Human Automation Interaction Laboratory (HAIL)


The Human Automation Interaction Laboratory (HAIL) does research in eye movement and attention, and the application of psychological theories and paradigms in real-world tasks, e.g. human computer interaction and driving. The goal of the lab is to understand human cognitive processes and develop technologies to improve performance, increase user experience, and mitigate human errors.

The lab has an advanced HyperDrive driving simulator, an Eyelink eye-tracker and an ASL mobile eye-tracker.

Current Projects

The current research projects include 1) detection of driver fatigue and distraction using vehicle dynamics, eye movement, and EEG; 2) performance changes and mechanisms of distracted driving, such as cognitive distraction, texting while driving, and mind-wandering; 3) technology development to improve driving safety, for example, smartphone-based collision warning system.

Driving simulator

The Human Factors Division of the Psychology Department, Wichita State University has several driving simulators, including the OpenDS, the TORCS and the HyperDrive Driving Simulator. The advanced driving simulators can simulate almost any driving scenarios, events and conditions and can be used to collect an extensive array of measurements to evaluate driving performance. A detiled list of driving tasks and measurements can be viewed here (PDF).

Mobile devices

The lab has many devices to evaluate in-vehicle systems, such as Google Glass, Android and iPhone. The researchers in HAIL have programing skills, which are used to develop applications for Google Glass, Android and iPhone to get unique data about interactions with mobile devices while driving and design interfaces for in-vehicle systems. Dr. Jibo He invents and owns several patents on mobile devices and driving safety.


HAIL also have several eye-trackers, such as Tobii, SR Research Eyelink eye-tracker and ASL eye-tracker to track drivers’ eye movements while driving.

Selected publications

He, J., McCarley, J. S., Kramer, A.F. (2013). Lane keeping under cognitive distraction: Performance changes and mechanisms. Human Factors.

Ren, Z. Q., Wang, C. &, He. J. (2013). Vehicle detection using Android smartphones. 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design. Bolton Landing, New York.

He, J., McCarley, J. S. (2011). Effects of Cognitive Distraction on Lateral Lane Keeping Performance. Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, CA.

He, J., Becic, E., Lee, Y.-C., McCarley, J. S. (2011). Mind wandering behind the wheel: Performance and oculomotor correlates. Human Factors. 53(1):13-21.

He, J., & McCarley, S.J. (2010). Executive working memory load does not compromise perceptual processing during visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72 (2): 308-316.

Fu, W.-T., Kannampalli, T. G., Kang, R., & He, J. (2010). Semantic imitation in social tagging. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 17, 3.

He, J., Becic, E., Lee, Y.-C., McCarley, J. S. (2009). Identifying mind-wandering behind the wheel. Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Antonio, Texas.

Kang, R., Kannampallil, T. G., He, J., Fu, W.-T. (2009). Conformity out of Diversity: Dynamics of Information Needs and Social Influence of Tags in Exploratory Information Search. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Foundations of Augmented Cognition. Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience: Held as Part of HCI International, San Diego, CA.

Li, N., He, J., Li, T. (2009). Gender difference of insecure attachment: universal or culture specific? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(1):36-37.

Li, T., Wang, L., He, J., Qin, H., Guo, X., & Wang, X. (2008). Adult attachment, social support and loneliness of Chinese college students. Chinese Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(12) : 1115-1117.

Wang, S., Jing, F., Yang, J., & He, J. (2007). Long Query Suggestion List: Prioritized or Organized? In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. July 2007, Beijing, China.

Wang. S., Jing, F., He, J., Du, Q , & Zhang, L. (2007). IGroup: presenting web image search results in semantic clusters, In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, April 28-May 03, 2007, San Jose, California, USA.


Dr. Jibo He
Jabara Hall

Photo of the Advanced Driving Simulator in action.Photo of the Advanced Driving Simulator in action.

Advanced Driving Simulator