Solving Critical Human-Technology Problems
The Cognitive Engineering Research Institute (CERI) is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute founded by partners from private industry, academia, and government laboratories. Through CERI, these sectors come together to solve critical problems of socio-technical systems by applying human-centered design, conducting problem-oriented research, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration among scientists, practitioners, and users. CERI forms pathways from scientific results in the laboratory to the implementation of results into the systems of national importance.
Context of Research:
CERI conducts research in the context of complex socio-technical systems involving intense cognitive work among teams. Such as:
* RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) human system integration
* Planning & Resource Allocation Tasks (Military, emergency response)
* Extreme Environments
* Emergency management
* Homeland and Cyber Security
* Mine Safety
CERI strives to develop a set of core competencies in areas pertaining to its research. Examples include:
* Methods for understanding complex socio-technical systems
* Experimentation in field or in Synthetic Task Environments, task analysis and
empirical understanding of various factors
* Measurements of team performance, processes, cognition, and coordination
to assess, diagnose, and predict problems
* Guidance on applications in complex socio-technical systems, such as
dynamical systems modeling of human/team performance and intelligent agents
* Theoretical development in complex socio-technical systems by studying team
cognition, situational awareness, expertise, and high performing teams
In addition to his roles with Sandia Research Corporation, Shope, along with his wife, Dr. Nancy J. Cooke, founded in 2004 the not-for-profit Cognitive Engineering Research Institute (CERI). CERI is located at the ASU Polytechnic campus in Mesa. He currently serves as the Chairman of CERI. CERI focuses on complex socio-technical systems involving the interactions of humans and complex technology. CERI is a center of excellence for the study of humans interacting with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Shope is also heavily involved in community economic development and serves on the City of Mesa's Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) and represents the City of Mesa as a board member on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).
In the 1980s, Shope worked in the U.S. Bureau of Mines trapped-miner research program developing very-low-frequency radio systems for detection, location, and communication with personnel trapped underground in mine disasters. Currently, Shope advocates on Capitol Hill with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) for improved usage of human factors and cognitive engineering research in the mining industry for increased safety.
Shope is a balloon owner and pilot. Shope was Event Director for five international ballooning competitions including two Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) Category I Events. One of these was the Coupe de Gorden Bennett, the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation.
When & Where
The Aerospace & Defense Forum
The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community of over 1200 with six chapters providing opportunities for sharing of information, current events, and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs.