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Nancy Cooke

Nancy J. Cooke, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Chair
Human Systems Engineering

7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall
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(480) 988-2173
Mail Code: 2080
Nancy.Cooke@asu.edu 

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Expertise: Cognitive engineering, knowledge elicitation, cognitive task analysis, team cognition, team coordination, team situation awareness, mental models, expertise, human-computer interaction, command-and-control in unmanned aerial vehicles, emergency response systems, military planning systems, cyber security systems, healthcare systems, human-robotic interactions

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Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of Cognitive Science and Engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University and is Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She is also Cognitive Track Editor of Human Factors, a member-at-large of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Executive Council, a member and incoming chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Human Systems Integration, a member of the National Research Council’s Soldier System Panel, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Nancy Cooke’s research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies, healthcare, homeland security systems, remotely-piloted aircraft, and emergency response systems. In particular, Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition (i.e., team situation awareness, coordination) and performance.

Her most recent work includes empirical and modeling efforts to understand and predict the acquisition and retention of team skill and the measurement of team coordination and team situation awareness especially through the analysis and modeling of team communication. Recent communication analysis work has included analysis of communication in Air Operations Center chat rooms, the Enron email corpus, and experimental command-and-control and planning tasks using voice and chat. This work is funded primarily by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research and has been published in journal articles and book chapters.

Cooke has organized annual workshops on the Human Factors of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles since 2004, has co-edited Human Factors of Remotely Operated Vehicles, published by Elsevier, The Best of Human Factors (with Eduardo Salas and published by HFES) and has co-authored (with Frank Durso), Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes, published by Taylor and Francis.

Ongoing Projects

  • Development and Empirical Validation of a Synthetic Teammate
  • Macrocognition in a Team Planning Environment
  • Expertise in Detecting Emplacement of Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Improving Situation Awareness of Cyber Security Analysts
  • Human-Autonomous Vehicle Teaming

This work is funded primarily by the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Army Research Office and has been published in journal articles and book chapters.

Education
Ph.D., Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1987
M.A., Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1983
B.A., Psychology, George Mason University, 1981

Recent Publications
Gorman, J. C., Amazeen, P. G., & Cooke, N. J. (2010). Team Coordination Dynamics. Nonlinear Dynamics Psychology and Life Sciences, 14, 265-289.

Gorman, J. C., Cooke, N. J., & Amazeen, P. G. (2010). Training adaptive teams. Human Factors, 52, 295-307. [Winner of HFES 2010 Jerome Ely Award]

Ball, J. Myers, C., Heiberg, A. Cooke, N. J., Matessa, M., Freiman, M., & Rodgers, S. (2010). The synthetic teammate project. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 16, 271-299.

Gorman, J. S., & Cooke, N. J. (2010). Preface to the Special Issue on Collaboration, Coordination, and Adaptation in Complex Sociotechnical Systems, Human Factors, 52, 143-146.

Gorman, J. C., & Cooke, N. J. (in press). Changes in Team Cognition after a Retention Interval: The Benefits of Mixing it Up, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

McNeese, M. D., Cooke, N. J., & Champion, M. (2011). Situating Cyber Situation Awareness.

Presentation and proceedings of 10th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM-2011), May 31-June 3, Orlando, FL.

Rajivan, P., Shankaranarayanan V., Cooke, N.J. (2011). CyberCog: A Synthetic Task Environment for Studies of Cyber Situation Awareness. Presentation and proceedings of 10th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM-2011), May 31-June 3, Orlando, FL.

Fouse, S., Cooke, N. J., Gorman, J. C., Murray, I., Uribe, M., & Bradbury, A. (2011). Effects of Role and Location Switching on Team Performance in a Collaborative Planning Environment.

Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55, 1442-1446. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Cooke, N., Riordan, B., & Freeman, J. (2011). Designing a Mixed-Initiative Decision-Support System for Multi-UAS Mission Planning, Proceedings of the 55th Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 55, 21-25. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

Awards
Elected Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2000)

Appointed to National Academies of Sciences National Research Council Committee on the Safety and Security of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage (March 2004–January 2005)

Appointed to National Academies of Sciences National Research Council Committee on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology (May 2005–March 2007)

Recipient of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s O. Keith Hansen Outreach Award (2006)

Appointed to National Academies of Sciences National Research Council Board on Human Systems Integration (January 2007–present; appointed chair starting in 2012)

Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (2009)

Appointed to the National Academies of Sciences Soldier Systems Panel (2010)

Recipient of Jerome H. Ely Award for the most outstanding article in the Human Factors journal (2010)