Teaching & Advising

I currently supervise graduate and undergraduate MIT student research as well as visiting students from other nations including, Canada, China and Germany on projects in the fields of human factors and cognitive engineering. Many students are involved in research relating to automotive safety and human machine interface design. Current topics include model development for classifying driver distraction, driver state detection, methods of assessing changes in drivers’ visual attention and psychophysiology, classifying safe levels of cognitive and visual distraction, perceptual changes with age and disease, advanced automotive interface design, driver feedback, simulation validity, the design and assessment of speech enabled human machine interfaces, the development of assistive devices, and a voice controlled autonomous wheel chair.

Thesis Advisor

  • Junghee Park, (2015 expected), Homotopy-based Vehicle Navigation with Humans in the Loop, PhD, Mechanical Enginnering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Daniel A. Afergan, (2015 expected), Implicit Brain-Computer Interfaces for Adaptive Systems: Improving Performance through Physiological Sensing, PhD, Computer Science, Tufts University (external committee member).
  • Alina Sinelnikova, (2015 expected), Exploring Real-Time Prediction of Driver Involvement in Voice Based Secondary Tasks, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Philipp Langhans, (2015 expected), TBD, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Mauricio Muñoz, (2015), Modeling Driver Behavior Using Hidden Markov Models, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Alexander Waldmann, (2014), Development of a Visualization System for The Interactive Exploration of Linked Data, MS, Software Engineering, Chair for Applied Software Engineering, Technical University of Munich (pdf)
  • Adrian Rumpold, (2014), Multi-dimensional Classification of Driver Mental Workload, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Enrique Abdon Garcia Perez, (2013), A Symbolic Approach for Classification of Cognitive Workload in Drivers, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Thomas Manhardt, (2013), Heart Rate Variability Metrics for Use In Applied Environments, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Marin Zec, (2012), A Machine Learning Approach towards Online Detection of Driver Mental Workload, MS, Software Engineering, Elite Graduate Program Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian Univeristät and Univeristät Augsburg
  • Anya Potter, (2011), The Ecology of Cognitive Training and Aging, PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Chuanzhong Tan, (2010), A Multi-Parametric Framework for the Classification of Cognitive Workload Levels in Drivers, Diplom Thesis, Ludwig Maximilian University and Technical University of Munich
  • Vincent Lammers, (2008), The Impact of Input Methods for In Vehicle Information Systems on Driving Performance, Diplom Thesis, Institute of Information Science Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • Ignacio Llamazares, (2002), Diplom Thesis, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Human Factors Engineering (16.453) Graduate Project Advisor

  • Aubrey Samost, David Perlman & August G. Domel (2015), Comparing the Relative Impact of Smartwatch and Smartphone Use While Driving on Workload, Attention, and Driving Performance.
  • Sam Schreiner, Niek Beckers & Pierre Bertrand (2014), A Comparison of the Demands of Destination Entry using Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
  • Anders Häggman, Celena Dopart & Cameron Thornberry (2013), A Driving Simulation Study Examining Destination Entry with iPhone iOS 5 Google Maps and a Garmin Portable GPS System.

Undergraduate Experimental Projects (16.621 / 16.622) Advisor

  • Martin Lopez & Riley Ledezma (2015), TBD
  • Daniel Biegler & Patrick Moran (2008), Just Breathe: Developing Methods of Mitigating Over-Arousal.
  • Rodrigo Sanchez & Reinier Villanueva (2008), The Mitigation of Stress in Driving Simulation through Aromatherapy.
  • Camilo Huerta & Eric Mibuari (2006), Differentiating the Stress Effects of Auditory Cognitive Tasks on Drivers.
  • Jonathon Long & Mike Francis (2005), Font Size and Age Effects in Telematic Systems: Evaluating Driving Ability and Perceived Preference.
  • Lowery Duvall & Arthur Mak (2005), Measuring Age-dependent Response to Collision Avoidance Systems in the Automobile.
  • Jaclyn Cichon & Dan Griffith (2005), Age-related Utilization of Flexibility Range to Perform Basic Driving Maneuvers.
  • Danielle Adams & Avonne Bell (2004), Measuring the Effect of Cognitive Load on Drivers Using Their Physiological Response.
  • Kathleen McCoy & Darlene Utter (2003), Long-range Visibility Effects on Driver Braking Response Distance.

Student Awards

  • Mauricio Muñoz (2015) Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award 1st Place, 8th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design.
  • Alina Sinelnikova (2015) Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award 2nd Place, 8th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design.
  • Mauricio Muñoz (2015) Volpe award for the best transportation presentation, New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Annual Student Conference.
  • Sam Schreiner, Niek Beckers & Pierre Bertrand (2014) Volpe award for the best transportation presentation, New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Annual Student Conference.
  • Anders Häggman, Celena Dopart & Cameron Thornberry (2013) Volpe award for the best transportation presentation, New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Annual Student Conference.
  • Martin Lavallière, 2010 Charles H. Miller award for the best technical paper, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, Niagara Falls Canada.
  • Ying Wang (2009) Annual student conference best presentation award, New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Annual Student Conference.
  • Jonathon Long & Mike Francis, 2006 Thomas B. Sheridan Prize for creativity in the improvement of human-machine integration or cooperation, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Jaclyn Cichon & Dan Griffith, 2005 Thomas B. Sheridan Prize for creativity in the improvement of human-machine integration or cooperation, MIT Department Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Kathleen McCoy & Darlene Utter, 1st prize annual student paper contest (2004), American Society for Engineering Education, New England Section.

Becoming Involved

I am always looking for new UROPs and visiting students. If you are interested in working with me, send a copy of your CV and a note about your area of research interest.

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