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Status Part-time Faculty

Home Department of Computer Science

Phone 244-8972

Email kirlik@illinois.edu

Address 2065 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography

    Alex Kirlik is Professor in the Department of Computer Science with additional appointments in the Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Information Trust Institute. He previously served as acting head of Illinois's Human Factors program in the Institute of Aviation from 2006-2010.

    Alex earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial & Systems Engineering (Human-Machine Systems) at The Ohio State University. His Ph.D. thesis, "The organization of perception and action in complex control skills" earned the George Briggs Award from APA's Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychologists, as the best dissertation of the year. During his academic career, in addition to positions held with his home institutions at the University of Illinois (2002-date) and Georgia Tech (1989-2001), Alex has held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center (ASEE-NASA Stanford Summer Faculty Fellow, 1989, 1990), Yale University, Haskins Laboratory and the University of Connecticut (Visiting Scholar, 2001-02 academic year), Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA (Sabbatical Research, 2012-13 academic year), and the Liberty Mutual Institute for Safety (Visiting Scholar, summer 2015).

     

  • Honors

    George Briggs Award, American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Applied-Experimental and Engineering Psychology; NASA-ASEE Stanford Summer Faculty Fellowship.

  • Research

    Alex Kirlik's research concerns understanding and supporting cognitive aspects of human-technology interaction (cognitive engineering, cognitive ergonomics, human-machine systems engineering). His focus is creating training- and design-relevant mathematical and computational models of human-technology interaction. Other interests include interface design, human-automation interaction, and judgment and decision making in technological systems and workplaces. His approach to research problems is multidisciplinary, spanning engineering, computer science, psychology and cognitive science.

  • 2015

    • Hettinger, L. J.; Kirlik, A.; Goh, Y. M.; Buckle, P., Modelling and Simulation of Complex Sociotechnical Systems: Envisioning and Analysing Work Environments. Ergonomics 2015, 58, (4), 600-614.
    • Hettinger, L. J.; Kirlik, A.; Goh, Y. M.; Buckle, P., Modelling and Simulation of Complex Sociotechnical Systems: Envisioning and Analysing Work Environments. Ergonomics 2015, 58, (4), 600-614, DOI:10.1080/00140139.2015.1008586.

    2014

    • Miller, S. R.; Bailey, B. P.; Kirlik, A., Exploring the Utility of Bayesian Truth Serum for Assessing Design Knowledge. Human-Computer Interaction 2014, 29, (5-6), 487-515, DOI:10.1080/07370024.2013.870393.

    2013

    • Fraccone, G. C.; Valenzuela-Vega, R.; Siddique, S.; Volovoi, V.; Kirlik, A., Nested Modeling of Hazards in the National Airspace System. Journal of Aircraft 2013, 50, (2), 370-377.
    • Lee, J. D.; Kirlik, A. The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering; Oxford University Press: New York, 2013.

    2012

    • Kirlik, A., Relevance Versus Generalization in Cognitive Engineering. Cognition Technology & Work 2012, 14, (3), 213-220.

    2011

    • Bertel, S.; Kirlik, A., Fast and Frugal Heuristics. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Wiley: New York, 2011.
    • Kirlik, A., Brunswikian Theory and Method as a Foundation for Simulation-Based Research on Clinical Judgment. Simulation in Healthcare 2011, 5, (5), 255-259.
    • Kirlik, A.; Bertel, S., Decision Making under Pressure and Constraints: Bounded Rationality. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Wiley: New York, 2011.

    2010

    • Morrow, D. G.; Fischer, U. M., Communication in socio-technical systems. In Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering Lee, J. D.; Kirlik, A., Eds. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, 2010.
    • Kirlik, A.; Storkerson, P., Naturalizing Peirce's semiotics: Ecological psychology's solution to the problem of creative abduction. In Model-Based Reasoning in Science & Technology, Magnani, L., Ed. Springer: Berlin, 2010.
    • Vicente, K. J.; Kirlik, A., Human-Tech: Ethical and Scientific Foundations. Oxford University Press: New York, 2010.

    2009

    • Kirlik, A., Brunswikian resources for event-perception research. Perception 2009, 38, (3), 376-398.
    • Tsai, J.; Kirlik, A.; Kosorukoff, A.; Miller, S., Rule and instance-based strategies in expert judgment, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA, 2009.
    • Weiss, D. J.; Brennan, K.; Thomas, R.; Kirlik, A.; Miller, S., Criteria for performance evaluation. Judgment and Decision Making 2009, 4, (2), 164-174.

    2008

    • Araujo, D.; Kirlik, A., Towards an ecological approach to visual anticipation for expert performance in sport. International Journal of Sport Psychology 2008, 39, (2), 157-165.
    • Byrne, M. D.; Kirlik, A.; Allard, T.; Foyle, D. C.; Hooey, B. L.; Gluck, K. A.; Wickens, C. D.; Pritchett, A. R., Issues and challenges in human performance modeling in aviation: Goals, advances, gaps, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA, 2008.
    • Miller, S.; Kirlik, A.; Kosorukoff, A.; Tsai, J., Supporting joint human-computer judgment under uncertainty, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA, 2008.

    2006

    • Byrne, M.; Kirlik, A., Closing the loop on computational cognitive modeling: Describing the dynamics of interactive decision making and attention allocation. In Cognitive modeling in aviation; Foyle, D.; Hooey, R., Eds.; Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ, (in press).
    • Kirlik, A., Adaptive Perspectives on Human-Technology Interaction: Methods and models for cognitive engineering and human-computer interaction. Oxford University Press: New York, 2006.
    • Kirlik, A., Ecological resources for modeling embedded cognition and interactive behavior. In Integrated Models of Cognitive Systems; Gray, W., Ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, (in press).
    • Kirlik, A.; Strauss, R., Situation awareness as judgment I: Statistical modeling and quantitative measurement. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 2006, 36, (5), 463-474.

    2005

    • Byrne, M.; Kirlik, A., Using computational cognitive modeling to diagnose possible sources of aviation error. International Journal of Aviation Psychology 2005, 15, (2), 135-155.
    • Kirlik, A., Work in progress: Reinventing intelligence for an invented world. In Intelligence and Technology: Impact of tools on the nature and development of human skills; Sternberg, R. J.; Preiss,  D., Eds; Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ, 2005; pp 105-134.