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Thomas B. Sheridan

Emeritus, Prof Eng & Applied Psychology (Mech. Engr.), Prof Aero & Astro

Room 3-256
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-2228  
Fax: 617-253-9637  

Curriculum Vitae

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Thomas B. Sheridan
Room 3-256
Phone: 617-253-2228  


B.S.M.E. 1951 Purdue University; M.S. Eng. 1954 University of California at LosAngeles; Sc.D. 1959 MIT.



Visiting faculty: Berkerley, Stanford, Delft Univ.(Netherlands), Kassel Univ.(Germany),Ben Gurion Univ.(Israel); Former president, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society; Former president, Human Factors Society; Former chair, Human Factors Committee, Natl. Research Council; Former chair, IVHS Safety and Human Factors Committee; Senior Editor, Presence (MIT Press journal); Variety of government and non-government advisory committees.


Honors and Awards

IEEE: Fellow; Norbert Wiener Award, Joseph Wohl Award, Centennial Medal; ASME: Oldenberger Medal; Human Factors Society: Fellow, Paul M. Fitts Award, Best Bulletin paper award; Natl. Assoc of Engr. Societies: 1997 National Engineering Award; Doctor (Honorary), Delft University of Technology; Member, National Academy of Engineering.


Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1959-1964; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1964-1970; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1970-1984; Professor of Engineering and Applied Psychology, 1984- Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993-; Ford Professor, 1995-96.



Books: Man-Machine Systems, MIT Press 1974 (with W.R. Ferrell); Monitoring Behavior and Supervisory Control, Plenum Press 1976 (Edited, with Gunnar Johannsen); Telerobotics, Automation and Human Supervisory Control, MIT Press 1992; Perspectives on the Human Controller, Erlbaum 1997 (Edited, with Anton VanLunteren); Humans and Automation, Wiley, 2002.


200+ published papers Research Interests

Human-Machine Systems; Human Factors Engineering; Decision Theory; Cognitive Engineering; Social Impacts of Technology ---all as applied to: Aviation,highway systems,rail systems,telesurgery.


Teaching Interests

Human-Machine Systems.

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