Master in Human-Centered Design

Florida Institute of Technology offers a Master’s program in Human-Centered Design (HCD).

  • Candidates with backgrounds and degrees in engineering, science and human factors, as well as arts and architecture are encouraged to apply.
  • A graduate degree in HCD supports independent scholarly work, opportunities in academia, or to pursue advanced research and leadership in government, industry and business.
  • Current research is in: cognitive engineering, life- critical systems, complexity analysis for HCD, human- centered organization design and management, modeling and simulation, advanced interaction media, creativity and design thinking, functional analysis, industrial design, and usability engineering.
  • Internationally connected with best research and professional institutions in HCD.


  • Cognitive Engineering: Human-centered design and automation, cognitive modeling, risk, safety, situation awareness, decision- making, scenario-based design
  • Advanced Interaction Media: Interactive technology, ubiquitous computing, control devices, 2D and 3D information visualization, multi-touch surfaces
  • Complexity Analysis for HCD: Complex systems and theories, emerging behavior and properties, design for simplicity, self- organization
  • Life-Critical Systems: Comparing safety, efficiency and comfort of complex dynamic systems such as in aerospace, medicine, nuclear energy, process control, extreme environments, as well as everyday life systems
  • Human-Centered Organization Design and Management:
  • Knowledge and uncertainty management, socio-technical stability, governance, product integration, organizational automation
  • Modeling and Simulation: Discrete and multi-agent modeling and simulation platforms and methods, CAD, PLM, logical models, human-in-the-loop simulations, simulation-based requirement engineering
  • Function Analysis: Task, activity and work analyses, cognitive function emergence and discovery, function allocation, operational procedures and automation
  • Usability Engineering: Sensorimotor, cognitive and social models and measures, ergonomic guidelines, emotional stress, fatigue, workload, pleasure, conceptual models
  • Creativity and Design Thinking: Problem-solving using out-of-the- box approaches, concept thinking, storyboarding, parallel thinking, participatory design, inspiration and innovation
  • Industrial Design: HCD of life-critical systems including industrial and everyday-life products such as cockpits, control room, emergency centers, interior design and architecture

Starts Fall 2013.
Information: Delilah Caballero,, 321-309-4960

Program director: Dr. Guy A. Boy, University Professor Website:

Application deadline: July 15, 2013.

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