Human Factors Expert Named Florida Tech Professor

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Guy Boy has been named a university professor at the Florida Institute of Technology in the College of Aeronautics. He also continues his appointment at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola where he is a senior research scientist. He is also a permanent member of the French Air and Space Academy.

“We are indeed fortunate to be joined by Dr. Boy who brings with him an extensive roster of prestigious credentials in the area of critical systems safety,” said Florida Tech Provost T. Dwayne McCay.

At the university Guy will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive engineering and human-centered design, and will develop the College of Aeronautics’ first doctoral program focused on human factors, in safety critical systems. He will also be advancing research opportunities for the college and beyond.

Boy’s research focuses on cognitive engineering, usability, human-centered automation and design, safety-critical systems, operational documentation and knowledge management. He is author of four major books, more than 200 scientific and technical papers and is a member of several journal editorial boards. He is currently chair of the International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee for Aerospace Human Factors and Ergonomics Worldwide. He is a founder of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics. He was executive vice-chair of the Association for Computing Machinery special interest group on computer-human interaction from 1995 to 1999.

Boy was president and CEO of the European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering, 1992-2008, an organization he founded, and was co-founder in 2004 of the cognitive engineering program at the University of Bordeaux, the Ècole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique. He was a European Space Agency expert for the definition of the overall human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence research program and has been a legal expert for aircraft accident investigations. From 1989 to 1991 Boy was the leader of NASA’s Advanced Interaction Media Group. He was a research scientist at the Office National d’Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales (The French Aerospace Lab) from 1977 to 1988.

Recipient of numerous awards, in 1991 Boy earned the French Institute of Management Start-Up Award for the development of Dialexis. The organization developed intelligent assistant systems for space and automotive applications.

He completed his advanced academic studies in France and Canada and earned a doctoral degree in automation and system design at the Ècole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace. He is a habilitated research professor qualified in computer science and psychology. This is a designation in France, usually acquired with five to 10 years of post-doctoral work, publications in one’s area of expertise and a second thesis.

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