Dr. Nhut Ho

President & Chief Scientist

A transformational leader, Dr. Ho’s abilities and passion are exemplified by his work in research, education and entrepreneurship domains.  He was a key member of a research team that designed and flight-tested an aircraft noise abatement approach procedure that reduces the acoustic energy by at least twofold, which is noticeable to the human ear, and was approved for regular operation by the FAA.

In his recent work on human automation trust, he identified a need for considering the influence of cultural and organizational as well as technological factors on pilot trust in the US Air Force (USAF) Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS), and he led a case study of Auto-GCAS that eventually transitioned into a field study at USAF bases worldwide. The field study has been generating recommendations, which are scheduled for implementation in the future versions of Auto-GCAS.

His work in education, especially in Vietnam, produced a profound and long-lasting impact on Vietnam’s higher education system in engineering. He introduced the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, and Operate) framework in Vietnam and served as Chief CDIO Advisor for the Vietnam National University (VNU) in Ho Chi Minh City and for the entire curriculum reform at several universities in the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) system.  The CDIO model has been adopted by over 55 programs in Vietnam and has been used by the University of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City as the basis to change the duration of its curricula from five years to four years.

He has also served as the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and directed the Systems Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL) there.

In the past 14 years, Dr. Ho has collaborated with NASA and the Department of Defense to conduct research in the areas of human automation/autonomy teaming, human automation trust and transparency, automation design, and machine learning with direct application for increasingly autonomous and NextGen air traffic management systems.  He has published over 50 technical conference and journal papers and reports in these areas.

Dr. Ho has a PhD with a focus in systems engineering and human factors from MIT where he also earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering.  He has taught as a professor of mechanical engineering at CSUN since 2005. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for benchmarking the IT/engineering education infrastructure in Vietnam in 2008. Continuing his commitment to emerging technologies, he has worked on several startup companies. His vision at HATS is to pioneer and create innovative human automation/autonomy teaming technologies that allow humans to form an effective partnership with automation and to set industry standards with these technologies.


  1. Ho N., Sadler, G., Hoffmann, L., Lyons, J., Johnson, W., “Trust of a Military Automated System in an Operational Context,” Submitted to the Journal of Military Psychology, March 2016.
  2. Ho, N., Johnson, W, Arutyunov, V., Laue, J-L, Wilmoth, I., “Design and Evaluation of NextGen Aircraft Separation Assurance Concepts,” 31st Digital Avionics Systems Conference, October 14-18, 2012, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  3. Ho, N., Clarke, J-P., “A Methodology for Optimizing Parameters of Noise Abatement Approach Procedures,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 44, No. 4, July-August 2007.