Speaker Dr. Kevin Jordan Wednesday March 4th

Dr. Jordan will be speaking next Wednesday, March 4th at 7 p.m. in ENG 486. The chapter will be providing turkey sandwiches, chips, and water. If you need a vegetarian option, please email me. The event is open to all students.

If you’re a member, please RSVP to the Evite. If you’re a non-member and wish to attend, please RSVP to me by this Sunday at 9 p.m.

The topic of the evening will be as follows:

Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen): SJSU Participation in Meeting the Aeronautics Challenge

Dr. Kevin Jordan of the Department of Psychology at SJSU will present an overview of work being done on a series of research agreements that he directs at the NASA Ames Research Center. One major focus of his team’s current work involves supporting the near term NextGen requirements for increased capacity, increased safety, and a reduced impact of air transportation on the environment. Since this system will be asked to do more that it does currently, and since roles and responsibilities will change in this future system, we are working to develop decision-support tools for pilots and air-traffic controllers. Dr. Jordan will describe ongoing work that involves developing an air-side (flight deck) Cockpit Situation Display and ground-side merging and spacing algorithms.

Biography of Dr. Jordan:

Dr. Jordan is a Professor of Psychology at SJSU. He has been at San Jose State since 1984 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in visual perception. Dr. Jordan received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Kansas State University in 1982. As Project Director of numerous cooperative agreements between San Jose State University and the Human Systems Integration Division at the NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Jordan has authored proposals resulting in over $95 million in funding to support collaborative research in aerospace human factors. He has published in the areas of visual illusions and aftereffects, size constancy, and the perception of misoriented stimuli. Dr. Jordan’s current human factors research interests involve studying size and distance perception in virtual environments and visual attentional issues in the use of head-up displays. Dr. Jordan received the NASA Public Service Medal in 1992. He was named the 1995-1996 Outstanding Professor at San Jose State University and in 2001, he was named Outstanding Teacher by the Western Psychological Association.

Hope to see you there!
Jamie Miller
Events Coordinator

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I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with split-adjustable ergonomic keyboards. I have been doing research on a few designs including the Key Ovation Goldtouch. (This is actually the keyboard that I use at my house) As ergonomics students we should be familiar with products like this, so I thought I’d share 🙂


BayCHI Monthly Meeting

A quick reminder, tomorrow evening (Tuesday the 10th at 7:30 PM) is the monthly BayCHI meeting. Meetings are at PARC in Palo Alto and are open to the public (membership is not required). From the program guide:

Getting People to Talk to an Animal: Lessons Learned Designing Aardvark

Rob Spiro, The Mechanical Zoo

For the past year Rob and the team at The Mechanical Zoo have been designing Aardvark, a new Social Search product primarily used through IM and email. Rob will talk about some of the challenges faced and lessons learned during the past year of product design, including:

  • Heuristics for a successful conversational interface.
  • Sensitivities to different channels (web, IM, email and mMobile) and unifying a multi-channel experience.
  • Obstacles faced in introducing a new search user experience.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of various research methods.
  • Incorporating user-centered design into an agile engineering process.

More information, directions, etc are available on the BayCHI website: http://www.baychi.org/program/