The Human Factors program at the University of Idaho currently has a total of more than 2,000 square feet of lab space providing access to cutting edge technology and sophisticated equipment used in human factors research. The department also has a graduate student office space with computers available to students for data analysis and typical office functions.
The Idaho Child Safety Lab
- Location: Forney Hall 003
- Contains both eye-tracking technology and a sound booth for auditory studies.
- Eye tracking: ASL EYE-TRAC6 System with remote desk-mounted tracking. The system uses an infrared beam to track head position so that the person doesn't have to lock their head into a device to hold it still.
- Sound booth: 4x4 feet, lined with fabric for visual isolation, insulated with foam and fabric sound-deadening material, equipped with two 5-inch powered studio monitors, sound is controlled externally by the researcher.
- Physiological measures (heart rate, electrodermal response).
- Several GPS trackers for use in real-world behavioral data collection
Cognition and Usability Lab
- Location: Student Health Center 009
- 280 square feet
- 130 square feet for main lab facility but can be reconfigured.
- 150 square feet used as graduate student office and meeting space.
- Equipment includes:
- 1-Wacom Cintiq 24” graphics tablet with multi-touch capability
- 2-iMac 24” personal computers
- 1-Tobii eye-tracker X2-60
- 1-Windows computer workstation running ePrime II for time-critical experiments
Evolved Navigation Lab
- Location: Student Health Center 014
- Houses immersive single-user virtual reality capacities.
- Equipment includes:
- 1 NVIS SX60 Head Mounted Display 60 degree field of view with integrated sound across virtual environments
- 4 camera PPTX and InertiaCube system
- Vizard VR software
- High-end liquid-cooled rendering computer with a solid state drive and state of the art graphics capacities
- 1 older Kaiser PV-60 head-mounted stereo display (FOV 45 degrees) and Intersense 300 head tracking.
Mind in Motion Lab
Psychophysics Lab 1
- Location: Forney Hall 001
- Includes a large open space equipped with an 8-camera Vicon Bonita motion capture system and the Motion Monitor integration package.
- Allows collection of three-dimensional position data from passive reflective markers on the body and allows for real time generation of a model of the human body in motion.
- Location: Memorial Gym B46A
- Bay 1 of the simulation lab hosts the Driving Simulator and includes:
- NADS (National Advanced Driving Simulator, U of Iowa) seven channel MiniSim driving simulator (3 forward view, 1 dashboard display, 3 rear view mirrors)
- Total forward field-of-view 135° (front-projection screens)
- 3 high-resolution data projectors for the forward view
- 1 fully instrumented Chevy S10 cab with 3D sound
- 3 LCD displays for dash display and side mirrors
- Pedals for breaking and acceleration
- Steering wheel with switches and gear shifter
- 1 60” Plasma screen for the center rear view or alternatively
- 1 “Flight Seat” with controls suitable for aviation simulation
- 1 host PC for simulation control using our in-house-developed ViEWER simulation software using the same front projection setup
- Bay 2 of the simulation lab is set aside to be equipped with:
- 1 process control simulation station (for INL Alarm Dashboard project)
- 3 large-screen monitors and 1 server running the process control simulation software currently developed in house (to be installed Spring 2013).
- Lab also includes:
- 5 PCs for office applications (data analysis, manuscript writing)
- Apparatus for “Human Water Maze” for spatial cognition experiments
Psychophysics Lab 2
- Location: Student Health Center 016D
- Painted flat black with black carpeting to control reflections for visual psychophysics experiments.
- Equipment includes:
- Contains the Flight simulator with high-resolution 54" diagonal rear-projection enclosure with NEC high-resolution/fast phosphor CRT projector
- 2 large (60” diagonal) rear projection cabinets with high-resolution and fast-phosphor NEC CRT projectors (1 of which is currently inoperable).
- 2 graphics workstations capable of generating high quality 3D graphics for our simulations
- 1 host computer for controlling simulations
- 1 ASL head mounted eye-head tracking system that also can be used for measurement of pupil diameter with its own dedicated computer
- Sensors and amplifiers for monitoring heart rate, breathing rate, and skin conductance (on loan from WSU Psych Department due to faculty adjunct status there)
- 1 file server with redundant back-up systems
- 1 height-adjustable participant seat with various controls (joysticks, steering wheels, etc.)
- Flock of Birds magnetic head tracking system and IS-300 3DOF inertial tracking system.