Current Research Projects
- design and implementation of human-centered decision support systems and user interfaces
- design, implementation, and application of interactive modeling and simulation architectures
- design, implement, and evaluate human-computer integrated systems for realistic situations
Universities and Colleges
- Clemson University - Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology
Human Factors Psychology, also known as Engineering Psychology, is the study of human interaction with technological systems, ranging from simple hand tools to complex technology such as nuclear power plants, transportation systems, and consumer technology such as smartphones. This discipline applies basic research to existing technological problems.
The goal of Human Factors Psychology is the design of technological systems that are safe, productive, comfortable, and error-free. This is achieved by studying the capabilities and limitations of humans and by applying this knowledge in the design process.
The Human Factors program at Clemson University is accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES). Students in our program will benefit from research training in Clemson’s Psychology laboratories funded by state, federal and industry sources, including the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, Google, and Microsoft.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - M.S. Human Factors and Systems
The Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems has two distinct tracks. Choose human factors to learn the techniques of human factors research OR systems, to learn the systematic approach in designing/improving machines, tasks, systems, and workplaces. These programs are designed to meet the highest academic standards (full preparation for doctoral-level studies), while also preparing students for immediate employment in real-world, cost-sensitive, and operationally driven aviation/aerospace environments.
Georgia Tech - M.S. Human Computer Interaction; Ph.D. Cognition and Brain Science; Ph.D. Cognitive Aging; Ph.D. Engineering Psychology; Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Ph.D. Quantitative Psychology
The School is one of the few departments of psychology in the nation located in a college of science, so the department’s focus on science and technology comes naturally. The School of Psychology does not admit students for a terminal masters program. Rather, all students are admitted with the expectation of pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology.
The graduate curricula in all five programs share a core curriculum in general psychology and quantitative methods. Most students require three calendar years to complete course requirements and thesis for the master's degree. The doctoral program consists of additional coursework, programs of individual study, and research culminating in the dissertation. Most students entering the program with a bachelor's degree require at least five years to complete a doctoral degree.
M.A. - Psychology with Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF): The human factors/applied cognition concentration trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation. Faculty members help place students who do not have real-world experience in a part- or full-time practicum before completing the degree.
Ph.D. - Psychology with Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF): The human factors and applied cognition concentration covers basic theoretical and empirical issues and emphasizes research that applies cognitive science to real-world problems. The program builds bridges between human factors engineering and cognitive psychology. Many applications of cognitive science are in the domain of human factors, and many doctoral students who complete our program go on to be human factors professionals.
- Ohio State University - M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering with Concentration in Human Factors; Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering with Concentration in Human Factors
Human Factors Engineering, also known as Ergonomics, can be briefly defined as the science of fitting the environment or a task to the human. It is an interdisciplinary field with roots in engineering, psychology, and physiology. The design of most tools, machines and computer systems today include some Human Factors or Ergonomic considerations. The Human Factors/Ergonomics program within the Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Program at the Ohio State University is divided into the two general areas of cognitive engineering and biomechanics. Cognitive engineering is concerned with applications of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology to the design of person-machine systems. Biomechanics, on the other hand, focuses upon the physical aspects of the human-environment interaction. To view the brochure, click here.
Virginia Tech - M.S. Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics; Ph.D Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics (HFEE) is concerned with ways of designing jobs, machines, operations, and work environments so they are compatible with human capacities and limitations. The HFEE practitioner is called upon both to apply existing human performance knowledge to the design or modification of equipment and also to generate new experimental data required for design.
The M.S. degree in the HFEE option emphasizes both methodology and content areas. Foundation coursework includes a detailed study of existing research, design, and evaluation methods that are appropriate to human factors engineering and ergonomics. Additionally, content courses include sensory ergonomics dealing with sensory capabilities and limitations of humans, physical ergonomics dealing with biomechanics and work physiology, cognitive ergonomics dealing with human information processing, and macroergonomics dealing with group processes. This course work is supplemented by supporting courses in a variety of human factors engineering and ergonomic application areas including auditory communication, computer displays, industrial safety, training, and transportation systems. Emphasis is placed upon specific content area courses, and elective courses in the student’s area of interest. Those students pursuing a thesis conduct research under the direct guidance of an HFEE faculty member.
The Ph.D. curriculum builds upon the M.S. curriculum, and assumes the graduate student has already had behavioral research experience and developed engineering skills with a thesis. The Ph.D. program is heavily oriented toward independent research and the development of expertise in a particular area of ergonomics. This expertise is demonstrated by in-depth interdisciplinary coursework and dissertation research. Doctoral students are encouraged to become involved in laboratory research during the first year in the graduate program so that by the time they begin dissertation research they will have one to three years of laboratory experience.
Wright State University - M.S. Industrial & Human Factors Engineering
Human factors is a body of information about human abilities, human limitations, and other human characteristics that are relevant to design. Industrial and Human Factors Engineering (IHE) is the application of human factors information to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, jobs, and environments for safe, comfortable and effective human use. Students will study relevant characteristics of human beings to be able to successfully design systems that integrate humans and machines or tools. Some specialized areas of study include human computer interaction (HCI), ergonomics, safety, usability engineering, human perception, human cognition, neuroengineering, and engineering psychology.
The BIE Department offers both a Master of Science Degree and Doctoral focus area in IHE. The Masters program has a non-thesis alternative in addition to the traditional thesis option. The department offers two main tracks of courses: Human Computer Interaction and Systems Modeling and Human Factors Ergonomic Engineering. Both tracks offer hands-on courses in state-of-the-art research facilities.
The Industrial and Human Systems research focus area contributes to societal needs by modeling large-scale industrial systems, developing methodologies for improving industrial systems, and investigating the fundamental nature of human interactions with complex systems. This knowledge is then applied to systems design and implementation. Within this context, the focus is on development and validation of system models with theoretical contributions and practical applications. Principles, methods, and tools from systems engineering, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, biomechanics, psychology, systems physiology, computation, statistics, and mathematics are used and developed toward this effort. Research results may be applied to human-machine interfaces, decision support systems, virtual environments, ergonomics, transportation, manufacturing, military, and medical systems.