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The Usability Research Lab was opened in the mid 1990’s to provide experimental space for Professors Korfhage and Lewis’ NSF sponsored research in visual information retrieval interfaces as well as to function as a conventional Usability (now User Experience) lab.  With an influx of new projects, the lab’s focus shifted to human-agent interaction, interactive simulation and VR, and since 2003, human-robot interaction. Current projects involve human supervision of robotic swarms, trust in automation, and reinforcement learning models for human-machine teaming. The current lab directed by Michael Lewis with researchers Huao Li Ph.D., student in Intelligent Systems, and Zekun Cai, DIST MSIS, continues to conduct research in AI, Robotics, and Human-Machine Interaction.