Michael Dorneich

Michael C. Dorneich

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Human Factors
Dr. Dorneich’s research interests focus on creating joint human-machine systems that enable people to be effective in the complex and often stressful environments found in aviation, military, robotic, and space applications. He specializes in adaptive systems which can provide assistance tailored to the user’s current cognitive state, situation and environment. Adaptive systems are becoming more necessary as intelligent assistants are spreading into every aspect of work, education, and home life. His recent work explores the dual costs and benefits of adaptive systems, and develops approaches to mitigate shortcomings, leverage human strengths, and augment human performance when human capacity falls short of the demands of complex operational environments. Specific research and application areas include human factors, cognitive engineering, adaptive automation and adaptive interfaces, distributed systems, interactive learning environments, and decision-support systems. Prior to joining the faculty of IMSE, he worked at Honeywell Laboratories from 1999-2012 researching adaptive system design and human factors in a variety of domains. He holds 27 US and international patents. He has authored over 130 professional, peer-reviewed papers, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of IEEE Transactions of Human-Machine Systems.

Recent Publications

*  Graduate student author

  1. Dorneich, M.C., *Dudley, R., Letsu-Dake, E., Rogers, W., Whitlow, S.D., Dillard, M., & Nelson, E. (Accepted). “Interaction of Automation Visibility and Information Quality in Flight Deck Information Automation,” IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/THMS.2017.2717939
  2. *Yang, E. & Dorneich, M.C. (Accepted). “The Emotional, Cognitive, Physiological, and Performance Effects of Variable Time Delay in Human-Robot Interaction,” International Journal of Social Roboticshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-017-0407-x
  3. Gilbert, S.B., *Slavina, A., Dorneich, M.D., Sinatra, A.M., *Bonner, D., Johnston, J., *Holub, J., *MacAllister, A., & Winer, E. (Accepted). “Creating a Team Tutor using GIFT,” International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1115/1.4037109
  4. *Barnawal, P., Dorneich, M.C., Frank, M., & Peters, F. (Accepted). “Evaluation of Design Feedback Modalities in Design for Manufacturability,” Journal of Mechanical Design. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1115/1.4037109
  5. Dorneich, M.C., Passinger, B., Hamblin, C., Keinrath, C., Vašek, J., Whitlow, S.D,, & Beekhuyzen, M. (2017). “Evaluation of the Display of Cognitive State Feedback to Drive Adaptive Task Sharing,” Frontiers in Neuroscience (Special Issue: New Advances in Computational Neuroergonomics and Adaptive Human-Automation Systems). Vol. 11, No. 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2017.00144
  6. Dorneich, M.C., Rogers, W., Whitlow, S.D., & DeMers, R. (2016). “Human Performance Risks and Benefits of Adaptive Systems on the Flight Deck,” International Journal of Aviation Psychology. Vol. 26, No. 1-2, pp. 15-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508414.2016.1226834
  7. *Du, Y., Dorneich, M.C., & Steward, B.L. (2016). “Virtual Operator Modeling Method for Excavator Trenching,” Automation in Construction. Vol. 70, pp. 14-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2016.06.013
  8. Krejci, C., Stone, R., Dorneich, M.C., & Gilbert, S. (2016). “Analysis of Food Hub Commerce and Participation using Agent-Based Modeling: Integrating Financial and Social Drivers,” Human Factors (Special Issue: Human Factors Prize on Sustainability). Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 58-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018720815621173
  9. Dorneich, M.C., Letsu-Dake, E., Singh, S., Scherer, S., Chamberlain, L., & Bergerman, M. (2015). “Mixed-Initiative Control of a Roadable Air Vehicle,” Journal of Human-Robot Interaction. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 38-61. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.5898/JHRI.4.3.Dorneich
  10. Dorneich, M.C., Mathan, S., Whitlow, S.D., Ververs, P.M, & Hayes, C.C. (2012). “Considering Etiquette in the Design of Adaptive Systems”, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 243-265. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1555343412441001
  11. Bainbridge, L. & Dorneich, M.C. (2010). “Processes Underlying Human Performance”, Handbook of Aviation Human Factors (D.J. Garland, J.A. Wise, & V.D. Hopkin, Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 7-1 – 7-68.
  12. Dorneich, M.C., Mathan, S., Whitlow, S.D., Ververs, P.M, & Hayes, C.C. (2010). “Etiquette Considerations for Adaptive Systems that Interrupt: Cost and Benefits”, Human-Computer Etiquette: Understanding the Impact of Human Culture and Expectations on the Use and Effectiveness of Computers and Technology (C.C. Hayes & C. Miller, Eds.). New York: Taylor & Francis.

IMSE Courses Taught

  • IE 501/502. Research Basics and Communications
  • IE 572. Design and Evaluation of the Human-Computer Interaction
  • IE 576. Human Factors in Product Design
  • IE 361. Statistical Quality Assurance
  • IE 502/602 MS/PhD Research Conduct
  • IE 671. Research Practicum in Human Factors and Ergonomics



Office: 3028 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-294-8018
Fax: 515-294-3524
Email: dorneich@iastate.edu


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois, 1999

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1990

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