NCSU Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) Area
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 - Area Mission

  • Develop new knowledge in ergonomics and human performance.
  • Develop effective cognitive and physical work technologies.
  • Improve quality of life.

 - Overview

   This website was recently revised to provide up-to-date information on the mission of the HFE Area, specific research directions and coursework supported by Area faculty. The "Area Tour" page presents images and descriptions of the various equipment resources as part of our facilities. You will also find pictures of our current facilities in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at NC State. The "People" page identifies all the faculty, students and alumni responsible for the research generated by the Area. If you have questions regarding specific projects or publications, contact information is provided for most persons. The "Research" page provides information on all current externally and internally supported projects as well as completed funded projects. Links are provided for publications resulting from the projects. The "Publications" page presents a comprehensive listing of journal articles and refereed conference proceedings papers published by the Area since the early 1990s. PDF files of many of these papers are available through the site. The "Courses" page lists all the coursework that is currently offered by faculty working through the HFE Area. The major types of coursework include biomechanics, human factors and safety. The page also provides information on prerequisites and course content. The "Links" page provides URLs for other related NC State websites and external sites. These are organized into labs and technical organizations. Finally, the site provides contact and location information for the Area. We hope that you enjoy visiting our Area website and that you find the information useful. Please contact David Kaber ( or CS Nam (, co-directors of the HFE Area, if you have any questions or comments.

 - Research Directions



- News

 - Recent Student Publications

  • Gil, G-H., Kaber, D. B., Kaufmann, K. & Kim, S-H (2012). Effects of modes of cockpit automation on pilot performance and workload in a next generation flight concept of operation. Human Factors & Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Systems, 22(5), 395-406
  • Kim, S-H., Prinzel, L., Kaber, D. B., Alexander-Horrey, A. L., Stelzer, E. M., Kaufmann, K. & Veil, T. (2011). Multidimensional measure of display clutter and pilot performance for advanced head-up display configurations. Aviation, Space & Environment Medicine, 82(10), DOI: 10.3357/ASEM.3017.2011
  • Kaber, D. B., & Kim, S-H. (2011). Understanding cognitive strategy with adaptive automation in dual-task performance using computational cognitive models.. Journal of Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making, 5(3), 309-331.,
  • Kaber, D. B., Green, R. S., Kim, S-H. & Segall, N. (2011). Assessing usability of human-machine interfaces for life science automation through computational cognitive models. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 27 (6), 481-504
  • Gangakhedkar, S., Kaber, D. B., Mosaly, P. & Diering, M. (2011). Effects of scaffolding equipment interventions on muscle activation and task performance. In Proc. of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (CD-ROM), Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Rogers, M., Zhang, Y., Kaber, D. B., Liang, Y., Gangakhedkar, S (2011). The Effects of Visual and Cognitive Distraction on Driver Situation Awareness. In D. Harris (Ed.): Engin. Psychol. and Cog. Ergonomics, HCII 2011 (pp. 186195), Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag
  • Rogers, M., Gangakhedkar, S. & Kaber, D. B. (2011). Ergonomic evaluation of emergency veterinary clinic operations. In Proc. of the 2011 Applied Ergonomics Conference (CD-ROM), Orlando, FL: IIE

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