Our research can be applied to various complex domains–e.g. healthcare, aviation, military operations, and automotive industry–which are becoming increasingly complex with the advent and adoption of new technologies. It is critical to consider cognitive ergonomics and systems engineering to support the design of interfaces that can present the "right information to the user at the right time." We currently have an ongoing research on the following topics:
One of the main focuses of this lab is how to address visual data overload in various data-rich environments. One promising means of addressing this challenge is the introduction of multimodal interfaces, i.e. interfaces that distribute information across different sensory channels which include vision, audition, and touch (with a focus on the latter). The broad research goals are to identify what types of information is best presented with each sensory channel and under what contexts.
The operator demands and subsequently the information needed by the operators is always changing in complex environments. The goal here is to develop interfaces that adjust the nature of information presentation in response to various sensed parameters and conditions. For instance, taking into account user preference, task demands, and environmental conditions.
The design of displays will be compromised if their design does not take into account the limits of human perception and cognition. For example, one phenomena of interest is change blindness, i.e. the surprising difficulty people have in detecting even large changes in a visual scene or display when the change occurs with another visual event.