What we do

Our lab conducts research into how to design and evaluate systems in which humans perform a meaningful control function.  Much of our funded work has been investigating how to develop a safe and efficient highly-automated air traffic control system.  As you look around the website, however, you’ll find that the projects of the lab and of the students vary widely in terms of application area.  However, we try to always have a focus on the system in which humans are one component, rather than focus on the human operating within the system.


We aspire to be known as the pre-eminent research lab for its innovations in theory development in human factors, for its work in applying quantitative methods to human factors problems, and for the impact of its work on implemented systems.


The lab’s mission is to produce and disseminate impactful, ethical, and sound research in human factors; highly successful and confident graduates; and to have an impact on the theory and practice of human factors engineering.

Strategic Goals

  1. To have the highest academic age of any human factors lab
  2. To be in the top ten in terms of academic age of any air transportation lab
  3. To have most distinguished alumni (e.g. HFES fellow or equivalent in IEEE, AIAA, etc.) of any human factors/air transportation lab
  4. To have the lab be sought out as a venue for graduate school by top tier graduate school applicants
  5. To have at least 10% of Ph.D. theses win an award
  6. To produce at least one result every three years that is present in commercial systems
  7. To have at least 20% of submitted Ph.D. student research proposals be funded
  8. To have highest number of journal articles of any HF/ATSE lab
  9. To have at least 20% of Ph.D. students on fellowship

Operational Goals

  1. To have each Ph.D. graduate get 2 journal papers accepted prior to graduation
  2. To have each M.S. thesis graduate produce 1 journal paper prior to graduation
  3. To produce 2 journal papers in top tier journals per year
  4. To have each Ph.D. thesis submitted and compete for an award
  5. To have 100% funding of graduate students
  6. To have each Ph.D. graduate present work at two conferences prior to graduation
  7. To have each M.S. graduate present work at one conference prior to graduation
  8. To have each Ph.D. student manage at least one research project to completion
  9. To have all Ph.D. students compose and submit a competitive grant
  10. To have each academic Ph.D. be a TA for at least two semesters, each non-academic Ph.D. TA for at least one semester
  11. To have each non-academic Ph.D. candidate obtain an internship for at least one semester
  12. To have each Ph.D. student supervise (including identifying a topic) one undergraduate research student during their tenure
  13. To have all Ph.D. students submit a fellowship application/proposal or compete for a funded assistantship
  14. To have all students going to conferences submit a proposal for travel money, either internal or external to support their conference travel
  15. To meet all School and College program deadlines