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Erin Solovey

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Dr. Erin Solovey is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University. Dr. Solovey’s main research area is human-computer interaction, with a focus on emerging interaction modes and techniques, such as brain-computer interfaces and tangible interaction. She is particularly interested in designing, building and evaluating systems to support users dealing with high workload and multitasking, as well as systems that provide novel learning experiences. She also investigates effective human interaction with complex and autonomous systems. She has received several awards including the NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship and a CHI Best Paper Honorable Mention Award, and her work has been covered in MIT Technology Review, Slashdot, Engadget and others. She has conducted research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Microsoft Research. Previously, she was a software engineer at Oracle, and has experience at several startups. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Tufts University, working in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. After her graduate studies, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) at MIT.


  • Tufts University, Medford, MA
    • Ph.D. in Computer Science 2012
    • Thesis Title: Real-time fNIRS Brain Input for Enhancing Interactive Systems
    • Advisor: Robert J.K. Jacob
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA
    • M.S. in Computer Science 2007
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • A.B. Cum Laude in Computer Science

Research/Teaching Interests

Human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, tangible interaction, machine learning, human interaction with complex and autonomous systems

Select Publications

  • E.T. Solovey, M. Zec, E. Garcia Perez, B. Reimer, B. Mehler. Classifying Driver Workload Using Physiological and Driving Performance Data: Two Field Studies. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI ’14, ACM Press (2014). Best Paper Award Honorable Mention. [Awarded to top 5%]
  • D. Afergan, E. Peck, E.T. Solovey, A. Jenkins, S. Hincks, E.T. Brown, R. Chang, R.J.K. Jacob. Dynamic Difficulty Using Brain Metrics of Workload. Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI ’14, ACM Press (2014). Best Paper Award Honorable Mention. [Awarded to top 5%]
  • F. Gao, M.L. Cummings, E.T. Solovey, “Modeling Teamwork in Supervisory Control of Multiple Robots," IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. (in press)
  • A. Girouard, E.T. Solovey, and R.J.K. Jacob, “Designing a Passive Brain Computer Interface using Real Time Classification of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy,” International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (2013).
  • A. Mkrtchyan, J. Macbeth, E.T. Solovey, J. Ryan, M. Cummings. “Using Variable-Rate Alerting to Counter Boredom in Human Supervisory Control,” Proc. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2012.

Professional Activities & Associations

Program Committee:
  • ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2013, 2014
  • ACM SIGCHI Conference on Tangible, Embedded, Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • International Workshop on Symbiotic Interaction 2014
  • ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Work-in-Progress (CHI WiP) 2012
Workshop Organization:
  • Many People, Many Eyes: Aggregating Influences of Visual Perception on User Interface Design, at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), April, 2013.
  • Brain, Body, and Bytes: Psychophysiological User Interaction, at ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), April 2010.
  • Invited guest editor for ACM XRDS Magazine Issue on Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neuroscience (Fall, 2011)
Journal, Conference and Grant Proposal Reviewer:
  • ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI) 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2014
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 2011
  • ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) 2011, 2012, 2014
  • ACM Conference on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS) 2013
  • ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2013
  • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing 2014
  • IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems Journal 2013
  • International Journal of Human Computer Studies 2013
  • International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2013
  • ACM Computing Surveys 2012
  • Interacting with Computers Journal 2012
  • ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Journal (TOCHI) 2008
  • Brain-Computer Interfacing Special Session at Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2011
  • ACM International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE) 2010
  • Ergonomics 2011
  • Human Computer Interaction 2014
Professional Membership:
  • Founding Team, Boston CHI Labs:
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) Graduate Cohort for Women Program 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Tufts Women in Computer Science (WICS)