IST-led team to study team cognition under
new MURI grant
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
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.
Go to the
Team Performance Lab website