Thomas G. MacGillivray

Senior Research Assistant
University of Central Florida
Majoring in Psychology
Joined Lab: Spring 2015
Expects to Graduate: Fall 2016

Thomas discovered the MIT2 laboratory through Theresa Kessler during a Human Factors outreach lecture. He joined the MIT2 lab in the spring term of 2015. His research focuses primarily on automation, social robotics and human-robot interaction, as well as the exploration in topics regarding cognition and physiology. After graduation, he plans to continue research and move forward in to graduate school working towards a Ph.D.


  • MacGillivray, T. G., Parkhurst, E. L., MacArthur, K. R., & Hancock, P. A. (2016, April). Human-Robot Versus Human-Human Relationship Impact on Comfort Levels Regarding in Home Privacy. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Human Factors and Applied Psychology student conference, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Kessler, T., MacArthur, K. R., Trujillo-Silva, M., MacGillivray, T. G., Ripa, C., & Hancock P. A. (2016, November). Perceptions of Planned Versus Unplanned Malfunctions: A Human-Robot Interaction Scenario. Poster presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.