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Keynote Speaker

D 27 September 2016    

We are proud to feature several guest speakers for this first International Conference of Neuroergonomics.


Peter A. Hancock (University of Central Florida, USA)

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF in 2009 he was created the 16th ever University Pegasus Professor and in 2012 was named 6th ever University Trustee Chair. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories and is the Associate Director of the Center for Applied Human Factors in Aviation (CAHFA). Prior to his current position he founded and was the Director of the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL) at the University of Minnesota where he held appointments as Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and Kinesiology, as well as being a member of the Cognitive Science Center and the Center on Aging Research. He continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota. He is also an affiliated Scientist of the Humans and Automation Laboratory at Duke University, a Research Associate of the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Broad of the Hawaii Academy.


Hasan Ayaz (Drexel University, USA)

Hasan Ayaz is an Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University with adjunct appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Ayaz has been working on the development of continuous wave functional near infrared sensors and enabling software for brain monitoring instruments for more than a decade and half. Dr. Ayaz also led the software design and development for portable-handheld medical devices that utilize near infrared light to detect hematoma in head trauma patients. InfraScanner 1000 received DeNovo FDA approval and an updated version, InfraScanner 2000 received 510k FDA approval and currently being distributed in three continents for emergency care and pre-hospitalization screening. Dr. Ayaz’s research interests include neuroengineering applications of human computer interaction and Neuroergonomics. Dr. Ayaz’s research activities with wearable neuroimaging (fNIRS and EEG) focuses on human computer interaction, neuroergonomics, brain computer interfacing, both in the field and clinical applications with 90+ publications in international journals and conferences.

Sébastien Tremblay (Laval University, Québec)

Sébastien Tremblay is a Professor at Université Laval and Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, UK. He has recently been appointed Director of the new Joint Research Unit in Urban Sciences; a consortium of academic and industrial partners led by Université Laval, Thales Canada, the city of Quebec, Quebec Metro High Tech Park and the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS). His program of research focuses on issues of human behavior and adaptive technologies related to maximizing performance and well-being in a wide range of domains such as public safety, transportation and entertainment. Dr. Tremblay holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive psychology (1999) from Cardiff University and a postdoctoral fellowship from a partnership between Cardiff University and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (now QinetiQ).

Daniel Callan (Cinet, Osaka, Japan)

Daniel Callan is a senior researcher at the Center for Information and Neural Networks at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan and a guest associate professor at Osaka University. His research utilizes multiple brain imaging methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, fNIRS) and stimulation techniques (tDCS, tACS, TMS) to determine neural processes underlying cognitive and mental states in complex real-world situations with the goal of developing neuroergonomic based technology to enhance human performance and wellbeing. Much of this research is in the realm of Aviation Cerebral Experimental Sciences in which perceptual, motor, cognitive, and mental states are investigated using flight simulation as well as during operation of real manned and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Andreas J. Fallgatter (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Andreas Fallgatter is a psychiatrist whose main research interests lie in the fields of neuroscience (also in the context of educational topics, i.e. “educational neuroscience”), clinical psychology, and interventional research. In his previous research, he has been studying neural correlates of mental processes (e.g., arithmetic processing, working memory, language production) and psychological disorders (e.g., ADHD, anxiety disorders, addiction, depression) relevant for learning and education.

Frédéric Dehais (ISAE-Supaéro, Toulouse France)

Dr. Frédéric Dehais is a full professor at Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (France) since 2011 and holder of the AXA chair "Neuroergonomics for flight safety" (20 years He is leading the Neuroergonomics and Human Factors Department, a team composed of 18 members with an interdisciplinary expertise in Neuroscience, Signal Processing, Computer Science, and Human Factors. The scientific objective of this Department is to uncover the underlying neural mechanisms of human error in aviation and to implement cognitive countermeasures and BCI. The Department involves a unique methodology “from basic protocols to ecological experiments” and combines innovative brain imaging, physiological and eye tracking techniques. Such a methodology entails up-to-date sensors to monitor cognitive activity, develop realistic experimental set-ups and to operate real aircrafts. His department currently receives substantial funding from National Institution, European and Canadian Institutes and from the industry for basic and applied research projects. His research has been published in international journals such as Neuroimage, Behavioral Brain Research, IEEE, Plos One, Human Factors. His innovative work has also led to four international patents that are currently implemented in modern civilian aircrafts.

Stéphane Perrey (Euromov, Montpellier, France)

Dr. Stéphane PERREY (IUF honorary member, deputy director of EuroMov, the european centre for research and innovation in the sciences of movement, is a full professor at the University of Montpellier. He is leading the Neuroplasticity & Rehabilitation group at EuroMov, involving Neuroscientists, Physiologists and Rehabilitation Clinicians. This group aims to understand better the relationship between brain plasticity and motor behavior in humans, and identify optimal procedures to promote brain plasticity and enhance sensorimotor recovery in neurological patients. His current researches are in the centre of issues, which have for objectives to identify, quantify and explain mechanisms responsible for changes of the motor function in humans. His research uses a theoretical background from the physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral neuroscience and neurophysiology fields, including neuroimaging techniques (e.g. functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy) with behavioral outcomes and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (such as transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation). He is author or co-author of more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals (ISI Journal Citation Reports®) and more than 160 communications in meetings and congress.

Carryl Baldwin (George Mason University, USA)

Carryl Baldwin is an Associate Professor and Director of the Human Factors and Applied Cognition program and Mason Transportation Institute at George Mason University. Her primary research interests are related to applied auditory cognition and attentional state assessment. Much of her work involves the use of neurophysiological measures (i.e., EEG, ERP, ECG, and eye metrics) to examine the effort expended when people perform multiple modality dual tasks often in autonomous or transportation applications.

Lewis Chuang (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany)

Lewis Chuang received his doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He currently leads research on human-machine interactions at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics ( In particular, he employs eyetracking and EEG/ERP techniques to respectively understand how humans seek out and process information for the effective control of machines, such as automobiles or aircraft. He is also a principal investigator in a collaborative research center, ”Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing" (, with a focus on the use of immersive virtual environments for human behavioral research. His work has been supported by the German Research Foundation and European Union Seventh Framework Programme (

Banu Onaral (Drexel University, USA; Teknopark Istanbul, Turkey)

Banu Onaral is H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her BS and MS in electrical engineering from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1973 and 1974 respectively and earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Dr. Onaral joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute at Drexel University in 1981. Starting in 1995, she led the strategic planning to transform the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute into a university-level interdisciplinary school. She served as the Founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems since its creation in 1997 to 2014. She currently leads ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ initiative as Senior Presidential Advisor at Drexel University