Kim J. Vicente is founding director of the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory at the University of Toronto where he is a professor in the departments of mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Professor Vicente is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Miami University, Ohio, and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Professor Vicente has invented two areas of research — ecological interface design and cognitive work analysis — leading to hundreds of articles authored by many researchers around the world. One of his journal articles, co-authored with Jens Rasmussen, has been chosen as one of the most important papers in the 110 year history of human factors.
In 1999, Vicente authored the first textbook in the area of cognitive engineering, Cognitive Work Analysis: Toward Safe, Productive, and Healthy Computer-based Work, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. His latest book, The Human Factor: Revolutionizing the Way We Live with Technology, was published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada in Canada (2003), Routledge in the U.S. (2004), Les Éditions Logiques in Québec (2004), and Ediouro in Brazil (2005). This book received the National Business Book Award and the Science in Society General Audience Book Award, and was a finalist for the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Non-fiction Book of the Year.
Professor Vicente has provided an expert opinion to the media on issues related to people and technology. He has been quoted, or his work featured, in numerous outlets including: CTV, Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, CBC Radio, and the Toronto Star.