Xi Jessie Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Industrial and Operations Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Tel: 734-763-0541

Email: xijyang@umich.edu (xijyang at umich dot edu)


I am looking for motivated PhD students. If you are interested, please drop me an email with your CV.


I joined the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in 2016. Prior to that, I was a postdoc at the Interactive Robotics Group of MIT and the SUTD-MIT International Design Center, working with Julie A. Shah and Katja Hölttä-Otto. I obtained my Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore in 2014, working with Taezoon Park and Christopher D. Wickens.


I study interactions, including human-human interaction, human-computer interaction and human-autonomy/robot interaction. I want to understand how humans interact with each other, with autonomous agents and with robots, and to propose design solutions facilitating such interactions. You can have a glimpse of the projects I worked on before: patient handover, trust in automation, robot assistance.



Ph.D., Human Factors Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2014

M.Eng., Human Factors Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2009

B.Eng., (First class honors), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2006