Dave Kaber

Distinguished Professor

Director of Research, The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina
Director, Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Program

David Kaber joined the department in 2000. He teaches and conducts research in ergonomics with special focus on the following areas: cognitive engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors in systems design and engineering, human performance modeling, occupational ergonomics, occupational safety engineering, and system safety engineering.

Current Appointments

Visiting Professor (2011 – present) Khon Kaen University, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Associate Faculty (2010 – present) NCSU, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Associate Faculty (2010 – present) NCSU, Department of Psychology, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Visiting Professor (2004-Present) University of Rostock (URO), College of Informatics and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Automation, Rostock, Germany.


Ph.D. 1996

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

Texas Tech University

MSIE 1993

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

University of Central Florida

BS 1991

Bachelor Science

University of Central Florida

Research Description

Adaptive automation design, human-automation interaction in life sciences, human-robot interaction in healthcare, aviation human factors and cockpit display design, virtual reality simulation for motor skill training, measuring and modeling driver distraction and situation awareness, and ergonomics-related risk factor identification and measurement in physical work tasks.


The effects of interruption similarity and complexity on performance in a simulated visual-manual assembly operation
Pankok, C., Zahabi, M., Zhang, W. J., Choi, I., Liao, Y. F., Nam, C. S., & Kaber, D. (2017), Applied Ergonomics, 59, 94-103.
Muscle loading in exoskeletal orthotic use in an activity of daily living
White, M. M., Morejon, O. N., Liu, S. J., Lau, M. Y., Nam, C. S., & Kaber, D. B. (2017), Applied Ergonomics, 58, 190-197.
Relating musculoskeletal and disability conditions of occupation-induced musculoskeletal disorders to non-occupational congenital disabilities
Swangnetr, M., Karukunchit, U., Juntaracena, K., Puntumetakul, R., Gross, M. T., & Kaber, D. B. (2016), In Advances in physical ergonomics and human factors. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 489) (pp. 65-73).
Electromyography (EMG) as a tool for computerized psychomotor test validation
Zhang, W. J., Swangnetr, M., Bloomfield, P., & Kaber, D. (2016), In Advances in physical ergonomics and human factors. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 489) (pp. 967-978).
The effect of driver cognitive abilities and distractions on situation awareness and performance under hazard conditions
Kaber, D., Jin, S. G., Zahabi, M., & Pankok, C. (2016), Transportation Research Part F-Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 42, 177-194.
An application of statistical modeling for classification of human motor skill level
Ma, W. Q., & Kaber, D. B. (2016), (2016 International Conference on Industrial Engineering, Management Science and Applications (ICIMSA), ).
Biometric validation of a virtual reality-based psychomotor test for motor skill training
Zhang, W. J., Ma, W. Q., Brandao, M., Kaber, D. B., Bloomfield, P., & Swangnetr, M. (2016), Assistive Technology, 28(4), 233-241.
Evaluation of strategies for integrated classification of visual-manual and cognitive distractions in driving
Zhang, Y., & Kaber, D. (2016), Human Factors, 58(6), 944-958.
Effects of guide and logo signs on freeway driving behavior
Pankok, C., Kaber, D., Rasdorf, W., & Hummer, J. (2015), Transportation Research Record, (2518), 73-78.
Usability and safety in electronic medical records interface design: A review of recent literature and guideline formulation
Zahabi, M., Kaber, D. B., & Swangnetr, M. (2015), Human Factors, 57(5), 805-834.

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