Dr. Greg Zacharias, President of Charles River Analytics Inc., a developer of advanced technologies for intelligent systems,recently co-authored a chapter entitled “Aircraft Pilot and Operator Interfaces” for Volume 8 of the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2010) with Dr. Mary Cummings, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director, Humans and Automation Lab, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The chapter describes the hundred-year evolution of aircraft cockpit displays and controls, the impact of increasing automation in the cockpit, and the growth of supervisory control techniques in newly emerging systems like unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), all within the context of a human-system integration framework.
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About Dr. Greg Zacharias, President and Senior Principal Scientist: At Charles River Analytics, Dr. Zacharias provides strategic direction for the Government Services and Commercial Solutions Divisions, while contributing to efforts in cognitive systems engineering and advanced decision-support systems. Before founding Charles River, he was a Senior Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, a Research Engineer at CS Draper Labs, and a USAF attaché for the Space Shuttle program at NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Zacharias was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors (now Human Systems Integration) for more than ten years, and co-chaired the NRC study “Organizational Models: from Individuals to Societies.” He is a Research Affiliate of the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory and the Humans and Automation Laboratory. Dr Zacharias has been a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), the DoD Human Systems Technology Area Review and Assessment (TARA) Panel, and the Human System Wing Advisory Group for Brooks City Base, TX. Dr. Zacharias chaired a recently-completed USAF SAB study of unmanned aircraft operations in irregular warfare. He is currently a member of the Embry-Riddle Research Advisory Board, the MIT Engineering Systems Division Advisory Board, and the Small Business Technology Council Board. Dr. Zacharias obtained his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1977.