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About Michael C. Dorneich

Dr. Dorneich’s research interests focus on creating joint human-machine systems that enable people to be effective in the complex and often stressful environments found in aviation, military, robotic, and space applications. He specializes in adaptive systems which can provide assistance tailored to the user’s current cognitive state, situation and environment. Adaptive systems are becoming more necessary as intelligent assistants are spreading into every aspect of work, education, and home life. His recent work explores the dual costs and benefits of adaptive systems, and develops approaches to mitigate shortcomings, leverage human strengths, and augment human performance when human capacity falls short of the demands of complex operational environments. Specific research and application areas include human factors, cognitive engineering, adaptive automation and adaptive interfaces, distributed systems, interactive learning environments, and decision-support systems. Prior to joining the faculty of IMSE, he worked at Honeywell Laboratories for 13 years researching adaptive system design and human factors in a variety of domains. He holds 17 US and international patents and has 17 additional pending. He has authored over 90 professional, peer-reviewed papers, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of IEEE Transactions of Human-Machine Systems.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Engineer Award (2011). Honeywell (Peer-nominated award)
  • Technical Achievement Award (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006). Honeywell


  • IE 671 Research Practicum in Ergonomics
  • IE 576 Human Factors in Product Design
  • IE 572. Design and Evaluation of the Human-Computer Interaction
  • IE 361 Statistical Quality Assurance

Contact Information

3028 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011


Peer-Reviewed Articles (22)

Conference Proceedings (65)