Peter Hancock

Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training

Education:

(2001) D.Sc. Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, Human-Machine Systems.

(1983) Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human Performance.

(1978) M.Sc. Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, Human Biology.

(1976) B.Ed. (Honors) Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, Anatomy and Physiology.

Contact:
Phone: (407) 823-2310
E-mail: Peter.Hancock@ucf.edu

Peter A. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training, as well as at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At UCF in 2009 he was created the 16th ever University Pegasus Professor and in 2012 was named 6th ever University Trustee Chair. He directs the MIT2 Research Laboratories and is the Associate Director of the Center for Applied Human Factors in Aviation. He is also an affiliated Scientist of the Humans and Automation Laboratory at Duke University, a Research Associate of the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Florida. 

Professor Hancock is the author of over nine hundred refereed scientific articles and publications as well as writing and editing twenty-two books including: Human Performance and Ergonomics in the Handbook of Perception and Cognition series, published by Academic Press in 1999. To date, he has secured over $19 Million in externally funded research during his career. He has presented, or been an author on, over 1,000 scientific presentations. He was the Keynote Speaker for the combined meeting of the International Ergonomics Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2000 in San Diego; the largest ever professional meeting of the discipline. In 2003 he won the Liberty Mutual Medal of the International Ergonomics Association, a world-wide competition for innovative advances in occupational safety and ergonomics. In 2006 he won the Norbert Wiener Award of the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), being the highest award that Society gives for scientific attainment. In 2008 he received the Otto Edholm Award of the Ergonomics Society. That same year he won the Andrew P. Sage Award of the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for the best published work in the Journals of the Society which numbered over three-hundred papers for the year. 

In 2012 he was named winner of the Oliver Keith Hansen Award of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for achievement in outreach activities, and was also named Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. He is a Fellow and past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and Fellow and past President of the Society of Engineering Psychologists as well as being a former Chair of the Board of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments. In 2013 Hancock was the recipient of the Williams Award of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Notably, in 2015, he was elected only the 13th ever Honorary Member of the American Society of Heating, Radiation, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) (joining a list of twelve prior selectors including a past-President of the United States). Recently he has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes) and in late 2016 he was named the 30th Honorary Member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. In 2017 he was the 28th Elected Honorary Member in the history of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Among his pedagogical achievements, professor Hancock directed and graduated the first ever successful Ph.D. candidate at the University of Central Florida who conducted early, and innovative work on augmented reality (AR). Given the pioneering nature of UCF's Modelling and Simulation program, such a graduate may be among the very first individuals to receive such a degree from any Institution.

Projects/Honors/Publications

Transports of delight: How Technology Materializes Human Imagination


Transports of Delight explores how technology takes us to other (higher) realms of being. It uses specific case studies to illustrate how these dreams are first made material and then, like all human dreams and creations, prove vulnerable to the vagaries of catastrophic disaster.

Hoax springs eternal: The psychology of cognitive deception

Hoax Springs Eternal defines and explains cognitive deception in all its various incarnations. The text discusses six prominent potential historical instances of such hoax. It seeks to establish general principles in order to help people avoid falling prey to such machinations.

Elected Honorary Member, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).

Elected Honorary Member, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). March, 2017 (Only the 28th such Member Elected in the Institutes' History).

Elected Honorary Member of ASHRAE

Elected Honorary Member, American Society of Heating, Radiation and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), August, 2015 (Only the 13th such Member since 1896).

Human Factors Prize, Award Winner

The Human Factors Prize, established in 2010 to recognize excellence in human factors/ergonomics research, has been awarded to the following authors and papers.