Training Research and Applied Cognitive Engineering

PNG Image



The Training Research and Applied Cognitive Engineering laboratory focuses on utilizing cutting edge technology and science for applied training and assessment across military, medical, and civilian domains. Many of our systems use augmented reality (AR) technology to create effective training protocols. Our mission is to continue to advance the field of human factors through continued applied work in real world operational environments. We work with local and national organizations to help them solve their training, teamwork, and assessment needs through the application of experimental psychology and human factors.


Current Projects

TRACE Lab is involved in a multitude of human factors projects. Current funded projects include a set of research lines examining the effects of Augmented Reality (AR) for training in medical, military, and consumer systems; research examining information exchange via handoffs between pediatric hospitalists; and research examining the human factors needs in pre-hospital emergency care.

TRACE Laboratory is proud of its sponsors and academic/industry partners:

Current Sponsors

Sponsor Name: Optek/Fretlight Music Systems, Inc. – Project Name: Examining the effects of an augmented reality guitar learning system

Sponsor Name: Blue Cross Blue Shield – Project Name: Determining Optimal Handoff Protocols for the Transition of Patient Care

Partner Name: Army Research Laboratory Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate - Project Name: Examining the efficacy of augmented reality for Combat Identification Training

Recent Awards:

Wichita State University Undergraduate Student Research Grant
Title: Investigating the Efficacy of Augmented Reality Training for Combat Identification Tasks, $1,000
Role: Faculty Advisor

Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
Project Title: Determining Optimal Handoff Protocols for the Transition of Patient Care, $50,000
Role: Co-Investigator



1.      Keebler, J.R., Dietz, A.S., Lazzara, E.H., Benishek, L., Toor, P., Almeida, S., King, H., & Salas, E. (Under review). Validation of a team perceptions measure to increase patient safety. British Medical Journal of Quality and Safety.

2.      Keebler, J.R., Jentsch, F., Sciarini, L.W., & Fincannon, T. (2013). Using physical 3D objects as training media for military vehicle identification. Journal of Ergonomics.

3.      Fincannon, T., Keebler, J.R., & Jentsch, F. (2013). Examining external validity issues in research with human operation of unmanned vehicles. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science.

4.      Fincannon, T., Keebler, J.R., Jentsch, F., Curtis, M. (2013). The influence of camouflage, obstruction, familiarity, and spatial ability on target identification from an unmanned ground vehicle. Ergonomics. Doi: 10.1080/00140139.2013.771218

5.      Keebler, J.R., Taylor, G., Phillips, E., Ososky, S., Sciarini, L.W. (2012). Neuroethics: Considerations for a future embedded with neurotechnology. In M. Fafrowicz, T. Marek, W. Karwowski, & D. Schmorrow (Eds.). Neuroadaptive systems: Theory and Application. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

6.      Palmer, E.P., Keebler, J.R., Fouquet, S.D., Lazzara, E.H., Simmons, J.K., & Chan, R. (2013, March). Effects of interruption type and interruption attitudes on doctors’ and nurses’ feelings of being “overwhelmed”. Proceedings of the 3rd annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Healthcare Symposium. Baltimore, MD.

7.      Patzer, B., Lazzara, E.H., Keebler, J.R., & Salas, E. (2013, January). Perhaps it's time to consider a fresh start with anatomy: Simulated training using augmented reality technology. Paper presented at the 13th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Orlando, FL.

8.      Heyne, K., Keebler, J.R., Shuffler, M., Stowers, K., Ogelsby, J., Afek, A., & Salas, E. (2013). Reflective approaches to team training in a simulated command and control environment. Academy of Management, Orlando, FL.

9.      Smith, D. C., Chinn, M. E., & Keebler, J. R. (2013, February), Combat identification using an augmented reality learning system. Poster presented at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Topeka, Kansas.

10.   Chan, Y. R., Keebler, J. R., Fouquet, S. D., Simmons, J. K., & Palmer, E. M. (2013). Balancing task interruptions: Too many or too few lead to lower job satisfaction among health care workers. Poster accepted for presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.; May.


Dr. Joseph R. Keebler
428 Jabara Hall

Graduate Students

Dustin Smith
447 Jabara Hall

Brady Patzer
447 Jabara Hall

PNG ImagePNG Image

TRACE Lab, 2012
From left to right: Training Simulation; Participant interacting with an Augmented Reality vehicle