Doctoral Defense – Chad Bates

Candidate: Chad Bates

Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System and Geoinformation Sciences

Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science

   Date:   Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Time:   12:00 – 2:00 PM

Place:  Research Hall 162

 

TITLE: IMPACT OF TEAM PERFORMANCE ON ENTITY LOCATION AND IDENTIFICATION THROUGH DISTRIBUTED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Committee:

Dissertation Director: Dr. Arie Croitoru

Committee Members: Dr. Sven Fuhrmann, Dr. Andrew Crooks, and Dr. Anthony Stefanidis

ABSTRACT

Research in visual analytics has brought together the study of electronic data processing and human cognition to improve how an entity is detected and identified.  However, detecting and identifying a specific entity is usually a team task in which several analysts must collaborate the outcome of several tasks in order to complete the overall objective.  These different tasks can be measured to estimate a level of understanding on how well the analysts not only understand their environment they are observing but also the effectiveness of their performance in a distributed network consisting of agents, human and technological ones.  This work provides a new metric to determine the probability of completing a task, identification in this case, that is impacted by the situational awareness of the team of human and their supporting technological agents within the system.  It also provides additional evidence on the impact of technology to improve the outcomes concerning this specific task.