Richard Pak

Dr. Pak is a professor of psychology and director of the Clemson Human Factors Institute. His primary research interests center on the psychological factors surrounding the design and use of autonomous technology.

Machines that exhibit autonomy will increasingly become prevalent in all facets of daily life and may have an unusually large impact on the daily functioning of older adults by assisting their health, transportation, or even employment. Thus, it is imperative that we design autonomous machines to be understandable and usable for people of all ages.

Curriculum vitae (pdf)

He co-edits the Human Factors Blog with Anne McLaughlin.

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  • Office location: Brackett Hall, 410b
  • Tel: 864-656-1584

Research Interests

  • Age-related changes in cognitive abilities
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Anthropomorphic interfaces
  • Factors affecting the successful use of information technology
  • Human factors in HCI


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005.
  • M.S., Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001.
  • B.S., Applied Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997.


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