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Principal Investigator

Brandon Pitts
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Graduate Students

Gaojian Huang
PhD Student
I am a PhD student in Industrial Engineering (concentrated in Human Factors) and am also pursuing an MS in Cognitive Psychology. I am from Wenzhou, China. My current research focuses on evaluating multimodal displays to support older drivers in interacting with autonomous vehicles. Findings from the project may inform the design of next-generation (NextGen) human-machine interfaces in several transportation environments. My future goal is to continue conducting Human Factors research either in academia or a research division in industry. I am also the lab manager of the NHanCE Research Lab. Personal Website
Dhairya Kansara
MSIE (non-thesis)
I am a Master's student in Industrial Engineering. I am originally from India. Currently, my research project focuses on the development and evaluation of in-vehicle vibrotactile interfaces in future autonomous vehicles. Project findings will help to provide guidance for the design of NextGen human-machine systems to improve driver safety. After graduation, I intend to work in the Human Factors field with emphasis on the design of experiments and the use of sustainable practices.
Nade Liang
MSIE (thesis)
I am a Master's student in the School of Industrial Engineering. I am originally from Shanghai, China. My research focuses on the effects of vehicle automation on driving behavior and cognitive workload, and methods that may help to mitigate potential roadway safety risks. Upon graduation, I hope to work in academia or a research division in industry to develop safer and more efficient transportation systems. Personal Website
Yuyuan Liu
MSIE (non-thesis)
I am a Master’s student in Industrial Engineering (Human Factors concentration). I am from Wuhan, China. My current research project involves the use of vibrotactile interfaces for supporting critical event detection in NextGen self-driving vehicles. This project is important because as vehicle automation becomes more advanced, the roles and behavior of drivers will change and our research aims to quantify this change. I have also worked with eye-tracking data to understand a driver's attention allocation. Upon graduation, I plan to continue to work in the Human Factors field to help meet users' needs and improve their overall experience.
Maya Luster
PhD Student
I am a PhD student in the School of Industrial Engineering. I was raised in Meridian, MS. My current research project is in the field of cognitive engineering and focuses on ways to quantify trust in human-automation interaction within complex environments. This project investigates dispositional trust factors, such as age, gender, and culture, and their impact on the way(s) humans interact complex automation. My future goals are to pursue the application of this research in industry and eventually transition into a faculty position at a top university.

Undergraduate Students

Ilayda Karagol
Undergraduate Researcher
I am an undergraduate student in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Psychology. I am originally from Turkey. My current project involves understanding how older populations perceive their own driving abilities. Upon graduation, I hope to get a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction.
Grace Kraus
Undergraduate Researcher
I am an undergraduate student studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics and Statistics. I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. Currently, my research project investigates the phraseology used by General Aviation pilots when submitting pilot reports (PIREPs). When I graduate, I would like to pursue a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering.
Collin Li
Undergraduate Computer Programmer
I am an undergraduate student in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering and security. I am from New Albany, Indiana. I am a computer programmer for the NHanCE lab where I work to support several projects via software development. Currently, I am writing code and building interfaces for the following projects: evaluating multi-modal displays, measuring trust in human-machine systems, and determining the effectiveness of nano-devices in Human Factors research. My future goal is to become a software developer working on projects with robust applications to real-world situations.
Christine Petersen
Undergraduate Researcher
I am an undergraduate student in Health and Human Sciences studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences. I am originally from Anchorage, Alaska. My research involves the evaluation of multi-modal displays to support older adult drivers in interacting with autonomous vehicles. Upon graduation, I hope to obtain a PhD in Cognitive or Engineering Psychology with the ultimate goal of becoming a Human Factors consultant.
Jeanelle Tanhueco
Undergraduate Computer Programmer
I am an undergraduate student in Computer Science with a Psychology minor. I'm from San Jose, California. I am a computer programmer for the NHanCE lab. I am currently working to create a user interface that will help the research team to evaluate the effects of automation, task complexity, and age on cognitive load. My future goals are to become a software developer and to work on projects that integrate psychological aspects into their applications.
Lauren Werner
Undergraduate Researcher
I am an undergraduate student in Psychology. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. My current research project focuses on speech recognition technology for older adults. After graduation, I will pursue an MS degree in Industrial Engineering. My future goals include continuing to apply my knowledge of psychology and engineering to aid in the design of assistive technologies to enhance the performance of aging populations.

Alumni

Matthew Scott
Undergraduate Researcher
I received a BS in Industrial Engineering in December 2018. I am currently working at FedEx in Nashville, TN.