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Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil

Kapil Chalil Madathil Wilfred P. Tiencken Professor of Industrial and Civil Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Industrial Engineering
270 Freeman Hall, Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0920

Phone: (864) 656-0856

Fax: (864) 656-0795

Laboratory Web Page:

Areas of Interest:
Dr. Chalil Madathil's area of expertise lies in applying the knowledge base of human factors engineering to the design and operation of human-machine systems that involve rich interactions among people and technology. His research encompasses the entire spectrum of system design, ranging from identifying user needs to designing and developing computing systems that inform and motivate user behavior, and empirically evaluating the efficacy of these interventions. Utilizing qualitative and quantitative methodologies, his research strives to understand how humans perceive, make sense of, and interact with human-machine systems. His work is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the United States National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and several other industry and state agencies.

Research Areas
Human-centered design
User experience research
Human factors engineering
Human-machine interaction
Healthcare human factors

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2006
M.S., Industrial Engineering, 2010
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, 2013

Classes typically taught:
IE 8020: Design and Analysis of Human-Computer Systems
IE 4880/6880: Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
CE 4840/6840: Design Thinking Approaches to Sustainable System Design
CE 4830/6830: Construction Safety and Incident Analysis

Professional Society Membership:
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Selected Awards
University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAA), Clemson University, 2023
William C. Howell Young Investigator Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2022
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2021
Senior Member, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IEEE), 2021
Wilfred P. Tiencken Professorship, College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences, Clemson University, 2020
Member, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society, 2020
Marc Resnick Honorable Mention Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2017, 2018
Best Paper Award, Virtual Environments Technical Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2018
Inventors Club Award Recipient, Clemson University Research Foundation, 2018
Best Software System Award, 2012
ACM - SIGCHI Honorable Mention Award, 2011

Selected Journal Publications:

Sawant, S., Chalil Madathil, K., Molloseau, M., & Obeid, J. (2024). Overcoming recruitment hurdles in clinical trials: An investigation of remote consenting modalities and their impact on workload, workflow, and usability. Applied Ergonomics, 114,

Hauptman, A., Schelble, B., McNeese, N. & Chalil Madathil, K. (2023). Adapt and Overcome: Perceptions of adaptive autonomous agents for Human-AI teaming. Computers in Human Behavior.

Abraham, J., Roth, R., Zinzow, H., Chalil Madathil, K. & Wisniewski, P. (2022). Applying behavioral contagion theory to examine young adults’ participation in viral social media challenges. ACM Transactions on Social Computing, 5(1-4), 1-34.

Agnisarman, S., Chalil Madathil, K., Khasawneh, A., Ponathil, A., Lopes, S., Piratla, K. & Gajjar, D (2022). Sensemaking perspective on infrastructure risk-related mental model development of windstorm loss prevention engineers. Journal of Building Engineering, 52,

Mihandoust, S., Joseph, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Rogers, H., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Ahmadshahi, S., Holmstedt, C. & McElligott, J. (2021). Comparing sources of disruptions to telemedicine-enabled stroke care in an ambulance. Health Environments Research & Design. 15(2), 96-115.

Rogers, H., Chalil Madathil, K., Joseph, A., Holmstedt, C., Qanungo, S., McNeese, N., Morris, T., Holden, R., & McElligott, J. (2021). An exploratory study investigating the barriers, facilitators, and demands affecting caregivers in a telemedicine integrated ambulance-based setting for stroke care. Applied Ergonomics, 97.  

Joseph, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Rogers, H., McNeese, N. J., Mihandoust, S., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Khasawneh, A., McElligott, J. & Holmstedt, C. (2021).  Communication and teamwork during telemedicine-enabled stroke care in an ambulance. Human Factors, 64(1) 21–41.

Chalil Madathil, K. & Greenstein, J. S. (2021). Designing comprehensible healthcare public reports: An investigation of the use of narratives and active engagement to support healthcare public report sensemaking. Applied Ergonomics, 95.

Rogers, H., Chalil Madathil, K., Joseph, A., McNeese, N.J., Holmstedt, C., Holden R, and McElligott, J T. (2021). Task, usability, and error analyses of ambulance-based telemedicine for stroke care. IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering11(3), 192-208.

Khasawneh, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Zinzow, H., Wisniewski, P., Ponathil, A., Rogers, H., Agnisarman, S., Roth, R. & Narasimhan, M. (2021). An investigation of the portrayal of social media challenges on YouTube and Twitter. ACM Transactions on Social Computing, 4 (1), 1-23.

Ponathil, A., Khasawneh, A., Byrne, K. & Chalil Madathil, K. (2020). Factors affecting the choice of a dental care provider by older adults based on online consumer reviews. IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 11(1),

Roth, R., Abraham, J., Zinzow, H., Khasawneh, A., Wisniewski, P., & Chalil Madathil, K. (2020). Evaluating news media reports on the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ for adherence to suicide prevention safe messaging guidelines. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 4 (CSCW).  

Ponathil, A., Ozkan, F., Welch, B., Bertrand, J., & Chalil Madathil, K. (2020). Family health history collected by virtual conversational agents: An empirical study to investigate the efficacy of this approach. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 29(6), 1081-1092.

Chalil Madathil, K. & Greenstein, J. S. (2019). An investigation on the role of inaccurate anecdotal information on the healthcare sensemaking process. Applied Ergonomics. 70, 269-278.

Khasawneh, A., Rogers, H., Chalil Madathil, K., Bertrand, J., & Gramopadhye, A.K. (2019). An investigation of the human adaptation to latency in teleoperated multi-robot human-agent search and rescue teams. Automation in Construction, 99, 265-277.

Agnisarman, S., Lopes, S., Chalil Madathil, K., Gramopadhye, A.K. & Piratla, K. (2019). A survey of automation-enabled human-in-the-loop systems for infrastructure visual inspection. Automation in Construction, 97, 52-76.

Chalil Madathil, K., Greenstein, J. S. & Horan, K. (2019). Empirical studies to investigate the usability of text- and image-based CAPTCHAs. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 69, 200-208.

Bhargava, A., Bertrand, J., Gramopadhye, A.K., Chalil Madathil, K., & Babu, S. (2018). Evaluating multiple levels of an interaction fidelity continuum on performance and learning in near-field training simulations. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 24(4), 1418-1427.

Agnisarman, S., Stanley, L. M., & Chalil Madathil, K. (2018). A survey of empirical studies on persuasive technologies to promote sustainable living. Sustainable Computing, Informatics and Systems. 19, 112-122.

Chalil Madathil, K. & Greenstein, J. S. (2017). An investigation of the efficacy of collaborative virtual reality-based systems for remote moderated usability testing. Applied Ergonomics, 65, 501-514.

Scharett, E., Chalil Madathil, K., Lopes, S., Rogers, H., Agnisarman, S., Narasimha, S., Dye, C. (2017).  An investigation of the information sought by caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients on online peer support groups. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(10), 640-657.

Agnisarman, S., Narasimha, S., Chalil Madathil, K., Gramopadhye, A.K. & McElligott, J.T. (2017). Designing home-based telemedicine systems for the geriatric population: An empirical study. Telemedicine and e-Health, 24(2), 94-110.

Agnisarman, S. O., Chalil Madathil, K., Smith, K., Ashok, A., Welch, B., & McElligott, J. T. (2017). Lessons learned from the usability assessment of home-based telemedicine systems. Applied Ergonomics, 58, 424-434.

Narasimha, S., Agnisarman, S.O., Chalil Madathil, K., Roger, H., Welch, B., Ashok, A., Nair, A. & McElligott, J.T. (2017). Designing telemedicine systems for geriatric patients: a review of the usability studies. Telemedicine and e-health. 23(6), 459-472.

Parmar, D., Bertrand, J., Babu, S. V., Chalil Madathil, K., Zelaya, M., Wang, T., … Frady, K. (2016). A comparative evaluation of viewing metaphors on psychophysical skills education in an interactive virtual environment. Virtual Reality, 20(3), 141–157.

Chalil Madathil, K., Rivera-Rodriguez, A. J., Greenstein, J. S., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2015). Healthcare information on YouTube: a systematic review. Health Informatics Journal, 21(3), 173-194.

Sanderson, I. C., Obeid, J. S., Chalil Madathil, K., Gerken, K., Fryar, K., Rugg, D., ... & Moskowitz, J. (2013). Managing clinical research permissions electronically: A novel approach to enhancing recruitment and managing consents, Clinical Trials, 10(4), 604-611.

Chalil Madathil, K., Koikkara, R., Obeid, J., Greenstein, J. S., Sanderson, I., Fryar, K., Moskowitz, J. & Gramopadhye A. K. (2013). An investigation of the efficacy of electronic consenting interfaces of research permissions management system in a hospital setting . International Journal of Medical Informatics, 82(9), 854-863.