• About Our Research Group

    Welcome to WPI.

    Our main research area is in human-computer interaction, specifically emerging interaction modes and techniques, such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological & wearable computing, neuroergonomics, and reality-based interaction. Our group's current focus is on brain-computer interaction, using machine learning approaches to build adaptive interactive systems. Our work has applications in areas such as driving, aviation, health, privacy, STEM education, gaming, accessibility, complex decision making, as well as human interaction with autonomous systems and vehicles.

     

    We have moved to WPI! Until August 2018, we were part of HCCLabs@Drexel within the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel and also the Drexel School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems.

  • Publications

    2018

    • L. Friedman, R. Liu, A. Kim, E. Walker, E. Solovey (2018). Towards Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments: Using fNIRS to Detect Changes in Attentional State, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Neuroergonomics, Frontiers.
    • R. Moradinezhad, E. Solovey (2018). Assessing human reaction to a virtual agent’s facial feedback in a simple Q&A setting, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Neuroergonomics, Frontiers.
    • A. Girouard, R.J.K. Jacob, O. Shaer, E. Solovey, and M. Poor. (2018). Reflecting on the Impact of HCI FrameworksProc. ACM CHI 2018 Workshop on Rethinking Interaction.

    2017

    2016

    • F. Tucker, E. T. Solovey, C. Geib, F. Lee. Veneer: A Digital Visual Novel Game Exploring Player Empathy. In Proc. Meaningful Play. East Lansing, MI. October, 2016.

    • S. Keating, E. Walker, A. Motupali, E.T. Solovey. Toward Real-time Brain Sensing for Learning Assessment: Building a Rich Dataset. In Proc. ACM CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts. San Jose, CA. May, 2016.

    • E.T. Solovey, R. Liu, R. Moradinezhad. Advanced Interaction Research in Autonomous Vehicles. In Proc. of CHI 2016 Workshop on HCI and Autonomous Vehicles: Contextual Experience Informs Design. San Jose, CA. May, 2016. 
    • Gao, F., Cummings, M.L. & Solovey, E., Designing for Robust and Effective Teamwork in Human-Agent Teams in The Intersection of Robust Intelligence (RI) and Trust in Autonomous Systems, Ed.: W. Lawless, Springer.

    2015

    2014

     

    2013

     

  • News & Events

    2018

    May

    • Leah presents her work at the Week of Undergraduate Excellence:
      • Mind the (Neuroadaptive Learning) Gap - Promoting Responsible Development of Neuroadaptive Learning Technology with Early Stakeholder Input
      • Towards Neuroadaptive Learning Environments - Using Direct Brain Assessment to Detect Changes in Attentional State
    • Two abstracts accepted to the 2018 Neuroergonomics Conference:
      • L. Friedman, R. Liu, A. Kim, E. Walker, E. Solovey (2018). Towards Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments: Using fNIRS to Detect Changes in Attentional State, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Neuroergonomics, Frontiers.
      • R. Moradinezhad, E. Solovey (2018). Assessing human reaction to a virtual agent’s facial feedback in a simple Q&A setting, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Neuroergonomics, Frontiers.

    February

    • Congratulations to Leah Friedman for being offered a DAAD-RISE scholarship for a summer research internship in Magdeburg, Germany studying neural correlates of healthy and pathological decision making! 
    • Congratulations to Denisa Qori for being selected to participate in the HCI in Ubicomp IRES program in Germany during the summer of 2018!
    • Congratulations to Ruixue Liu for being offered an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, working with Advait Sarkar and Cecily Morrison!

    2017

    August

    • Pat and Gloria presented their summer research at the 2017 REThink Research Symposium

    July

    • Two papers presented at the NAT2017 Neuroadaptive Technology Conference in Berlin: 
      • Denisa Qori McDonald, Erin T. Solovey (2017). User Identification from fNIRS Brain Data Using Deep Learning. In Proceedings of 2017 Conference on Neuroadaptive Technology.
      • Ruixue Liu, Erin Walker, Erin T. Solovey (2017). Toward Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments. In Proceedings of 2017 Conference on Neuroadaptive Technology.
    • Paper presented at the HCI International Conference in Vancouver:

     

    June

    April

    • Welcome our new undergraduate research assistants: Anush, Jeremy, Juan, and Weidi!
    ACM Creativity and Cognition 2017 Conference

    March

    REThink at Drexel University: RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR TEACHERS SITE FOR MACHINE LEARNING TO ENHANCE HUMAN-CENTERED COMPUTING

    February

    2016

    October

    • Our paper "Veneer: A Digital Visual Novel Game Exploring Player Empathy" (with Felicia Tucker,  Erin Solovey, Chris Geib and Frank Lee) will be presented by Felicia at the Meaningful Play conference. 

    September

    August

    July

    June

    • Welcome four STAR Scholars to the lab: Monica Jesteen (biomed), 

      Safa Aman (CS), Mridul Singhai (CS), Enioluwa Segun (CS)!

    • Wrap up Spring Quarter of CS 530: Developing User Interfaces. Check out course blog for projects! https://drexelui.wordpress.com/

    May

    • Reza attends FAA Aviation STEM University Day at FAA Tech Center
    • Ruixue, Reza and Erin participate in CHI 2016 workshop on HCI & Autonomous Vehicles
    • Ruixue & Shelby present poster at CHI 2016
    • Reza serves as CHI 2016 student volunteer

     

    April

    • CHI@Drexel Event
    • Denisa & Ruixue attend CRA-W Graduate Cohort in San Diego, 

    February

    2015

    November

    September

    • Welcome three new PhD students: Reza, Ruixue and Denisa
    • Welcome new coop student, Jianfei

    July

    June

    May

    April

    March

    January

    2014

    December

    • End of Drexel Fall Term

    November

    • Our poster "Utilizing functional near-infrared spectroscopy to identify cognitive processes contributing to workload in a dual-task environment" (with Daniel Belyusar, Bryan Reimer, Bruce Mehler, Dan Afergan, and Joe Coughlin) will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

    October

    • Our poster "An In-Depth Look at the Benefits of Immersion Cues on Spatial 3D Problem Solving" (with Cassie Hoef, Jasmine Davis and Orit Shaer) will be presented at the ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interfaces (SUI) in Honolulu, HI.

    July

    March

    February

    • Both CHI 2014 papers (linked below) received a Best Paper Award Honorable Mention for being in the top 5% of paper submissions.
      • E.T. Solovey, M. Zec, E. Garcia Perez, B. Reimer, B. Mehler. Classifying Driver Workload Using Physiological and Driving Performance Data: Two Field Studies. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI ’14, ACM Press (2014).
      • D. Afergan, E. Peck, E.T. Solovey, A. Jenkins, S. Hincks, E.T. Brown, R. Chang, R.J.K. Jacob. Dynamic Difficulty Using Brain Metrics of Workload. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI ‘14, ACM Press (2014). 
  • Drexel AIR Lab Research Projects

    Using a relatively new brain sensing tool called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),...
    We are exploring using fNIRS brain data to infer the user’s mental state in order to build a...
    March 22, 2017
    Related Publications F. Tucker, E. T. Solovey, C. Geib, F. Lee. Veneer: A Digital Visual Novel...
    March 21, 2017
    This project aims to reduce the incidence rate of police and other emergency personnel being...
    Our work uses machine learning techniques to build adaptive user interfaces that support the user...
    Related Publications R. Liu, G. Marcu, E.T. Solovey. Mindful Shopping: A Compulsive Buying...
    Improving STEM education and broadening participation in STEM fields is integrated into all of...
    In applications such as search and rescue, command and control, and air traffic control,...
    We propose using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure brain activity during...
    As computing systems become increasingly capable and autonomous, the role and expectations of the...
    In human supervisory control of autonomous systems, the human is on the loop versus in the loop....
    Multitasking has become an integral part of work environments, even though people are not well...
    May 6, 2015
    How might the world view human-computer interaction a century from now? In this video, set one...
    Because  functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) eases many of the restrictions of other...
    Autonomous robots and vehicles can perform tasks that are unsafe or undesirable for humans to do...
    The Brainput system learns to identify brain activity patterns occurring during multitasking. It...
  • Drexel AIR Lab People

    DIRECTOR

    Erin T. Solovey

    esolovey@wpi.edu

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

     

    Dr. Solovey's website

     

    Locations & Contact 

    Lab: Fuller Labs

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA 01609

    Office: Fuller Labs, B21

    Worcester, MA 01609

  • CURRENT STUDENTS & RESEARCHERS

    Damian Baraty

    REThink Visiting Teacher

     

    The Hill School

    Kyle Ellis

    REThink Visiting Teacher

    W.B. Saul High School

    Leah Friedman

    Undergrad/Coop

    lmf323@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University

    (2019)

    Cognitive Neuroscience

    Anush Lingamoorthy

    Undergrad/Coop

    aln57@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University (2018)

    Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering (minor)

    Ruixue Liu

    PhD Student

    rl498@drexel.edu

    BS - Beihang University (2014) Airworthiness and Management

    Juan Garcia Lopez

    Undergrad/Coop

    jlg435@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University

    (2020)

    Computer Science

    Reza Moradinezhad

    PhD Student

    reza.mora@drexel.edu

    BS - University of Mazandaran (2013)

    Information Technology

    Denisa Qori

    PhD Student

    denisa.qori@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University (2015) Computer Science

    Psychology (Minor)

  • PAST STUDENTS & RESEARCHERS

    Safa Aman

    Undergrad/STAR Scholar

    sra68@drexel.edu

     

    BS - Drexel University (2020)

    Computer Science

    Economics (minor)

    Bichu Ben

    Undergrad/Part Time

    bb588@drexel.edu

     

    BS - Drexel University (2018)

    Electrical Engineering

    Craig Carr

    Undergrad/STAR Scholar

    chaoxys@gmail.com

    BS - Drexel University (2017)

    Software Engineering

    Calan Farley

    Undergrad/Coop

    cmf344@drexel.edu

    BS/MS - Drexel University (2018)

    Biomedical Engineering

    Biomechanics and Human Performance

    Paritosh Gupta

    Undergrad STAR Scholar

    paritosh.gupta@yahoo.co.uk

     

    BS - Drexel University (2018)

    Computer Science

    Stevie Mari Hawkins

    Grad/Alum

    sdh65@drexel.edu

    MS - Drexel University (2015)

    Computer Science

    Patrick Hislop

    Undergrad/STAR Scholar

    pfh28@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University (2019)

    Software Engineering

    Gloria Houseman

    REThink Visiting Teacher

     

    Owen J. Roberts High School

    Monica Jesteen

    Undergrad/STAR

    mj486@drexel.edu

     

    BS - Drexel University (2020)

    Biomedical Engineering

    Bruce Karpe

    REThink Visiting Teacher

    Swenson Arts & Technology High School

    Shelby Keating

    Undergrad/ Coop

    sak347@drexel.edu

    BS/MS - Drexel University (2018)

    Biomedical Engineering - Bioinformatics

    Computer Science (minor)

    Hyo Jung (Aria) Kim

    Undergrad/DREU

    hk5@williams.edu

    BA - Williams College

    (2019)

    Computer Science, Cognitive Science

    My Le

    Undergrad/Coop

    mtl54@drexel.edu

    BS/BA - Drexel University (2015)

    Management Information Systems

    Information Systems (minor)

    Jianfei Li

    Undergrad/Coop

    jl3429@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University (2017)

    Computer Science

    Caitlin McElwee

    Undergrad/DREU

    mcelweek3@students.rowan.edu

    BS - Rowan University (2019)

    Computer Science

    Patricia Rahmlow

    REThink Visiting Teacher

    Associate Professor of Computer Science, Montgomery County Community College

    Tenell Rhodes, Jr.

    Graduate Student

    tr464@drexel.edu

    MS - Drexel University (2017)

    Software Engineering

    BS - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015)

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Robotics Engineering

    Aaron Segal

    BS/MS Student

    ams665@drexel.edu

    BS/MS - Drexel University (2017)

    Software Engineering

    Enioluwa Segun

    Undergrad/STAR

    eos24@drexel.edu

     

    BS - Drexel University (2020)

    Computer Science

    Jeremy Solomon

    Undergrad/Coop

    jds423@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University

    (2018)

    Entrepreneurship

    Amelia Solon

    Independent Study

    BS/MS - Drexel University (2015)

    Biomedical Engineering

    Weidi Tang

    Undergrad/Coop

    wt84@drexel.edu

    BS - Drexel University

    (2018)

    Digital Media

    Arudra Venkat

    Graduate Student

    arudravenkat@gmail.com

    MS - Drexel University (2016)

    Software Engineering

    BS - Drexel University

    Computer Engineering

    Phoebe Wooldridge

    Undergrad/DREU

    pwoold@gmail.com

    BS - Carleton College (2017)

    Computer Science

    Neuroscience (concentration)

  • Research Opportunities

    PhD students

    We are currently recruiting motivated students interested in doing research in human-computer interaction (HCI), specifically emerging interaction modes and techniques such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological/wearable computing, affective computing, tangible interaction, and reality-based interaction. Many of our projects also involve applying machine learning techniques to human-computer interaction, and/or human interaction with complex and autonomous systems and vehicles. Before contacting us, please take a look at our research and publications.

     

    WPI is an exciting place to study human-computer interaction. WPI offers Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, Data Science, Learning Sciences, and Robotics Engineering. If you are applying to one of the doctoral programs, and are interested in working in our group, make sure to indicate this as well as your research interests in your essay.

    WPI Undergraduate or Masters students

    If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to contact us and provide information about your background and interests, as well as your CV or resume. We currently have projects for students interested in human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, machine learning, feature selection, and/or signal processing.

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