Professor, Flight Dynamics & Flight Guidance
Director, Institute of Flight Systems
Aerospace Engineering Department
Universitaet der Bundeswehr Munich, Germany
email: axels "at" mit.edu
Axel Schulte received his university diploma degree in aerospace engineering (focus in control engineering) in 1990 and his doctor of engineering (focus in aviation human factors) in 1996, both from the UBM - Universitaet der Bundeswehr Munich (University of the German Armed Forces Munich). As German Air Force Officer serving from 1985-1995 he was involved in the evaluation of a low-level flight training simulator for fighter aircraft. From 1995-2002 he worked for aviation industry as a systems engineer and project manager in several research and technology projects in the fields of pilot assistant systems, mission management systems and cockpit avionics of military aircraft. Since 2002 he is a fully tenured professor of flight dynamics and flight guidance at the Aerospace Engineering Department of UBM. His research interests are in the areas of cognitive and cooperative automation in flight and military mission management and in human-automation integration for uninhabited aerial vehicles. Axel Schulte is panel member of the System Concepts and Integration Panel of the NATO Research and Technology Organization. He is a member of the supervisory board of the Fraunhofer-Institute of Communication, Information Processing & Ergonomics. Axel Schulte recently has been co-authoring the monography "System Ergonomic Design of Cognitive Automation".
|Duncan A. Campbell
Engineering Systems, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Duncan Campbell completed his undergraduate education in Mathematics and Physics, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1985. He completed his PhD on electroencephalogram spike detection using adaptive modelling and neuro-fuzzy techniques at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). He commenced his appointment at QUT in the year 2000 with the School of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering. In 2005, the new School of Engineering Systems was formed from the previous Schools of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering, and Mechanical, Medical and Manufacturing Engineering. He holds the role of Alternate Head of School and is part of the leadership team pursuing a vision of engineering applied with a greater social awareness and context.
He is a member of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) and is the Robotics and Automation Team Leader with the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Smart Systems Research Theme. His research is in the area of computational intelligence with a particular emphasis on real-time systems. He frequently works with industry on process control and automation related projects. Currently, his research includes multi-criteria decision support in autonomous airbourne vehicles (UAVs/UASs) with the overall aim of implementing autonomous human-like decision-making on-board.
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Professor, Head of LUSSI department
Gilles Coppin graduated as a Telecommunications Engineer in 1984 at ENST Bretagne, France. (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne). He received his PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1999 from EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris).
He worked from 1986 to 2000 for Thales Airborne Systems, as a research engineer and research project manager. From 2000 to 2004, he has been working at the ENST Bretagne and leading its the Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Sciences Department, which became in 2004 the LUSSI (Logics in Uses, Social Sciences and Information sciences) department, while being extended to Human Sciences.
Gilles’s research interests are mainly focused upon mathematical and psychological modeling of human behavior, and more especially upon decision-making, as well as upon man-machine cooperation and interaction. He is leading the Euro Working Group Human Centered Processes within the Association for European Operational Research (EURO).
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|John D. Lee
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa
John D. Lee is a professor of Industrial Engineering, and has appointments in the Department of Neurology, the Public Policy Center, the Injury Prevention Research Center, and the Center for Computer-Aided Design. He has a background in engineering and psychology, with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research enhances the safety and acceptance of complex human-machine systems by considering how technology mediates attention. Much of this work concerns emerging technology for cars and trucks where it focuses on technology that can distract drivers and technology that can mitigate distraction. His research also investigates the role of trust in mediating reliance on automation, and how human interface technologies can enhance the calibration of trust and help people use imperfect automation more effectively.
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email: hcyou "at" mit.edu
Heecheon You received his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from
His research interests include ergonomic product design, digital
email: spence "at" ll.mit.edu
Lee Spence received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1966, and M.S. and Ph.D degrees, again in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and 1969 respectively. Following graduate school he spent two years at the Institute for Defense Analysis. Since 1971 he has been at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where his primary efforts have been in the application and exploitation of radars in problems in the areas of space surveillance and ballistic missile defense. His current research interests include investigating the roles for human operators in complex systems and in developing displays and decision aids to support them.
email: ashdownm "at" mit.edu
Mark Ashdown received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2004. His Ph.D. work focussed on large table-top displays and remote-collaboration. From 2004 to 2006 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tokyo in Japan, working on computer vision for the geometric and photometric calibration of digital projectors.
Mark is now worked at HAL in conjunction with Thales Research and Technology, UK, funded by a European Union Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship. He investigated remote collaboration between tabletop and handheld displays for the co-ordination of distributed teams, in particular, for emergency response. A tactical co-ordinator in a command center can make use of a tabletop display, while operational personnel in the field are limited to using small mobile devices. The asymmetry in display size, role, and envirionment generates challenges for supporting collaboration in a shared visual space.
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Associate Department Head, The MITRE Corporation
email: jldrury "at" mitre.org
Jill Drury received a bachelor's degree in physics from Macalester College in 1980 and a M.S. in business administration and management from Boston University Overseas Program in 1986. She completed an M.S. degree in computer science from Boston University in 1994 and the Sc.D. (Doctor of Science) degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002. Her thesis research in UMass Lowell's Human-Computer Interaction lab concentrated on developing a new technique for specifying and evaluating privacy and awareness requirements for multi-user computing applications.
Jill has worked full-time for The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts and Brunssum, The Netherlands since 1980. Her research interests are in optimizing information presentation for team-based decision-making in safety-critical applications; particularly for work with robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, and command and control systems.
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Post Doctorate Associates
|Kristopher M. Thornburg
email: k_thorn "at" mit.edu
Kris received his BSE (2005), MS (2006) and PhD (2010) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa, with a focus on Human Machine Interaction.
Kris’s research interests include a broad range within the human-machine interaction domain. His dissertation research examined the impact simple computer interface messages have on problem-solving performance, resulting in a new problem solving model that considers the impact emotion has on the problem-solving process. The model can be used as a behavioral roadmap to predict problem solver performance. Kris’s other research interests include medical systems, supervisory control systems, and human-robot interaction in terms of navigation and mission planning.
Kris’s current research in HAL investigates human-system interface complexity and automation in nuclear power plant control rooms.
|Luca F. Bertuccelli
email: lucab "at" mit.edu
Luca is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Humans and Automation Lab. He obtained his BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University in 2002, his MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
His PhD thesis addressed robustness to modeling errors in Markov Decision Processes with applications to UAV systems, His thesis presented a new sampling method for solving robust MDPs for real-time implementation, and extended this method for online adaptation. The thesis also demonstrated the importance of an integrated robust and adaptive architecture in persistent surveillance-like missions that could be modeled as MDPs.
His work in HAL involves modeling visual search in UAV missions while accounting for operator workload. His interests are in robust planning, real-time adaptation and control, integrated human-unmanned systems, and distributed decision-making.
email: jcrandal "at" mit.edu
Jacob Crandall is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Humans and Automation Laboratory. He completed the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (specializing in multi-agent learning) in 2005 from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He also received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2001 and 2003, respectively.
Jacob's research interests include human-automation interactions, machine learning, decision theory, and robotics. His current research focus is in developing predictive metrics for human-automation teams.
Jacob is currently heading HAL's research project on reducing operator workload in the control of multiple unmanned vehicles, which is funded by Lincoln Laboratory and AAI Corporation.
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email: bdonmez "at" mit.edu
Birsen Donmez is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Humans and Automation Laboratory. She has a PhD (2007), and MS (2004) in Industrial Engineering, and an MS (2007) in Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, from the University of Iowa. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey.
Birsen’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task, complex situations, using a wide range of statistical techniques. Her dissertation research examined ways to design in-vehicle systems that enhance driver performance, behavior, productivity, and satisfaction. For her dissertation, she developed a framework of different feedback timings, which focused on inducing a positive behavioral change in addition to improving immediate driving performance.
Birsen’s current research focuses on supporting unmanned vehicle operations, and defining metrics to evaluate performance in supervisory control.
| Stacey D. Scott
Stacey Scott is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Humans and Automation Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science (specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Supported Collaboration) from the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) in 2005. She received her B.Sc. in Computing Science and Mathematics from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) in 1997.
Stacey's research interests include co-located and distributed computer-supported collaboration, large-screen display technology, ubiquitous computing, UI-design, and information visualization. Her overall approach to research is aimed at developing technology which enhances traditional interpersonal communication and interactions, and which does not interfere with people's existing communication and interaction skills.
Stacey is currently heading the Collaborative Time-Sensitive Targeting research project, which is funded by Boeing Phantom Works, and the Air Force Research Lab.
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Enlie Wang was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Humans and Automation Laboratory. He received B.S. degree in Psychology from Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) in 1996. After that, he earned his first M.S. degree in Engineering Psychology from Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) in 1999, and second M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. He received Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2005.
His basic research interests are human computer interaction, usability engineering, and delay effects on information technology system use and human information sharing.
He is lead the MIT team of Lunar Access Project to develop an advanced Human-System Interface prototype for next generation manned Lunar Lander system.
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Yves Boussemart's research focuses on stochastic models of human behaviors. In particular, his work employs machine learning techniques such as hidden semi-Markov models in order to exploit the patterns and regularities embedded in the activities of individuals and teams. These modeling techniques have been applied for monitoring unmanned vehicle operators and assessing aerospace training programs.
Yves Boussemart holds a Ph.D. from MIT's Engineering Systems Division (2011) and obtained a B.Eng. (2002) and an M.Eng. (2005) in Computer Engineering from McGill University.
engineering, Yves is also a PADI scuba diving instructor (MSDT) and
an Emergency First Response instructor.
email: sbruni "at" mit.edu
Mr. Bruni holds a S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec, France). He is a doctoral candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT’s Humans and Automation Laboratory. While at MIT, he managed the Mobile Advanced Command and Control Station (MACCS) project under funding from the Office of Naval Research.MACCS is a commercial vehicle outfitted with a fully autonomous replica of a US Navy multi-modal workstation. MACCS is used as a mobile experimental testbed, which allows researchers to travel with their equipment where subject-matter experts and military personnel are located, with minimal schedule disruption and at a fraction of typical experimental costs.
Currently he is employed as a Human Systems Engineer at Aptima, Inc.,
where he provides expertise in human-automation interaction, interface
design, and the statistical design of experiments. His research targets
the design of computer-supported interactive training systems and the
conceptualization of human-automation collaboration interfaces for
multi-vehicle command and control.
email: pmcunio "at" mit.edu
Phillip M. Cunio earned bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and German from the University of Florida in 2006 and obtained a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2008. While his research in the Humans and Automation Lab focused on the development of a systematic means of selecting metrics and evaluation tools for human-systems integration (HSI) in complex systems throughout their lifecycle, his research background also spans system architecting, Mars exploration, and commonality in life support systems. From HAL, he moved to the MIT Space Systems Lab, where he worked to develop and operate a prototype planetary surface-hopping vehicle for the TALARIS (Terrestrial Artificial Lunar And Reduced gravIty Simulator) project.
Phillip’s hobbies include education, linguistics, and reading science fiction.
email: mekdeci "at" mit.edu
Brian Mekdeci obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He then went to work for CDL Systems Ltd in Calgary, Canada as a Systems Engineer designing control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He is currently a PhD student in ESD studying the control and coordination of multiple, heterogeneous UAVs.
Brian is attending MIT accompanied by his faithful companion Tuco, a lovable mixed breed dog whom he adopted from the Calgary pound.
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email: nehme "at" mit.edu
Carl Nehme obtained a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also has a Masters Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Humans and Automation Laboratory, in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at MIT. His research focuses on optimizing the interface between humans and UAVs, in commercial and military applications.
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|Jessica J. Marquez (2007)
email: jjm "at" mit.edu , email@example.com
Jessica Marquez received her Ph.D. in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, within the field of Human-Systems Engineering. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru and moved to the U.S. in 1995 when she started her undergrad. At Princeton University, she got a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering. In 1999, she moved to Boston, MA to start her Master's in Aero/Astro.
Her research interests include: human space exploration, human-computer interactions, space human factors, extravehicular activities (EVA), spatial disorientation, and space human physiology. As you can see, her passion lies within space, be it human spaceflight or robotic exploration of our solar system. She also enjoys education outreach, traveling, and going to the movies.
Jessica's research was funded by the NASA Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship and by the National Space Biomedical Research
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email: cberardi "at" mit.edu
Chris is a fellow in MIT’s System Design and Management Program where he is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering and management. He is also an active duty officer in the US Air Force stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA, where he works as a program manager for multi-million dollar intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance weapon systems. In addition, Chris received a BS from the Air Force Academy in 2005 and is currently conducting research into the effectiveness of different forms of terrorist network visualizations to support future military intelligence operations.
email: armen “at” mit.edu
Armen is a doctoral degree candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Armen’s research focuses on modeling human interaction with highly automated systems. In the future, the modeling work will be expanded to predict the optimal degree of automation needed for helicopters, airplanes, and other systems.
Outside of work, Armen likes cycling, playing tennis, scuba diving and analyzing growth strategies of Fortune 500 companies.
kjackson "at" mit.edu
Kim graduated from MIT in June 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering at MIT in 2010 and is now a new Master's student in the Humans and Automation Lab. Her current research involves operator interaction with Micro Air Vehicles in unknown environments and intuitive visualization of LIDAR data.
Outside of the lab, Kim is involved in MEET (MIddle East Education through Technology), and she enjoys playing piano and alto sax, skiing, hiking, and traveling.
a_griner "at" mit.edu
Alina is a Masters of Engineering student in computer science. She
Outside of work, she likes art (particularly drawing and painting),
email: farzans "at" mit.edu
Farzan holds an SM in Human Systems Engineering from MIT, a MASc in Systems Design Engineering and a BCS in Computer science from University of Waterloo and a BA in Information Technology from York University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Farzan's main research interests are human factors and information visualization in complex sociotechnical systems. His current research focus is on complexity of Human-System Interfaces (HSI) in safety-critical task environments.
Outside HAL, he enjoys traveling; playing and coaching soccer; and live music.
|Jackie Tappan (2010)
e-mail: jtappan “at” mit.edu
Jackie received her SM in Human Systems Engineering from MIT in 2010 and her BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2008. Jackie is currently employed as a Research Scientist in HAL, with her research focusing on the development of supervisory displays in complex work domains. A design specialist, she has developed display interfaces for many environments, including military warehouses incorporating robotic forklifts, high-speed trains, and anesthesia.
Outside of her studies, Jackie enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and photography. She hopes to have the opportunity to backpack through Europe in the near future.
email: kopeikin "at" mit.edu
Andrew is a first year grad student at MIT. He received his bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006, after which he commissioned as US Air Force officer. For the next four years, he was stationed at Tyndall AFB, Panama City FL, where he served as a developmental engineer at the Air Force Research Labs Airbase Technology Division. There he developed, managed, and tested small tactical UAV and ground robotic systems used for airbase support. In September 2010, Andrew returned to school to pursue his research interests in unmanned aircraft systems and multi-unmanned vehicle mission coordination here at MIT. He is currently working on a multi-vehicle coordination research project in partnership with the MIT Aerospace Controls Laboratory.
Outside of work Andrew loves to fly airplanes, travel the world, run, and cook.
|Jason Rathje (2010)
email: jrathje "at" mit.edu
Jason is an alumni of the undergraduate and graduate Course XVI programs at MIT. He joined the lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program as a Junior. His current research focuses primarily on Algorithm vs. Human performance in track smoothing experiments as related to radar data collected in space.
Jason has also recently commissioned in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and will be leaving for Eglin AFB, Florida as a project engineer in early October.
|David Pitman (2010)
email: edave "at" mit.edu
David Pitman completed his Master's degree in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department in Feb. 2010. He graduated in 2006 from MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. David's research interests include Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization. His current research focus is on human interaction with path planning algorithms.
Outside of the lab, David enjoys any outdoor sport and traveling to foreign countries.
e-mail: cwangsdm “at” mit.edu
Charlotte Wang is a Master's degree candidate in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, focusing in System Design and Management. She obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from Dordt College, M.S. from U of Washington, spending several years in system design, implementation and project management. Her research in the area of human factors engineering at HAL focuses on the development of supervisory displays in complex work domains.
Outside of her studies, Charlotte enjoys community work(a Big Sister at BBBS), hiking, playing music, snowshoeing and traveling.
|Ryan Castonia (2010)
email: castonia "at" mit.edu
Ryan Castonia is a B.S/S.M degree candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ryan is an Air Force ROTC cadet and will commission in the Air Force after graduating in June of 2010. His research consists of developing decision support for team supervisors in human supervisory control settings.
Outside of classes and research,
Ryan enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, building planes, and
various other sports/activities.
|Daniel Southern (2010)
e-mail: dansouth “at” mit.edu
Dan Southern is a Course VI M.Eng degree candidate graduating in June 2010 who joined HAL through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in his senior undergrad year. His research consists of investigating the effects of degraded communications on the performance of systems of heterogeneous collaborating unmanned vehicles. Outside of work Dan enjoys running, playing tennis and playing the guitar.
|Christin Hart (2010)
email: chart "at" mit.edu
Christin Hart is a Master’s degree candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Christin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering and became commissioned as an Air Force officer in May 2008. Her research in human factors engineering focuses on evaluating multi-UAV interfaces. After completing her graduate work, Christin will attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base. Christin enjoys dancing, tumbling, travelling, hanging out with friends, and being a cosmetic consultant.
|Jodyann Coley (2010)
email: jodyannc "at" mit.edu
Jodyann is a Master’s degree candidate in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in June 2009, in addition to a Minor in Business Management. Her current research focuses on decision support systems that help users to objectively select tools that can be used in evaluating complex technical systems in terms of human-system integration, using both subjective and objective criteria. Outside of work, Jodyann enjoys music, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends.
|Americo Caves (2010)
email:americo "at" mit.edu
Americo is a Master's degree candidate in MIT Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science Department. He graduated from MIT in 2009 with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering and
a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. His current research is
in human interaction with Rapidly Exploring Random Trees (RRTs) for
UAV mission path planning. Outside of work, Americo enjoys traveling
and playing Mariachi trumpet.
email: yalesong "at" mit.edu
Yale graduated from the Hanyang University in Korea with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is currently a graduate student in PhD program at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT specializing in the area of Computer Science (Area II). He joined the Humans and Automation Lab in 2007 while he was a visiting student and spending his senior year at MIT. As a research assistant in the lab, he is currently working on developing a multimodal understanding interface in human supervisory control systems. His research interests focus on multimodal interface and human-computer interaction. He is also a member of Multimodal Understanding group at the MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory).
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email: hhhuang "at" mit.edu
Hank received an M.Eng in EECS in 2009 and holds a B.S. in EECS and a B.S. in Management Science from MIT. He spent the last two years working in the high frequency trading industry as a quantitative researcher before returning to academic research. His current research explores human-computer interactions during long duration low task load settings and is looking at various ways to model the work load of human operators.
He enjoys a variety of activities outside of HAL but is most often seen playing pick-up basketball in the Z center at night and out on the driving range practicing his swings when the weather is nicer.
|Mariela Buchin (2009)
email: mariela "at" mit.edu
Mariela Buchin is a Master's degree candidate in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. She graduated in June 2008 from MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After completing her graduate work in December, 2008 she went to work in Silicon Valley.
Apart from her research, she enjoys cooking, playing the guitar, keeping up with The Office, and hanging out with friends.
|Geoff Carrigan (2009)
email: geoffcar "at" mit.edu
Geoff Carrigan is a Master’s degree candidate in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. Geoff earned his commissioning as an Air Force officer from the United States Air Force Academy after graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. After completing his graduate work, Geoff will enter the Air Force as a developmental engineer working primarily in the Air Force Research Lab. His research interests lie primarily in human systems integration and he is currently focusing on conceptual systems design for aiding futuristic submarine missions.Outside of school Geoff enjoys skiing, sailing, lacrosse and a good book.
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|Anna Massie (2009)
email: amassie "at" mit.edu
Anna is a Master's degree student in MIT's department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She obtained her Bachelor's from MIT in 2007 in the field of Aerospace Engineering. Her research interests focuses primarily on human decision support when high level decisions are being made during the full systems engineering life cycle.
Apart from research she participates in a wide range of activities from running and swimming, to the arts through dancing, singing and piano. Additionally, she enjoys camping, hiking and flying.
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Scott Fisher (2008)
Scott Fisher is a Master's degree candidate in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. He graduated in 2007 from MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After completing his graduate work, he will go to work for Oracle in Silicon Valley.
Apart from research, he enjoys playing Halo 3, reading a good book, and practicing martial arts.
|Patricia Pina (2008)
email: ppina "at" mit.edu
Patricia Pina obtained a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Madrid Polytechnic School (Spain) and a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. She conducted research for the Spanish Air Navigation Service Provider for five years collaborating in the design and validation of the European air transportation system. She is currently a PhD student in the Aeronautics & Astronautics department working on the definition and validation of collaborative metrics to evaluate human supervisory control systems.
Apart from research, she enjoys being involved in international development projects. She is currently working on the design of appropriate wind-powered water pumping technology for Honduras; this project was one of the 2007 MIT IDEAS Competition winners.
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|Hudson Graham (2008)
email: hgraham "at" mit.edu
Hudson received a Master’s degree in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. An Air Force officer, he is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 2006. After completing his graduate work, Hudson will enter the Air Force’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program. His research interests lie primarily in human systems integration. Hudson’s research area includes studying pilot interactions with unmanned aerial vehicles.
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|Amy Brzezinski (2007)
Amy Brzezinski received a Master's degree in MIT's Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. She received her B.S. in the same department at MIT in 2005. Her research interests include human supervisory control of multiple autonomous vehicles, decision support design for time-critical mission schedule management, level of detail in decision support, and human-computer collaborative decision-making. Additionally, Amy is interested in human factors engineering, mission operations, and human spaceflight.
In addition to her graduate work, Amy was a Graduate Co-op at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She works in the Missions Operations Directorate in the International Space Station Astronaut Training and Mission Control divisions.
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|Dhiman Bhattacharjee (2007)
Dhiman is a Master’s degree candidate in System Design and Management (SDM) program jointly sponsored by MIT’s Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering. He graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad, India and Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from North Eastern Hill University, India. Dhiman’s research at Humans and Automation Lab focuses on conceptual systems design for aiding futuristic submarine missions.
Jordan Wan (2007)
Jordan Wan is currently a Master's student in the department of Computer Science
and Electrical Engineering at MIT. He did his undergraduate work also at MIT in
Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Jordan's research interest is primarily in
user interface design and context aware software applications.
Outside of academia, you can find Jordan playing sports, especially volleyball
in which he was a 3 year captain of the MIT Varsity Men's team. Other
interests include: movies, travelling, jazz, and beef jerky.
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|Angela Ho (2006)
Angela Ho graduated student from the Technology and Policy Program (TPP) within the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT.
As a research assistant for the Humans and Automation Laboratory her primary research interests included Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, applicable to Command and Control domains in vehicles.. She is also interested in applying engineering knowledge to the greater fields of Strategies and Policy Making in the Transportation, Aviation and Defence industries.
Originally from Singapore, she attended Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, where she received her B.Sc in Computer Science with a Human-Computer Interaction focus in May 2004. She also spent 1 year on an exchange program to Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where she took Computer Science and Math classes in French.
Currently, Angela speaks English, Mandarin and French fluently. She loves travelling, engaging in sports and outdoor activities, like playing squash and windsurfing.
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|Liang Sim (2006)
Liang Sim received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in 2003. He is currently a Masters
candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and recently completed his Masters thesis in which he designed and tested mechanical
counterpressure spacesuit prototypes for use in future planetary
exploration. His current research focuses on improving cockpit display designs for future spacecraft through statistical content analysis of voice communications from previous spaceflight missions.
Liang is an avid basketballer, pianist, scuba diver, chef (both Chinese and Western styles, and also lots of dessert) and traveller.
Future plans: In summer 2006 he will teach MIT Aero-Astro courses at several Chinese universities as part of the MIT-China Educational Teaching Initiative. Recently he purchased his own piece of the World Wide Web at www.liangsim.com.
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|Cristin Smith (2006)
Cristin Smith is a Master's student in the department of Aeronautics/Astronautics at MIT. She received her B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2004. Cristin is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and is studying at MIT under a Draper Laboratory Fellowship
.Her research interests include human-computer interaction and collaborative decision making. She is currently working on cognitive task analysis and function allocation for a prototype Lunar Lander display as well as a quantitative way to measure value added by incorporating humans in the loop.
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Chris Tsonis (2006)
Chris Tsonis obtained his S.M. in Aeronautics & Astronautics in 2006. His
research concerned the development of a methodology for quantifying the
complexity of human-machine interaction in air traffic control. As part of this
research project he also developed reprogrammable air traffic control simulators
within Matlab. This research was funded by the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical
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|Paul Mitchell (2005)
Paul Mitchell received his B.S. in Mathematics and Engineering (Mechanical option) from Queen's University, Canada in 2002, and graduated from the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT with a Masters.
His research interests include human supervisory control issues of network centric warfare, human-computer interfaces in vehicles, aerial formation flight, and non-linear control of under-actuated systems.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, Paul spends his winters snowboarding and summers hiking in mountains wherever he can find them.
Last seen: GE, Albany, NY
|Jinho Jang (2005)
Jinho Jang was born in Seoul, Korea and received his Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Seoul National University in February
He organized the Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) undergraduate research group at SNU and worked as the first group leader. His undergraduate research interests were
principles of flapping wings, flight control and simulation. He participated
in developing 3D non-linear F-16 simulator as his thesis project.
He completed his Master of Science in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department at MIT in September 2005. His research topic was human-machine interactions at the autonomous formation flight (AFF). He attempted to investigate the decision heuristics and trust level of the human pilot, who monitors station-keeping display at close formation flight and intermittently intervene with the AFF ystem.
After finishing his degree, he continued as a research scientist at HAL focusing on the effect of display types on the pilot's interaction performance.
|Ho (Hosea) Chit Siu
email: hoseasiu "at" mit.edu
Hosea is a Bachelor's degree candidate in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is currently working on an experiment to test how well machine learning can be used to people's predict workplace performance given their training data.
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email: smchang "at" mit.edu
Stephen is a Bachelor's degree candidate in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. At HAL, he works on visualization of unexplored environments through unmanned micro aerial vehicle control and iPhone development.
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|Carine Abi Akar
email: cabiakar "at" mit.edu
Carine is a Bachelor's degree candidate in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research in the area of human factors engineering at HAL has focused on designing and testing unmanned micro aerial vehicles exploration and has worked on improving user interfaces.
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email: mhabib "at" mit.edu
Manal Habib received her BS in aerospace engineering in 2011 and is currently a research scientist in the Human and Automation Lab (HALab) at MIT. Currently, Manal is working on the interaction between humans and automation. Specifically, Manal is perfuming mission planning and designing a user interface to control a group of heterogeneous vehicles to perform an insertion/extraction mission.
Outside of work, Manal like to play lot of sports such as karate, taekwando, running, swimming, and skiing. Manal also like skydiving, flying airplanes, and traveling around the world. Manal wants to be an astronaut in the future.back to top
Victoria is a Bachelor's degree candidate in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is currently helping with an experiment, supported by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, testing how people perform in a long duration, supervisory control situation.
Outside of classes, Victoria enjoys rowing, dancing, and traveling the world. She is also part of the NROTC program at MIT.back to top
email: mvanegas "at" mit.edu
Morris is a Bachelor's degree candidate in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In the HALab, he has worked on evaluating multiple Unmanned Vehicle interfaces and has currently finished designing and creating an interface that resembles nuclear power plant operations (the Human Operator Monitoring Emergent Reactors, or HOMER) for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Using his HOMER, Morris has run experiments to understand how people perform in a long duration, supervisory control situations. During the summer, Morris is working with Boeing on an Autonomous Helicopter.
Outside of classes, Morris performs Stand-Up comedy (Hi Stephen!) around MIT, Cambridge & Boston, performs with MIT DanceTroupe, loves snowboarding and surfing, writes comedy skits and videos, and is an avid follower of the Spanish Soccer League.back to top
email: morrisab "at" mit.edu
Morrisa is a Bachelor's Degree Candidate in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. While with HAL, she has worked on a project studying sources of complexity in Nuclear Power Plant control rooms and is now working on a project to help reduce errors for train drivers.
Outside of HAL and classes, Morrisa enjoys spending time with her AEPhi sisters and talking about airplanes with anyone who will listen.back to top
|Jonathan Las Fargeas (2010)
email: jfargeas "at" mit.edu
Jonathan Las Fargeas is a sophomore in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. At HAL, he works on analyzing cognitive strategies under time pressure.
Outside of classes, Jonathan can be found discussing his floor's dodgeball or hockey team's next game or discussing the random article he just read about on the Internet.
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|Edgar (Ned) Twigg
email: bwayr "at" mit.edu
Edgar Twigg is a sophomore in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His academic interests include control engineering and systems modeling. At HAL, his primary role is adding features to user interfaces and implementing experiment data collection over the internet.
Outside of school, Edgar can be found doing homework and occasionally sleeping.
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|Constantine (Kostas) Speridakos
email: csperi "at" mit.edu
“Kostas” is a junior in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is interested in both cockpit human factors and aeronautical propulsion. At HAL, his research focuses on cognitive strategies in resource allocation problems under time pressure.
Away from MIT, Kostas enjoys flying light airplanes and seaplanes, as well as spending time with his massive Greek-American family.
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email: rrbarry "at" mit.edu
Ryne Barry is a freshman planning to major in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. At HAL, Ryne is working with the USARSim simulation for unmanned ground vehicles for the MCH-UVD project. Outside of class, Ryne enjoys playing on the varsity baseball team at MIT, traveling, and having fun with his friends.
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tash_b "at" mit.edu
Natasha Bosanac is a rising junior in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. At HAL, she is working on manning reduction for the various working levels of a submarine.
When not working or studying, Natasha enjoys being in the sun (when it appears in Boston), being a member of 2010 Class Council, and eating.
|Javier A. Garcia
Email: jagarcia "at" mit.edu
Javier A. Garcia is a freshman planning to major in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He is also thinking about minoring in Management. His academic interests include autonomous vehicles and automated systems. At HAL, Javier works with the flight simulation of the EagleEye UAV and the MCH-UVD project.
Outside of work, Javier enjoys playing sports, hiking, and camping.
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email: lcgraham "at" mit.edu
Lindley Graham is a sophomore in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. At HAL, Lindley is surveying applications for eyetracking systems. She is is also installing and maintaining the new eyetracking system at HAL.
Besides studying engineering, Lindley fences for the MIT Varsity Fencing Team, enjoys reading science fiction, and dabbles in drawing.
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email: bmalley "at" mit.edu
Brian Malley is a junior in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
At HAL, he works on the MAUVE-MITUS experiment testing various audio schemes on
subjects using the UAV control simulator.
Outside of work Brian volunteers as an EMT with the MIT Ambulance where he is
also the director of operations, and in rare moments of free time he can be
found watching movies, eating dessert, or playing pickup sports.
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e-mail: tmcdonld "at" mit.edu
Tony is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. At HAL, his work centers around using the RESHCU simulator to examine user control of multiple heterogeneous unmanned vehicles, specifically how wait times due to lack of situational awareness and queuing time effect a user’s performance.
Outside of the lab, Tony plays on the varsity football team and competes in the throwing events for the varsity track & field team. He also enjoys playing video games and writing and plans to minor in the subject.
Alma is a senior undergraduate student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, concentrating in Computer Architecture. After briefly working on the design for the future lunar lander displays, she is currently working on the collaborative time-sensitive targeting project designing activity awareness displays for individual UAV operators. Her interests include running, space exploration, and watching Law & Order.
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Anunaya Pandey is currently an undergraduate in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department. Anunaya was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1985. He has been a UROP at HAL since the beginning of summer, 2005.
Anunaya speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, Sanskrit and basic Spanish. He enjoys the outdoors and adores sightseeing, trekking and hiking. He also likes to play tennis, soccer, cricket and the guitar in his spare time.
wongj "at" mit.edu
Justin is on track to graduate in June 2007 with an S.B. in Aero/Astro, after which he will work as an attitude control engineer for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, CA.
His work in HAL involved adding enhancements to an interface used in experiments of test subjects controlling virtual unmanned vehicles. Other interests include control systems and aerodynamics.
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email:christine.mikkelsen "at" se.abb.com
Christine is a visiting researcher from ABB Corporate Research, Sweden. She has a master of science degree in “Media Technology and Engineering” from Linköping's University. After graduation in 2004 she started her carrier at ABB in a business unit that develops a measurement and control system for flatness control in cold rolling mills. Since 2008 she works for ABB's global research program "Industrial Software Systems" at the local research lab in Västerås, Sweden. Her research area is Information Visualization and how to improve decision support and sensemaking in industrial control systems.
Her spare time in Västerås is mostly spent
with her husband and two children (4, 6). Summertime the favorite activity
is boat trips and this summer the trip lasted for three weeks going
from Gothenburg through Sweden on the Göta Canal back to Västerås via
Wouter Van den Broeck
Wouter is a visiting student from Delft University of Technology. He received his BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft last year and is now pursuing a master degree in Aerospace Engineering. After his time in HAL, he will start on his graduation project in the field of Control and Operation. At HAL he will be involved in the testing phase of a new mobile application for utility domains.
When not in the lab, Wouter likes reading, going out with friends and skiing. Of course discovering the Boston area is high on the list as well.
Henk is a visiting student from Delft University of Technology where he pursues a MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering. In HAL, Henk is working on the long duration low task load experiment for the control rooms of nuclear power plants. Besides studying,
Henk likes to play soccer and tennis. He also loves travelling, and has visited Australia and New Zealand just before he came to Boston. In the winter he likes to go snowboarding.
email: grodin.robby "at" gmail.com
Robby is a Bachelor's candidate at Northeastern University studying Computer Science and Music Technology. He is a composer of new music and a developer of audio software. His research focuses mainly on Digital Signal Processing and interfacing. He is the founder of Conductive IO, a music technology R&D firm that creates intelligent musical interfaces and applications.
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Jonathan is a Bachelor's Degree Candidate at Northeastern University majoring in Computer Science and Digital Art. He is currently on co-op at HAL where is he working on software for planning aircraft carrier operations, and on an application to help interface designers perform hybrid cognitive task analysis.
In his spare time Jonathan enjoys cooking, studying mythology and myth theory, and playing scrabble and tennis.
Luisa Dos Santos Buinhas
Luisa is a second-year Master student in Aerospace Engineering visiting from the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. She received her BSc diploma in Aerospace Engineering in 2009. Presently pursuing her studies in the area of control and simulation, her internship at the HAL concerns the design of models that predict operator behavior. She works with a lab student and they are currently carrying out a project in cooperation with Boeing.
Outside of her studies, Luisa enjoys sporting, live music, European history, learning new languages, traveling, keeping up with world news and dancing latin rhythms. She is also involved in a home university organization that welcomes and assists international students with settling in the Netherlands.
email: nbeckers "at" mit.edu
Niek is a Master’s degree student at the Aerospace Engineering department of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. In September 2010, after his stay at HAL, he will start his graduation work focused on human-machine interaction in aviation; a possible graduation topic is modeling pilot control behavior in 3D visual flow in out-of-the-envelope flight conditions (upset or inverted stall). Niek received a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2007. In his spare time, Niek enjoys volleyball, cycling, skiing, friends and here, at MIT, maybe rugby.
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email: pmaere "at" mit.edu
Pierre is a visiting student at MIT. In 2009, he graduated from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. As an undergraduate, he spent a year on the board of the Society of Aerospace Students ‘Leonardo da Vinci.’ Pierre also organized lectures and excursions in aeronautics. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles at Delft University of Technology. As a research assistant in HAL, Pierre has conducted experiments with participants controlling multiple unmanned vehicles and helped develop a tabletop display for aircraft carriers.
Besides his research, Pierre enjoys flying gliders and playing the guitar. He is also very interested in photography and music.
email: idavies "at" mit.edu
Ian is a PhD student in the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory,
Outside of work, Ian is training as a glider pilot as well as being
e-mail: thomas.villaren "at" telecom-bretagne.eu
Thomas Villaren is a French visiting student at MIT Humans &
His research interests include user interface design and
Outside of work, Thomas' interests lie principally in new technology,
email: poojar "at" mit.edu
I am a Final year BTech student in Computer Science and Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, India.
My work at the Human and Automation Lab was at on the Urban Search and Rescue project, under Dr Mark Ashdown. This includes the designing of a scheduling interface for a tabletop and handheld devices for establishing synchronous time-critical collaboration. These schedules present a temporal view of the team's plan, that help the tactical user to organise and view the tasks scheduled for a particular search/rescue team.
My hobbies include photography, travelling and programming. My research interests include image processing, computer vision and graphics.
|Paul de Jong
email: pauldj "at" mit.edu
Paul obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering in Delft (The Netherlands) at Delft University of Technology in 2006. During his undergraduate years he was part of many committees of the Student Society VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’. One of these committees organized a Study Tour through France and Italy that took place in September 2007. He is currently a Master's student in Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).In the first academic year he completed all his courses and is going to start his thesis project in June 2008.
He is currently a visiting student at MIT in the Human and Automation Lab. His research focuses on reducing operator workload in the control of multiple unmanned vehicles. He is actually designing an experiment concerning different level of automation in the UV Selection Strategy.
Outside the Aerospace field he is interested in photography and business economics. He also enjoys soccer, basketball and baseball.
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|Mauro Della Penna
Mauro obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering in Naples (Italy) at “Federico II” in 2006. During his Bachelor he joined a research group in the Department of Engineering Industrial Design and Management developing a race car simulator and AI driver.
Subsequently in 2006 he enrolled as a Master student in Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).In the first academic year he completed all his courses and is going to start his thesis project on January 2008.
In the Human and Automation Lab his research focused on reducing operator workload in the control of multiple unmanned vehicles. He designed an experiment concerning different level of automation in the UV Selection Strategy.
Outside the Aerospace field he is interested in Number Theory and Advanced Physics. Outside Science, he is fond of snowboarding, soccer and basketball.
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Julien Nicolas is a visiting student at MIT in the Human and Automation Lab. He is currently a french graduate student at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENST-Bretagne), pursuing a master of engineering in telecommunications there. He is also pursuing a master of science in human-computer interactions.
His research interests revolve around human factors engineering, focusing most notably on complex collaborative systems, interface design, and
computer-assisted decision making. Apart from work, some of his numerous
interests are photography, travelling, and learning everything he can.
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|Fernanda Muzzio Almirao
Dec. 2006-Feb. 2007
Fernanda Muzzio is a visiting student at the Humans and Automation Lab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. She is pursuing her Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA).
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she worked in the development of new shapes of blades in order to obtain better shaves results. This work could be the first patent ever developed by undergraduate students from ITA and the patent request is being processed.
|Fernanda Borques da Silva
Jan. - July 2007
Fernanda is a visiting student at the Humans and Automation Lab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. She is a senior in Aeronautical Engineering at Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), in Brazil.
Her research interests include human factors, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and flight mechanics and control. In her free time, she loves to sleep, talk to her family, travel and watch movies.
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July 2005-Dec. 2005
Mark was a visiting student from the Delft University of Technology, where he is currently completing his Master of Science in the Control and Simulation subdivision of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty.
He was involved in the Lunar Access Project to develop an advanced Human-System Interface prototype for next generation manned Lunar Lander system.In his (scarce) spare time, he is mainly interested in running and skiing. Mark also enjoys rowing, and Boston is a particularly fitting place for this sport because it is hosting the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta.
Last seen: He is finishg his Masters and expects to graduate in Dec. 2006.
April 2005-August 2005
Stephane Mercier came to HAL as a french graduate student visiting at MIT in the Human and Automation Lab. He was pursuing both a master of engineering in telecommunications at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne (ENST-Bretagne), and a master of science in the area of human-machine interactions in France. In 2004 he spent a semester at the Vienna University of Technology.
His research interests focus on the design of interfaces, and on understanding the cognitive principles and mental representations that technology should support. His leisure activities include travelling and music, as well as team sports like handball.
Last seen: Living in Vienna with his girlfriend and daughter Cleliar and starting a job as a software engineer at a telecommunications company. We may see him soon as he is applying to the Phd program at MIT.
December 2005 - March 2006
Carina was a visiting student from ITA –Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, shere she is currently in her senior year on Mechanical-Aeronautical Engineering.
Carina's current research focuses on creating displays to optimize the interface between humans and unmanned vehicles for their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
She loves playing tennis, hiking and watching movies in her spare time.
Mark Visser is a visiting student at the Humans and Automation lab, part of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in 2006. Currently he is pursuing his Masters degree from the division of Control and Simulation at the same faculty. Mark’s main interests are human-machine interaction, interface design and air traffic management. Once he returns to The Netherlands he will have to finish half a year of Master courses and do his Master thesis.
Besides his studies, Mark has been involved in many extracurricular activities. For example in 2003-2004 he was the president of the Society of Aerospace Engineering Students ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ and last year he was the secretary of the Student Council of his faculty. In his spare time Mark likes traveling, photography, graphical design, music and building and flying model airplanes.
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