Dr. Boy is a University Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology where he is the director of the graduate programs (Ph.D. and Master) in Human-Centered Design and Human-Centered Design Institute.
Dr. Boy has a joint appointment as a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He has been associated with IHMC since 2001, initially as a Visiting Research Scientist until his appointment as a Senior Research Scientist in 2008.
He has also an IPA (Intergovernmental Personal Act) appointment at the NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Chief Scientist for Human-Centered Design.
Since 2013, he is a member of the Scientific Committee of SESAR (Single European Sky for Air Traffic Management Research), one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched by the European Community.
Previously Dr. Boy was Founder and President of the European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering (EURISCO) in France -- a research institute of Airbus and Thales. He lead EURISCO from its creation in 1992 until its closing in 2008. EURISCO was a multidisciplinary organization made up of cognitive and social scientists, computer scientists, engineers and human factors specialists. It served students from various universities and engineering schools that were part of EURISCO's network of excellence. EURISCO focused strongly on its associations with the European aeronautical industry, research and education.
Prior to founding EURISCO, Dr. Boy was a research scientist at ONERA (the French Aerospace Lab) from 1977 to 1988, during which time he was seconded at NASA-Ames Research Center from 1984 to 1986 in the Aerospace Human Factors Research Division. He then joined NASA as the Leader of the Advanced Interaction Media Group from 1989 to 1991.
Dr. Boy’s research is focused on cognitive engineering, usability, human-centered automation and design, safety-critical systems, operational documentation and knowledge management. He developed various methods and techniques that include the Group Elicitation Method (GEM), Cognitive Function Analysis (CFA) and the Orchestra model. He has applied this research and methods to cockpit and control room analysis, design and evaluation. He worked on the analysis, design and evaluation of the early glass cockpits of commercial aircraft and the following concepts until today with the interactive cockpits, as well as space shuttle cockpit systems and other space systems including the Lunar Electric Rover.
He is the author of four major books, more than 200 scientific and technical papers, and involved in several journal editorial boards. He is currently the Chair of the IEA (International Ergonomics Association) Technical Committee for Aerospace Human Factors and Ergonomics World-wide. He founded the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics (HCI-Aero) series in cooperation with ACM-SIGCHI. He was the Chair of the 2012 International Space University Space Studies Program FIT/KSC Local Organizing Committee (SSP12).
Dr. Boy is a leading expert in Information Society and Technology for the European Commission. He also served as an expert for ESA (European Space Agency) for the definition of the overall human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence research program in 1991, and as a legal expert for aircraft accident investigations from 1992 to 1994. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Executive Vice-Chair ACM-SIGCHI (Association for Computing Machinery-Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). He was co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the French National Center for Technological Research in Aerospace (CNRT-AE). He is a Fellow of the European Air and Space Academy. He was co-founder and Vice-President of the ENSC (a French Engineering school created in 2004, which provides a unique integrated program on cognitive engineering).
Engineer and psychologist, Prof. Boy received his Doctorate from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace” (ISAE-SUPAERO), his Professorship Habilitation (HDR) from the Pierre & Marie Curie Paris VI University, and his Full Professorship Qualifications in Computer Science and Psychology. He is adjunct professor at the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris (COMASIC program). He taught control theory, cognitive engineering, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence at ENSEEIHT, ISAE-SUPAERO, ENAC, René Descartes Paris V University, INSA and ENSC.