Human-Centered Innovation

Wright State University


Wright State University


Wright State University has the resources and expertise to develop human-centered technologies and systems that enhance work, play, travel, education and health. The Center of Excellence in Human-Centered Innovation will play a key role in helping the Federal Aviation Administration transform and upgrade the nation's air traffic control system in order to reduce delays and avoid gridlock in the skies. Expected to be fully implemented by 2025, the Next Generation Air Transportation System—or NextGen—is designed to widen the capacity of the skyways, safely allowing more aircraft to fly more closely together on more direct routes. It promises to shorten air time for travelers and cut the amount of jet fuel and air pollutants. The center is also developing new technologies for the health care field, from biomedical imaging to intelligent systems for home care. It has created a simulation of a full-body virtual patient that recognizes the human voice and responds to questions. In addition, the center is also poised to play a pivotal role in human-centered research and development for the Department of Defense.

Driving Economic Advancement

The center offers increased opportunities for technology transfer to Ohio-based companies. The economic benefits include the commercialization of new technology, the formation of new businesses and reducing the costs of health care for both companies and patients. Helping companies become more competitive, the center trains employees on how to use human effectiveness and performance in developing products and services, eliminating inefficient and cumbersome systems to users that can lead to failed companies and lost jobs. With its deep pool of faculty, the center is also well-positioned to help companies pursue grants and contracts. Faculty are already collaborating with Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Merck Research Labs, LexisNexis, General Dynamics, Procter & Gamble and other companies.


  • 56 faculty members from six colleges with expertise in engineering, computer science, biology, psychology, mathematics and health
  • Faculty have received external funding of more than $33 million in the past five years from government and industry
  • Area businesses and organizations have committed more than $1 million in cash and in-kind services for research. They include the Dayton Development Coalition, Kettering Health Network, the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, Radiance Technologies, SelectTech Services Corp., Beville Engineering Inc., SAIC, daytaOhio and Rhino Corp.
  • The center has a capacity for research that leads to rapid-technology development transferable directly into startup companies or existing businesses


  • Provide highly educated graduates as future employees
  • Enable companies to increase their market share by providing human-centered design support that improves products and services
  • Increase involvement and support to Ohio industries, help create new companies, and draw businesses to the state


  • Number of faculty, research professors and staff
  • Number of start-up companies
  • Number of new jobs in existing companies
  • Dollar amount of grants and contracts
  • Number of patents
  • Graduate student enrollment