Sunday, August 16, 2015

2015-08-11: Autonomy Incubator Seminar Series, Adele Luta

Adele Luda presented to the center, toured TES, and walked though the Hangar.
Adele Luta, a research affiliate at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department
was the August speaker in our Monthly AI Seminar Series on autonomy. Her talk, entitled "Selecting and Training the Future Operator" focused around three questions: 

  1. Do we really understand how technology is changing the skills/traits/needs of the future operator/pilot/controller? 
  2. With the myriad of computer and pen-and-paper based measures, why does there still seem to be a gap in advanced cognitive assessment tools related to cognitive readiness?   
  3. How can mobile technology enable instructors to enhance their evaluation skills without cognitively overloading the instructor? 
Audience participation was encouraged lots of lively discussion was peppered throughout Adele's presentation.

Adele Luta supports the defense sector as a cognitive neuroscientist. Previously, she was an astronaut instructor and flight controller at NASA-Johnson Space Flight Center after which she transitioned to cognitive neuroscience after observing operators work in time dependent, highly technical, life critical situations. Adele spent several years as a full time researcher at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department where she currently holds a research affiliate position. Her research interests include strategic cognitive skills and advanced theory of mind.

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