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Invited Talk: Mission Command in the Age of Network-enabled Operations/Cyber Teaming and Role Specialization in Cyber Defense Competitions
Presented by Norbou Buchler, a cognitive scientist leading a research team and consortium in the Human Research & Engineering Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL-HRED)
Hosted by Professor Hanghang Tong

Monday, October 29, 2018
3–4 p.m.
Brickyard Artisan Court (BYAC) 260, Tempe campus [map]


Our research seeks to understand human performance in socio-technical systems defined by the systematic convergence of people, information, and technology in work-directed organizational networks.  In a series of two short 15-minute talks, I will highlight results from two separate research projects that span organizational (Mission Command) and team (Cyber defense analysts) levels of analysis. The first talk examines a basic tenet that increased information sharing improves situational awareness and organizational effectiveness by applying graph theoretic approaches and network analysis to email communications at a two-week military exercise. The second talk seeks to understand what makes a cyber defense team more or less effective in responding to and mitigating cyber attacks. Team processes such as leadership, collaboration, and functional role specialization are examined in relation to outcome measures of scored team performance at a premiere cyber defense competition by applying observational scaled assessments and wearable social sensors to assess face-to-face interactions. Overall, both results highlight emerging applied approaches to examine and assess human performance as socio-cognitive networks.


About the speaker

Norbou Buchler is a cognitive scientist leading a research team and consortium in the Human Research & Engineering Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL-HRED). His basic research interests lie in understanding human cognition and collaborative decision-making at network levels of interaction using multidisciplinary approaches including graph-theoretic network analysis, cognitive modeling, behavioral laboratory experimentation, and field studies. His applied research focuses on human system integration and decision-support technologies for application in cybersecurity and Mission Command environments. Norbou received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Syracuse University (2003), and completed post-doctoral fellowships at Carnegie Mellon University (2004-2006) and Duke University (2007-2009).


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