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					                                THOMAS KEITH FERRIS
          Center for Ergonomics, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
                                    University of Michigan
                             1205 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

                       Email: ferrist@umich.edu  Phone: 734-936-0146
                           Website: http://www.umich.edu/~ferrist


EDUCATION

    PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering (Cognitive Ergonomics)              Summer 2010
       University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
       Dissertation: Complex vibrotactile displays to support attention and interruption
       management in anesthetic monitoring
       Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nadine Sarter

    MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering (Cognitive Ergonomics)             January 2007
       University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
       GPA: 8.125 / 8.0

    BS, Industrial Engineering                                                December 2003
    Minor, Computer Science
        University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
        GPA: 4.09 / 4.0


ACADEMIC RESEARCH

    Graduate Student Research Assistant                                 August 2004 - present
       The Human-automation Interaction and Cognition (THInC) Lab, University of Michigan
       Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Nadine Sarter
       Summary of activities:
        Lead role in multiple studies: Formulated research questions; synthesized literature;
          organized interviews and surveys; designed, coordinated, and conducted empirical
          experiments; analyzed data; prepared reports and presentations
        Advised undergraduate and graduate student projects
        Gained a working understanding of operations related to medical (anesthesiology),
          military (command and control, UV operations), aviation (cockpit automation), and
          driving domains




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        Project overviews:
         Complex vibrotactile displays to support attention and interruption management in
           anesthetic monitoring (Funding: NSF)
           o Conducted an international web-based survey to identify tasks and situations
               that pose problems in anesthetic monitoring
           o Investigated effectiveness of prototype vibrotactile displays for redundant
               display of patient data in a simulated anesthetic monitoring task
           o Investigated semantics of tactile messages: intuitive interpretations of basic
               modulations of vibrotactile signals
           o Investigated attentional phenomena of change and inattentional blindness in the
               interpretation of tactile messages
         Supporting attention and interruption management for Unmanned Aerial Systems
           operations (Funding: Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control Science; US Air
           Force Research Laboratory)
           o Investigated effective multimodal attention guidance cues to support operators
               in monitoring streams of sensor data from a large number of unmanned vehicles
           o Developed decision support tools for mission management tasks
         Multimodal information exchange and dynamic adaptation (Funding: US Army
           Research Laboratory)
           o Investigated the implications of crossmodal links in spatial attention between
               vision, audition, and touch in a military command and control mission
           o Compared the relative effectiveness of multimodal cueing techniques for
               directing visual attention in a military driving simulation
           o Investigated the interpretability of complex vibrotactile messages in multitask
               conditions of the driving environment
         Supporting preattentive reference and interruption management through
           multimodal notifications (Funding: NASA)
           o Investigated multimodal cues for supporting effective management of
               interrupting task events in a simulated process control environment

    Undergraduate Research Assistant                              June 2001 - December 2003
       Graphical Representation Of Knowledge (GROK) Lab, University of Iowa
       Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Geb Thomas
       Project: Human control for a cooperative robot swarm (Funding: Iowa Space Grant
       Consortium; NASA)
        Developed the search algorithm and coded robot behaviors for a mobile robot
          swarm with the goal of exploration of hostile environments
        Contributed to development of GUI for high-level robot swarm control and for
          compilation and display of search data
        Coded wireless communication software for robot-robot and controller-robot
          interface




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PUBLICATIONS

    Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    1. Ferris, T., and Sarter, N. (accepted, in press 2010). When content matters: The role of
       processing code in tactile display design. IEEE: Transactions on Haptics.
    2. Ferris, T., Stringfield, K., and Sarter, N. (in preparation). Tactile change blindness in
       detection of vibration intensity. To be submitted to Human Factors.
    3. Ferris, T., Xholi, I., and Sarter, N. (in preparation). Crossmodal cuing of visual attention:
       Implications for the driving environment. To be submitted to Human Factors.
    4. 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.
    5. Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2008). Crossmodal links between vision, audition, and touch in
       complex environments. Human Factors, 50 (1), 17-26.

    Book Chapters

    1. 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.

    Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

    1. Ferris, T., Stringfield, K., and Sarter, N. (2010 – accepted). Tactile “change blindness” in
       detection of vibration intensity. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics
       Society 54th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. September.
    2. Ferris, T., and Sarter, N. (2009). Supporting anesthetic monitoring through tactile display
       of physiological parameters. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
       53rd Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. October.
    3. Ferris, T., Hameed, S., and Sarter, N. (2009). Tactile displays for multitask environments:
       The role of concurrent task processing code. Proceedings of the Third Joint Eurohaptics
       Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and
       Teleoperator Systems (WorldHaptics ‘09). Salt Lake City, UT. March.
       Winner of the WorldHaptics ’09 Award for Best Paper in Haptics Science
    4. Tilak, R., Xholi, I., Schowalter, D., Ferris, T., Hameed, S., and Sarter, N. (2008).
       Crossmodal links in attention in the driving environment: The roles of cueing modality,
       signal timing, and workload. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
       52nd Annual Meeting. New York, NY. September.




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    5. Ferris, T., Hameed, S., Penfold, R., and Rao, N. (2007). Tactons in multitask
       environments: The interaction of presentation modality and processing code.
       Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting.
       Baltimore, MD. Oct.
       Winner of the HFES 2007 Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award
    6. Ferris, T., Penfold, R., Hameed, S., and Sarter, N. (2006). The implications of crossmodal
       links in attention for the design of multimodal interfaces: A driving simulation study.
       Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting. San
       Francisco, CA. October.
    7. Hameed, S., Ferris, T., Jayaraman, S., and Sarter, N. (2006). Supporting interruption
       management through informative tactile and peripheral visual cues. Proceedings of the
       Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
       October.

    Technical Reports

    1. Sarter, N., Ferris, T., and Hameed, S. (2009 - submitted). Multimodal information
       exchange and dynamic adaptation. U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL; Ed.), Final
       Report on Collaborative Technology Architecture ADA (to be published as book).
    2. Sarter, N., Hameed, S., Jayaraman, S. and Ferris, T. (2006). Supporting preattentive
       reference and interruption management through multimodal notifications. Report
       prepared for NASA Johnson Research Center (under ESR&T (Exploration Systems
       Research and Technology) SISM (Software, Intelligent Systems, and Modeling) Project
       "Liaison Agents for Distributed Crew Interaction with Autonomous Control" (PI: Debra
       Schreckenghost). June.

    Presentations and Invited Lectures

    1. Sarter, N. and Ferris, T. (2010). Multimodal/Tactile Interfaces in Support of Attention
       Management in Event-Driven Data-Rich Domains. Industrial and Systems Engineering
       Department Weekly Seminar, The Ohio State University. February.
    2. Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2009). Initial successes in the development of complex
       vibrotactile displays for anesthetic monitoring. 2009 University of Michigan Engineering
       Graduate Symposium. November.
       First place, Oral presentation competition in Industrial, Operations, and Financial
       Engineering
    3. Ferris, T. (2009). Tactile displays to support attention management in data-rich
       environments: An application in anesthetic monitoring. IOE 836: Ergonomics Seminar.
       September.
    4. Li, H., Ferris, T., and Sarter, N. (2009). The semantics of touch: How people intuitively
       perceive and interpret tactile signals. Poster presented at the 10th International
       Multisensory Research Forum. City College of New York, NYC. June.


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    5. Ferris, T., Xholi, I., Phillips, J., and Sarter, N. (2009). Supporting attention management
        and decision making for UAS operations. Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control
        Science(MACCCS) Review. Ann Arbor, MI. April.
    6. Ferris, T., Takona, L., O’Reilly, M., Szocik, J., and Sarter, N. (2008). Toward the design of
        complex vibrotactile displays for anesthesia providers. 2008 University of Michigan
        Engineering Graduate Symposium. November.
    7. Ferris, T. (2008). Tacton displays and (machine-mediated) communication via the sense
        of touch. IOE 491: Multimodal Interfaces. March.
    8. Ferris, T. (2007). Tactons in multitask environments: The role of processing code. 2007
        University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium. November.
        First place, Oral presentation competition in Modeling, Operations, and Ergonomics
    9. Ferris, T., and Rao, N. (2007). Tacton displays: A novel communication method.
        Application in multitask environments. IOE 836: Ergonomics Seminar. November.
    10. Ferris, T. and Sarter, N. (2006). Crossmodal cuing of visual targets in complex, data-rich
        domains. Army Research Laboratory Advanced Decision Architectures FY07 Planning and
        RMB Meeting, Westminster, Colorado. February.
    11. Sarter, N., Ferris, T., and Hameed, S. (2006). How to design adaptive multimodal
        interfaces for future combat operations: Empirical findings and guidelines. Army
        Research Laboratory Collaborative Technology Alliances Conference (CTAC). Adelphi,
        MD. April.
    12. Sarter, N., Ferris, T., Hameed, S., and Penfold, R. (2006). Adaptive multimodal
        information presentation. Army Research Laboratory Advanced Decision Architectures
        FY07 Planning and RMB Meeting, Westminster, Colorado. February.
    13. Thomas, G., Fienup, M., Gray, P., Changnon, N., Debbins, P., Dixon, R., Ferris, T., Hirshy,
        L., Jongedyk, H., Locke, A., Perry, D. Symonds, M., and Tahir, R. (2001). Human control of
        cooperative robots working on Mars. 11th annual Iowa Space Grant Consortium
        Conference. Marshalltown, IA.

    Features

    1. Sparagen, S. L. (2008). HF/E on the college campus: An interview with Thomas Ferris.
       Ergonomics in Design, Winter 2008.


TEACHING

    Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan                           2008 - 2009
       Cognitive Ergonomics (IOE 536, Fall 2008; upper-level graduate course)
       Human Error & Complex System Failures (IOE 434, Winter 2009; graduate/upper-level
       undergraduate course)
        Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Nadine Sarter
        Responsibilities included creation and supervision of semester-long student projects,
          leading lectures and discussions, grading, and office hours.


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    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa                           2001 - 2003
       Engineering Problem Solving I (Fall 2002 & Fall 2003; undergraduate course)
        Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Dennis Bricker (2002) & Dr. Gary Fischer (2003)
        Responsibilities included creating and grading homework assignments and group
          projects, holding regular meetings with student groups, office hours.

        Engineering II (Spring 2001; undergraduate course)
         Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Geb Thomas
         Responsibilities included lecturing a weekly section on software programming
           basics; wrote and graded quizzes, homework assignments, and exams; office hours.

    Seminar Leader, University of Iowa                                             Fall 2003
       Industrial Engineering Freshman and Sophomore Seminar
        Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Gary Fischer
        Arranged for and introduced speakers for weekly seminar, including one University-
          wide seminar, maintained website and other administrative work.

    Laboratory Manager                                                          2006 - present
       The Human-automation Interaction and Cognition (THInC) Lab, University of Michigan
        Responsibilities include directly advising undergraduate and graduate student
          research projects, organizing biweekly laboratory meetings, organizing and leading
          research presentations and demos, managing student research assistants

    Training Programs
        Rackham-CRLT Seminar: Preparing Future Faculty                          May - June 2009
         A selective and intensive 5-week course covering topics related to faculty work and
           lifestyle, instructional methods and technologies, research on teaching and learning,
           diversity issues in the academic setting, and the development of a teaching
           philosophy and course plan/syllabus

        Rackham-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Conference                        October 2008
         Workshop covering topics related to getting started in an academic career

        ENGR 580: Teaching Engineering                                                Fall 2009
         UM course - highlights learning theories, teaching issues, and course preparation




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HONORS AND AWARDS
    Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering         2010
        Presented to one graduate student per degree program
    WorldHaptics ’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
       Presented to one engineering senior at graduation
    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


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)                                 2004 - present
      Student Member with Honors recognition                                              2009
      Health Care Technical Group (HCTG)                                        2009 - present
      Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group (CETG)          2007 - present
      Education Technical Group (ETG)                                           2007 - present
         Student Representative, HFES ETG Board                                 2007 - present
      Session Chair, Student Forum, HFES Annual Meetings                            2008, 2009
      Journal Reviewer, Human Factors                                           2009 - present
      HFES Annual Meeting Reviewer (CEDM, ETG, Student Forum)                 2008, 2009, 2010
    Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA)                                  2009 - present
    Journal Reviewer, Presence                                                             2010
    IEEE                                                                        2008 - present
        IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)                              2008 – present
        Reviewer, WorldHaptics (sponsored by IEEE RAS)                                   2009
    Institute of Industrial Engineers                                              2002 - 2003


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OTHER ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP, AND SERVICE

    Laboratory Manager                                                           2006 - present
       THInC Laboratory, Center for Ergonomics, University of Michigan
    HFES Student Chapter, University of Michigan                               2005 - present
       Part of founding core of graduate students which chartered the new student chapter
       Webmaster                                                                  2008 - 2009
       President                                                     2006 - 2007, 2007 - 2008
       Vice President/President-Elect                                             2005 - 2006
    American Red Cross Volunteer                                                  2004 - present
      Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, office work and organization of various events
    Science and Technology Excellence Program (STEP) Team member                   2007 - 2008
        An NSF-funded project to promote diversity & positive changes in U of M departments
    University of Michigan Engineering Council (UMEC) Representative                2006 - 2008
    Banquet Committee, Annual U of M IOE Spring Banquet                             2006 - 2008
       Chair, IOE Banquet Entertainment Committee                                    2007, 2008
    University of Iowa Engineering Student Council Representative                   2002 - 2003
    Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering professional fraternity                     2001 - 2003
       President, University of Iowa Student Chapter                                       2003
       Vice President                                                                      2002
    Tau Beta Pi, Professional engineering fraternity                                2000 - 2002
       Cataloguer, University of Iowa Student Chapter                                      2002
       Correspondence Secretary                                                            2001
    University of Iowa’s Engineering Connection Mentor                              2000 - 2002


NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

    Process Engineer                                                  January - August 2004
       John Deere Engine Works, Waterloo, IA
        Work Activities: Worked with proprietary software WPlanner for use in factory
           conversion to SAP ERP system, organized departmental communication, wrote work
           instructions, assigned resources, extensive database work.
    Manufacturing Engineering Intern                                               Summer 2000
      Telex Communications, Inc., Lincoln, NE
       Work Activities: Extensive database work with Microsoft Excel, reorganizing product
          routings and bills of materials using ORACLE, tooling design, time studies, product
          testing, and general assembly floor problem solving



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REFERENCES

Available by request: ferrist@umich.edu




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