Evaluating and Developing Sociotechnical Systems through Human-Systems Integration in Various Dynamic Task Contexts

This seminar took place through Zoom on October 8th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Presented by: Dr. Mustafa Demir, Senior Quantitative Researcher and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University

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Evaluating and Developing Sociotechnical Systems through Human-Systems Integration
in Various Dynamic Task Contexts

Advances in autonomous systems have led to increasingly capable autonomous agents, from adaptive algorithms
to embodied robots. In this presentation, Dr. Demir overviews his research program, which is aimed
at achieving a better understanding and improving teamwork within various dynamic task contexts through
the advancement of team cognition and human-centered collaborative technologies. The presentation
begins by highlighting how Dr. Demir’s transdisciplinary background of human factors, systems engineering,
and dynamical systems orients the unique perspective he takes in studying sociotechnical systems. Next, he
presents an overview of interactive team cognition and dynamical systems theory. Finally, he highlights two
projects that have contributed to the human factors and systems engineering literature. The first is a study
to empirically evaluate a real human-autonomy team across multilevel system dimensions that has implications
for effective human-autonomy teaming in a Remotely-Piloted Aircraft System. The second study is
human-robot teaming in an Urban Search and Rescue environment which highlights the nature of robot
explanation required for effective human-robot teaming. His presentation concludes with future research
trajectories relating to the development of methods and tools for understanding the complexity of sociotechnical
systems and enhancing system effectiveness.

Dr. Mustafa Demir is currently a Senior Quantitative Researcher and Postdoctoral Research Associate in
Human Systems Engineering at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr.
Demir received his Ph.D. in Simulation, Modelling and Applied Cognitive Science with a focus on team coordination
dynamics and team effectiveness in human-autonomy teaming from Arizona State University in
Spring 2017. His research is grounded in a human-systems engineering approach, and he seeks to optimize
sociotechnical systems by understanding and developing more effective human-centered collaborative systems.
His specific interests include development of human-autonomy teaming in various task contexts,
human-systems integration, operations research, dynamical systems modelling, advanced statistical modelling,
and team cognition. Dr. Demir is also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and
serves as a co-chair of its Societal Impact Committee.