RESEARCH & DISCOVERIES

Current Areas of Study

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PROCEDURAL SYSTEMS IN HIGH-RISK INDUSTRIES

Next Generation Advanced Procedures (NGAP):

  • Procedures play a vital role in improving efficiency and maintaining safety in high-risk industries. 

  • Our research analyzes performance variations of workers by understanding how workers interact with procedures in their day-to-day work.

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UAVS IN DISASTER RESPONSE

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in Disaster Response

  • UAVs can provide important information for emergency operations managers.

  • However, pilots are often tired, stressed, and not trained for disaster response. This can lead to delays in communicating needed information.

  • The purpose of this project is to monitor human behaviors and interactions during the use of unmanned aerial systems to inform the design of training and interactive tools.

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FATIGUE RISK ASSESSMENT & MANAGEMENT IN HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS (FRAME)

This project examines the reliability and validity of the FRAME survey - a critical step before the survey can be recommended for use in practice. Currently, the FRAME survey is being refined for implementation.

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VISUALIZATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL GRID OPERATIONS

  • Visualizations for control room operations and engineers may increase situation awareness and performance.

  • Using eye-tracking, we are exploring what makes a good visualization for different tasks.

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ALTERNATIVE DISPLAYS:
TACTILE FEEDBACK IN UTILITY EXCAVATION

  • Underground utility excavation is dangerous and in the US there is an incident ~ once per minute!

  • Having a clear understanding of the location (depth and geolocation) can remarkably decrease this rate. 

  • This project is focused on developing a haptic feedback system to provide spatial location of underground utilities.