HCI Speaker Series - Wayne D. Gray

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Wayne D. Gray , Professor of Cognitive and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for an upcoming talk in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Speaker Series. This lecture is free and open to the Penn State community.

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“How to Study the Three Expertises Required for Skill Acquisition in Cooperative Human-Human Interactions”

The three expertises required for cooperative human-human interactions are individual expertise, partner expertise, and cooperative expertise. I will discuss each of these in the context of (a) perceptual-motor skill, (b) planned coordinations in joint action, and (c) interactive team cognition. Also discussed will be ways in which these complex, interactive phenomena can be brought into the psychology laboratory for detailed, longitudinal studies.

About the Speaker

Professor Gray earned his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1979. His first position was with the U.S. Army Research Institute where he worked on tactical team training at the Monterey Field Unit and later on the application of artificial intelligence technology to training for air-defense systems (HAWK) at ARI-HQ Alexandria, VA. He spent a post-doctoral year with Prof. John R. Anderson's lab at Carnegie Mellon University before joining the AI Laboratory of NYNEX's Science & Technology Division. At NYNEX he applied cognitive task analysis and cognitive modeling to the design and evaluation of interfaces for large, commercial telecommunications systems. His academic career began at Fordham University and then moved to George Mason University. He joined the Cognitive Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002.

Gray is a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, and the American Psychological Association. In 2008, APA awarded him the Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental & Engineering Psychology. He is a past Chair of the Cognitive Science Society and the founding Chair of the Human Performance Modeling technical group of HFES. At present he is the Executive Editor for the Cognitive Science Society’s first new journal in 30 years, Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS). In 2012, he was elected a Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and spent his sabbatical in research at the Max Planck Institute Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) in Berlin. Most recently, he received an IBM Faculty Award from IBM's Cognitive Systems Institute.