Nadine Sarter

Richard W. Pew Collegiate Professor 

Ph.D., Industrial and System Engineering, Ohio State University



Graduate Students

Yidu Lu

Ph.D. Candidate (expected 2020)

Yidu Lu is a fourth-year Ph.D. in ThinC lab. Over the past two years, she has worked on the system complexity project funded by Federal Aviation Administration. In this project, she focused on pilots’ interactions with complex flight deck technologies through reviewing regulatory materials, sending out surveys, organizing focus groups and conducting accident analysis. The goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of, and ultimately help minimize the detrimental effects of complexity. She is also working on the dissertation topic related to human-automation trust and eye tracking. Her goal for this research is to develop a process-oriented method to infer trust by using eye tracking and apply this technique to better study trust calibration process.

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Kevin Lieberman

Ph.D. Candidate (expected 2020)

My research focuses on trust and transparency in high tempo, high risk, human-robot systems.  I am interested in how interfaces may be designed to support trust calibration and the development of a shared mental models in human-robot teams.  My first study examined the efficacy of visual and auditory representations of system confidence for supporting trust calibration and performance in the context of a UAV-supported target detection task.  It was found that while targets identified with high confidence led to faster response times, visual representations of confidence in the experiment led to slower response times as compared to auditory representations.  Future work will research how a system may represent internal process to facilitate transparency, support trust calibration, and improve human-machine performance.
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Karanvir Panesar

Ph.D. Pre-Candidate (expected 2023)

Karanvir has a background in Computer Engineering and prior to joining the lab, he worked as a software developer and user interface designer at a startup company where he designed and developed software for facilitating human teaming with autonomous systems. Karanvir’s research interests lie in understanding the evolution of trust over time between humans and machines as well as the design and development of multi-modal user interfaces to enhance human performance. His current project in the lab concerns an analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing urban air mobility (UAM) and discovering pathways to safely integrate UAM into the national airspace.















Student Researchers

Grace Miller, B.S., Cognitive Science (expected Winter 2021)


Simulation Developers

Derek Witcpalek, B.S.E., Computer Science (expected Winter 2020)

Tejas Harith, B.S.E., Computer Engineering (expected Fall 2020)

William Hampton, M.S.E., Robotics (expected Winter 2020)


Former Lab Members