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Integrating humans and autonomous systems

November 3, 2023 @ 11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Steven Landry from Penn State

Autonomous systems, or systems in which significant functions operate autonomously, are becoming increasingly common, and are a key to greatly increased productivity and, potentially, safety, in the future. However, we as engineers do not know how to successfully integrate human operators into such systems. Two alternatives have primarily been considered to date: (a) fully autonomous systems with which humans cannot interact; or (b) systems where humans act as monitors and fail-safes for such systems. As will be shown, neither of these alternatives is feasible. A third option must be developed and stands as one of the major engineering challenges of the near future. A general idea for how to proceed will be presented.

Bio: Steven J. Landry, Ph.D., is Professor and Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and Department Head in the Harold & Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He was previously a faculty member, associate head, and interim head in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Landry has conducted research and published in air transportation systems engineering and human factors and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in human factors, statistics, and industrial engineering.  Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Landry was an aeronautics engineer for NASA at the Ames Research Center.  Dr. Landry was also previously a C-141B aircraft commander, instructor, and flight examiner with the U.S. Air Force with over 2,500 heavy jet flying hours.

•           B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Electrical Engineering, 1987

•           M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1999

•           Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2004

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Madison, WI 53706 United States