I am currently a graduate student at the Department of Psychology, University of Illinois. I am particularly interested in Human Factors , Engineering Psychology, and Vision Science in general. I am studying and practicing to understand human ability, to make products more user-friendly, and to mitigate human errors. I am currently doing research in the following areas:
Driving Safety People usually drive under distraction, either from state of the drivers (for example, mindwandering, passenger conversation, drunk, or drowsy), or from modern information technology (for example, cell phone conversation, GPS etc.). I am currently investigating how mindwandering influences driving performance, and ways to mitigate the possible decrement caused by mindwandering. I also try to determine the personality disposition to engage in risky driving behaviours, such as, talking on the phone behind the wheel.
Eye Movements I use eye-tracking technology in both basic and applied research. Eye movement provides a window to the engagement/disengagement of attention and perceptions. It is also valuable to evaluate product usability. I used Eyelink and Smart Eye eye-trackers in my research. I am also interested in using computer vision technique to convert eye-tracker, especially webcam, as a human-interaction interface.
Visual Search Research in visual search is pivotal to understand the mechanism of attention and perceptions. I am interested in phenomenon, such as , inattentional blindness, change detection, and attention capture. The theories in basic research in visual search can also shed light on my interest in driving safety.