Boy, Guy

University Professor & Dean of the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art
Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art, School of

Human Centered Design Institute


Personal Overview

Co-Chair of the Human-Systems Integration Working Group, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), 2015-Present; Member of the Scientific Committee of the SESAR Program, 2013-Present; Chair of the FIT-KSC Local Organizing Committee of the ISU Space Studies Program 2012; Member of the JPDO/FAA Aircraft Working Group, 2010-2012; Adjunct Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, COMASIC program, 2011-Present. Member of the IHMC Science Board, 2008; Chair of the National Conference on Risk Taking (Prise de Risque), Air and Space Academy, 2008; Co-organizer of the Entretiens de Toulouse, 2008; President of the Technical Committee on Aerospace Human Factors and Ergonomics (TCASHFE) of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), 2007-Present; Member of the Board of the National Center for Research and Technology (CNRT) in Aerospace and coordinator of the "Interaction Engineering" working group, 2002-2006; Executive Vice-Chair, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), 1995-1999, Senior Member of ACM; Co-Founder and Member of the Board, French-speaking Association for Human-Computer Interaction (AFIHM), 1996-1999; Co-founder and main organizer of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics (HCI-Aero), in Cooperation with ACM-SIGCHI, 1998-present; Co-founder and main organizer of the International Conference on Human-Machine Interaction & Artificial Intelligence in Aerospace (HMI-AI-AS), Toulouse, France, 1986-1995; Co-founder and main organizer of EURISCO Summer Schools in Cognitive Engineering, 1995-2007; and Co-chair of several workshops at AAAI, CHI and Paper Co-Chair of Interact & CHI 1993.

Educational Background

M.S. Advanced Automation, French Aeronautics and Astronautics Institute of Technology (ISAE-SUPAERO), France, 1977
Ph.D. Automation and System Design, ISAE-SUPAERO, France 1980
M.S. Psychology, University of Toulouse, France 1983

Research Professor Habilitation, University of Paris, France 1992
University Professor Qualification in Computer Science and Psychology, France 1994

Recognition & Awards

Fellow of the Air and Space Academy; Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); ACM Service Recognition Award

Current Courses

HCD 6810: Life-Critical Systems (Spring); HCD 6820: Advanced Interaction Media (Fall);HCD 6830: Cognitive Engineering (Spring); HCD 6840: Complexity Analysis for HCD (Spring); HCD 6850: Organization Design and Management (Fall); HCD 6860: Modeling and Simulation (Fall); HCD 6999: HCD Research and Dissertation (Spring); HCD 5801: Functional Analysis (Spring); HCD 5802: Usability Engineering (Fall); HCD 5803: Creativity and Design Thinking (Spring); HCD 5804 Industrial Design (Fall).

Professional Experience

University Professor, Dean of the Scool of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Arts, Executive Director of HCDi and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, 2009-Present; IPA Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Design, NASA Kennedy Space Center, 2010-Present; Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), 2008-Present; President, European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering (EURISCO International), 2002-2008; Fellow of the Air and Space Academy, 2006-present (Elected Correspondant in 2003); Associate Research Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics Doctoral School, ISAE-SUPAERO, 2007-present; Visiting Professor, Vice-President and Co-Founder of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique (Institut de Cognitique), Bordeaux, 2004-Present; Member of the Board, Doctoral School on Behavior, Language, and Cognition, University of Toulouse; Visiting Professor, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), 2001-2008; Coordinator of the “Interaction Engineering” Working Group of the CNRT-AE (The French National Center for Technological Research in Aerospace), 2001-2007; Associate Professor, SUPAERO, 1994-2001; Director and Cofounder, European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering (EURISCO), 1992-2001; Head, Advanced Interaction Media group, AI Research Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, 1989-1991; Cofounder and President of Dialogics/Dialexis S.A. Board, a software company specialized in Human-Machine Interaction, 1987-1994; Founder and Director of a Professional Course on Human-Machine Systems for EUROSAE, 1987-2010; Group Leader, Human-machine systems, Toulouse Research Center (CERT), Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiale (ONERA: The French Aerospace Lab Administration), 1986-1988; Principal Investigator, HORSES project, Aerospace Human Factors Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, on leave from ONERA, 1984-1986; Research Scientist, CERT-ONERA, 1980-1984; Military Service in the French Air Force, 1979-1980; and Research Assistant, CERT-ONERA, 1977-1979.

Additional Duties

Executive Director of the Human-Centered Design Insitute (HCDi)

Chair of the Ph.D. and M.S. Programs in Human-Centered Design

Current Research

Research efforts:

1. Authority sharing in complex human and machine multi-agent systems (human-centered automation and cognitive function analysis in the design and development of complex life-critical systems)
2. Procedures, checklists and operations supports for safety-critical systems
3. Sociocultural evolution of human-machine systems and emergence of new practices
4. Computer-supported meeting environments
5. Documentation and knowledge management
6. Risk taking: from human error to human involvement


1. The role of people in engineering systems
2. Function allocation between humans and systems
3. Virtual Camera, Control Room Design and Human-Robot Interaction (NASA IPA)
4. Human-centered design of education environments

Selected Publications

Boy, G.A. (2014). From automation to tangible interactive objects. Annual Reviews in Control, Elsevier (1367-5788). 10.1016/j.arcontrol.2014.03.001.

Boy, G.A. & Doule, O. (2014). How can space contribute to a possible socio-technical future on Earth? Le Travail Humain Journal, Presses Universitaire de France, Paris.

Boy, G.A. (2013). Orchestrating Human-Centered Design. Springer, UK.

Boy, G.A. (2013). From STEM to STEAM: Toward a Human-Centered Education, Creativity and Learning Thinking. Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE 2013), Université de Toulouse, France. Also in the ACM Digital Library.

Boy, G.A. & Narkevicius, J. (2013). Unifying Human Centered Design and Systems Engineering for Human Systems Integration. In Complex Systems Design and Management. Aiguier, M., Boulanger, F., Krob, D. & Marchal, C. (Eds.), Springer, U.K. 2014. ISBN-13: 978-3-319-02811-8.

Boy, G.A. & Schmitt, K.A. (2012). Design for Safety: A cognitive engineering approach to the control and management of nuclear power plants. Annals of Nuclear Energy. Elsevier.

Boy, G.A. (2012). What do we mean by Human-Centered Design of Life-Critical Systems? Proceedings of the 2012 IEA World Congress on Ergonomics, Recife, Brazil. In Work 41 (2012) 4503-4513, DOI 10.3233/WOR-2012-0029-4503, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Boy, G.A. (Ed., 2011). Handbook of Human-Machine Interaction - A Human-Centered Design Approach. Ashgate, UK.

Boy, G.A. (2011). Design for Safety: A Cognitive Engineering Approach. Chapter in the book Safety of Intelligent Driver Support Systems: Design, Evaluation, and Social Perspectives, Y. Barnard, Ralf Risser & Josef Krems (Eds.). Ashgate, UK.

Boy, G.A. & Grote, G. (2009). Authority in Increasingly Complex Human and Machine Collaborative Systems: Application to the Air Traffic Management Evolution. Proceedings of the IEA 2009 World Congress, Beijing, China.

Boy, G.A. & Pinet, J. (2008). The Technological Being: A discussion between a test pilot and a research scientist (in French). LHarmattan, Paris, France.

Boy, G.A. (2007). Perceived Complexity and Cognitive Stability in Human-Centered Design. Proceedings of the HCI International 2007 Conference. Beijing, China.

Boy, G.A. & Grote, G. (2005). Coordination, Authority Trading, and Control in the Context of Safety-Critical Systems. Proceedings of HCI International 2005. Las Vegas, USA.

Boy, G.A. (2005). Decision Making: A Cognitive Function Approach. Proceedings of the Seventh International on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM7) Conference. J.M.C Schraagen (Ed.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June.

Boy, G.A. & Ferro, D. (2003). Using Cognitive Function Analysis to Prevent Controlled Flight Into Terrain. Chapter of the Human Factors and Flight Deck Design Book. Don Harris (Ed.), Ashgate, UK.

Boy, G.A. (2003). Cognitive Engineering: HCI and Cognition Ingnierie cognitive: IHM et cognition (Trait des Sciences Cognitives) . Hermes Sciences Lavoisier, Paris France.

Boy, G.A. (2002). Theories of Human Cognition: To Better Understand the Co-Adaptation of People and Technology, in Knowledge Management, Organizational Intelligence and Learning, and Complexity. L. Douglas Kiel (Ed.), in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [].

Boy, G.A. (1998). Cognitive Function Analysis. Textbook. Greenwood/Ablex, CT, USA.

Boy, G.A. (1998). Cognitive Function Analysis for Human-Centered Automation of Safety-Critical Systems. Proceedings of CHI98, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Los Angeles, USA. Published by ACM Press, New York. Pages: 265 - 272, ISBN:0-201-30987-4.

Boy, G.A. (1995). Humanlike System Certification and Evaluation. In Expertise and Technology: Issues in Cognition and Human-Computer Cooperation (Expertise Series). J.M. Hoc, E. Hollnagel & P.C. Cacciabue (Eds.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers. Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Boy, G.A. (1991). Intelligent Assistant System. Textbook. Published by Academic Press, London.

Boy, G.A. (1987). Operator Assistant Systems. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 27, pp. 541-554, and Cognitive Engineering in Dynamic Worlds, G. Mancini, D.D. Woods, & E. Hollnagel, Ed., Academic Press, London.