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Dr. Sara Lu Riggs

Dr. Sara Lu RiggsAssistant Professor

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

Phone: (864) 656-3114
Fax: (864) 656-0795

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BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech, 2009

BA, Economics
Virginia Tech, 2009

MSE, Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan, 2011

PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan, 2014

Research Areas

Human factors in complex, data-rich environments such as aviation, military operations, and healthcare. Specifically interested in the design and evaluation of multimodal displays (those including vision, audition, and touch), understanding perceptual and cognitive limitations, and adaptive interface design. 

Selected Publications

Riggs, S., Wickens, C., Sarter, N., Thomas, L., Nikolic, M., & Sebok, A. Multimodal information presentation in support of NextGen operations. (2017). The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 27(1-2), 29-43. 

Gildersleeve, R., Riggs, S.L., Cherñavvsky, D.R., DeBoer, M.D. (2017). Improving the safety and functionality of an artificial pancreas system for use in young children: Input from parents and physicians. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.

Riggs, S. & Sarter, N. (2016). The development and evaluation of countermeasures to tactile change blindness. Human Factors, 58, 482-495.

Pitts, B., Riggs, S., & Sarter, N. (2016). Crossmodal matching: A critical but neglected step in multimodal research. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 46(3), 445-450.

Lu, S.,Wickens, C., Prinet, J., Hutchins, S., Sarter, N., & Sebok, A. (2013). Supporting interruption management and multimodal interface design: three meta-analyses of task performance as a function of interrupting task modality. Human Factors, 55, 697-724.

Courses Taught

IE 2100 Design and Analysis of Work Systems
IE 4910/6910 Investigating Human Error in Complex Systems
IE 8150 Research Methods in Ergonomics
IE 8930 Multimodal Displays and Interfaces

Professional Affiliations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
American Psychological Association – Division 21 (APA)
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Professional Awards

2016 American Psychological Association (APA) George E. Briggs Dissertation Award