UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Title: Human-Computer Interaction/Cognitive Systems Engineering (ME, MS, PhD)
Granted last 3 years: ME 1, MS 10, PhD 2
Distance learning available: sometimes
HFES student chapter: yes, http://www.sys.virginia.edu/hfes
Program: The research program focuses on human-computer interaction and cognitive systems engineering, in both cognitive and biophysical domains. Visualization of genome/protein sequences; patient safety research; computer-based training; supervisory control and decision support systems design; eye gaze development and analysis; cognitive modeling of individual and team performance; usability testing, modeling the neural and physiological bases of touch, designing and evaluating medical simulators. Research is conducted in the medical, military command and control, process control, weather, and aviation domain areas. Accredited by: ABET.
Contact: Stephanie Guerlain, 434/924-4438; Ellen J. Bass, 434/243-5531; Gregory J. Gerling, 434/924-0533; University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400747, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4747; firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.sys.virginia.edu/hci.
Catalog: (free) University Bookstore, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904; information available at departmental Web site, http://www.sys.virginia.edu/.
Deadlines: rolling admissions
Other: An undergraduate degree in systems engineering, industrial engineering, cognitive psychology, computer science, or other relevant field is recommended. Math through mutlivariate calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, probability, statistics, and computer programming are highly recommended.
Work experience: medium
Students applying last year: 12
Entered program: 6
TUITION AND FEES:
% receiving: 100
Amount: $17,200 (+ tuition exemption and health care for both TAs and RAs)
Available: TA, RA
Apply: with application by 1/15 for full consideration
ME: 32 units, project, 1 year
MS: 32 units, thesis proposal and defense, thesis research, journal article, 2 years
PhD: 26 units beyond master's, comprehensive oral and written exams, dissertation proposal and defense, dissertation research, 3 journal articles, 3 years beyond master's
Required courses: ME 5 required including colloquium and 5 electives; MS 4 required including colloquium and 5 electives
Electives: ME total 30 credits, MS total 24 credits, PhD total of 24 credits beyond MS
Required courses outside department: 0 for ME and MS, 6 credits of graduate math required for PhD
Recommended courses outside department: 3
Offered: night, summer
Distance learning courses: Some courses taught through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program distance learning program on a rolling basis. These courses are for credit and are viewable from video sites throughout Virginia.
Class size: 10-20
Research facilities: Human-computer interaction laboratories (3), video observation and editing equipment, eye-tracking hardware/software system, PHANTOM Omni interactive force-feedback device, BioPac non-invasive equipment to record physiological responses speech recognition software, networked computer lab with extensive software, scanners, printers, phones, e-mail, etc. Research assistantships, graduate student offices, and computer labs are available to graduate students. Active collaborations with research labs at the Navy, NASA, and University Hospital.
Teaching: Teaching assistantships are available.
Current research: Visualization of genome/protein sequences; patient safety research; computer-based training; supervisory control and decision support systems design; eye gaze development and analysis; cognitive modeling of individual and team performance; usability testing, modeling the neural and physiological bases of touch, designing and evaluating medical simulators.
Active: 10 men, 7 women
First-year students: 6
Mean scores: n/a
Ellen Bass, PhD 2002, Georgia Tech; aviation human factors, cognitive systems engineering, dynamic decision making, human-automation interaction, intelligent decision support systems, intelligent learning environments.
Stephanie Guerlain, PhD 1996, Ohio State U; cognitive systems engineering, human-automation interaction, HCI, computer-based training, data visualization, decision support.
Gregory J. Gerling, PhD 2005, U of Iowa; HCI, haptics, computational neuroscience, brain-machine interaction, medical simulation, biomechanics, control theory, rehabilitation.
Mike Gorman, PhD 1981, U of New Hampshire; scientific and technological thinking, invention and design, interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dennis R. Proffitt (Dept. of Psychology), PhD 1976, Penn State U; HCI & InfoCockpits, presence & virtual reality, brain imaging (fMRI), perceiving spatial layout, context-dependent memory, intuitive physics.
[Updated Winter 2007]