Thomas Ferris

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (Courtesy Appointment)

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Office: 4081 ETB
Phone: 979.458.2340
Fax: 979.458.2340
Email: tFerris@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

Dr. Ferris' research interests are in Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics, and can be described as the study of cognition in human-machine engineered systems. His primary focus involves human information processing and design to support attention and interruption management. In particular, he investigates novel interface design techniques, employing alternative display modalities such as the sense of touch. Other research interests include human error, decision making under time pressure, and human-automation interaction. He has interest and experience in applying his research to the domains of medicine (anesthesiology), military operations (command and control, UV control and operations), aviation (cockpit automation, air traffic control), and ground transportation.

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering 2010
  • World Haptics ’09 Award for Best Paper in Haptics Science 2009
  • HFES Student Member with Honors recognition 2009
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship 2005 - 2008
  • HFES Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award 2007
  • First place, Oral presentation competition, UM Engineering Grad Symposium 2007 & 2009
  • Rackham Graduate School Conference Travel Grant 2006, 2007, & 2009
  • Dwight F. Benton Departmental Fellowship (U of Michigan IOE Department) 2004 - 2005
  • Valedictorian of graduating engineering class, University of Iowa December 2003
  • Outstanding Senior Award, University of Iowa College of Engineering 2003
  • Presidential Scholar, University of Iowa 1999 - 2003
  • President’s List, University of Iowa, 7 semesters 1999 - 2003
  • College of Engineering’s Dean’s List, University of Iowa, 8 semesters 1999 - 2003
  • Golden Key Scholar, and Golden Key Scholarship Winner 2001

Education

  • PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering (Cognitive Ergonomics) University of Michigan, 2010
  • MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering (Cognitive Ergonomics) University of Michigan, 2006
  • BS, Industrial Engineering Minor, Computer Science University of Iowa, 2003

Selected Publications

Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2011). Continuously-informing vibrotactile displays in support of attention management and multitasking in Anesthesiology. Human Factors, 53(6), 600-611. Runner up, 2011 Human Factors Prize

Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2010). When content matters: The role of processing code in tactile display design. IEEE: Transactions on Haptics, 3(3), 199-210.

Hameed, S., Ferris, T., Jayaraman, S., and Sarter, N. (2009). Using informative peripheral visual and tactile cues to support task and interruption management. Human Factors, 51 (2), 126-135.

Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2008). Crossmodal links among vision, audition, and touch in complex environments. Human Factors, 50 (1), 17-26. 135.

Ferris, T. and Shepley, M. (invited contribution, in preparation). Design considerations for a human-centered incubation system. To be submitted to Journal of Perinatology.

Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (in preparation). Peripheral visual and spatialized vibrotactile cues support attention management in UAV surveillance operations. To be submitted to Human Factors.

Ferris, T., Sarter, N., and Wickens, C. D. (2010). Cockpit automation: Still struggling to catch up…. In E. Salas, T. Allard, and D. Maurino (Eds.) Human Factors in Aviation (2nd edition). Elsevier Science Publishers.