Human and Technology Interaction

Improving humans’ ability to work effectively in complex technical systems.

Hand holding a personal medical device with data on screen

From faculty who specialize in human factors engineering to experts in building a superior autonomous vehicle, our Human Technology Interaction researchers investigate the complicated questions that arise when people interface with technology. When integrating human and machine intelligence, how do we know which one should be in charge when? How do we maximize the contributions of both? Can we imbue a machine with emotional intelligence, so it can use its cameras, sensors and algorithms to understand and act on what a human partner needs? Our researchers are asking these kinds of questions as they address challenges in areas such as haptics, autonomy and controls and control systems, risk and decision analysis, and human-centered computing. 

Human Technology Interaction Faculty

Qing Chang’s current research interests include math-based and data-enabled modeling and analysis of dynamic manufacturing systems, improving manufacturing efficiency and sustainability through adaptive control and machine learning-based methods, and driving innovation in human-robot collaborations…

Afsaneh Doryab

Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Afsaneh Doryab's research is at the intersection of ubiquitous computing, AI, HCI, and health. She works on computational modeling of human behavior (incl. Activity Recognition) from data streams collected via mobile, wearable, and embedded sensors. 

Gregory J. Gerling is a Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia, and principal investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, DARPA. His groups research the fields of haptics, computational neuroscience, human factors and ergonomics, biomechanics, and human–machine interaction.

Tariq Iqbal

Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering, Computer Science
My research focuses on building robotic systems that can fluently coordinate and collaborate with people in complex human environments - for example, in a factory setting in close proximity with people. In order to successfully act within a group, a robot must be able to perceive and predict the…
Leidy Klotz is filling in underexplored overlaps between engineering and behavioral science, in pursuit of more sustainable systems. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in venues that include top academic journals in built environment engineering, engineering education, and design, as…

James H. Lambert

Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor Director, Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems Director, UVA Site of the NSF Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security & Trust Professor of Systems & Information Engineering Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Professor Lambert is the Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor, and a Professor in the Department of Systems & Information Engineering and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is the Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems and a Site…

Sara Lu Riggs

Associate Professor
My research focuses on task sharing, attention management, and interruption management in complex environments that have included aviation, healthcare, military operations, and manufacturing. These work environments impose considerable and continually increasing attentional demands on operators by…