Undergraduate Research – Human Systems Engineering Faculty

Participating ISE Human Systems Engineering faculty that currently accept undergraduate students in their research programs include:

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Wayne Giang, Ph.D.

  1. What are your research interests?
    • Dr. Giang’s research focuses on understanding how everyday and professional users interact with new technologies in domains such as healthcare and driving, and building training tools, interfaces, and decision-aids to improve human performance. Application areas include improving use and adoption of automated vehicles and building healthcare decision-aids to empower end-users and clinicians. You will have the opportunity to learn cognitive engineering and human factors methods, experimental design and statistical analysis, and make use of cutting edge equipment including full-motion driving simulators, eye-tracking and physiological data collection systems, and user experience and ethnographic methods.
  2. What years do you accept?
    •  Any years because there are a variety of different types of tasks, but senior undergrads will be preferred.
  3. How many semesters do you expect?
    • 2 semesters
  4. When and how should I reach out to you?
    • Please reach out to me prior to the start of the term you are looking to do research.
    • By email: wayne.giang@ise.ufl.edu
  5. What kind of background experience are you looking for?
    • Human factors, [probability and statics (particularly around experiment design) will be an asset. But we will provide training on human subjects data collection and data cleaning.
  6. What is the work environment like?
    • Students will be able to work with graduate students to assist with data collection. They will also be able to work with cutting edge human factors data collection methods in the Human Systems Engineering Lab.
  7. What will my schedule look like?
    • There will be weekly meetings with a supervising graduate student and monthly lab meetings. Students will be expected to complete the work required within the timelines identified by the research team.
  8. What materials would you review in order to make a decision?
    • We will look at your CV
    • We will look at your transcripts
    • Interview with the research team

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Boyi Hu, Ph.D.

  1. What are your research interests?
    • My general research interests include occupational safety, ergonomics, human-robot interaction, human movement analysis and human activity recognition. My primary focus is in identifying pathways that influence and improve human health. Our innovative research approach utilizes a systems framework that is driven by design of tools and organizations (programs and practices) with the goal of improving human well-being and system performance. The primary outcome of much of my research is the prevention of injuries and promote healthcare. My research study designs are both observational and experimental, based in both the laboratory and the real environment. My previous research projects have involved interaction with aging population as well as healthy workforce.
  2. What years do you accept?
    • Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior
  3. How many semesters do you expect?
    • At least 2 semesters
  4. When and how should I reach out to you?
  5. What kind of background experience are you looking for?
    • Python, matlab or C++ programming background.
  6. What is the work environment like?
    • We need real team player and fast learner. You will be working closely with PhD students on hands on projects.
  7. What will my schedule look like?
    • At least 1 credit per semester. At least 6 hours per week.
  8. What materials would you review in order to make a decision?
    • We will look at your CV
    • Zoom interview

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Sanaz Motamedi, Ph.D.

  1. What are your research interests?
    • Human Machine Interaction, Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Automated Driving System, User Experience
  2. What years do you accept?
    • Start your second year
  3. How many semesters do you expect?
    •  A minimum of 1 semester
  4. When and how should I reach out to you?
  5. What kind of background experience are you looking for?
    • Stat, Excel, R
  6. What is the work environment like?
    • Teamwork and Active Learning
  7. What will my schedule look like?
    • Looking for min 3-4 hours per week to focus on work
  8. What materials would you review in order to make a decision?
    • The level of hard work, Passion, and innovation

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Nicholas Napoli, Ph.D.

  1. What are your research interests?
    • Human Physiology, Signal Processing, Machine Learning
  2. What years do you accept?
    • Responsible students
  3. How many semesters do you expect?
    •  A minimum of 2 semesters
  4. When and how should I reach out to you?
  5. What kind of background experience are you looking for?
    • Background of grit and excitement
  6. What is the work environment like?
    • Chill
  7. What will my schedule look like?
    • Looking for 8-15 hours per week to focus on work
  8. What materials would you review in order to make a decision?
    • MatLab or Python, which you can learn as you go