Researchers profiles

Suzanne Kearns

Suzanne Kearns

Associate Professor of Aviation

Dr. Kearns is an aviation academic with a focus on education and optimizing pilot performance. Her research explores how to optimize the next generation of aviation professionals by analyzing processes to attract people to the field of aviation, optimizing and innovating the traditional education pathway, and improving the retention of professionals within the field. She is a former airplane and helicopter pilot and is internationally recognized within the aviation industry. Read more…

Shi Cao

Shi Cao

Associate Professor

Dr. Cao’s major research area is human factors engineering. His research projects include human performance and workload modeling, human-machine system reliability, and the applications of virtual and augmented reality. He has developed cognitive models and human performance simulation systems that can be used to model and predict human performance and other human factors constructs in various work domains. Read more…

Baris Fidan

Baris Fidan

Professor

Dr. Fidan is a Professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, with cross appointment in System Design Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Read more…

Elizabeth Irving

Elizabeth Irving

Professor

Dr. Irving is a clinician/scientist with internationally recognized expertise in vision science including eye tracking and binocular vision. She has led a variety of different types of studies; evaluating ocular parameters, validating novel testing procedures, investigating the need for stereopsis (depth perception) in military helicopter pilots, studying the effects of space flight on the eye, studying eye tracking in concussion and investigating new ways of educating the public on eye disease and eye care. Read more…

Lyndon Jones

Lyndon Jones

Professor

Dr. Jones' research interests primarily focus on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye and the development of novel materials for ocular drug delivery. His research work has attracted grant and contract funding of over $80 million. He has authored over 450 refereed and professional papers, one textbook and given over 1,000 invited lectures at conferences worldwide, in over 40 countries.

Trien T. Nguyen

Trien T. Nguyen

Professor

Dr. Nguyen has a background in engineering, mathematics, and economics. His research interest includes computational economic modelling of international trade, environment, borders, and government policies on taxation, controls and regulations. Read more…

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo

Associate Professor

Dr. Niechwiej-Szwedo's research is grounded in systems neuroscience and focuses on discovering the fundamental mechanisms involved in the central nervous system control of eye and hand movements across the lifespan. She has expertise in the field of visuomotor neuroscience, including gaze behaviour, hand-eye coordination, motor skill development and learning. Read more…

Paul Parker

Paul Parker

Professor

Paul is a sustainability researcher with a passion for low carbon aviation and a love of teaching. He brings social science expertise to a diverse set of energy and development research projects, often with engineer colleagues. He has 175 publications and over 230 presentations on a broad range of projects: zero-carbon buildings, energy retrofits, smart grid technologies, renewables in remote communities, sustainable economic development and community energy planning. Electric and low carbon aviation is the next challenge. Read more…

Evan F. Risko

Evan F. Risko

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair

Dr. Risko has published over 100 papers, received research funding from numerous agencies (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, CFI), and received various accolades for his research including Early Career awards from the Psychonomic Society, the Province of Ontario, and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. Read more…

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Associate Professor

Dr. Roberts-Smith is an award-winning artist-researcher, whose transdisciplinary, design-based work explores performance, digital media, history, education, and social justice. She is currently a co-director of the qCollaborative (the critical feminist design research lab housed in the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute), and leads the SSHRC-funded Theatre for Relationality and Design for Peace projects. Read more…

Daniel Smilek

Daniel Smilek

Professor

Dr. Smilek has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on various topics in the area of human cognitive neuroscience. He is frequently involved in knowledge mobilization to the transportation industry with the aim of helping frontline workers reduce attention-related errors in safety critical settings. Read more…

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Professor

Dr. Thompson’s research is concerned with human visual cortex development and plasticity. With regard to aviation, Ben is interested in techniques that can enhance performance on new visual tasks such as those encountered during training programs for pilots and air traffic controllers. Read more…

Alexander Wong

Alexander Wong

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair

Dr. Wong has published over 570 refereed journal and conference papers, as well as patents, in various fields such as computational imaging, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and multimedia systems. His focus is on operational artificial intelligence for the design and development of scalable, explainable, and responsible artificial intelligence algorithms for real-world operational deployment, which are currently leveraged by top-tier multinationals in the aerospace industry. Read more…

Clarence Woudsma

Clarence Woudsma

Associate Professor

Dr. Woudsma's research is primarily focused on issues related to freight transportation and logistics although he has a broad interest in transportation at all levels. He is really intrigued by the flows of people and goods that underpin social and economic interactions and the complex impacts of those flows. Read more…

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