the cost of fatigue-related accidents and validated methods for predicting and managing fatigue sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration