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Hasan Ayaz

Hasan Ayaz, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Office: Monell 101
Phone: 215.571.3709
Website: CONQUER Collaborative


Hasan Ayaz, PhD, is a Provost Solutions Fellow and Associate Professor at Drexel University, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Philadelphia, PA with affiliations at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, AJ Drexel Autism Institute and Solutions Institute of Drexel University, Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a core member of the Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research Collaborative and directs the Neuroergonomics and Neuroengineering for Brain Health and Performance Research core. He received his BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Türkiye with high honors and MSc. and PhD degrees from Drexel University where he developed enabling software for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy based brain monitoring and FDA-approved medical devices.

His research interests include understanding human brain functioning using mobile neuroimaging in realistic and real-world environments, across the lifespan and from healthy to clinical conditions in collaboration with domain experts and clinical partners. His research aims to design, develop, and utilize(i.e., to measure->elucidate->enable) next-generation brain imaging for neuroergonomic applications over a broad spectrum from aerospace to healthcare. He organized and chaired international conferences on this topic and co-founding Field Chief Editor of the new journal Frontiers of Neuroergonomics, which focuses on mobile neurotechnology methods and applications

More information can be found at Google ScholarFrontiers LoopResearchGatePubmedPublons, and Orcid.


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2010
  • MS in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2005
  • BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Türkiye, 2003

Research Interests

Neuroergonomics, Functional Neuroimaging, Biomedical Signal Processing, Neuroengineering, Functional Near Infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Electroencephalogram (EEG), Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI), Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI)


Representative List (from 300+ publications):

  1. Thomas, N., Miller, A. J., Ayaz, H., & Brown, J. D. (2023). Haptic shared control improves neural efficiency during myoelectric prosthesis use. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 484.  
  2. Mark, J. A., Ayaz, H., & Callan, D. E. (2023). Simultaneous fMRI and tDCS for Enhancing Training of Flight Tasks. Brain Sciences, 13(7), 1024.
  3. Joshi, S., Weedon, B., Esser, P., Liu, Y.-C., Springett, D., Meaney, A., Inacio, M., Delextrat, A., Kemp, S., Ward, T., Izadi, H., Dawes, H., & Ayaz, H. (2022). Neuroergonomic Assessment of Developmental Coordination Disorder. Scientific Reports. 12(1), 10239.
  4. Mark, J. A., Kraft, A. E., Ziegler, M. D., & Ayaz, H. (2022). Neuroadaptive Training via fNIRS in Flight Simulators. Frontiers in Neuroergonomics, 3(820523).
  5. Wang, L., Izzetoglu, M., Du, J., & Ayaz, H. (2022). Phantom and model-based near infrared spectroscopy measurements of intracranial hematoma from infants to adults. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 71, 1-9  
  6. Ayaz, H., W. B. Baker, G. Blaney, D. A. Boas, H. Bortfeld, K. Brady, J. Brake, S. Brigadoi, E. M. Buckley, S. A. Carp, R. J. Cooper, K. R. Cowdrick, J. P. Culver, I. Dan, H. Dehghani, A. Devor, T. Durduran, A. T. Eggebrecht, L. L. Emberson, Q. Fang, S. Fantini, M. A. Franceschini, J. B. Fischer, J. Gervain, J. Hirsch, K.-S. Hong, R. Horstmeyer, J. M. Kainerstorfer, T. S. Ko, D. J. Licht, A. Liebert, R. Luke, J. M. Lynch, J. Mesquida, R. C. Mesquita, N. Naseer, S. L. Novi, F. Orihuela-Espina, T. D. O'Sullivan, D. S. Peterka, A. Pifferi, L. Pollonini, A. Sassaroli, J. R. Sato, F. Scholkmann, L. Spinelli, V. J. Srinivasan, K. S. Lawrence, I. Tachtsidis, Y. Tong, A. Torricelli, T. Urner, H. Wabnitz, M. Wolf, U. Wolf, S. Xu, C. Yang, A. G. Yodh, M. A. Yücel and W. Zhou (2022). Optical imaging and spectroscopy for the study of the human brain: status report. Neurophotonics, 9(S2), S24001.
  7. Ayaz, H., & Dehais, F. (2021). Neuroergonomics. In G. Salvendy & W. Karwowski (Eds.), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics (5th ed., pp. 816-841): Wiley.
  8. Gaudry, K. S., Ayaz, H., Bedows, A., Celnik, P., Eagleman, D., Grover, P., Illes, J., Rao, R. P. N., Robinson, J. T., Thyagarajan, K., & The Working Group on Brain-Interfacing Devices in 2040 (2021). Projections and the Potential Societal Impact of the Future of Neurotechnologies [Review]. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15(1417).
  9. Barreto, C., Bruneri G.A., Brockington, G., Ayaz, H., and Sato, J.R. (2021) A New Statistical Approach for fNIRS Hyperscanning to Predict Brain Activity of Preschoolers’ Using Teacher’s. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15:622146.
  10. Thomas, N., Ung, G., Ayaz, H., & Brown, J. D. (2021). Neurophysiological Evaluation of Haptic Feedback for Myoelectric Prostheses. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 1-12.
  11. Valeriani, D., Ayaz, H., Kosmyna, N., Poli, R., & Maes, P. (2021). Editorial: Neurotechnologies for Human Augmentation [Editorial]. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15(1503).  
  12. Papasideris, M., Ayaz, H., & Hall, P. A. (2021). Medial prefrontal brain activity correlates with emerging symptoms of anxiety and depression in late adolescence: A fNIRS study. Developmental Psychobiology, 63(7), e22199.  
  13. Huhn, A. S., Brooner, R. K., Sweeney, M. M., Antoine, D., Hammond, A. S., Ayaz, H., & Dunn, K. E. (2021). The association of prefrontal cortex response during a natural reward cue-reactivity paradigm, anhedonia, and demoralization in persons maintained on methadone. Addictive Behaviors, 113, 106673.
  14. Kaimal, G., Carroll-Haskins, K., Topoglu, Y., Ramakrishnan, A., Arslanbek, A., & Ayaz, H. (2021). Exploratory fNIRS Assessment of Differences in Activation in Virtual Reality Visual Self-Expression Including With a Fragrance Stimulus. Art Therapy, 1-10.
  15. Yücel, M., Lühmann, A., Scholkmann, F., Gervain, J., Dan, I., Ayaz, H., Boas, D., Cooper, R.J., Culver, J., Elwell, C.E., Eggebrecht, A., Franceschini, M.A., Grova, C., Homae, F., Lesage, F., Obrig, H., Tachtsidis, I., Tak, S., Tong, Y., Torricelli, A., Wabnitz, H., Wolf, M. (2021). Best practices for fNIRS publications. Neurophotonics, 8(1), 012101.
  16. Dehais, F., Karwowski, W., and Ayaz, H. (2020). Brain at Work and in Everyday Life as the Next Frontier: Grand Field Challenges for Neuroergonomics. Frontiers in Neuroergonomics 1(1)
  17. Sargent, A., Watson, J., Ye, H., Suri, R., & Ayaz, H. (2020). Neuroergonomic Assessment of Hot Beverage Preparation and Consumption: An EEG and EDA Study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14(175).  
  18.  Joshi, S., Herrera, R.R., Springett, D.N., Weedon, B.D., Ramirez, D.Z.M., Holloway, C., Dawes, H., and Ayaz, H. (2020). Neuroergonomic Assessment of Wheelchair Control Using Mobile fNIRS. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering,
  19. McKendrick, R., Falcone, B., Scheldrup, M., & Ayaz, H. (2020). Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Baseline and Slope of Prefrontal Cortex Hemodynamics During a Spatial Working Memory Task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14(64).
  20. Ayaz, H., & Dehais, F. (2019). Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work and Everyday Life (1st ed.). Elsevier Academic Press.
  21. Wang, L., Ayaz, H., & Izzetoglu, M. (2019). Investigation of the source-detector separation in near infrared spectroscopy for healthy and clinical applications. Journal of Biophotonics, 12(11).   
  22. Curtin, A., Ayaz, H., Tang, Y., Sun, J., Wang, J., Tong, S. (2019) Enhancing neural efficiency of cognitive processing speed via training and neurostimulation: An fNIRS and TMS study. Neuroimage 198: 73-82
  23. Ayaz, H., Izzetoglu, M., Izzetoglu, K., Onaral, B., and Ben Dor, B. (2019) Early Diagnosis of Traumatic Intracranial Hematomas, Journal of Biomedical Optics 24(5): 1-10.
  24. Liu, Y., Ayaz, H. (2018) Speech recognition via fNIRS based brain signals, Frontiers in Neuroscience 12 (695) 
  25. Curtin, A., Ayaz, H. (2018) The Age of Neuroergonomics: Towards Ubiquitous and Continuous Measurement of Brain Function with fNIRS. Jpn Psychol Res,  
  26. Batula, A. M., Kim, Y. E., & Ayaz, H. (2017). Virtual and Actual Humanoid Robot Control with Four-Class Motor-Imagery-Based Optical Brain-Computer Interface. BioMed Research International, 2017, 13. 
  27. Batula, A. M., Mark, J. A., Kim, Y. E., & Ayaz, H. (2017). Comparison of Brain Activation during Motor Imagery and Motor Movement Using fNIRS. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, 2017, 12. 
  28. Liu, Y., Ayaz, H., & Shewokis, P. A. (2017). Multisubject “Learning” for Mental Workload Classification Using Concurrent EEG, fNIRS, and Physiological Measures. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11(389).
  29. Liu, Y., Piazza, E. A., Simony, E., Shewokis, P. A., Onaral, B., Hasson, U., & Ayaz, H. (2017). Measuring speaker-listener neural coupling with functional near infrared spectroscopy. Scientific Reports, 7:43293 
  30. Mckendrick, R., Parasuraman, R., Murtza, R., Formwalt, A., Baccus, W., Paczynski, M., & Ayaz, H. (2016). Into The Wild: Neuroergonomic Differentiation of Hand-Held and Augmented Reality Wearable Displays During Outdoor Navigation with Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10. 

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