Matthew Bolton

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
85 Engineers Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 2010
M.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 2006
B.S. Computer Science, University of Virginia, 2003

Dr. Bolton is an Associate Professor with the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment. Prior to joining UVA in January 2022, he was a Senior Researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center, an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Assistant/Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Dr. Bolton is primarily interested in studying why engineered systems fail, and how to prevent failures through human-centered systems engineering. As such, he is an expert on the use of formal, mathematical methods in human factors engineering, particularly as it relates to discovering engineering oversights that lead to human behavior, error, and cognition contributing to failures. He has successfully applied his research to safety-critical applications in aerospace, medicine, defense, and cybersecurity. Dr. Bolton has received funding on projects sponsored by the European Space Agency, NSF, NASA, AHRQ, and DoD.

FMitF: Collaborative Research: Track I: A Formal Approach to Preventing Human Errors in Cyber-human Systems with Human Reliability Rating and Model Repair
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
January 15, 2022 – July 31, 2023
SYS 6007: Human Factors I
Credits: 3
An introduction to the analysis, design and evaluation of human-centered systems. User interaction can be designed to leverage the strengths of people in controlling automation and analyzing data. Topics include Task, User and Work Domain Analysis, User Interface Design Principles, Human Cognition and Information Processing, Human Perception, and Usability Testing. Graduate version includes separate project review sessions.
SYS 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award, for the best paper published in the Human Factors journal (2021)

William C. Howell Young Investigator Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2018)

Army Young Investigator Award (2015-2017)

Senior Member of the IEEE Society (2015)

Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award for the Best Conference Paper at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems Man and Cybernetics (2011)