Past Events:

MIT Humans and Technology Symposium

January 23 – January 27, 2006

The Humans and Automation Laboratory is hosting a week-long symposium to raise awareness of human-centered technology design, research methods, and practices. The goal of the symposium is to expose professionals and students from all disciplines to the benefits of human-centered research and practices. This symposium will also provide researchers and practitioners from various related fields such as Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology, etc., the opportunity to gain an awareness of the states of the art in an informal and collaborative environment. Invited speakers will give a series of individual talks in two major formats (lecture: 1-2 hour informational session; tutorial: 3-4 hour instructional session).


The Humans and Technology Symposium is open and free to the public.  Registration is not required. Everyone is encouraged to attend this symposium.


Click here for Symposium Schedule.

Speaker list

Ed Bachelder - Systems Technology Inc.
"Fused Reality and Immersive Training Applications"

Greg Baiden - Penguin Automated Systems Inc. / Laurentian University
"Teleautonomy - From research to industrial applications with a focus on mining"

Lindsley Boiney - MITRE Corp.
"Human Systems Integration: Issues and Challenges"

Ronald Boring - Idaho National Laboratory
"Designing for Human Reliability"

Larry Bush - MIT-Lincoln Laboratory
"Semi-Automated Cueing of Predator UAV Operators from RADAR Moving Target Data"

Barrett Caldwell - Purdue University
"Human Information and Knowledge Coordination in Space Mission Operations:  Integrating Systems Engineering and Team Performance Perspectives"

Sheelagh Carpendale - University of Calgary
"Design through Observations:  Illustrated with the development of a collaborative tabletop interface"

Jack Carroll - American Institute for Research
"Design Practices from the American Institutes for Research: Designing Enabling Technologies for Medical and Non-traditional User Populations"

Nancy Cooke - Cognitive Engineering Research Institute / Arizona State University
"Designing for Collaboration"

Gilles Coppin - École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) de Bretagne
"Human-Centered Decision Support"

Donald Cox - Klein Associates Division, ARA
"An Approach to Life Cycle Evaluation of Complex Systems"

Steven Deal - Deal Corp
"Achieving a Fieldable, Acquisition Process for Human-Centered DoD Systems"

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Joan Morris DiMicco - MIT Media Lab / Sun Microsystems Ltd.
"Designing Interfaces that Influence Group Behavior"

Mica Ensley - SA Technologies

Sara Howitt - QinetiQ Ltd.
"Human Interaction with Teams of Autonomous UAVs"

Kori Inkpen - Dalhousie University
"Location-Awareness 'On the Move'"

Josh Introne - Charles River Analytics
"Consensus through Awareness in Online Deliberation"

Bob Kobierski and Ming Hou - CMC Electronics / Defence R&D Canada
"Design and Development of An Agent-Aided Operator Interface for the Control of Multiple UAVs"

Michael Linegang - Aptima, Inc.
"Evaluating Technology used in Complex Environments: Examples from Infantry Soldier System Evaluation"

Yili Liu - University of Michigan
"Queueing Network Modeling of Human Performance"

Jennifer Narkevicius - Skills Net
"You Want Me To Do What?? With Who?? Integrating Humans with Technology"

Jon Platts - Muretex Ltd.
"Autonomous Systems Design - A Human Centric Paradox"

Laurence Newcome - SRA International, Inc.
"Origins and Evolution of Unmanned Aviation"

Charles Rich - MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
“I Can't Even Program My VCR And They Just Keeping Throwing More Complicated Stuff at Me!"

Victor Riley - User Interaction Research and Design, Inc.
"The Automation Tug-of-War Between Designers and Users"

Peter Robinson - University of Cambridge
"Video user interfaces"

Emilie Roth - Roth Cognitive Engineering
"Work-Centered Support Systems:  A Framework for Design and Evaluation of Computer Support Systems"

Tom Skrmetti - Rite-Solutions Inc.
"Integrating HSI in the Submarine Design Process"

Greg Trafton - Naval Research Laboratory
"Mitigating the disruptiveness of interruptions or Help!  What was I doing?"

Holly Yanco - University of Massachusetts, Lowell
"Designing for Human-Robot Interaction"

Wayne Zachary - CHI Systems
"Technology Design Practices from CHI Systems"

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The Proceedings of MIT Humans and Technology Symposium contain a complete collection of presentation abstracts is available online. Please download a PDF version or view it online.

Directions and Map

From Logan airport to MIT campus, you can either take subway (“T”) or taxi. The subway ticket is $1.25, and cab fare ranges form $25-35 depending on road traffic. If you plan to take “T”, you can catch the Silverline bus from the airport terminals to South Station and from there transfer to the red line(subway) in the direction of "Alewife" which will stop at your final destination, Kendall/MIT. Please refer to the online map of MIT to locate Building 33.

All the symposium sessions will be held in 33-116 and 33-418, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the MIT campus, and many more located along Boston's subway system (the "T"). The URL below contains a list of local accommodations typically recommended to visitors of MIT. All of the hotels listed under 'Closest to Campus' are within easy walking distance to the Symposium.

Local Accommodations:


If you any questions about the Humans and Technology Symposium, please contact any member of organizing committee.  

Prof. Missy Cummings phone: 617-252-1512;
Dr. Enlie Wang, phone: 617-452-3038;
Dr. Stacey Scott, phone: 617-258-5046;

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