Sonalysts Lab Taking Research on the Road

Posted on 04/16/2018

Research from Sonalysts’ Human-Autonomy Interaction Laboratory (HAIL) has recently been accepted for presentation and publication at two major venues: The Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group (DODHFETAG), and the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). The featured research showcases a blend of the social and computational sciences and has applicability across a wide variety of military and civilian domains.

The DODHFETAG will take place at the Soundside Club at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County FL from 30 April – 4 May 2018. HAIL’s Steve Dorton will be presenting a lecture entitled “Leveraging Crowdsourcing and Collective Intelligence in Complex Problem Solving,” which focuses on recent R&D to blend design thinking principles with crowdsourcing technologies to enable diverse groups of contributors to tackle big challenges. Ian Dykens (also of Sonalysts' HAIL) will be presenting a lecture entitled “Towards a Unified Model of Gamification,” which is based on recent research to reconcile multiple models of gamification, motivation, and engagement into a single construct to enable both personalized and enterprise-wide training assessments for the Navy. For more information on the DODHFETAG, please visit:

The HFES 2018 International Annual Meeting takes place at the Philadelphia Marriot in Philadelphia, PA from 1-5 October 2018. Two papers developed by the HAIL will be presented at this meeting. In the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (CEDM) sessions a paper entitled “Applying Visualization and Collective Intelligence for Rapid Group Decision Making” will be presented, which discusses recent work on visualizing crowdsourced data to understand group mental models and rapidly perform analysis of alternatives. In the Systems Development (SD) sessions a paper entitled, “Prioritizing Design Goals for a Medical Simulator Using Pairwise Comparisons” will be presented, which discusses the application of numerical methods to reconcile differing subject matter expert opinions on the relative value of different criteria. For more information on this event, please visit:

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