Research

TRG consists of three research groups: Surface Transportation, Aviation, and Neurolinguistics.

Surface Transportation

Jesse Hoang using the driving simulator

The driving team studies the relationship between cognitive factors (e.g., perception, memory, and attention) and performance in the driving domain. We employ a driving simulator to emulate behaviors that occur in real-life driving.

Previous studies include texting versus calling, aggression and driving, the effects of GPS interface on driving, working memory and driving, and the effects of the type of distraction (e.g., physical versus cognitive) on driving.

 

Aviation

The aviation lab conducts research related to the design and operation of aircraft, from commercial airplanes to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  Our goal is to optimize pilot/operator performance, taking into consideration human physical capabilities, cognition, and physiology.  By furthering our understanding of human performance in complex aviation systems we hope to increase the efficiency and safety in air travel for aircraft pilots/operators and passengers. In the past, the lab has completed projects related to pilot multi-tasking and trust in automation, using versions of cockpit-simulator software. Our current research includes the study of pilot distraction and workload, as well as UAS operator training and selection.

Our co-lead Gabi Fiorino teaching our new RA, ___

Neurolinguistics

The Neurolinguistics Lab uses electroencephalogram (EEG) to record physiological and behavioral effects of our language tests on participants. Specifically, we study vocabulary size, neural responses, and brain lateralization in relation to language processing among monolinguals and bilinguals. We are also looking for a correlation with handedness of the participant and their scores on the tests.  We utilize a very colorful electroencephalogram (EEG) cap to measure these results. Come in and let us examine your brain!

 

To view our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site, click here.