James Intriligator

James Intriligator

(617) 627-2071
574 Boston Ave, Room 318
Research/Areas of Interest:

Human Factors Engineering, Innovation, Design Thinking, AI-powered Innovation and R&D, Human Machine System Design, Robotics, Machine Learning, Perception, Psychology


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Harvard University, United States, 1997
  • M.A., Perceptual and Cognitive Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1992
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States, 1990


James Intriligator is Professor of the Practice in Human Factors Engineering and Director of Strategic Innovation (Mechanical Engineering) at Tufts University. (Also see: intriligator.com). James earned his Ph.D. in psychology and did a postdoc in neurology (Harvard). Afterwards, he left academia to lead innovation processes in industry roles. In 2003, he moved to Bangor University (UK) as a pioneer in consumer psychology – and over 13 years he grew the world's leading consumer psychology program. In 2014 he was named a National Teaching Fellow (highest teaching honor in the UK). In 2016 he joined Tufts to lead the university's renowned Human Factors Engineering program. Under his directorship the program's undergraduate population grew by fifty percent and the graduate program grew from five masters students to over 40 masters students. After his success in growing the HFE program he was asked to take on a broader remit and now serves as "Director of Strategic Innovation" for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Intriligator is the author of over 50 publications in fields as diverse as human factors engineering, neuroscience, neurology, consumer psychology, physics, and literary criticism. Intriligator's latest research is in the domain of next-generation human-machine systems. This broad area covers everything from assistive and social robots, to baggage scanners, to VR systems, to military and medical devices. In addition to his work within the university, he also works with global organizations as well as local social-enterprise and social-justice groups.

Intriligator's broader research interests include innovation, AI, design thinking, marketing, branding/packaging, consumer perceptions and experience, perception, cognition, attention, emotion, and entrepreneurialism.

Since arriving at Tufts Intriligator has been nominated for a Tufts Distinction Award, shortlisted for Professor of the Year, and won a university-wide Teaching with Technology award.