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Neil Mansfield is Professor of Design Engineering and Human Factors in the Dyson School of Design Engineering.  He teaches on the Design Engineering MEng and contributes to tutoring in the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art.

He has been a researcher in the field of ergonomics / human factors since the 1990s, with work focusing on the design of vehicles for their occupants.  He has a particular interest in designing for optimal comfort and performance, understanding the needs and capabilities of vehicle occupants from those working at the limits of performance in mining and military applications, to older drivers where the limits of performance might be in the process of decline.  He has worked with many global organisations including Caterpillar, Bridgestone, Nissan and QinetiQ, in addition to government bodies. 

Prior to joining Imperial College he was Professor of Human Factors Engineering at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University and Associate Dean for Research.  He has also worked in the automotive industry, at ISVR University of Southampton and in research at Umeå, Sweden.  He maintains many international links particularly with research organisations in Japan.

Neil has authored approximately 70 Journal papers and is editor of the Journal Ergonomics.

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The Dyson School of Design Engineering and Imperial College London expect to offer PhD studentships from time to time.  Neil Mansfield is currently interested in the following research areas and would be keen to hear from outstanding candidates with a first class profile in engineering, psychology or ergonomics. 

• Use of bone conduction for actively controlling background noise and enhancing auditory perception

• Situational awareness of cyclists and the effects of using headphones

• Automotive packaging and positioning of drivers and passengers in vehicles / autonomous transport

• Protection of occupants of small fast boats from the health and performance effects of waveslam

Enquiries from potential research students interested in working in any of the above research areas are welcome.




Mansfield, N., Sammonds, G., & Nguyen, L. (2015). Driver discomfort in vehicle seats–Effect of changing road conditions and seat foam composition.Applied ergonomics, 50, 153-159.

Smith, J., Mansfield, N., Gyi, D., Pagett, M., & Bateman, B. (2015). Driving performance and driver discomfort in an elevated and standard driving position during a driving simulation. Applied ergonomics, 49, 25-33.

Rantaharju, T., Mansfield, N. J., Ala-Hiiro, J. M., & Gunston, T. P. (2014). Predicting the health risks related to whole-body vibration and shock: a comparison of alternative assessment methods for high-acceleration events in vehicles. Ergonomics, (ahead-of-print), 1-17.

Corrie, H., Brooke-Wavell, K., Mansfield, N. J., Cowley, A., Morris, R., & Masud, T. (2015). Effects of vertical and side-alternating vibration training on fall risk factors and bone turnover in older people at risk of falls. Age and ageing, 44(1), 115-122.

Paddan, G. S., Mansfield, N. J., Arrowsmith, C. I., Rimell, A. N., King, S. K., & Holmes, S. R. (2012). The influence of seat backrest angle on perceived discomfort during exposure to vertical whole-body vibration. Ergonomics, 55(8), 923-936.

Mansfield, N. J., & Griffin, M. J. (2000). Non-linearities in apparent mass and transmissibility during exposure to whole-body vertical vibration. Journal of biomechanics, 33(8), 933-941.

Robb, M. J., & Mansfield, N. J. (2007). Self-reported musculoskeletal problems amongst professional truck drivers. Ergonomics, 50(6), 814-827.

Kåsin, J. I., Mansfield, N., & Wagstaff, A. (2011). Whole body vibration in helicopters: risk assessment in relation to low back pain. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine, 82(8), 790-796.

Mansfield, N. J., & Maeda, S. (2011). Subjective ratings of whole-body vibration for single-and multi-axis motion. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(6), 3723-3728.



Sammonds GM, Mansfield NJ, Fray M, 2017, Improving long term driving comfort by taking breaks - How break activity affects effectiveness, Applied Ergonomics, Vol:65, ISSN:0003-6870, Pages:81-89

Blaxter L, Yeo M, McNally D, et al., 2017, Neonatal head and torso vibration exposure during inter-hospital transfer, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H - Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Vol:231, ISSN:0954-4119, Pages:99-113

Mansfield NJ, 2016, Ranking of Design Journals Based on Results of the UK Research Excellence Framework: Using REF as Referee, The Design Journal, Vol:19, ISSN:1756-3062, Pages:903-919

Karali S, Mansfield NJ, Gyi DE, 2016, An approach to vehicle design: in-depth audit to understand the needs of older drivers, Applied Ergonomics, Vol:58, ISSN:1872-9126, Pages:461-470

Sammonds GM, Fray M, Mansfield NJ, 2016, Effect of long term driving on driver discomfort and its relationship with seat fidgets and movements (SFMs), Applied Ergonomics, Vol:58, ISSN:1872-9126, Pages:119-127

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