Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, San José State University
Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU). His expertise lies in the intersection of human-automation interaction, cyber-physical human systems, and automated driving.
With a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, Dr. Huang’s research focuses on human behavior modeling, multimodal displays, and universal design. He actively trains future engineers, imparting practical insights into the integration of technology into daily life. He particularly emphasizes the importance of inclusivity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, with a special focus on older adults from communities of color to promote their long-term health and independence.
Longevity and Healthy Aging Project: Promoting quality of life and independence of Latinx older adults through co-design of an augmented reality and tactile-based self-driving car interface.
This project centers on improving the design of semi-autonomous vehicle interfaces for older Latinx adults. Recognizing the pivotal role of driving in maintaining mobility and accessing essential services, such as healthcare and community engagement, the long-term goal of this project is to enhance the quality of life of diverse older adults by mitigating loneliness and fostering social connections.
Dr. Huang will recruit Latinx older adult participants (60-70 years of age) with valid driver’s licenses. Participants will experience several driving scenarios in a self-driving car simulator, such as road construction and lane changes, to assess their takeover responses. The gathered insights will inform the design of future automated vehicles to ensure that diverse older adults can remain active in their communities. Aligned with the National Institute on Aging’s commitment, this research seeks to advance the well-being and independence of older adults by emphasizing the integral connection between technology, mobility, and human health.