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Eduardo Salas
Program Director

IST-led team to study team cognition under new MURI grant

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IST research director Eduardo Salas leads a three-year, multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) to study how teams might best process information and work together to make operational decisions.

UCF is one of 20 universities selected to share in more than $150 million in research funding. The Department of Defense, which funds the awards, reviewed 143 proposals. IST’s MURI is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

Other key members of the IST/UCF MURI team are IST director, Dr. Randall Shumaker, who will be responsible for the business management and facilities aspects of the project, and Drs. Stephen Fiore, Shawn Burke, Florian Jentsch, and Valerie Sims, who will lead the multi-phase research. A post-doctoral fellow also will assist in the effort.

Other MURI team members are Arizona State University, University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The IST team will develop ways to increase understanding of team cognition and collaboration in network-centric warfare environments.

These environments rely on extensive networking of sensors, warfighting hardware and information technology. Command teams must process and use all these data to direct operations. How might do this in the most efficient way possible is a subject of this research.

An ultimate outcome of the multi-year effort would be better ways to choose, train and equip teams for rapid and accurate decision-making in high stress, information-loaded situations.

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Page last updated: May 14, 2007

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