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Gajapriya Tamilselvan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Aviation Science


Doctor of Philosophy in Aviation Science, Florida Institute of Technology
Master of Engineering in Avionics, Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, India
Bachelor of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Anna University, India

Practice Areas

  • Pilots' Selection, Training, and Retention
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aviation Physiology
  • Research methods
  • Statistics

Labs and Facilities

The Aviation Safety, Aviation Physiology, and Ergonomics (ASAPE) Lab is a laboratory in the Department of Aviation Science at Saint Louis University. The ASAPE Lab researchers study human factors, aeronautical decision-making, manual flying skills, cockpit automation, aviation safety, aviation physiology, aeromedical research, and pilots’ selection, training, and retention in commercial aviation.

The ASAPE Lab's mission is to evaluate the pilots’ cognitive workload, decision-making skills, and other associated human factors during inflight emergencies by assessing pilots' physiological, mental, and behavioral characteristics.


  • Elite PI-1000 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD)
  • Tobii Pro Glasses 2 – Eye Tracker
  • Shimmer 3 GSR+ - Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) Sensor
  • EMOTIV EPOC+ 14-Channel Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Wellue Continuous Ring Pulse Oximeter

Publications and Media Placements

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals

Winter, S. R., Rice, S., Spence, T., O'Toole, N. M., Tamilselvan, G., Baugh, B. S., ... & Cortés, A. I. (2020). A quantitative investigation on criminalization of airline pilots: Consumer and pilot perspectives. Safety Science, 130, 104904.

Rice, S., Winter, S. R., Anania, E. C., Tamilselvan, G., & Doherty, S. (2018). Commercial airline pilots’ attitudinal data on controlled rest in position: A qualitative inquiry. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 36(2), 71-91.

Rice, S., Tamilselvan, G., Winter, S.R.,Milner, M.N., Anania, E.C.,Sperlak, L., & *Marte, D. A. (2018). Public perception of UAS privacy concerns: A gender comparison. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 6(1), 1-17. doi:

Winter, S. R., Milner, M. N., Rice, S., Bush, D., Marte, D. A., Adkins, E., Roccasecca, A., Rosser, T. G., & Tamilselvan, G. (2018). Pilot performance comparison between electronic and paper instrument approach charts. Safety Science, 103, 280-286.

Rice, S., Winter, S. R., Tamilselvan, G., & Milner, M. N. (2017). Attitudes toward controlled rest in position (CRIP): A gender comparison between pilots and non-pilots. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 4(3), 1-33.

Coyne, W., Rice, S. C., Winter, S., Tamilselvan, G., & Drechsel, P. V. (2017). Simulation Challenges–Student Perception of Air Traffic Control Simulation. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace4(3), 1.

Winter, S. R., Rice, S., Tamilselvan, G., & Tokarski, R. (2016). Mission-based citizen views on UAV usage and privacy: an affective perspective. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 4(2), 125-135.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Carstens, D., Deaton, J., Moore, J., Dalli, D., Rebensky, S.L., & Tamilselvan, G. (2019). Unmanned Aerial Systems Transfer of Training. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference: Industry, Engineering & Management Systems 2019, Clearwater, FL, 56-61.

Milner, M.N., Tamilselvan, G., Rice, S., & Winter, S. R. (2019, May). Why are consumers less willing to fly in autonomous aircraft: A qualitative investigation. Poster presented at the 2019 International Symposium of Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Milner, M., Rice, S., Winter, S., Tamilselvan, G., Marte, D., & Anania, E. (2018, July). Unmanned Aerial Systems Privacy Concerns. Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Orlando, FL.

Baugh, B. S., Milner, M. N., Anania, E. C., Tamilselvan, G., Rice, S., & Winter, S. R. (2018, July). To crash or not to crash? An analysis of outcome bias for novice and expert pilots. Poster presentation at the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Orlando, Florida.

Tamilselvan, G., Winter, S. R. Deaton, J., Rosser, T., Jones, U., & Kaya, M. (2018, January). Pilots’ Likelihood to Quit Flying in Part 121 Commercial Aviation. Poster presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Milner, N. M., Bush, D., Marte, D., Rice S., Winter, S., Adkins, E., Roccasecca, A., Tamilselvan, G. (2017, October). The effect of chart type on pilots’ response time. Paper presented at the 61st International Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.

Tamilselvan, G., & Winter, S. R. (2017, May). Evaluation of Flight Deck Panels from a human factors perspective. Poster presented at the 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Seck, I., Winter, S.R., & Tamilselvan, G. (2016, January). American public opinion on willingness to fly with the presence of unmanned aerial vehicles in the national airspace. Poster presented at the 2016 Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Women in Aviation International (WAI)
  • Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA)