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Brian Moon and Laura Militello interview leading NDM researchers who study and support people who make decisions under stress.

Naturalistic Decision Making Brian Moon and Laura Militello

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Brian Moon and Laura Militello interview leading NDM researchers who study and support people who make decisions under stress.

    Episode #31: Interview with Missy Cummings

    Episode #31: Interview with Missy Cummings

    Date: 04/08/2021

    Show Description:

    Mary "Missy" Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.


    A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots.


    Cummings is currently a Professor at the Duke University Pratt School of  Engineering, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and is the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory and Duke Robotics. Her research interests include human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.



    Where to find Missy:

    Duke Pratt School of Engineering

    Twitter: @missy_cummings

    LinkedIn



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter

    • 57 min
    Episode #30: Interview with Cindy Dominguez

    Episode #30: Interview with Cindy Dominguez

    Date: 3/18/2021

    Show Description:

    Cindy is a Principal Cognitive Engineer and Capability Lead for Human Machine Teaming (HMT) at MITRE in Bedford, MA where she works to normalize the use of systems engineering processes that create effective partnerships between people and technology. She strives to build a strong community of MITRE Human Machine Teaming practitioners. 

    Before coming to MITREin 2014, she led numerous studies of applied cognitive work in the Air Force and for industry. She has conducted applied research in settings that include command and control from tactical to strategic, submarine operations, intelligence analysis, and healthcare. Recent work in collaboration with design professionals has emphasized combining cognitive engineering and design thinking methods. She earned a Ph.D. from Wright State University in 1997; her dissertation topic was decision making in laparoscopic surgery. With an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, she served as an Air Force officer in behavioral science and acquisition roles for 20 years, retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel. 

    She served on the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Board from 2011-2015.

    Learn more about Cindy’s work:

    Human-Machine Teaming Systems Engineering Guide

    Cognitive Engineering Toolkit



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter

    • 47 min
    Episode #29: Interview with Kathleen Mosier

    Episode #29: Interview with Kathleen Mosier

    Date: 3/9/2021

    Show Description:

    Dr. Mosier is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology from San Francisco  State University and the Founder and Principal Scientist of TeamScape  LLC, a company founded to conduct research on teams in  work environments. She is the President of the International  Ergonomics Association (IEA), the federation of ergonomics and human  factors societies around the world.  

    The mission of the IEA is to  elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, and to expand  its scope of application and contribution to society to improve the  quality of life, working closely with its constituent societies and  related international organizations.

    Learn more about Kathleen’s work:

    Berkeley Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces

    Kathleen's LinkedIn



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter



    Timestamps:

    How Kathleen transitioned from being a high school humanities teacher to an NDM researcher [2:02]

    Kathleen’s experience in pursuing research at San Francisco State University [05:21]

    Founding TeamScape, LLC [6:23]

    Challenges acquiring government clients as an NDM researcher [7:34]

    Kathleen’s current project with NASA researching teams in space [14:47]

    Cultural nuances of interactions on NASA crews operating in different countries [20:40]

    “Which research project has been most rewarding for you?” [22:10]

    What kind of automation systems planes were using in the 1990’s [24:01]

    Kathleen’s early NDM influences [28:04]

    Changes witnessed in the NDM community over time [29:50]

    • 38 min
    Episode #28: Interview with Lia DiBello

    Episode #28: Interview with Lia DiBello

    Date: 12/10/2020

    Show Description:

    Lia DiBello is president and director of research at WTRI, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at CUNY Graduate School in New York, where she studied under the late Distinguished Professor Sylvia Scribner, a well known pioneer in the area of workplace cognitive and the author of many now classic works.

    Since she started directing the research at WTRI, Dr. DiBello has been the recipient of 17 basic research funding awards from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and The Russell Sage Foundation. DiBello is best known for the development of a particular kind of activity-based “strategic rehearsal” approach that has been shown to greatly accelerate learning through cognitive reorganization.



    Where to find Leah:

    LinkedIn

    WTRI



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter



    Timestamps:

    How Leah first became involved in NDM [1:50]

    Leah’s methods for developing new methods [9:45]

    Strategies for measuring the impact of a training to know if it’s working [18:45]

    Leading a financial services firm to new a new profitable approach [32:15]

    Capturing mental models prior to training [32:57]

    Advantages of using virtual worlds to achieve NDM goals [36:08]

    Career influences in and outside the NDM community [44:00]

    One single question that could determine whether someone truly practices NDM [45:49]

    Where Leah plans to take her research next [46:29]

    Two truths and a lie [52:19]

    • 54 min
    Episode #27: Interview with Shawn A. Weil

    Episode #27: Interview with Shawn A. Weil

    Date: 02/11/2021

    Show Description:

    Shawn received a PhD and MA in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from Ohio State University, with specializations in cognitive engineering, quantitative psychology, and psycholinguistics. He previously received a BA in Psychology/Music from Binghamton University (SUNY). He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Cognitive Science Society.

    Where to find Shawn:

    Aptima Human Centered Engineering



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter



    Timestamps:

    Describing Aptima and how it connects to the NDM community [1:28]

    How human centeredness is expressed in Aptima’s core domains [6:17]

    Shawn’s experience transitioning from research to a more executive role [11:00]

    Staying true to core principles when working with a multidisciplinary team [19:04]

    Pushback when making the case for NDM methods [26:17]

    Biggest influences on Shawn’s career [31:30]

    Future research priorities for Aptima [38:11]

    How to decide whether to file a patent and what that process is like [42:18]

    One question to determine if someone is a human centered practitioner [46:52]

    Some things that not many people know about Shawn [49:58]

    • 53 min
    Episode #26: Interview with Mike McCloskey

    Episode #26: Interview with Mike McCloskey

    Date: 02/05/2021

    Show Description:

    Mike is grateful for the privilege of studying and supporting decision makers in over 100 military and commercial domains over the past 25 years, ranging from intelligence analysts and Special Operations Forces to computer hackers and cyber-security personnel, to intelligence analysts and firefighters.  He speaks both psychology and engineering and enjoys helping to bridge the gap between these often-disconnected worlds. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, backpacking, playing several sports poorly, and eating the hottest foods on the planet. He has an M.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

    Where to find Mike:

    361 Interactive

    LinkedIn



    Learn more about NDM:

    NaturalisticDecisionMaking.org

    Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making



    Where to find hosts Brian Moon and Laura Militello:

    Brian’s website

    Brian’s LinkedIn

    Brian’s Twitter



    Laura’s website

    Laura’s LinkedIn

    Laura’s Twitter



    Timestamps:

    Mike’s experience starting 361 Interactive and growing his small business [1:21]

    Current crowdsourcing tool project for the U.S. Navy [4:17]

    Contrasting work on a large-scale metadata project versus research on individual perspectives [11:16]

    Mike’s most rewarding project working with Navy SEALs [15:14]

    The value of making mistakes in training exercises [26:08]

    Nearly running over a colonel during a research trip [31:21]

    Encountering resistance to research findings and recommendations [39:04]

    Three most influential people on Mike’s career and approach [42:23]

    “If you were given one question to determine if someone practices NDM, what would you ask?” [47:55]

    Two truths and a lie [49:08]

    • 54 min

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