Sonalysts & ARL Team Earns David Meister Best Paper Award

Posted on 11/01/2018

The paper “Prioritizing Design Goals for a Medical Simulator Using Pairwise Comparisons” received the Systems Development Technical Group (SDTG) David Meister Best Paper Award at the 2018 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) in Philadelphia, PA. The David Meister Memorial Award recognizes the paper in the technical sessions of the SDTG that makes the most significant contribution to the overall field of systems development. The paper explored the use of two different analytical methods using pairwise comparisons from domain experts to establish quantitative priority values for different conflicting design goals, resulting in a rank-order of which design goals were most crucial for iterative system development. Contest reviewers commented that analyzing and communicating tradeoffs is a skill needed for those who wish to be successful in practicing system development.

This research was an application of decision science research from Sonalysts’ Human-Autonomy Interaction Laboratory (HAIL) to a program supported by the US Army Medical Research and Material Command, and the Research Development and Engineering Command Army Research Lab (ARL). HAIL’s Steve Dorton (pictured) presented the paper and received the award on behalf of the team from Petra Alfred, the 2018 SDTG Program Chair.

 HAIL & Steve Dorton

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