Laboratory director

Ziho Kang

  • Assistant Professor
  • Download Dr. Kang's Curriculum Vitae
  • Dr. Kang's background is in human factors, human-integrated systems engineering, and human computer interaction. His specialty is in developing algorithms to characterize eye tracking data to investigate human decision making processes and develop human performance measures. His overarching goal is to develop theories of human behavior, inform the design of complex systems, and develop decision support tools for alerting and training (education) systems. He previously worked at Samsung and has performed research for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). Dr. Kang is currently corroborating with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). Within the University, he has been conducting research with Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Petroleum and Geological Engineering, and Journalism & Mass Commmunication. Dr. Kang received the "Andrew P. Sage" Best IEEE Transaction Paper Award in 2016. He also won the Best Presentation Award at the 2017 IEEE BioSmart Conference.
  • Email: zihokang@ou.edu

Current students (listed in chronological order)

     Ph.D. students

Saptarshi Mandal

  • Ph.D. candidate
  • Research Assitant
  • Saptarshi received his B.Tech in Industrial Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India in 2011. After graduation, he worked in PwC India as a consultant for a year and a half. He joined the HFS lab in 2015. His work at the HFS Lab involves analyzing eye tracking data applicable to air traffic control using different mathematical tools such as the Graph Theory and the Markov process. He received his M.S. degree (received Best ISE M.S. Thesis Award) in Dec. 2016 and started his Ph.D. in Jan 2017.
  • Saptarshi won the Best Student Paper Award in Aerospace TG at the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference.
  • Email: Saptarshi.Mandal-1@ou.edu

Salem. M. Naeeri

  • Ph. D. candidate
  • Fellowship
  • Naeeri's M.S. thesis topic is on characterizing human errors during aircraft maintenance.
  • Naeeri joined the HFS lab in 2016. His Ph.D. topic is on analzing the effects of fatigue on pilot's flight performance.
  • Email: Salem.M.Naeeri-1@ou.edu

Hunter Klevgard

  • Ph. D. student
  • Hunter received his B.A. in Psychology from University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. He continued to a M.A. in Psychology program, focusing on experimental psychology and human factors, before graduating in December 2018. During his time in the psychology program, he also worked full-time for a year in the human factors research department of CAMI. He joined the HFS lab in 2019, and his work at the HFS Lab involves analyzing eye tracking data.
  • Email: hunter.klevgard@ou.edu

Austin Graham

  • Ph. D. student in Computer Science (Advisor: Dr. Christian Grant)
  • Austin is a Ph.D. student under Dr. Christan Grant in the Department of Computer Science. His interests involve human computer interaction, particularly focusing in machine learning and the effects human expertise can have on the design of data pipelines. Previous work has also included large scale recommender systems and alternative uses for Generative Adversarial Networks. He received a BS in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma and is concurrently finishing an MS in Computer Science. Austin has been a RA in the HFS lab to assist on data analytics through machine learning.
  • Email: austin.graham@ou.edu

     M.S. students


Ricardo Palma Fraga

  • M.S. student (thesis option)
  • He has been conducting research in analyzing visual scanning patterns and verbal protocols for the FAA.
  • Ricardo won the Best Poster Presentation Award at the FAA SOAR meeting, Philadelphia, PA. in 2018.
  • Email: rpalmafr@ou.edu

Melissa Rosa Plata

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student (thesis option)
  • Meliisa received B.S from UPRM (Abet Acredited). She previously worked for two pharmaceutical companies: Fresenius Kabi & Eli Lilly and Company. Proficient in editing and creating Standard Operating Procedures, in GDP and GMP, ISO regulations and OSHA standards. She joined HFS Lab in May2018. Melissa received the Directors Graduate Scholarship award for 2018-2019. She is bi-lingual in English & Spanish.
  • Email: mrp@ou.edu

Uchenna Kelvin Egwu

  • M.S. student (thesis option)
  • Kelvin joined the HFS lab in Jan. 2018.
  • Kelvin's M.S. thesis is in investigating human errors related to driving accidents using big data.
  • Email: kelvin.egwu@ou.edu

     Undergraduate students

Jamie Jezier

  • Research Assistant (Fall 2018)
  • Undergraduate student
  • Jamie has been assisting the research and document preparation of the FAA COE project.
  • Email: jjezier@ou.edu

Past Ph.D. or M.S. students who conducted research at the HFS labortory

Abdulrahman M. Khamaj

  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Fellowship
  • Abdulrahman received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia in 2011. He also received his M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Oklahoma in May 2015. His previous research was dedicated to measuring the distraction that in-vehicle infotainment systems cause to motorcycle riders. He joined the HFS lab in 2016. His performs usability research of mobile weather applications. Abdurahman is currently an Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at Jarzan University, Saudi Arabia.

Elizabeth M. Argyle

  • Co-adviser: Dr. Randa Shehab
  • Ph.D. in Industial and Systems Engineering
  • Elizabeth obtained her Ph.D. in May 2016. Elizabeth has a background in human factors, and her research interests include human-computer interaction, situation awareness in sociotechnical systems, and decision making under uncertainty. She was fully supported by NOAA. She has been using eye tracking to assess the relationship between decision support automation and situation awareness in the weather forecasting domain. As of 2017, she is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Aerospace Technology at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Sarah McClung

  • M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Sarah received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in December 2013, and became a student at the University of Oklahoma in Fall 2015. Her work at the Lab involved characterization and analysis of eye tracking data applicable to air traffic control. She received her M.S. egree in ECE and is currently running a private consulting business. She is still affliated to the HFS lab assisting research when available.

Lucas Cezard

  • M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Part of the collaborative degree between OU and the ISIMA, a French engineering school in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • Cezard has a background in scientific computing and modeling. His interests include both modeling and data analysis. He received his M.S. degree in Dec. 2017. His thesis topic was investigating methods to increase the usability of haptic devices.

Lucas Mosoni

  • M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mosoni takes part in the collaborative degree between OU and the ISIMA, a French engineering school in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • He received an equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from ISIMA
  • Mosoni joined the CEDM lab within the scope of a Master's thesis at the end of Fall 2016 and his work will involve the analysis of eye tracking data recorded during the use of an online healthcare application. His research will include more specifically the study of patterns in the visual scan paths in order to determine different types of reading behaviors and to assess the comprehension of the information provided by the online healthcare application. He received his M.S. degree in Dec. 2017.

Amin G. Alhashim

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Alhashim received his B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia in 2005 and 2009 respectively.
  • He participated in teaching several introductory Computer Science courses while at KFUPM until joining the Computer Science program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) in 2013.

Jiwon Jeon

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student in Data Science & Analytics
  • Jeon received her B.S. from Seoul National University, and received her M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. Her previous research involved analysis on tubular tracking to collect the operational limit data and to secure productivity and safety. She joined the Data Science and Analytics (DSA) program in Fall 2016. Her interest is in human factors and data analytics. She has been conducting research in deepwater horizon operations (i.e. offshore oil drilling) to analyze accidents and human risk. She is currently working as a counsultant in data analytics in Dallas, TX.

Lauren N. Yeagle

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student in ISE
  • Email: lauren.yeagle@ou.edu
  • Lauren joined the HFS lab in Jan. 2017.
  • She has been conducting research in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to increase the performance of FAA Academy candidates.
  • Lauren won the "Outstanding Senior Award" and the “George T Gibson Industrial Engineering Scholarship.”

Mattlyn R. Dragoo

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student in ISE
  • Email: Mattlyn.R.Dragoo-1@ou.edu
  • Mattie joined the HFS lab in Feb. 2017.
  • She has been conducting research in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to increase the performance of FAA Academy candidates.
  • Mattie won the "Lindsey F Harkness Endowed Scholarship."

Elizabeth N. Blanche

  • Fellowship
  • M.S. student in ISE
  • Email: elizabeth.blanche@ou.edu
  • Mattie joined the HFS lab in Jan. 2018.
  • Elizabeth is a B-1 Flight Systems Engineer AFLCMC/WWDNB located at Tinker Air Force Base. She is supported from her work to obtain a M.S. degree. Her M.S. thesis was in designing cockpit interfaces to reduce human error.

Rashmi Reddy Annadi

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student
  • Rashmi Joined the lab from May 2018 until December 2018. She received the Directors Graduate Scholarship award for 2018-2019.


Morgan Corn

  • Research Assistant
  • Editor/Research Assistant
  • Undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in English Literature and a B.B.A. in Supply Chain Management
  • Morgan joined the HFS lab in 2016 and assists in conducting research experiments and editing research documents. She is currently working at a supply chain management consulting company.