Sarah Farmer

Director of Testing and Evaluation

Member Of:
  • Center for Advanced Communications Policy
Office Hours: RBI 500 10th Street NW Rm 381
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Overview

Sarah Farmer is a Research Scientist II and serves as Director of Testing and Evaluation of the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) at Georgia Tech. As a human factors researcher, Sarah's research areas have ranged from modeling human performance to applied research in the field of accessible design. Sarah also acts as the managing director of HomeLab, a human factors research initiative at Georgia Tech. HomeLab is made up of researchers with various specialities, including human factors engineering, psychology, universal design, industrial design, and electrical and mechanical engineering. HomeLab also consists of a pool of participants, with a focus on older adults and people with disabilities. These participants have agreed to participate in research both in the lab and in the home, including longitudinal studies.

Sarah also contributes to the NIH's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, launched in May 2020 in order to speed the innovation, development, commercialization, and deployment of COVID-19 diagnostic technologies. She established and leads the human factors sub-core for the RADx Test Verification Core (TVC), tasked with evaluating and providing support for candidate COVID-19 diagnostic technologies in the areas of clinical validity, regulatory processes, usability, and robustness of design. The data collected within the human factors sub-core are provided to technology companies to aid in improving the design and performance of their product, and to NIH leadership to assist in determining if a technology should proceed in the program. In her role as the TVC human factors sub-core lead, Sarah and her team conduct rapid evaluations of candidate technologies and have conducted 91 evaluations to date. For her contributions to this research program, she was part of the team that received the Institute Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development, which is awarded each year to a research team that pioneers new research areas, develops interdisciplinary initiatives, has societal impact, and significantly expands Georgia Tech’s research portfolio.

Areas of
Expertise:
  • Human Factors And Ergonomics
  • Psychology And Research Design
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research
  • Statistical Analysis
  • User-Centered Design

Interests

Research Fields:
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
Issues:
  • Health
  • Accessibility
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Science and Technology