Erin T. Solovey, Ph. D.


Erin Solovey directs the Advanced Interaction Research (AIR) Lab. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. She is also affiliated with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel and a research affiliate at MIT.

Dr. Solovey's main research area is human-computer interaction, specifically emerging interaction modes and techniques, such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological & wearable computing, affective computing and reality-based interaction. Her dissertation research investigated the use of non-invasive brain sensor data as an implicit, supplemental input channel to interactive systems. She is particularly interested in designing, building and evaluating systems to support users dealing with high workload and multitasking, as well as systems that provide novel learning experiences. She also investigates effective human interaction with complex and autonomous systems and vehicles.

Dr. Solovey has received several awards including the NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship and three CHI Best Paper Award Honorable Mentions, and her work has been covered in MIT Technology Review, Slashdot, Engadget and others. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) at MIT, working with Missy Cummings. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Tufts University, working in the Human-Computer Interaction Research Group with Robert Jacob. She also has conducted research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and in the Computational User Experiences group at Microsoft Research with Desney Tan and Dan Morris. Previously, she was a software engineer at Oracle, and also has experience at several startups.

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July, 2015: Our project "ASL CLeaR: STEM Education Tools for Deaf Students" (with Jeanne Reis, Bob Hoffmeister, Jon Henner and Kathleen Johnson) was accepted for a demo at the ASSETS Conference in Lisbon in October.
July 20, 2015: Invited talk at NUI Central NY on Exploring Reality-Based Interactions and Brain-Computer Interfaces
June 23, 2015: Invited talk at Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics workshop on Brain Robot Interactions for Healthcare in London.
May, 2015: Drexel will lead human factors effort for new FAA Center for Excellence for UAS Research. More on this here
May, 2015: Our Interacting with Computers journal article "Investigating Mental Workload Changes in a Long Duration Supervisory Control Task" (with Mark Boyer, Missy Cummings, and Lee Spence) is published.
April, 2015: Joined the program committee for CHI 2016 on the Technology, Systems, and Engineering subcommittee. Call for papers here. Deadline September 25, 2015
April, 2015: Joined the program committee for Neuro-Physiological Methods in IR Research - a 2015 SIGIR Workshop. Call for participation is here. Deadline: May 4, 2015
April, 2015: Travel to Seoul, Korea for ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Presenting our paper "Designing Implicit Interfaces for Physiological Computing: Guidelines and Lessons Learned using fNIRS" (with Dan Afergan, Evan Peck, Sam Hincks, Robert Jacob)
April, 2015: Participating in ACM CHI Workshop on Experiencing Autonomous Vehicles: Crossing the Boundaries between a Drive and a Ride and presenting paper "Enabling Adaptive Autonomy: Brain & Body Sensing for Adaptive Vehicles" (with Dan Afergan, Daniel Belyusar, Arudra Venkat, Bruce Mehler, and Bryan Reimer)