School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr David Golightly

Senior Research Associate


I work in the field of cognitive ergonomics, understanding the factors that make technology and systems fit for the intended user's needs and cognitive abilities.

Some of this work examines 'design' factors - how user interfaces can be designed so that they are appropriate for the task for which they are intended, and I'm particularly interested in how domain knowledge and expertise affects how people use technology (and how technology influences domain knowledge and expertise!). While I'm interested in all domains, I am most interested in the application of this research to transport – for example, how does technology support decision support in transport disruption, how can we capture and disseminate user requirements to support transport planning and transport behaviour, and how can we improve representations of predictive information such as Intelligent Infrastructure, or Train Driver Advisory Systems.

I'm also interested in 'process' factors - how can our understanding of people be realistically integrated into technology development and deployment processes, particularly large-scale software developments such as telecomms operations, financial software systems and transportation systems. This has involved examining a number of methods for understanding and representing user requirements, from qualitative methods through to formal approaches such as Cognitive Work Analysis.

I have been at Newcastle University since October 2018. Previously, I was at the Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham from 2007-2018. I am also a Chartered Psychologist.

Current project at Future Mobility Group, Newcastle University

MyCorridor - H2020 Mobility as a Service (MaaS) project