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Professor Parkes joined TRL following research appointments at Birmingham University Accident Research Unit, Loughborough University Human Sciences and Advanced Technology Research Centre and Leeds University Institute for Transport Studies and Department of Psychology. He is Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He has published over 210 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. His work has directly influenced i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction and iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour. He is an invited speaker and technical organiser at many international conferences, a member of review panels for academic journals and frequent evaluator of research for UK Research Councils and the EU Framework programme. He is Chair of TRL Ethics Committee and currently supervises PhDs in cognitive ergonomics, neuropsychology and biomechanics.