Texas Tech University

Keith S. Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Associate Department Chair
Experimental (Human Factors)

Email: keith.s.jones@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8745

Office: 212, Lab: 155

Ph.D., 2000, Human Factors Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Jones, Keith

Research Interests

Dr. Keith S. Jones is a human factors psychologist who specializes in human-computer interaction.

His current research focuses on two main areas:

  • human-robot interaction
  • human factors issues related to cybersecurity

Regarding human-robot interaction, Dr. Jones' laboratory is currently investigating questions such as:

  • How do we enable robots to understand what actions a given person intends to perform?
  • How do we enable robots to understand whether a given person can perform a given action safely?
  • How should caregiver robots be designed so as to most effectively serve their purposes?
  • Why do people sometimes, but not always, treat robots like they treat other people?

Regarding cybersecurity, Dr. Jones' laboratory is currently investigating questions such as: 

  • What are the most important knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for cybersecurity professionals?
  • How and why do certain features influence the likelihood of successful social engineering attacks (e.g., phishing)?
  • How can we alert Web users with visual impairments that they are experiencing a cyberattack? 

To date, Dr. Jones has been awarded over $2.7M in research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Microsoft, and has published numerous journal articles in peer-reviewed outlets and conference proceeding papers at international venues. 

Dr. Jones' former students work or have worked in academia (e.g., Air Force Academy), government (e.g., Sandia National Laboratories), and industry (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Facebook, Google X, FitBit, Sony PlayStation).

Selected Research

Human-Robot Interaction:

  • Armstrong, M.E., & Jones, K.S. (2018). Individual differences predict anthropomorphism of robots along one of two dimensions. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
  • Jones, K.S., Niichel, M.K., & Armstrong, M.E. (2018). Robots exhibit human characteristics: Theoretical and practical implications for anthropomorphism research. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction.
  • Jones, K.S., Harris, D., Cherry, B., Sridharan, M. (2017). To ensure elder safety, caregiver robots must perceive elders' affordances. Workshop on Human Safety and Comfort in Human-Robot Interactive Social Environments: 9th International Conference on Social Robotics.
  • Jones, K.S., Cherry, B., Harris, D.J., & Sridharan, M. (2017). Formative analysis of aging in place: Implications for the design of caregiver robots. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 60th Annual Meeting, 1145.
  • Schmidlin, E.A., & Jones, K.S. (2016). Do tele-operators learn to better judge whether a robot can pass through an aperture? Human Factors, 58(2), 360-369.
  • Jones, K.S., & Schmidlin, E.A. (2011). Human-robot interaction: Toward usable personal robots. In Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 7 (pp. 100-148). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Human Factors Issues Related to Cybersecurity:

  • Jones, K.S., Namin, A.S., & Armstrong, M.E. (In Press). The core cyber-defense knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that cybersecurity students should learn in school: Results from interviews with cybersecurity professionals. ACM Transactions of Computing Education.
  • Armstrong, M.E., Jones, K.S., & Namin, A. (2017). Framework for developing a brief interview to understand cyber defense work: An experience report. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 60th Annual Meeting. 1318-1322.
  • Namin, A.S., Jones, K.S., Hewett, R., & Pogrund, R. (2016). Sonifying internet security threats. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, 2306-2313.
More details regarding Dr. Jones' research and publications can be found via the following links:

Teaching Interests and Activities

Graduate Courses:

  • Perception and Its Applications
  • Human Factors Methods
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • The Ecological Approach to Human Factors Psychology

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Human Factors Psychology