CAREER:Studies of Decision Making in Complex, Dynamic Environments
Ann Bisantz Principal Investigator
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This research focuses on understanding, modeling, and supporting human decision making in complex<br/>situations such as manufacturing, aviation, process control, military and non-military command and<br/>control and transportation. These situations are challenging, and can lead to potential problems and<br/>human errors, because they are often rapidly changing, have uncertain and risky elements, and require<br/>quick responses. To study these,issues, the project includes the development of interactive computer<br/>simulations to allow experiments in which participants will make decisions in complex environments<br/>such as process control or transportation. Planned experiments include investigating how people cope<br/>with uncertain information when making decisions, identifying appropriate types of performance<br/>information which may help people learn to make better decisions, and developing display formats and<br/>visualizations to help people better understand uncertainty and how it may affect their decisions.<br/>Research results will be relevant for the development of computer displays, decision-aids, and<br/>training recommendations which can lead to improved decision-making performance. The project includes<br/>educational components which are integrated with the research plan through the utilization of the<br/>experimental simulations in course exercises and projects, through undergraduate and graduate student<br/>involvement in the ongoing research, and through the incorporation of research results into course<br/>materials.