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“We conduct applied engineering research with humans in mind.”

Welcome to the Human-in-Mind Engineering Research Lab (HiMER Lab; pronounced as [/haɪmer/ lab]) led by Dr. Heejin Jeong at the University of Illinois at Chicago‘s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE).

The HiMER Lab designs, implements, and evaluates emerging interactive systems from the human factors perspective to advance the well-being and the quality of life of the people.

As innovative technology and its applications are growing rapidly, humans’ tasks and roles have changed and become diverse in the human-technology interaction. We seek to understand both human cognitive skills (e.g., attention, memory, learning, problem-solving) and limitations (e.g., human error) to explore how humans interact with user interfaces using gesture, speech, eye glance, multi-modality, virtual/augmented reality, sensor, etc.

We are a human factors engineering research lab to seek interdisciplinary research collaborations with a wide range of fields including engineering, social sciences, and learning sciences. If you’re interested in working with us, please feel free to contact Dr. Jeong (

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Exploring Emerging Interactive Systems
In the HiMER Lab, we focus on designing and evaluating human-machine interaction systems to bridge the critical communication gap between users and system designers. Students in our lab are expected to work for collaborative research projects with other UIC groups in robotics, computer science, and health science.
Research Publications
Our research outcomes have been published in major scientific journals and conference proceedings.
Community Engagement and Outreach
The HiMER Lab promotes successful STEM learning for local K-12 students and communities.
Life in Chicago
Our lab is located just around the vibrant downtown of Chicago with a large number of industries and research centers that interact with our faculty, researchers, and students. UIC is classified as an R1 Carnegie Highest Research institution; it is the largest academic institution in the city and Chicago’s only public research university.