Welcome to The Human-automation Interaction and Cognition Lab (THInC) home page. Our research is conducted primarily in the context of highly complex event-driven domains, such as aviation, the military, space operations, medicine, and the automotive industry. Our main research interests include:

  • Design and evaluation of multimodal interfaces (including sight, sound, and touch) in support of human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaborative work
  • Support for attention and interruption management through adaptive notifications and preattentive reference
  • Design of decision aids that support trust calibration and adaptive function allocation
  • Human error and error/disturbance management


Lab News

  • 11/14/17 Congratulations to Yuzhi Wan for winning the 1st Prize in the IOF-1 session of the Michigan 2017 Engineering Graduate Symposium! (read)
  • 11/9/17 Congratulations to Yidu Lu who just passed her preliminary exam!
  • 10/11/17 Yuzhi Wan presented his work at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in Austin, TX.
  • 10/10/17 Dr. Sarter served on a discussion panel at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in Austin, TX.
  • 7/19/17 Congratulations to Dr. Sarter who has been elected to Fellow status in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)!
  • 6/13/17 Dr. Sarter gave a plenary talk on “Human-automation interaction : Lessons learned across domains” at the 10th International Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control & Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC & HMIT) in San Francisco, CA.
  • 5/9/17 Yuzhi Wan presented his research at the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology in Dayton, OH. 
  • 4/28/17 Dr. Sarter gave a seminar on “Attention management in complex data-rich domains” at the University of Wisconsin (Industrial and Systems Engineering Department) in Madison, WI.
  • 4/25/17 Dr. Sarter gave an invited presentation on “Human factors in complex system failures: The example of Asiana Airlines flight 214” at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • 2/22/17 Dr. Sarter gave an invited presentation on “Trust and attention management in UAS control” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, OH.
  • 1/23/17 Dr. Sarter gave an invited presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Aviation Safety Assurance titled “Cognitive Engineering Aspects of Aviation Safety Assurance” in Washington, DC.
  • 12/15/16 Congratulations to Kevin Lieberman who just passed his qualifying exam!
  • 11/17/16 Congratulations to Yuzhi Wan who just passed his preliminary exam!
  • 9/23/16 Dr. Sarter, Dr. Pitts and Yuzhi Wan presented their work at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in Washington D.C.
  • 9/18/16 Congratulations to Yuzhi Wan for winning the Student Author Presentation Support Award (SAPSA) from the HFES Council of Technical Groups!
  • 9/15/16 Congratulations to Dr. Pitts for winning first place in the ATLAS Meeting Challenges of Safe Transportation in An Aging Society Symposium poster competition hosted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).
  • 8/24/16 Congratulations to Kevin Lieberman for wining the Lawrence C. Fortier Scholarship from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)!
  • 8/11/16 Congratulations to Dr. Julie Prinet who submitted her dissertation and passed her defense!
  • 6/21/16 Dr. Sarter served on the National Academies (Board on Human-Systems Integration) Expert Panel on FAA Staffing Issues.
  • 5/16/16 Congratulations to Yidu Lu who just passed her qualifying exam!
  • 5/11/16 Congratulations to Dr. Brandon Pitts who submitted his dissertation and passed his defense!
  • 5/2/16 Congratulations to Kevin Lieberman for winning the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship!
  • 3/1/16 Brandon Pitts, Julie Prinet and Yuzhi Wan will be presenting at the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference in Washington D.C.

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