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Jason Sterkenburg

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, PhD


Jason is a PhD student in the Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Program. Jason is studying HCI, driving, and affective computing. His current interest is to improve driving safety by making better in-vehicle controls that can be used totally eyes-free. He completed his MS in ACSHF at Michigan Tech in 2015, during which he focused on understanding how drivers' emotions can influence their driving performance. He received his BS in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. Jason has also spent some time in industry, first as a UX intern at Whirlpool, where he worked to improve the quality of customer interactions with Whirlpool products. Later, he worked as a Human Factors Specialist for Insight Product Development, a design innovation consultancy. There he led usability research efforts to ensure safe, usable, and enjoyable interactions for users of medical devices. Jason's MS thesis proposal was selected for doctoral colloquium at the Automotive UI conference in 2014. His PhD dissertation proposal was selected for a doctoral colloquium (Think Tank) at ICAD in 2016. He co-authored a paper which won a best student paper award in ICAD 2016. In the future, Jason hopes to work in industry as a HF or UX researcher.