MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Human Systems Integration and its Role in Solving Big Societal Problems

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Date(s) - 19/01/2018

MC 102


Speaker: Nancy J. Cooke
Affiliation: Arizona State University


Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a framework in which human capabilities and limitations are considered in the context of a dynamic system of people, technology, environment, tasks, and other systems with the goal of designing an adaptive and resilient system and avoiding unintended consequences.   The human dimensions considered include human factors, manpower, training, personnel, safety, survivability, and habitability.  In this talk I will describe how HSI researchers can play a critical role in solving grand challenge problems and other big societal problems.   This can be accomplished through 1) focusing on a problem, 2) taking a human and systems perspective, and 3) collaborating with other disciplines.


Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and is Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She also directs ASU’s Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming and the Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Lab. She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from New Mexico State University in 1987.  Dr. Cooke is currently Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, chaired the National Academies Board on Human Systems Integration from 2012-2016, and served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008-2012.  She is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committees on High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations and the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security. In 2014 Dr. Cooke received the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Cooke’s research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to cyber and intelligence analysis, remotely-piloted aircraft systems, human-robot teaming, healthcare systems, and emergency response systems. Dr. Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition.