Robert Pastel

Robert Pastel


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  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Humane Interface Design Enterprise
  • MS, Computer Science, Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • PhD, Physics, University of New Mexico, 1994
  • MS, Engineering Science, University of Tennessee, 1980
  • BS, Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (and State University), 1977

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Area of Expertise

  • Mobile App Design and Usability
  • Software Development and Processes
  • Computer Science Education

Recent Publications

  • Pastel, R. and Ward, P. (2011) "Modeling the Orientation of Graphical Objects on Computer Displays Using Indented Mouse Wheels", Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES 2011), accepted.
  • Gao, C., Pastel, R. and Tan, J. (2010) "Yet Another User Input Method: Accelerometer Assisted Single Key Input", in Proceedings of World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA 2010), 3949-3954.
  • Pastel, R, (2010) "Positioning Graphical Objects on Computer Screens: a Three-Phase Model", Human Factors, vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 23-37.
  • Pastel, R, (2009) "Investigating the Difficulty of One Degree of Freedom Positioning: Associating Movement Phases with Regions", Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES 2009), pp. 965-969.
  • Pastel, R. (2009) "Modeling the Difficulty for Centering Rectangles in One and Two Dimensions", Proceedings of Human Computer Interaction International (HCII’09), 879-888, Human-Computer Interaction. Novel Interaction Methods and Techniques, 13th International Conference, HCI International 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, July 19-24, 2009, Proceedings, Part II Book Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Publisher Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.
  • Brown, C., Pastel, R. (2009) "Combining Distinct Graduate and Undergraduate HCI Courses: An Experiential and Interactive Approach", Proceedings of Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (ACM SIGCSE’09), 392-396, Chattanooga, TN, USA, Mar. 4-7, 2009.
  • Pastel, R. (2008) "The Difficulty of Centering Circular Discs", Proceedings of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES 2008), Computer Systems Technical Group, New York, NY, September 22-26.