Brian Hilburn

Brian earned his Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology, and brings over 30 years of Human Factors experience. He is an active instrument-rated pilot, former head of the Human Factors department of the Netherlands National Aerospace Lab, and former guest professor at Lund University's School of Aviation (Sweden). He is currently an adjunct to Technical University of Delft's School of Aerospace Engineering (Netherlands). His areas of interest include advanced automation design, neuro-ergonomics (especially eye tracking and EEG derived measures), machine learning and cognition, and Human-In-The-Loop (HITL) simulation methods. 



  1. Co-developed the motorcycle operator skill test that most US states currently use for driver licensing).


  1. Using eye tracking to evaluate teamwork among operating room anesthesiologists.


    • Airport operations (assessing human factors implications of windfarm-induced electromagnetic radar clutter on tower operations at Glasgow Prestwick airport);
    • Air traffic management (helping redesign Ireland's air traffic route structure, based on task analysis of air traffic controller roles);
    • Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) concepts (developing artificial neural network based methods to classify and predict off-nominal / rogue drone trajectories).