David S. Hurwitz 

Associate Professor 
Oregon State University
Civil and Construction Engineering


Email: david.hurwitz@oregonstate.edu

Phone: (541) 737-9242

Address: School of Civil and Construction Engineering 305 Owen Hal Oregon State Universit Corvallis, OR 97331-6001

Website: http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~hurwitzd/index.php


Dr. David S. Hurwitz is an associate professor of transportation engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. David conducts research in the areas of transportation user behavior, traffic control, transportation safety, driving & bicycling simulation, and engineering education. In particular Dr. Hurwitz is interested in the consideration of user behavior in the design and innovation of transportation systems. David has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and has been awarded over $1.7 million dollars in external funding. Additionally, Dr. Hurwitz serves as an executive committee member of the Institute of Transportation Engineer's Traffic Engineering Council and Education Council, and as a member of the Transportation Research Board's Simulation and Measurement of Vehicle and Operator Performance committee (AND30), and Traffic Control Devices Committee (AHB50).

Research Interest 

  • Transportation Human Factors
  • Transportation Safety
  • Traffic Signal Control

Current, Recent, and Upcoming HCD Courses

  • CE 554 – Driving Simulation – 3 Credits – Winter 2017

OSU Driving and Bicycling Research Laboratory

Location: (TBD)
Phone Number: (TBD)
Website: http://cce.oregonstate.edu/driving-and-bicycling-simulator
Research Equipment and Software: 

  • RTI Driving Simulator – Full Scale
  • RTI Driving Simulator – Desktop
  • RTI Bicycling Simulator
  • ASL Mobile Eye Tracker
  • Wide variety of field data collection devices

Current Projects

  • Noyce, D., Knodler, M., Hurwitz, D., and Brehmer, C. National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) “NCHRP 03-125: Evaluation of Change and Clearance Intervals Prior to the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Left-Turn Indication.” 
  • Gambatese, J. (Co-PI @ OSU) and Hurwitz, D. (Co-PI) NCHRP Synthesis. “Transportation Worker Safety,” 12/209/2015 to 09/23/2016.
  • Hurwitz, D. (PI), Brown, S. (Co-PI @ OSU), and Cox, D. (Co-PI @ OSU) National Science Foundation (NSF). “Evaluation of Novice and Expert Glance Patterns While Performing Conceptual Activities,” 10/01/2015 to 09/30/2018.
  • Hurwitz, D. (PI), MaCormack, E. (Co-PI @ UW), & Goodchild, A. (Co-PI @ UW) Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). “An Examination of the Impact of Increasing Commercial Parking Utilization on Cyclist Safety in Urban Environments,” 01/01/2015 to 06/30/2015.
  • Hurwitz, D. (Co-PI) and Monsere, C. (Co-PI @ PSU) Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). “Improved Safety and Efficiency of Protected/Permitted Right Turns in Oregon,” 10/01/2015 to 06/30/2017.

Selected Publications

  • Neill, J.*, Hurwitz, D., & Olsen, M. (2016) Alternative Information Signs: An Evaluation of Driver Comprehension and Visual Attention. Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Volume 142, Issues 1. 
  • Islam, M.*, Hurwitz, D., & Macuga, K. (2016) “Improved Driver Responses at Intersections with Red Signal Countdown Timers,” Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 63, 207-221. 
  • Hurwitz, D., Monsere, C., Marnell, P.*, & Paulsen, K. (2014) “Three- or Four-Section Displays for Permissive Left-Turns? Some Evidence from Simulator-Based Analysis of Driver Performance,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 2463, 1-9.                      
  • Moore, D.* & Hurwitz, D. (2013) “Fuzzy Logic for Improved Dilemma Zone Identification: A Driving Simulator Study,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Issue 2384, 25-34. 
  • Hurwitz, D., Wang, H., Knodler, M., Ni, D., & Moore, D.* (2012) “Fuzzy Sets to Describe Driver Behavior in the Dilemma Zone of High-Speed Signalized Intersections,” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, Volume 15, Issue 2, 132-143. 
  • Hurwitz, D., Pradhan, A., Fisher, D., Knodler, M., Muttart, J., Menon, R., & Meissner, U. (2010) “Backing Collisions: A Study of Drivers’ Eye and Backing Behavior Using Combined Rear View Camera and Sensor Systems,” Injury Prevention, Volume 16, Issue 2, 79-84.