Ritwik Swain | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Ritwik Swain


  • Research Associate
+61 07 5459 4489
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Room G.68, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Ritwik Swain


Ritwik developed an interest in transport in early childhood as he was exposed to roads and rail both in the UK and India. Ritwik went on to attain a BSc in psychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands where he was exposed to driver simulator research, and road policies that focus on promoting active and public transport.

During his MSc degree in Social & Organisational Psychology at Leiden University, he took an internship at SWOV (the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research) which involved researching cycle helmet usage behaviour and interactions between vulnerable road users and automated vehicles.

Ritwik began a PhD at CARRS-Q (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland), QUT (Queensland University of Technology) in 2018, exploring the use of an Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD) to assist human operators of Automated Vehicles.

Ritwik joined the Road Safety Research Collaboration at USC in 2021 as a Research Associate. Currently, he is involved in setting up a driving simulator for experimental research in driver impairment.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Community Walking Correspondent, Queensland Walks

Research areas

  • Road Safety
  • Driver Impairment
  • Human Factors
  • User Experience
  • Automated Vehicle HMI
  • Pedestrian, Cyclists, and Vulnerable Road User Safety
  • Road Design
  • Social & Organisational Psychology

Swain, R., Kaye, S. A., & Rakotonirainy, A. (2022). Sharing AV intended pathway may help during silent failures. In Proceedings of the 2022 Australasian Road Safety Conference (ARSC). Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS).

Staats, H., & Swain, R. (2020). Cars, trees, and house prices: Evaluation of the residential environment as a function of numbers of cars and trees in the street. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 47, 126554.