Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Villano serves as the Assistant Director of the eMotion and eCognition Laboratory where he conducts research in human robotic interaction and applications of video game and robot technology to a variety of health and social issues. Current projects include scaffolding social skills in autism therapy with humanoid robots, rehabilitating stroke patients using Wii Balance boards, and investigating moral decision-making of drone pilots in a simulated 3D game environment.
Prior to returning to the academic environment, Dr. Villano conducted research and development for various industries in e-commerce, web-based electronic performance support systems, human-computer interaction, ergonomics and computer-based simulation and training. Dr. Villano is also the faculty supervisor for the Psychology Department’s undergraduate and graduate computer clusters and provides research computer consulting to the Psychology Department.