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"CERI: Solving Critical Human-Technology Problems" - Arizona Chapter Mtg

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (MST)

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The Cognitive Engineering Research Institute (CERI):
Solving Critical Human-Technology Problems
Guest Speaker:
Steven Shope
Sandia Research Corporation
This talk will discuss CERI and the types of research conducted there using specific project examples. CERI uses cognitive engineering research to solve critical human-technology problems...putting people first.

Mission Statement:
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
* Medical/hospitals/healthcare
* Emergency management
* Homeland and Cyber Security
* Mine Safety

Core Competencies:
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


Guest Speaker

Dr. Steven M. Shope is the President of Sandia Research Corporation, a Mesa-based high-technology company providing creative technology solutions to difficult challenges facing our US Government customers. Shope founded Sandia Research in 1987. Shope holds B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in physics, with a research emphasis in electromagnetics and geophysics for both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. His Ph.D. is from The Pennsylvania State University. Shope has been actively engaged in electromagnetic research projects for 30 years. Shope is the author of more than 125 publications, presentations, and final reports in related technical areas. Shope holds several patents with additional ones currently pending.

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. 
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (MST)

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