Posted on 01/09/2015
WATERFORD, CT. – Sonalysts, Inc., an employee-owned national defense contractor, and Sonalysts' Human Factors Engineer, Steve Dorton, were recently highlighted in an article “Are You Smarter Than a Computer?” found in the June issue of the Fredericksburg, VA Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business publication.
The article notes Steve’s work with the Human-Autonomy Interaction Laboratory (HAIL) at Sonalysts’ Dahlgren, Virginia office (since the article was published, the HAIL facility has been moved to Sonalysts' headquarters in Waterford, CT). HAIL serves as a test bed, and research and development capability to assess interactions between humans and the systems we use.
In the article, Dorton discussed the limitations of autonomy and computer systems in comparison to humans. He also stressed the importance of collaborating across technical disciplines to enable innovation, “The way I innovate isn’t necessarily by making new things, it’s by tying stuff together in a way that hasn’t been tried before”. Dorton established the HAIL project and associated lab to enhance collaboration with other Sonalysts engineers, scientists, and technical experts across all offices and to apply Human Factors' principles to Sonalysts’ related computer science, cyber, training, simulation, and analytics projects.