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Esa Rantanen

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4412
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Esa Rantanen

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, MS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MS, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Bio

Professor Rantanen trained as an airline pilot and worked as an air traffic controller before going back to school and into an academic career. Before joining the psychology faculty at RIT in 2007, Professor Rantanen was in the faculty of Institute of Aviation of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Rantanen teaches the PSYC 642 Graduate Research Methods, PSYC 714 Graduate Engineering Psychology, and PSYC 234 Industrial and Organizational Psychology courses.

Professor Rantanen's theoretical research interests lie in the areas of human factors in complex and dynamic systems, human performance measurement and modeling, mental workload, decision making, and human error and reliability. His primary research focus is on the role of time and temporal mental models in human performance. Professor Rantanen is currently pursuing research in three applied domains: Air traffic control (air traffic controllers' situation awareness), healthcare (human error in medicine), and process control (control room displays).

Professor Rantanen is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES; since 1993), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society; since 1997), and Association for Aviation Psychology (AAP; since 1999). He serves in the editorial boards of journals "Human Factors" and "International Journal of Aviation Psychology".

585-475-4412

Currently Teaching

PSYC-251
3 Credits
This course will serve as an advanced research methods course in psychology, and will build on the foundational knowledge presented in Research Methods I. Topics and tasks for this course include designing single and multi-factor experiments, interpreting correlational research, completing statistical analyses appropriate to design, completing and analyzing an IRB application, understanding observational and survey research, and presenting results in APA style. This is a required course for all psychology majors, and is restricted to students in the psychology program.
PSYC-599
1 - 6 Credits
A program of study executed by an individual student with assistance and guidance by an instructor, outside a regular classroom setting. Guidelines for designing and gaining approval for an independent study are provided in College of Liberal Arts Policy I.D.
PSYC-101
3 Credits
Introduction to the field of psychology. Provides a survey of basic concepts, theories, and research methods. Topics include: thinking critically with psychological science; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and therapy; and social psychology.
PSYC-234
3 Credits
Industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology is a branch of applied psychology that is concerned with efficient management of an industrial labor force and especially with problems encountered by workers in a mechanized environment. Specific areas include job analysis, defining and measuring job performance, performance appraisal, tests, employment interviews, employee selection and training, and human factors. This course covers the basic principles of the above areas as well as applications of current research in I/O psychology.
PSYC-753
3 Credits
The Thesis courses will vary widely but will fulfill the work plan agreed by the student and the thesis adviser. The guiding principle of the Thesis course is to complete the thesis research proposed in Thesis Proposal. The Thesis course consists of carrying out the thesis research, including collection and analysis of data, and completion and public defense of the thesis document for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree.
PSYC-550
0 Credits
Practicum open to psychology students. Gives the student first-hand experience in the field of psychology working on research that matches the student's career objectives. Students are closely supervised by a faculty member, developing relevant skills and learning how to do research first-hand. May count for the equivalent of the psychology co-op experience with prior approval and sufficient time commitment. (3rd or 4th year status). Prerequisites PSYC-101, -250, -251. Credit 0 (F, S, Su)

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Published Conference Proceedings
Rantanen, Esa M., et al. "Data Properties Underlying Human Monitoring Performance." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: SAGE Publications, 2017. Web. *
Hingu, Dharmendra Praving, et al. "A Software Tool for Cognitive Work Analysis." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: SAGE Publications, 2017. Web. *
Umansky, Jonathan and Esa M. Rantanen. "Workload in Nursing." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: SAGE Publications, 2016. Web. *
Rantanen, Esa M. "Trends in Knowledge and Skill Expectations for New Human Factors Professionals." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: SAGE Publications, 2016. Web. *
Rantanen, Esa M., et al. "Education of Future Human Factors Professionals." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 Annual Meeting,. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: SAGE Publications, 2016. Web. *
Wiele, Paul and Esa M. Rantanen. "Incident-reporting Systems: Usability of Input Interfaces and Resulting Data." Proceedings of the the International Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, Baltimore, MD, April 26—29, 2015. Ed. NA. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Web.
Nalbandian, Alexander and Esa M. Rantanen. "Learning of Location-identity Bindings: Development of Level 1 Situation Awareness in an Air Traffic Control-like Task." Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Ed. NA. Dayton, OH: Association for Aviation Psychology, Web.
Rantanen, E.M., L. Hochberg, and R. S. Johar. "Linguistic Analysis of Archival Human Factors Jobs Data." Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Ed. Unknown. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2014. Print. «
Rantanen, E. M., et al. "Towards Automatic Annotation of Clinical Decision-making Style." Proceedings of the 8th Linguistic Annotation Workshop at the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Ed. Unknown. Dublin, Ireland: International Committee on Computational Linguistics, 2014. Print. «
Rantanen, E.M., et al. "Decision Style in a Clinical Reasoning Corpus." Proceedings of the BioNLP Workshop. Ed. Unknown. Baltimore, MD: Association for Computational Linguistics, 2014. Print. «
Rantanen, E.M., et al. "Usability of Human Factors Research in Design: Advice From Users of Science to Producers of Science." Proceedings of the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Ed. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2014. Print. «
Rantanen, E.M. and A.s. Swaminathan. "Usability of Human Factors Standards." Proceedings of the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Ed. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2014. Print. «
Rantanen, Esa and William Moroney. "Employers' Expectations for Education and Skills of New Human Factors/Ergonomics Professionals." Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Boston, MA, October 22-26, 2012. Ed. HFES. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2012. Print. «
Moroney, William and Esa Rantanen. "Student Perceptions of their Educational and Skill Needs in the Workplace." Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Boston, MA, October 22-26, 2012. Ed. HFES. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2012. Print. «
Rantanen, Esa, et al. "Analysis of Hospital Oncology Department Pharmacy." Proceedings of the Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap, Baltimore, MD, March 12-14, 2012. Ed. HFES. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2012. Web. £
Deeter, Joe and Esa Rantanen. "Human Reliability Analysis in Healthcare." Proceedings of the Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap, Baltimore, MD, March 12-14, 2012. Ed. HFES. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2012. Web. £
Rantanen, E.M. and W.F. Moroney. "Employers' Expectations for Education and Skills of New Human Factors/Ergonomics Professionals." Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica, CA: n.p., 2012. Print. *
Rantanen, E.M. and W.F. Moroney. "Student Perceptions of Their Educational and Skill Needs in the Workplace." Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica, CA: n.p., 2012. Print. *
Rantanen, E.M. "Analysis of Hospital Oncology Department Pharmacy Operations." Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap. Santa Monica, CA: n.p., Print. *
Rantanen, E.M. "Human Reliability Analysis in Healthcare." Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap. Santa Monica, CA: n.p., Print. *
Rantanen, E. M. and W. F. Moroney. "Educational and Skill Needs for New Human Factors/Ergonomics Professionals." Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas, NV, September 19-23, 2011. Ed. HFES. Santa Monica, CA: n.p., 2011. Print. *
Rantanen, E. M. and J. L. Smagner. "User Experience with Cybercollaboration Technologies." Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Santa Monica, CA: HFES, 2011. Print. * †
Book Chapter
Rantanen, Esa M., et al. "Practitioner operational challenges and priorities." Advances in Aviation Psychology. Ed. Michael A. Vidulich, Pamela S. Tsang, and John M. Flach. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017. 39-54. Print. ∆
Rantanen, Esa. "Human Factors Validation of NextGen Technologies and Procedures." Advances in Human Aspects of Aviation (Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics Series). Ed. Steven Landry. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. 341-350. Print. ∆
Histon, Jonathan, Esa Rantanen, and Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm. "Air Traffic Control Voice Data Analysis to Validate NextGen Procedures." Advances in Human Aspects of Aviation (Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics Series). Ed. Steven Landry. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. 129-138. Print. ∆
Rantanen, E.M. "Human Factors Validation of NextGen Technologies and Procedures." Advances in Human Aspects of Aviation. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. 341-350. Print. *
Rantanen, E.M., C. Alm, and J. Histon. "Air Traffic Control Voice Data Analysis to Validate NextGen Procedures." Advances in Human Aspects of Aviation. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012. 129-138. Print. *
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Kulomäki, Jaakko, et al. "Individual Differences in Attention Allocation in Multitasking: An Eye-Tracking Study." Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Vancouver, BC: Psychonomic Society. *
Kulomäki, Jaakko, et al. "The Role of Central Cxecutive in Alternating Multitask Situations." Proceedings of the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Ed. NA. Granada, Spain: n.p.. *
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Rantanen, Esa M. "Application of Cognitive Work Analysis to Map Nurses' Workload in a Hospital Setting." A WebEx meeting presentation for the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Washington, DC. 2 Nov. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Rantanen, Esa M. "Improving Operator Situation Awareness with Wide Area Geographic Data View Displays of the Electric Grid." New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Seminar Series. New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Rensselaer, NY. 23 Apr. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Rantanen, Esa M. "Human Factors, Multitask Performance, and Temporal Awareness." Finnish Defence Research Agency, Human Performance Division Seminar. Finnish Defence Research Agency, Human Performance Division. Järvenpää, Finland, FIN. 10 Aug. 2015. Guest Lecture.
Rantanen, E. "Linguistic Analysis of Clinical Communications: A Novel Method for Study of Diagnostic Errors." HFES International Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare. HFES International Symposium of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare. Chicago, IL. 18 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation. *
Rantanen, E. "Measurement and Modeling of Human Performance in Operational Contexts." Third Annual Joint Mini Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association. Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association. Geneseo, NY. 12 Apr. 2014. Conference Presentation. *
Histon, J., Esa Rantanen, and Alm. "Communication Sequences in Controller-pilot Communications." Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Wright State University. Dayton, OH. 9 May 2013. Conference Presentation. *
Nystrom, D. T., Esa M. Rantanen, and G. Lintern. "Stress in Medical Residency: Cognitive Work Analysis and A Literature Review." 2013 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Advancing the Cause. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Santa Monica, CA. 12 Mar. 2013. Conference Presentation. *
Rantanen, Esa. "Situation Awareness and Other Cross-Domain Constructs: Lessons Learned from 110 Years of Aviation Human Factors Research." at PNNL Future Power Grid Initiative 2nd Workshop on Challenges in Next-Generation Analytics for the Future Power Grid. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Seattle, WA. 19 Sep. 2013. Conference Presentation. *
Journal Paper
Rantanen, Esa M., et al. "Eye Contact and Video-Mediated Communication: A Review." Displays 34. 2 (2015): 177--185. Print. *
Rantanen, Esa, et al. "Archival Human Factors Jobs Database as a Tool for Tracking Trends in Skills and Knowledge Expectations in the Labor Market." Proceedings of The 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57. 1 (2013): 457-461. Print. *
Rantanen, Esa, et al. "Practicing Relevant Skills in the Classroom: Advice From Experts in the Industry to Professors." Proceedings of The International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57. 1 (2013): 443-446. Print. *
Rantanen, Esa and Christopher Wickens. "Conflict Resolution Maneuvers in Air Traffic Control: Investigation of Operational Data." International Journal of Aviation Psychology 22. 3 (2012): 266-281. Print. «
Rantanen, E.M. "Conflict Resolution Maneuvers in Air Traffic Control: Investigation of Operational Data." The International Journal of Aviation Psychology 22. 3 (2012): 266-281. Print. *
Bohannon, Leanne S., et al. "Eye Contact and Video-mediated Communication: A Review." Displays. (2012) Print. *
Rantanen, E.M. "Eye Contact and Video-Mediated Communication: A Review." Displays. (2012): Online. Web. *
Stankovic, Stephanie, et al. "Individual Differences in the Effect of Vertical Separation on Conflict Detection in Air Traffic Control." International Journal of Aviation Psychology 21. 4 (2011): 325-342. Print. ˜
Published Article
Yang, Jiazhong, Esa M. Rantanen, and Kan Zhang. “The impact of time efficacy on air traffic controller situation awareness and mental workload.” International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 20.1 (2010): 74-91. Print. *
Rantanen, E. M., and C. D. Wickens. “Are there standard conflict resolution maneuvers in air traffic control?” Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2010. 45-49. Print. *
Chung, Chnogyoon, and Esa M. Rantanen. “Gestural interaction with In-Vehicle Audio and Climate Controls.” Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2010. 1406-1410. Print. † *
Hope, Ryan M., Esa M. Rantanen, and Lauri Oksama. “Multiple Identity Tracking and Entropy in an ATC-like Task.” Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2010.1012-1016. Print. † *