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Frédéric Dehais, PhD

Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE)-SUPAERO, Université Fédérale de Toulouse



Frédéric Dehais is a professor at l'Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE) at l'Université de Toulouse. He defended his PhD in 2004 at ONERA (Office National d’Etude et de Recherche Aeronautique) on the topic of modeling cognitive conflict in pilots’ activity. He held a 2-year postdoctoral position funded by Airbus applying the research developed during his PhD. Since 2006, he has been leading the Human Factors and Neuroergonomics team at ISAE, which works on academic and industrial projects for providing real-time assistance to human operators.

Professor Dehais was co-chair of the first International Neuroergonomics Conference, held in Paris, France in 2016. Neuroergonomics is an emerging scientific field that applies neuroscience to study performance. Its aim is to look at human skill and brain function in order to design systems for safer and more efficient operation.


a. Professional Preparation  
Universite Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux. (France), Biology/Physiology, BA, 1994-1998
Universite Toulouse le Mirail, Toulouse (France), Human Factors, MS, 1998-1999
Universite Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux (France), Cognitive Science, MS, 1999-2000
ONERA, Toulouse (France), Cognitive Science, PhD, 2000-2004
ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse (France), Neuroergonomics, Post doctorate, 2004-2006

b. Appointments  
2012: Full Professor at ISAE-SUPAERO, Universite Federale de Toulouse
2009-2012: Associate Professor at ISAE-SUPAERO, Universite Federale de Toulouse
2006-2009: Assistant Professor at ISAE-SUPAERO, Universite Federale de Toulouse

c. Products  
1. Gateau, T., Durantin, G., Lancelot, F., Scannella, S., & Dehais, F. (2015). Real-Time State Estimation in a Flight Simulator Using fNIRS. PloS one, 10(3).
2. Durantin, G., Gagnon, J. F., Tremblay, S., & Dehais, F. (2014). Using near infrared spectroscopy and heart rate variability to detect mental overload. Behavioural brain research, 259, 16-23.
3. Causse, M., Péran, P., Dehais, F., Falletta, C., Zeffiro, T., Sabatini, U., Pastor, J. (2013) Affective decision making under uncertainty during a plausible aviation task: an fMRI study. Neuroimage.
4. Dehais, F., Causse, M., Vachon, F., Régis, N., Menant, E., & Tremblay, S. (2014). Failure to Detect Critical Auditory Alerts in the Cockpit Evidence for Inattentional Deafness. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 56(4), 631-644.
5. Peysakhovich, V., Vachon, F., & Dehais, F. (2017). The impact of luminance on tonic and phasic pupillary responses to sustained cognitive load. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 112, 40-45

1. Andéol, G., Suied, C., Scannella, S., & Dehais, F. (2017). The Spatial Release of Cognitive Load in Cocktail Party Is Determined by the Relative Levels of the Talkers. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 1-8.
2. Durantin, G., Scannella, S., Gateau, T., Delorme, A., & Dehais, F. (2015). Processing Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Signal with a Kalman Filter to Assess Working Memory during Simulated Flight. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 707.
3. Durantin, G., Dehais, F., & Delorme, A. (2015). Characterization of mind wandering using fNIRS. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 9.
4. Dehais, F., Causse, M., Vachon, F., Tremblay, S. (2011) Cognitive conflict in human–automation interactions: A psychophysiological study. Applied Ergonomics.
5. Mandrick, K., Chua, Z., Causse, M., Perrey, S., & Dehais, F. (2016). Why a comprehensive understanding of mental workload through the measurement of neurovascular coupling is a key issue for Neuroergonomics? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 250.

d. Synergistic Activities  
1.     Holder of the AXA “Neuroergonomics for flight safety” (2013-2033)-
2. Dehais, F., Christophe, L., Merle, J.M., Pellerin, P. (2011) Method and device for detecting lack of reaction from the crew of an aircraft to an alarm related to a path. Patent Airbus operation (SAS)
3. Dehais, F., Lesire, C., Tessier, C., Christophe, L. ( 2010) Method and device for detecting piloting conflicts between the crew and the autopilot of an aircraft. Patent Airbus operation (SAS), PCT/FR2009/000648.
4. Dehais, F. ( 2009) Method and device for detecting absence of manual and automatic piloting of an aircraft. Patent Airbus operation (SAS), PCT/FR2009/000307.
5. Co-creator and Co-organizer of Neuroergonomics 2016 ( &  2FNIRS (functional near infra-red spectroscopy) network (

e. Collaborators & Other Affiliations
1. Collaborators – total number of collaborators and co-editors (14)
Hasan Ayaz (Drexel University, PA, USA); Daniel Callan (NICT, Osaka University, Japan); Julien Cegarra (Universite Champollion, Albi, France); Mickaël Causse (ISAE-SUPAERO, Université fédérale de Toulouse, France); Arnaud Delorme (Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation, USCD); Andrew Duchowski (Clemson University); Gautier Durantin (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia); Sidney Givigi (Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario);Vsevolod Peysakhovich (ISAE-SUPAERO, Université fédérale de Toulouse, France); Raphaelle Roy (ISAE-SUPAERO, Université fédérale de Toulouse);  Sébastien Scannella (ISAE-SUPAERO, Université fédérale de Toulouse, France); Sébastien Tremblay (Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada); François Vachon (Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada); Christopher Wickens (Colorado State University)

2. Graduate Advisor(s) - total number of Graduate Advisors (3)
Laurent Chaudron (Onera, Salon de Provence, France), Catherine Tessier (Onera, Toulouse, France), Bernard N'kaoua (Université Bordeaux 2, France)

3. Postdoctoral Sponsor(s) - total number of Postdoctoral Sponsors (1)
Catherine Tessier (Onera, Toulouse, France)

4. Thesis advising and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor
Thesis Advising – Name, Organizational Affiliation
Kevin Verdiere (2016-2019), ISAE-SUPAERO, Université Fédérale de Toulouse; Julia Berhend (2015-2018), Ecole Normale Supérieur, Paris, France; Benoit Valéry (2014-2017), ENAC, Toulouse, France; Vsevolod Peysakhovich (2013-2016), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse; Gautier Durantin (2012-2015),  ISAE-SUPAERO, Université Fédérale de Toulouse

Sergio Pizziol (2010-2013), Onera, Toulouse, France; Nicolas Régis (2011-2014), Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France; Sébastien Scannella (2008-2011), Inserm, Toulouse, France; Stéphane Mercier (2007-2011), Onera, Toulouse, France; Mickael Causse (2009-2012),  ISAE-SUPAERO, Université Fédérale de Toulouse, France

Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor – Name, Organizational Affiliation
Mehdi Senoussi (2017-2018); Alban Depres (2017-2018); Raphaelle Roy (2016-2017); Eve Fabre (2015-2020); Angela Bovo (2015-2016); Thibault Gateau (2013-2016); Sebastien Scannella (2012-2016); Fabrice Cauchard (2011-2012)

Research Interests

Hierarchy and Risk-Taking in the Cockpit, Human-Robotic Performance, Neuroergonomics for Aviation, Functional Neuroimaging, fNIRS, Cognitive Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science and Artificial Thinking, Eye Tracking, Prefrontal Cortex, Cognition, Air Traffic Control