Scientists and software engineers from Charles River Analytics, a developer of cutting-edge technologies for intelligent systems, presented research at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), which took place from September 27 to October 1, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency, in San Francisco, CA.
As part of the Training in the Wild: Studies of Application and Transfer session, Dr. Ryan Kilgore and Mr. J. Alex Godwin presented Charles River’s tool, PROMPTER, in Pictorial Mnemonic-Based Tools for Procedural Training: Application to the Battlefield First-Aid Domain. Dr. Kilgore said, “We’re presenting the preliminary results of a design effort to create tools that support Soldier’s rapid, visual learning and recall of critical battlefield first-aid skills. This work sets the stage for a long-term study we are conducting to assess the efficacy of pictorial-mnemonics-based training materials, and game-based rehearsal methods in enhancing procedural skill acquisition and retention.” Dr. Kilgore also chaired the session on Training Theory and Application.
During the session on Cognitive Engineering Methodology, Mr. Samuel Mahoney presented, A Cognitive Task Analysis for Cyber Situational Awareness. Mr. Mahoney said, “This is exciting work, since it extends beyond information assurance and is the first study involving a formal task analysis uncovering the impact of cyber network health on decision making. It is also the beginning of a longer study focusing on how the degradation of network resources influence work within an organization.”