Erin Treacy Solovey, Ph. D.


Erin Solovey 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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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)
March, 2015: End of the Drexel Winter Term. Check out the CS 338 (Graphical User Interface) course blog!
March, 2015: Paper on "Investigating Mental Workload Changes in a Long Duration Supervisory Control Task" (with Mark Boyer, Lee Spence, and Missy Cummings) was accepted to Interacting With Computing Journal.
March 9 and 11, 2015: CS 338 (Graphical User Interfaces) Final Project Demos
March, 2015: Our paper "Augmenting Spatial Skills with Semi-Immersive Interactive Desktop Displays: Do Immersion Cues Matter?" (with Orit Shaer, Johanna Okerlund, Cassie Hoef, and Jasmine Davis) will be presented at Augmented Human 2015 in Singapore.
February, 2015: Program committee for the International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction. To submit a paper, see the Call for Contributions, Deadline: May 25
February 25, 2015: Talk at Drexel Neuroscience Society
January, 2015: Editing a special issue of IEEE Computer on Physiological Computing. Call for participation here. Deadline: April 1, 2015. Publish date: October, 2015
January, 2015: Our journal article "Designing Implicit Interfaces for Physiological Computing: Guidelines and Lessons Learned using fNIRS" (with Daniel Afergan, Evan Peck, Samuel Hincks, and Robert Jacob) published in ToCHI: Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.
January, 2015: Start teaching CS338 (Graphical User Interfaces)