Michael Dorneich

  • Associate Professor
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering (Courtesy)
  • Human-Computer Interaction Graduate Program Faculty

Main Office

3028 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011-2164
Phone: 515-294-8018


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois, 1999
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1990

Interest Areas

Human Factors 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, interactive learning environments, model-based design and decision-support systems. Application domains include aviation, aerospace, construction, data driven sustainability, team tutoring, and building control systems. In addition, he conducts research on team-based teaching methods, and increasing underrepresented populations participation in STEM. Prior to joining the faculty of IMSE, he worked at Honeywell Laboratories from 1999-2012 researching adaptive system design and human factors in a variety of domains. He holds 23 US and international patents. He has authored over 110 professional, peer-reviewed papers, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of IEEE Transactions of Human-Machine Systems.

Selected Publications

  1. Krejci, C., Dorneich, M.C., & Stone, R. (In Press). "Assessing Values-Based Sourcing Strategies in Regional Food Supply Networks: An Agent-Based Approach," Journal of Policy in Complex Systems.
  2. Dorneich, M.C., Rogers, W., Whitlow, S.D., & DeMers, R. (In Press). "Human Performance Risks and Benefits of Adaptive Systems on the Flight Deck," International Journal of Aviation Psychology.
  3. *Du, Y., Dorneich, M.C., & Steward, B.L. (2016). "Virtual Operator Modeling Method for Excavator Trenching," Automation in Construction. Vol. 70, pp. 14-25.
  4. Krejci, C., Stone, R., Dorneich, M.C., & Gilbert, S. (2016). "Analysis of Food Hub Commerce and Participation using Agent-Based Modeling: Integrating Financial and Social Drivers," Human Factors (Special Issue: Human Factors Prize on Sustainability). Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 58-79.
  5. Dorneich, M.C., Letsu-Dake, E., Singh, S., Scherer, S., Chamberlain, L., & Bergerman, M. (2015). "Mixed-Initiative Control of a Roadable Air Vehicle," Journal of Human-Robot Interaction. Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 38-61.
  6. Dorneich, M.C., Hamblin, C., Lancaster, J., & Olofinboba, O. (2014). "Perceptual Groupings Effects on Cursor Movement Expectations," Human Factors. Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 535-552.
  7. Patel, J., Dorneich, M.C., Mott, D., Bahrami, A., & Giammanco, C. (2013). “Improving Coalition Planning by Making Plans Alive”, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Systems. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 17-25.
  8. Feigh, K.M., Dorneich, M.C., & Hayes, C.C. (2012). “Towards a Characterization of Adaptive Systems: a Framework for Researchers and System Designers”, Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Vol. 54, No. 6, pp. 1008-1024.
  9. Dorneich, M.C., Mathan, S., Whitlow, S.D., Ververs, P.M, & Hayes, C.C. (2012). “Considering Etiquette in the Design of Adaptive Systems”, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 243-265.
  10. Smith, P.J., Beatty, R., Hayes, C.C., Larson, A., & Dorneich, M.C. (2011). “Human-Centered Design of Decision Support Systems”, The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, 2nd Edition (Sears, A. & Jacko, Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  11. Bainbridge, L. & Dorneich, M.C. (2010). “Processes Underlying Human Performance”, Handbook of Aviation Human Factors (D.J. Garland, J.A. Wise, & V.D. Hopkin, Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 7-1 – 7-68.
  12. Dorneich, M.C., Mathan, S., Whitlow, S.D., Ververs, P.M, & Hayes, C.C. (2010). “Etiquette Considerations for Adaptive Systems that Interrupt: Cost and Benefits”, Human-Computer Etiquette: Understanding the Impact of Human Culture and Expectations on the Use and Effectiveness of Computers and Technology (C.C. Hayes & C. Miller, Eds.). New York: Taylor & Francis.

IMSE Courses Taught

  • IE 361. Statistical Quality Assurance
  • IE 572. Design and Evaluation of the Human-Computer Interaction
  • IE 501/ 601 MS/PhD Research Basics and Communications
  • IE 502/ 602 MS/PhD Research Conduct
  • IE 576 Human Factors in Product Design
  • IE 671 Research Practicum in Ergonomics