Human Automation Interaction Laboratory (HAIL)



The Human Automation Interaction Laboratory (HAIL) does research in eye movement and attention, and the application of psychological theories and paradigms in real-world tasks, for example, human computer interaction and driving. The goal of the lab is to understand human cognitive processes and develop technologies to improve performance, increase user experience, and mitigate human errors.

The lab has an advanced HyperDrive driving simulator, an Eyelink eye-tracker and an ASL mobile eye-tracker.

Current Projects

The current research projects include 1) detection of driver fatigue and distraction using vehicle dynamics, eye movement, and EEG; 2) performance changes and mechanisms of distracted driving, such as cognitive distraction, texting while driving, and mind-wandering; 3) technology development to improve driving safety, for example, smartphone-based collision warning system.

Selected publications

He, J., McCarley, J. S., Kramer, A.F. (2013). Lane keeping under cognitive distraction:  Performance changes and mechanisms. Human Factors.

Ren, Z. Q., Wang, C. &, He. J. (2013). Vehicle detection using Android smartphones. 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design. Bolton Landing, New York.

He, J., McCarley, J. S. (2011). Effects of Cognitive Distraction on Lateral Lane Keeping Performance. Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, CA.

He, J., Becic, E., Lee, Y.-C., McCarley, J. S. (2011). Mind wandering behind the wheel: Performance and oculomotor correlates. Human Factors. 53(1):13-21.

He, J., & McCarley, S.J. (2010). Executive working memory load does not compromise perceptual processing during visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72 (2): 308-316.

Fu, W.-T., Kannampalli, T. G., Kang, R., & He, J. (2010). Semantic imitation in social tagging. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 17, 3.

He, J., Becic, E., Lee, Y.-C., McCarley, J. S. (2009). Identifying mind-wandering behind the wheel. Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Antonio, Texas.

Kang, R., Kannampallil, T. G., He, J., Fu, W.-T. (2009). Conformity out of Diversity: Dynamics of Information Needs and Social Influence of Tags in Exploratory Information Search. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience: Held as Part of HCI International, San Diego, CA.

Li, N., He, J., Li, T. (2009). Gender difference of insecure attachment: universal or culture specific? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(1):36-37.

Li, T., Wang, L., He, J., Qin, H., Guo, X., & Wang, X. (2008). Adult attachment, social support and loneliness of Chinese college students. Chinese Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(12) : 1115-1117.

Wang, S., Jing, F., Yang, J., & He, J. (2007). Long Query Suggestion List: Prioritized or Organized? In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. July 2007, Beijing, China.

Wang. S., Jing, F., He, J., Du, Q , & Zhang, L. (2007). IGroup: presenting web image search results in semantic clusters, In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, April 28-May 03, 2007, San Jose, California, USA.


Dr. Jibo He
Jabara Hall


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Advanced Driving Simulator