Ji Hyun  Yang, Ph.D.
MOVES Institute, Naval Postgraduate School


Dr. Ji Hyun Yang is a Research Associate Professor of MOVES Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Dr. Yang came to the NPS Department of Operations Research as a National Research Council Research Associate in April 2008, and she join the faculty in MOVES Institute in August 2011. Dr. Yang received her B.S.  in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2001 and the S.M. and Ph.D.  in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  Her research is highly multifaceted, integrating humans and engineering systems.  Her recent work cosponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Modeling Simulation Office (NMSO) was to integrate physiological measurement of trainee’s cognitive states on helicopter overland navigation, which has been expanded to human-robot (e.g., swarms of unmanned vehicles) interaction.  Her graduate research, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Eric Feron and Dr. Joseph Coughlin, focused on human fatigue detection for Active Safety in automobile systems. Dr. Yang is the recipient of IEEE SMC Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award in 2010 and National Research Council Research Associateship from 2008-2011.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS (click for examples)

  • Human-vehicle interaction, operator cognition modeling in manned and unmanned teams
  • Visual perception and human uncertainty modeling in transportation/military systems
  • Active safety for ground and aerial transportation systems, fatigue detection


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    • Ph.D., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2007
      Major area: Humans and Automation
    • S.M., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2003
  • Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
    • B.S., Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, cum laude, 2001


  • Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA  
    • Research Associate Professor, MOVES Institute (August 2011 - present)
    • Research Scientist Principal, Digtal Consulting Services (July 2011 - August 2011)
    • National Research Council Fellow, National Research Council (April 2008 - June 2011)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (September 2001- September 2007)
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • Internships at Active Safety Group, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

JOURNAL ARTICLES (* corresponding author)

  1. J. Yang*, Z.-H. Mao, L. Tijerina, T. Pilutti, J. Coughlin and E. Feron, "Detection of Driver Fatigue Caused by Sleep Deprivation", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics— Part A: Systems and Humans, Vol. 39. No. 4, pp. 694 –705, July 2009. [IEEE SMC Society Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award, 2010] [PDF]
  2. J. Sullivan, J. Yang*, M. Day and Q. Kennedy, "Training Simulation for Helicopter Navigation by Characterizing Visual Scan Patterns", Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 82, No. 9, pp. 871-8, September 2011. [PDF]
  3. J. Yang*, J. Huston, M. Day and I. Balogh, "Modeling Peripheral Vision for Moving Target Search and Detection", Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 83, No. 6, pp. 585-93, June 2012. [PDF]
  4. J. Yang*, Q. Kennedy, J. Sullivan, and R. Fricker, Jr., "Pilot Performance: Assessing How Scan Patterns & Navigational Assessments Vary by Flight Expertise", Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, to appear in Vol. 84, No.2, February 2013. [PDF]
  5. J. Yang*, B. Cowden, Q. Kennedy, H. Schramm, and J. Sullivan, “Pilots' perception on an overland navigation task based on confidence: where they are vs. where they believe,” Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, (in review, draft availabe upon request).
  6. C. Park*, J. Yang, and D. Scheeres, “Optimal Formation Reconfiguration Subject to Hill Three-Body Dynamics by Generating Functions,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, (in review, draft available upon request).