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. Student in Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • 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

Abdulrahman M. Khamaj

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • 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.
  • Email: khamaj@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

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. In the spring of 2017, he joined the HFS Lab.
  • Alhashim's research interest lies in the area of human computer interaction and the applications of machine learning.
  • alhashim.ou@gmail.com

     M.S. students

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.
  • Email: jiwon.jeon@ou.edu

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. topic will be in human-computer/human-machine interaction.

Uchenna Kelvin Egwu

  • Research Assistant
  • M.S. student in ISE
  • Email: kelvin.egwu@ou.edu
  • Kelvin joined the HFS lab in Jan. 2018.
  • He has been conducting research in analyzing visual scanning patterns and verbal protocols for the FAA.

     Undergraduate students


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.


Ricardo Palma Fraga

  • Research Assistant
  • He has been conducting research in analyzing visual scanning patterns and verbal protocols for the FAA.
  • We expect him to join as a M.S. student in Fall 2018.

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

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.